Monthly Archives: April 2016

Free Tilda Quilt Patterns for Pardon My Garden & Spring Diaries

Earlier this year Tilda released their gorgeous new Spring collections Pardon My Garden & Spring Diaries. Lots of customers have emailed to ask whether Tilda would be releasing the patterns to go with the collections and I’m delighted to report they are now available over on the Tildas World Blog.

These quilt patterns were definitely worth the wait as the format has been completely overhauled and the quilt patterns are now available in a very detailed PDF download.

Tilda Spring Diaries

The Spring Diaries quilt features this stunning retro half circle quilt pattern:

The-Spring-Diaries-Quilt

You can find the Spring Diaries fabrics here and a link to the PDF Spring Diaries Quilt Pattern is here

Pardon My Garden

The Pardon My Garden quilt features gorgeous rows of diamonds using a neutral sashing: Pardon-My-Garden-Quilt

You can find the Pardon My Garden fabrics here and a link to the PDF Pardon My Garden Quilt Pattern is here

If you are looking for a neutral fabric to go with your Tilda fabrics Kona cotton in Snow is a great option and for a neutral with a bit of flecking Kona Cotton in Natural is another great match.

Happy Quilting

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How to: Crochet a perfectly straight granny square

How to Crochet a perfectly straight granny square

Have you ever crocheted a granny square and found that it looks skewed or wonky, like its being dragged to one side? If so I have a few tips for you on how to crochet a perfectly straight granny square.

My golden rule to avoid the wonky granny square is……

“Flip your work on every round”

Cottage Garden Granny

What does this mean? Basically after finishing every round of crochet, rather than starting another round where you’ve finished, you flip your crochet over and start hooking the next round on the “wrong side”.

If you think about it if you add round, after round on the “right side” you are always crocheting in the same direction which helps create that skewed granny square look. If you use the flip method you will essentially crochet in opposite directions on each rounds which corrects any skewing!

If you don’t believe me look at these samples:

Crochet granny square examples

I have a few other tips which I use when hooking up my granny squares:

1. Do two chains (rather than three) in your corners

2. Start each round on a different side, so you aren’t joining the yarn in the same place on each round.

3. Never start a new round in a corner, always start your rounds on a side.

4. Don’t chain stitch between your clusters (tr uk or dc US), except on the corners see no.1

Cottage Garden Yarn Pack

I am currently in the middle of hooking up a giant granny square blanket, thats where you make a granny square and you keep adding rounds so it spreads out into a square blanket. The beauty of the giant granny square is you keep adding rounds until it reaches your desired size, or you become fed up, whichever comes first! I’m thoroughly enjoying seeing my granny growing on each round.

Cottage Garden Granny Square

Cottage Garden Granny

I’m using Stylecraft Special DK in 10 colours: Cream, Fondant, Pomegranate, Candyfloss, Wisteria, Sage, Storm, Meadow, Sherbet and Citron. If you fancy hooking along I have popped a yarn pack together here

Cottage Garden Yarn Pack

I will keep you posted on my progress!

Happy hooking!

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