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:

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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”

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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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Frida’s Flower Crochet Along

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Stylecraft are back with a brand new Crochet Along for 2016, Frida’s Flowers!

Designed by Jane Crowfoot Frida’s Flowers Blanket is a stunning rich floral blanket inspired by Mexican Folk Art and the colourful dresses worn by the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

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The yarn packs for this gorgeous blanket go on sale on Friday 11th March and the first part of the Crochet Along is released on Tuesday 5th April over on the Stylecraft website with patterns released fortnightly over the following four months.

The blanket can be crocheted in Stylecraft Classique Cotton or Stylecraft Special DK, since Stylecraft Special DK is hands down the most popular yarn we stock we have put together a complete yarn pack in Special DK for our customers which you can find here

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If you already have some Special DK in your stash the yarn required for the Crochet Along is as follows:

3 x Black
2 x Plum or Fuchsia Purple
2 x Petrol
1 x Lipstick
1 x Cream
1 x Shrimp
1 x Saffron
1 x Meadow
1 x Teal
1 x Magenta
1 x Turquoise
1 x Copper

The Frida’s Flowers Crochet Along is aimed at those looking to improve their skills rather than complete beginners.

Fridas Flowers Blanket

So if you fancy hooking along with the Fridas’s Flowers Crochet Along starting on 5th April  be sure to head over to the website to get your Stylecraft Special DK yarn pack here

Happy Hooking!

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Win: 1930’s clamshell fabric bundle as featured in Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine

If you’ve picked up Issue 29 of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine you may have spotted the sweet cover gift featuring Clamshell English Paper Piecing templates and a project book jam packed with adorable scalloped projects.

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We were delighted to provide a selection of our favourite 1930s fabrics and Robert Kaufman Essex Linen for the projects featured in the booklet and we absolutely love the results!

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You can find our LPQ 1930’s Clamshell bundle with 10% off here and since Christmas is fast approaching we wanted to give one of you the chance to start the new year with some lovely new fabrics, so to be in with a chance of winning a bundle of our gorgeous 1930’s clamshell fabrics,  just enter using the Rafflecopter Giveaway below.

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The draw closes on Friday 18th December and the winner will be contacted shortly afterwards

Good luck!

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