Thursday, 14 January 2010

Yet Another

I could mean yet another person trying to take over my favourite chair in my den...




Or I could mean yet another new project being started for the New Year.

It all began with this.




Most evenings, I stop off in my den on the way to bed, have a last quick check of emails and pick up a book or magazine for a last, relaxing read in bed. The other night, it happened to be this book.





I did a little mini review of it when I bought it which you can have a shifty at here should you fancy.

Well, the picture of that bed with that quilt really stuck in my mind (I mean the patchwork quilt on the bottom as opposed to the eiderdown on top, by the way). When I finished my last (first) patchwork quilt just before Christmas, I remarked to my sister that I wasn't sure I'd make another as it was pretty intense work. But there I was, lusting over that quilt in the Perfect English Cottage book.




It is clearly a vintage quilt and I was drawn to its colourful, eclectic nature.





I had just the idea to make up the large colourful square panels. I'd use the "Crazy Nine Patch" pattern which I had previously used to make a cushion cover.





I'd make a series of these large panels using nine 8" squares of fabric for each one. I'd probably make nine patchworked square panels then use some polka dotty green sashing in between and turn it into one big wacky, colourful, Summery picnic blanket ruggy thingy.




Oh yes, indeedy. And these squares are jolly addictive stuff. I love them because you get a fabby patchworked effect without all the studied measuring and precision that can be so tiring in the more usual quilt patterns. Its a sort of "fly by the seat of your pants quilt" this one.

I needed sustenance along the way. Hot cross buns in the shops already? Well, who am I to argue?




I've used what I hope is an eclectic mix of fabrics in bright and clashing colours. Approximately half of the fabrics in each square are vintage, the rest a mix of modern and repro fabrics. It certainly helps to have a large stash for this project. I'm just the woman for that then!




And then there were four...





In the background, I'm also getting on with my crocheted cushion cover project.





Tonight, I've finished the last three squares which are now blocking as I type.

Well folks, it's very late, I'm very tired and I have a full-on and hopefully exciting day ahead tomorrow. More of that soon...

48 comments:

  1. i'm mentally preparing to embark on my first quilt and may adopt your crazy method.....looks fun.....love the crochet and i wouldnt mind that book either.... have a great friday!

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  2. I think your quilt will be even more attractive than the one which inspired you.
    Many thanks for the information added to your last post regarding the book featuring the lovely crochet cushion cover you are making.

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  3. That is going to be a gorgeous quilt! And cushion!
    I love all the color!

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  4. The photo of the bedroom is certainly an inspiration.
    Guess I need to improve my stash to include these wonderful colors of yours.
    How will you quilt this?
    I'm going into my Stash Room and see what I can find.
    Thanks for today's Post.

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  5. Look at you go! :) It looks great...they both look great!

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  6. i LOVE the ginger coloured "book stand"..... they are lovely creatures...aren't they??

    xo
    eva

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  7. You have been very busy! That cushion cover is looking very good indeed ~ I love it :O)

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  8. What a lovely book!Love your combinations of fabric Hen, so pretty and fresh!I'm still working on a hexy quilt fo my niece, I started it when she was born, perhaps I'll finish it for her 2nd Birthday!
    The cushion is looking gorgeous!
    Have a lovely day!
    Rachel x

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  9. I love your quilt in the making can't wait to see it finished. And the crochet blanket is coming on a treat too. It all looks lovely.

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  10. You've been busy. Such prettyness.
    x

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  11. it's going to be very nice! i like the colors!

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  12. Hi Hen!..I think my prince charming is missing the crown!!!!
    Love your crochet project!
    xxx

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  13. Ooooh...that's going to be such a lovely quilt. I'm in the process of "finding" one I like. I love the idea of going where it takes you, and not following a pattern. Can't wait to see the cushion finished!

    Ali (an avid blog reader)

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  14. I love the blocks for your new quilt, its going to be fabulous!

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  15. Marvelous colours and effects! I'm inspired!

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  16. What lovely projects! Thanks for sharing them with us. Love the colours of your quilt. I too started a cream/colour crochet project just after Christmas. Mine's in cotton yarn and will be a blanket with a bobble edge (probably for summer by the time I finish it!). Your cushion cover looks great.

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  17. That lovely quilt is also in the November issue of Country Living magazine they have a section named 50 ways to create the Country Cottage look. Your quilt is coming along nicely and will look great.
    Karen

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  18. I love the picture of the munchkin reading, I love to see my 8yr old boy reading a book, long may it continue.
    The quilt looks fabulous.

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  19. The quilt is absolutely gorgeous. I've always wanted to know how to create this effect and your 'cushion' post seems to cover this very nicely, thank you. Def on my 'to do' list.

    Its quite cute that the men in your life all seem to gravitate to your craft room.
    Jak x

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  20. Wow you got that done quickly Hen! Looking forward to seeing the end result x

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  21. Beautiful quilt and eiderdown....hmmm!!!! my first quilt is starting to call me...but even more excitingly I've just ordered a Brother Embroidery machine...feel lots of pretties coming on. Thanks you for the review of cottage book, have been coveting that for a long time...off to Amazon.

    Teresa x

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  22. oh it looks fab ! i love the colours and fabrics just what is needed to lift the spirits in gloomy January :-)
    Lesley x

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  23. Beautiful makes again Hen. You are an amazing lady.
    Rachael XX

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  24. I love the crochet cushion you are making and your quilt :) xx

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  25. Looks divine, cannot wait to see the finished quilt. Dev x

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  26. you've been inspired and now ive been inspired by you being inspired hahaha!!
    im building myself up to start my first patchwork quilt.. ive been collecting the fabrics for about a year now, the thing im not looking forward to is the cutting out.. im hopless at cutting in a straight line!!!!

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  27. My sister bought me that book for Christmas and I love that picture of the bed and of course THAT quilt!Your cushion cover is gorgeous as is everything you make.I'm very envious!

    Bellaboo

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  28. very beautiful work.my name is ┼čule (ladygreenriver)
    I am from Turkey
    love

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  29. Gosh Hen, you certainly don't let the grass grow under your feet. The New Year has arrived and there are projects on the go here,there and everywhere, which is just as well for us as we get to look at all the lovely things you make. The picnic rug is going to be fab as is the cushion. Love reading your blog, had to drop by and say "hello". Best wishes for 2010.

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  30. That is my favourite image from that book too and I have it copied as inspiration for the bedroom when I move.

    Victoria xx

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  31. The quilt looks lovely, but I'm sure yours will be even more yummy!

    Can't wait to hear about your exciting day today too!

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  32. I love you son's picture. How you can find time to work in your projects? I already started some projects but no time to finish any of them.
    I really enjoy your ideas.Your crochet cushion looks very good. What are you using as a backing?
    Gloria

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  33. oohhhh....Hen...I spy the P.Rose fabric....looks lovely used in your posh new quilt....you make such lovely items for your home...have a super weekend!
    I have my Niece tonight, we are going to make some bunting for the Toy shop that we have in the role play area in school....should be fun!

    Melxx

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  34. Hi Hen
    Happy New Year!
    I have enjoyed catching up with your posts. What a very busy bee you have been. I love the crochet work, looking really good and so is the patchwork. I took the opportunity of catching up with some crochet whilst in France. It felt good getting stuck in to a couple of projects again. Decorating the house can get a bit boring after a while!

    Have a great weekend
    Warm wishes
    Isabelle x

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  35. I must give quilting a go Hen..but like you said its the measuring and precise nature of it that puts me off a little..I'll have to take the plunge soon I think..I'll be brave!

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  36. That quilt is looking fabulous! I've never attempted quilting because it always seems so precis, although I can sew. I would just love to have a go at one like this. The cushion looks great too. My aim this year is to crochet more, so woolly blankets are certainly on the 'to do' list. Enjoy your weekend! Ros

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  37. wowsers, look at the size of that ginger monster. i'm surprised the munchkin wasn't flattened! ;-)

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  38. Goodness!!! When do you sleep? You do get a lot done, don't you? Loving the cushion cover, so pretty. x

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  39. wow- the quilt looks amazing!! I have the same book, and also read it in bed, there are some gorgeous cottages in there.

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  40. whatever you are on I want some!
    great stuff!!

    Clare

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  41. More inspiration thanks Hen - I am still mad over your crochet cushion, I am going to study that photo later and try to work out a pattern from it - I just adore how the flowers are raised. Love the munchkin reading in the chair!!!

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  42. Just wanted to let you know that you bring sunshine to my blogging life so I'm passing on an award to you. It's waiting on my blog so do pop in and see me. Hx

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  43. Wow, good for you! You're so productive during these dark days of winter. Beautiful!--Cheryl

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  44. Oh thats one of my favourite books and I have a picture of that bedroom pinned on my board to inspire me for my bedroom!! Quilts great!

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  45. It is going to be gorgeous as always! The flower crochet blocks are really cute too.

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  46. Good Eveing Hen...its the MOST fantastic place , full of wonderful treasure!

    Honestly...you would wish for a shopping trolly, too many goodies!

    Melxx

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  47. I love your pussy cat.... I can see he really does beat Nanny in weight, he's huge!!
    Your quilt looks lovely, I could never look at that kind of book before bedtime....my head would be a whirl of things to do! :) x

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  48. Hi Hen,

    I got that book for Christmas too and I have been lusting after the quilt and the eirderdown! I love how cheerful the colours are I epsecially love the green and yellow pop.

    Cant wait to see how yours turns out, It is shaping up beautifully,

    Sarah x

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