Monday, October 15, 2012

a patchwork blanket

 The patchwork blanket is finished! My hands were so numb last night, as I finished the edging. I love all the pretty colors and how cozy it is! 
The pattern was from the talented Dottie Angel and it is called the 'Ordinarily Extraordinary' blanket. I was going to put vintage doilies as she did, but then I decided not to, Maybe later. 
I also was planning a scalloped edging because I never can get enough of those pretty scallops, but I thought I should try something new. So, after looking through my crochet books I decided on a picot edging. I really loved doing this edging. It was easy and came out so pretty.
I enjoy quilting, but have really come to love crocheting blankets. I think I love the fact that you can do it anywhere and they are so warm and cozy. We had a couple of days where it was cold, but then yesterday it was in the 80's again.
I already have the next blanket planned. A pretty ripple blanket! I can't wait to get started on it. Are you crocheting, knitting, or quilting anything sweet?
 I get distracted very easily, and on Saturday as I was working on the blanket and being inspired online, I came across this beautiful crocheted cowl pattern called Dentelle Cowl from the pretty blog Shara Lambeth Designs.
I love wearing cowls, and have been wanting to make one. I was excited about this one because it had sweet scallops. So, I grabbed some pretty red wool yarn and crocheted away. It came out to be so pretty!
 I am looking forward to wearing it, once the weather cools down again!
 Some pretty new fabrics arrived in the mail on Friday. I have been wanting last three cute chick fabrics for awhile, so I am happy to get some to play with!
 Pretty vintage calicos that I have already starting cutting into to create some pretties which I will show you later in the week. 
And, I never can seem to get enough of gorgeous vintage feed sacks. These were all from the sweetest Donna of Donna's Lavender Nest. She is having a most lovely giveaway right of some gorgeous fabrics, and her cute quilt pattern, so make sure you head over to her blog!
Wishing you all a beautiful and creative week!  



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  1. Your blanket turned out sooo nice and those colors will brighten up even the darkest winter days!

    Very nice fabrics...some of the calicos look familiar..I'm wondering if I might have had some of those many moons ago.

    I think I will head over to see Donna's place to see what she has going on.

    Have a sweet week. xo

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    1. Thank you Sherri! I have a thing for calicos right now! They are so sweet. Have a lovely evening! xo Heather

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  2. I love the way that turned out! Very nice edging. I haven't crocheted for a long time, but may just pick it up again. And I do love that red one too. So pretty!

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    1. Thank you so much! Oh, yes you should! I have really come to love crocheting!! Have a great evening! xo Heather

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  3. Heather, you are SO stinkin' talented! I wish I had a sewing machine :(
    Those birdies on your new fabric are absolutely adorable! :)
    -Denise

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    1. Oh, thank you Denise! Well, maybe you can get one soon and start sewing away! Have a lovely week! xo Heather

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  4. Hi there Heather! LOVE your blanket, it turned out so wonderful! I do love that edging on it, you picked a great one for it. I really like your cowl you made too, love the color! Have a great week! xo Holly

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    1. Thank you Holly! Have a great week, too! xo Heather

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  5. Absolutely lovely! (and I heart Dottie Angel as well). Learning to crochet or knit or both is definitely on my to do list! Your pillow edgings make me swoon. :-)

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    1. Thank you so much!! I love crocheting, and maybe I learn how to knit, too. Hope you can learn soon, you'll love it! ;) xo Heather

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  6. Oh your blanket is Lovely.. I especially like the edging. I Seriously need to learn how to crochet.. :) Your fabric is adorable as well. :)

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  7. Oh, my! You crochet blanket and cowl came out so nice! You make me feel so embarrassed that I need to get out my 100 block quilt and maybe try to finish it! I haven't had it out since last Spring! I am finishing up a little fall scarf for my daughter. Maybe I could use an edge similar to yours? Hmm.. Also would you mind telling me your source for the chick fabric? I love it!!
    Blessings,
    Susie

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    1. Thank you so much Susie!! Oh, well if you only knew how many projects I have started and need to finish. ;) The picot edging would be so cute on a scarf! Can't wait to see it!

      You can get the first two chick fabrics here at Fort Worth Fabrics: http://www.fortworthfabricstudio.com/cgi-bin/Store/store.cgi?cart_id=3025980.12702.s0&lastmenu=&product=windham_once_upon_storybook

      The last chick was a Japanese fabric that is out of print, and I happened to stumble across some on Etsy.
      Hope you are having a great day! xo Heather

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  8. My grandmother made me a blanket just like it , she even crochet the edges like that. Im so glad I have it , she passed in March and I am still in sorrow that she is gone but I can hug my blankets :) I will post a few pics on my blog..www.sewizzy.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh, how sweet to have such a treasure from your grandmother! So sorry for your loss. I am glad that you can find comfort in the blanket she made for you! Blessings, Heather

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  9. Your blanket is just beautiful! I love the edging. I love your fabrics, too!!

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    1. Thank you so much Deborah!! xo Heather

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  10. Ohhhh I just adore that blanket....well done.

    Your Blog is super and I see you love crochet too!

    I am having a little crochet give away you might like?
    But i think you may be more advanced than me.

    So until later
    Best wishes to you
    daisy.

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    1. Thank you so much Daisy! So happy to have you here!! I will head over to check it out! Have a great evening! xo Heather

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  11. Oh my! I really love your blanket! Love the colours :-) Also, your cowl looks fabulous, the vibrant red will brighten up any winters day :-)

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  12. The patchwork blanket is gorgeous!

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  13. Heather your crocheted blanket is beautiful. Love the edging you did on it.
    Hugs
    donna

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  14. Your blanket is lovely!! So very special!! Love the colors!!

    chris

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  15. GASP! Those feedsacks! OHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! Perfection! And your blanket is too!

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    1. Thank you so much!! Don't you just love feed sacks!! ;) xo Heather

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  16. Great finish heather. I never could do crochet. This looks very soft and cuddly

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  17. You Finished it! How cool is that!? I love it. I just finished my SIL's birthday present....a HUGE lacy scarf. I put a picot edge on that and I'm really happy with it.

    Have a great week!!

    ~Liz

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    1. Thank you Liz!! Oh, ho beautiful does that scarf sound!! Love it!! Have a great week, too! xo Heather

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  18. Now I need to learn how to crochet...LOL
    I'm SWOONING over those vintage fabrics you snatched up!!! GORGEOUS!

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    1. Yes, you would love it!! I think I am loving it more than quilting right now. ;) Thank you!! xo Heather

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  19. Oh...Just look at those tiny baby chicks! They are adorable! I am drawn to the same little converstion prints...They make the sweetest vintage pretties.
    You have certainly found some great feedsack prints. I have only found four in my entire lifetime while out thrifting. I am drooling at yours.
    I hope you have a happy week, sweet Heather!
    Blessings,
    Carolynn xoxo
    Thank you for your warm comments on my blog. They always mean so much to me!

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    1. Thank you so much Carolynn! Wishing you a beautiful week!! xo Heather

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  20. Love the colors and the picot edging on your afghan. I will have to teach myself more edges each time I make another one. I haven't started yet, but I'm planning a baby afghan for my niece, who is due in Jan. That should help keep me warm through some of the colder months.

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    1. Thank you!! This is only my second edging, and it went so smoothly, and was easy! Oh, how sweet will the afghan be! Can't wait to see it! xo Heather

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  21. You are amazing! I used to crochet blankets years ago when I was raising my littles and would take me a whole winter to make just ONE. I cannot get over how fast you are. Have fun with your new fabrics!

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    1. Oh, thank you Kathy! Well, this has been a work in progress, but I worked all weekend on trying to get it done. And, my hands are definitely still sore. ;) Have a great night! xo Heather

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  22. The picot edging looks perfect with the squares of colour as it is more geometrical than the scallops. It looks so cosy and comfy, just right for curling up in! Cute fabrics too.

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  23. Oh wow, Heather - it's gorgeous! Loving your cowl too - just perfect for when it gets a wee bit nippy.
    Have a happy week,
    xx

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    1. Thank you so much Gilly! Yes, I am looking forward to those cooler days. Today was in the 90's. Have a lovely evening! xo Heather

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  24. How fantastic did that afghan turn out! Good for you. Love the neck scarf too. Have fun playing with your new fabric.

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  25. Your blanket is beautiful sweetie, love the edging :) also loving your fabrics too :) have a happy week sweetie

    Bee happy x

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    1. Thank you Deborah!! Have a lovely week, too! xo Heather

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  26. Your blanket turned out so nicely! It looks so warm for the coming cooler days, blessings, Jean

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  27. The blanket is so pretty-the crochet edging really finishes it off nicely. Love all the fabrics-can't wait to see your new creations with them!

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    1. Thank you Leslie! Have a great evening! xo Heather

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  28. It's wonderful! Gosh a lot of hard work there! Can't wait to see what you do with that gorgeous fabric! Ada :(

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  29. Such a lovely cosy patchwork blanket, Heather! I love the edging you chose too. The cowl will be perfect for chilly days....and all the fabrics look so pretty :)
    Wishing you a wonderful week.
    Helen x

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    1. Thank you Helen!! I just got a copy of the Christmas Cross Stitcher magazine, and saw your cute Welcome Banner! Love it, and will definitely have to make one!! Have a lovely week! xo Heather

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  30. That blanket is so gorgeous and I bet it's super comfy to snuggle under.

    Nina x

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  31. The blanket looks so cozy and cute! And I love the edging! I bet having numb hands was very much worth it! Great job Heather!
    Erica :)

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    1. Thank you Erica!! The numb hands were worth it! ;) xo Heather

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  32. Lovely blanket and I, too, love the edging .. very sweet. I'm just about to start work on a cowl, I really need one since it's starting to get quite cold and the last two I knitted I gave away. Hoping you're having a lovely week x

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    1. Thank you so much! Oh, looking forward to seeing your cowl! I am already making a second one! They are great for those cold days! Have a wonderful week, too! xo Heather

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  33. The cowl is so pretty. Do you ever wonder how such a beautiful accessory received such an interesting name? It must be the English teacher coming out in me! Very nice!

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    1. Thanks! It is an interesting name, but kinda fun! :) xo Heather

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  34. love it! i love to crochet, but dont' know alot of stitches.

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    1. Thank you!! Crocheting is so fun, and relaxing. Have a lovely week! xo Heather

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  35. Heather, You have been wonderfully busy with the most beautiful projects. This afghan is making me long to pick up the crochet needle again. Fabric in the mail! I didn't know there was such a thing. This I am going to look into! Always so inspiring here! Elizabeth

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    1. Thank you! Crocheting is definitely a favorite! How great that you crochet, too! Fabric in the mail is the best!! ;) xo Heather

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  36. Oh my goodness! I LOVE everything about this post. I am a beginning crochet-er. Do you think I could make the cowl. It is just beautiful, and those afghans-Yum!

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    1. Thank you so much Susan! I am a beginner,too, so you can definitely make this cowl! Her directions are so clear, and easy. Happy to have you here! ;) xo Heather

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  37. Wow, what a beautiful cowl!! Great job. I've immediately printed the pattern, thanks for the link :-)

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