Even though that meant I had to make two extra blocks as I'd orientated the diamonds the wrong way, ruining any 3D illusion!! I considered ignoring it, walked away from it and made the two extra ones the next day... Live and learn :)
I wanted my white/grey fabric to sew my tumbling blocks onto, but didn't have enough material. I ended up choosing this one instead. It works ok I think. This is the 'finished' (kind of) result, the picture isn't orientated the right way, the darkest side of the cubes will by at the top in the finished quilt.
I've got one more block to make: (drum-roll...) the Tangled Star...
I can't wait to get sewing!
Now another important part of the quilt came together last week. I finally made my mind up and chose the fabric for the sashing and backing, woop!! I'll show you a picture next time. There was a lot of going back and forward with rolls of lovely, tempting fabrics, spreading out the blocks and taking pictures. Lots of cups of tea and biscuits too. I lost some pounds and gained some. All worth it though and I'm glad I didn't wait until all nine blocks were finished.
And... I'm so proud, I remembered to be a bit more careful with the patterned fabric. Fingers crossed there shouldn't be any issues with the pattern this time as the background pieces don't 'touch' each other.
These are the first two blocks from the nine block sampler I'm making. Each block will be a different design.
Block one. I was tempted by a Japanese print and a batik. I'm happy with how the red and orange from the print are picked up by the other squares.
Block two - Churn Dash. Being a bit more careful with the pennies here and recycling some fabrics I already had. The colours looked best this way round, but next time I'd be more careful about how the print joins. Still, pretty please with this :)
A quick post as we still haven't got broadband back. We had a super family day. Eggs were hunted and found, the sun was shining, we had a lovely walk through the woods, a belly bursting Easter lunch with family and... here's proof that the scarf is all finished! Yay :).
I have almost forgotten what the sun feels like, don't let it be too much longer ~ please. I'll be wear this scarf for Easter, all it needs is a border and the ends sewing in.
Just a quick update from my mobile phone. We lost the internet in our house on Thursday... It is so strange without it, you really don't realise how much you rely on it until it stops working. I've wanted to look up a recipe, order left handed toddler scissors, check prices for a new internet connection (ha). Thank god for my smart phone keeping the internet addiction sweet with a little drip feed!
The good news is that the internet has moved out together with my lovely husband. Well, he's kind of moved out :). He has moved his work from our garage into his own office. Things are still a bit up in the air, but what a milestone!
Once everything is out I get to reorganise the garage - yay. For the last three years there hasn't been a welly boot, gardening glove or outdoor toy in it. *rubbing hands* I can't wait !!
One other change is that I now get to walk home from work. 2 miles, or just over 3 km. No big deal right. Shame that half of the journey is up the biggest hill ever. I wonder at what point a hill because a 'mountain'? I have to chant '1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8, who do we appreciate' to get up it. I chant quietly in my head, don't worry. I guess I'll be fit by the summer.
I've also been crocheting in the evenings, about halfway there now.
I'd been thinking about learning how to crochet granny squares and had seen a pattern in Mollie Makes (Feb'13 edition) using this kind of wool (thought the picture in the magazine showed pastel colours). I made a quick estimation and worked out I'd need quite a few skeins - maybe 10-15? I had no idea really.
Then, luckily for me - saving me an embarrassing moment / dented bank account - I enquired about the price of one of these gorgeous, sweets-coloured, woolly gems. £3.5 per skein. Ouch. Right now there's no way I can justify spending £30/50 on wool. I bought one, to see how many squares can be made out of just one. I've crocheted six so far and hopefully have enough for a seventh. So my adapted plan: the blanket will be a scarf instead. And that's ok, because what I really wanted was have a go at and learn how to make a granny square.
Now, I'm going to state the obvious - but I feel amazing thing: you can make a square by crocheting round and round, starting from a circle... I mean that is blowing my mind right now. And I know if you follow a pattern for something that looks square in the picture you'll end up with a square, extra stitches and such. But still... just amazing no?! Maybe it's just me :). Needless to say I'm very happy with my new skill. So here they are, my first ever granny squares, yey! You'll see the finished scarf once I've had the time to get some more wool!
It doesn't matter though. The roast chicken, potatoes and veggies are in the oven. A chocolate bread and butter pudding is waiting to go in. My little boy is sat on the sofa, snuggled under a blanket.
I think there might be a glass of wine this evening.