Garden Trellis Cushions


By Judith on June 3, 2017
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Hello everyone, how is your weekend going?

 

We are slowly getting outnumbered by cardboard boxes here, as we prepare to move house later this month!

 

So as a little distraction from all the packing, I thought I would tell you about 2 pretty little cushions I made for Pretty Patches magazine.

 

 

Back in 2013 I made my daughter these cushions for her birthday. I thought I would have another go using my design, but this time with the summery fabrics from Lewis and Irene, called Flo’s Little Garden.

 

Garden Trellis Cushions (Pretty Patches June17)

 

I’ve called them Garden Trellis.  The Kona Snow trellis in one cushion provides little windows to view the pretty flowers, while in the other cushion, the ditsy florals are climbing up the trellis.

 

 

Simple ‘echo’ quilting make this a beginner friendly project, with an easy envelope closure at the back.

 

 

I finished the cushions with a crochet trim.  To do this, hand sew a blanket stitch first with the crochet cotton (I used DMC Natura Just Cotton in Ivory).  You will need a sharp darning needle with a big enough eye to take the crochet cotton.

 

The blanket stitches act like a foundation row to start crocheting into. Work 3 double crochet into each blanket stitch, then 3 chain loops into every 3rd double crochet.  Finally, work 1 double crochet, 4 treble crochet, 1 double crochet into each chain loop.

 

Garden Trellis Cushions (Pretty Patches June17)

 

Don’t worry if you aren’t a crocheter.  The cushions are complete without adding a crochet trim.  Alternatively, sew a ready-made crochet trim into the seams between the front and back of the cushion before the final assembly.

 

 

So there we have it!  2 pretty, summery cushions, sadly ready for the packing boxes!

 

Enjoy your weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

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Crochet Daisy Chain


By Judith on April 21, 2017
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I have been a crocheter since the age of 8, two years before I started to sew.

 

I’m eternally grateful to a great-aunt who took the time and patience with me all those years ago.

 

While I don’t often get the time to crochet, it’s nice to have an easy ‘pick-up-put-down’ project on the go when I’m not in the sewing room.

 

Crochet Daisy Chain

 

One such project was this spring garland.  My uni-daughter loves seasonal garlands and I thought this would make a sweet addition to her ‘Easter goodies’ parcel from home.

 

Crochet Daisy Chain

 

I didn’t have a pattern to work from, so after a few attempts, I got to the right size and shape I was after.

 

Crochet Daisy Chain

 

Daisies are my favourite flower!  And to coin a phrase from one of my favourite movies ‘they’re such a friendly flower’!  (Meg Ryan, You’ve Got Mail)

 

Daisy chains remind me of a time when I was a girl, making chains from daisies on long summer days playing out the fields near where I lived.

 

My uni-daughter is delighted with her spring garland!  And I’m so pleased with how it turned out, I made one for myself too!

 

Crochet Daisy Chain

 

So despite the rather dull weather here this week, my daisy chain is bringing some spring brightness into my home!

 

Crochet Daisy Chain

 

Happy crafting!

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