Saturday, 7 June 2014

Round The Colour Wheel At Last!

A big hello to all of you, thank you for visiting once again, and if you are new to this little space then I welcome you and hope you enjoy what you see here!

I could hardly believe my own eyes when I checked up on when I first posted about my 'round the colour wheel' blanket and saw that it was May last year - a whole year ago, but hey, I have been busy with other things! Anyway, a few weeks ago our weather changed and I started to feel a bit cool at night so you know what happened then - my thought was "I could use a nice cosy blanket around my legs" and you know, one thought led to another and to cut a long story short .. .. .. I pulled this lovely bright and warm article out of its hiding spot, wrapped it over my legs and got busy with the hook! I really was determined that before anything else grabbed my attention, this blanket was going to be finished! And so here it is!



You see all those little ends? Yes? Yes, all those have been sewn in and no, I didn't count them but it was a bit of a marathon I can tell you! The border is done in half trebles, having first of all 'straightened the ripples' at top and bottom with a row of double crochet, half trebles, and trebles in the deepest parts of the curves: you can see that in the first pic to the left, below .. .. .. 


I am really happy with this colourful blanket - it measures 54"x52" (137x132cms.) and really is warm and cosy without being heavy. If you are interested you can see more about its beginnings by clicking on the post in my sidebar entitled Round the Colour Wheel. It's a good feeling to know it's now finished because I did feel guilty about it just lying there, and besides, now I know how much leftover yarn I have to play with, for other projects! AND I can cuddle under it on a night whilst working on other projects!


I have been slack with my posts these past few weeks and the blanket has been finished for a wee while now and I've also been busy stitching:


Yep, another quilt - not a big one - this one measures roughly 25"x35" (64x90cms.)


I have to tell you that I don't really plan out these quilts before beginning on them - I pick up fabrics that take my fancy here and there and then when I get them home realise that 'this goes with that and that goes with this' and just start cutting out strips and follow my intuition, hence the sizes turn out to be what they are - I keep going on the piece until I'm satisfied that it's a useful size, then finish it off. Maybe I'm a bit strange, I know it's not the professional way to go about it, but I do love making them!

I have some really helpful and inspirational quilting books that explain how to work out and measure the amount of fabrics required etc. etc., and I have learned a lot from Jenny at Missouri Star Quilt Company with her great videos on YouTube but so far I haven't taken on the pressure of planning out a quilt with specific measurements .. .. .. one of these days I may change but in the meantime I'm happy with my carefree and most enjoyable method! How do you go about your quilt making? Do tell!


Here's a little lavender heart that I stitched - from Christine Leech's book entitled 'Little Sew&Sew' - the author calls it a 'Hanging Heart'. Oh it does smell so nice; the lavender is some home grown that I hung and dried some months ago after gaining inspiration from the lovely Marianne at Ladybird Diaries; do pay her a visit if you don't already know Marianne - her posts are always so lovely, fresh and inspiring!




Do you remember a couple or so posts back I showed you a wall hanging that I'd made for my younger daughter Mel, for her birthday? Many of you were sure that she'd love it .. .. .. 



.. .. ..  are you convinced now? She loved her cake too! 


I'm including this pic of my blue Kosta Boda tea light holder that my daughter Tracy bought me many years ago - I love this delightful thing but playing around with my camera recently (more about the camera next time) I think I really saw into this ornament for the first time .. .. .. 


.. .. ..  and think it's wonderful, all glowing and shimmering! Such a gorgeous blue too, don't you think?


I have so many other finished projects as well as birthday bits and pieces that I want to share with you  but don't want to keep you too long - I understand completely how quickly time passes whilst browsing through blogs - so I'll finish up with a pic from our back garden - this is one of many available varieties of grevillea, but I'm sorry I can't tell you the actual name of it for I don't know it myself!!! Tut tut Joy!


It is very pretty isn't it - ah, mother nature, what beauty she bestows upon us!


Well, I'm beginning to catch up after all the excitement of anniversary and birthdays and really must try to post again soon before I get myself completely lost with projects and pics happening all over the place! I haven't been very diligent with following your lovely blogs either, just looking quickly and leaving messages here and there, now and again; routine is something I really need else my brain becomes scattered all over the place - not literally of course, that would be too messy now, wouldn't it! But I have been missing you all, and then a feeling of separation starts to seep in, which is not good. So I guess what I'm really saying is - I will see you all again soon, take good care of yourselves and enjoy doing whatever helps you be happy!

With my love,

Joy xoxo

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  1. I'm always happy to see your projects and your flowers. I think your quilt style is a lot like mine though I would say you are much better at the colour combinations and putting things together than I am! I just like to look more than make, lol. I would be interested in knowing what books you have on quilting that you find helpful because I haven't found one I really like so far. I do like Jenny from Missouri Quilt Company but so far have only followed one of her videos in a wee quilt I'm making now. It will be sweet and simple so I can finish quickly. Your daughter looks very pleased with her gift and that is wonderful! Have a lovely weekend dear Joy!

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    1. Dear Joyful, many thanks for your kind message and yes, I think we are both happy to go with the flow and follow our noses in such things - and I'm sure you would be doing more if you weren't so busy with other calls on your time! I'm glad to hear you're enjoying Jenny and I'll look forward to seeing your quilt which I'm sure will be lovely! Now for books:
      'Beginner's Guide to Quilting' by Elizabeth Betts; 'First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting' by Christina Cameli have both been helpful, but 'The Quilter's Bible' by Linda Clements gives a complete coverage on patchwork, quilting and appliqué which to me is indispensable, a wonderful book. The other day I purchased a new one which I'm very taken with, 'The Quilter's Appliqué Workshop' by Kevin Kosbab - I'm loving it! I hope this is helpful for you, enjoy your project, xoJoy

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  2. Beautiful ripples Joy! Your blanket is wonderful, as I knew it would be. All your hard work paid off, and you can enjoy it now :) Your lovely daughter looks SO happy, great snaps of her too. I'm in awe of your ability to crochet, quilt, sew. Such creativity in abundance. I enjoyed catching up here with you today, and hope you have a wonderful weekend x

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    1. How wonderful to hear from you again Sharron, thank you for your lovely message! I'm so happy to finally have the blanket finished! I hope you are enjoying some sunshine over there! xoJ

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  3. Joy, your post POPPED with colour and sheer energy! youre amazing doing all those projects! Your DD looks so happy her smile is infectious and made me smile too. That tealight holder is amazing in the light, so glad you "discovered " it while playing around with your camera! Have a wonderful weekend!
    ps v cloudy and grim here in the city is it or has it been raining where you are?

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    1. Hello Krissie, and many thanks for being so kind - I'm glad my post cheered you! Oh the weather is so changeable - Friday was glorious, like a summer's day, Sat was pleasant but with a cool breeze, and since the afternoon we've been expecting rain at any time but it still hasn't appeared - not bad for winter, but we do need more rain! Happy weekend to you, despite the weather, xoJ

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  4. Hi Joy it's lovely to see your post just brimming with bright colour and beautiful makes. I love the ripple blanket the cheerful colours will cheer you up while you snuggle under it. Does it really matter how you make your quilts when the results are always so beautiful, that's called real talent being able to decide on the design as you go along. I love the hearts the detail is lovely. What a beautiful plant I have never seen anything like it before. :) xx

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    1. Ah Linda, when I look at the blanket now I wonder how I could possible leave it hidden away for so long - but other things have been so tempting and resisting 'new' projects is almost impossible for me! Thank you so much for your kindness, xoJ

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  5. Dear Joy
    What a fabulously colourful post! Your blanket is so beautiful and perfect for your cooler nights. Your quilt is lovely too. The little lavender heart is so pretty and has the added bonus of scent. The blue of the tea light holder is stunning as well - blue is my favourite colour. All this colour is just what I needed on a grey and rainy June day.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Dear Ellie, I am glad you feel cheered by the colours - sometimes that's all we need to keep us going on our merry way - I hope your weekend is proving to be merry and thank you so much for taking the time to be here with me! xoJ

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  6. Your blanket & quilt are both fabulous looking creations. I expect you are pleased to have them finished. I'm planning on making a quilt for each of my boys & I am perusing fabric choices before buying them next week. I've never made one before but I'm quite excited by the prospect. Your daughter does indeed look very happy with both her present & cake. Hope you have a great week.

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    1. Hi Jo and a big thank you for being so kind! All the very best with your quilt making - I find it such an exciting process from start to finish and I'm sure you'll enjoy every bit of it, and your boys will be so happy! xoJ

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  7. Oh my goodness Joy your blanket and your quilt are just so beautiful. I love them. And thos flowers are just about the prettiest flowers I have ever seen.
    Hugs to you and enjoy your weekend.
    Meredith

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    1. Lovely Meredith, thank you so much, I'm happy you like them. I hope your weekend is going well and you're finding plenty time for weaving!
      Hugs to you too and happy days, xoJ

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  8. Oh Joy what fabulous projects! Your blanket is a riot of glorious colours-it reminds me of a rainbow, so incredibly uplifting. You have executed the crochet so well, I have never done a project on that scale! Your quilting is marvellous. You and I must be similar in that we buy fabrics we like then put them together according to 'eye'. I love the inspiring messages on the fabric you have included. The little heart is so detailed-love the way you have used chain stitch and the complementary turquoise and purples. Such a lovely post to read-hope you have a happy weekend, Alison xx

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    1. Thank you so much Alison for your lovely message, I really appreciate it! Doing ripples is so relaxing once you get into them and good to have a big project on the go in the background to whittle away at between smaller works. Happy days to you. xoJ

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  9. Wow Joy, your blanket is absolutely scrumptious!!! It must have taken ages and ages!! Love the quilts to. Have a great week, Sarah xo

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    1. Sarah, thank you so much - there certainly are a lot of hours of crochet in the blanket, but it had long rests in between times too, haha! I'm so glad you like it, thank you! xoJ

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  10. Wow you sure have been busy and all your goodies are stunning-especially that blanket!! Nice to see you back....x

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    1. Hiya Leeanne, lovely to hear from you and to be back - I still have so much catching up to do, even without all the things that have slipped my mind .. .. .. I'm trying to be more organised .. .. .. I hope your weekend is working out well for you. xoJ

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  11. Hello Joy! Only just found you - those ripple blankets are very addictive, be warned :)
    www.thequietstitcher.com

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    1. Welcome Jacky, and thank you for becoming my latest follower - I'm looking forward to visiting you soon! Yes, I agree, the ripples are so relaxing - this is my second big blanket; the first one, which I crocheted in pure wool, is much heavier in weight with more subdued colours. xoJ

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  12. You have some great projects there, I love the blanket. I am ready to start another blanket soon. I like one on the go as a no brainer to do when I watch TV. The plant is amazing, It looks like lots of pink snails all crawling over each other! Always happy after I have read your positive posts. Jo x

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    1. Hello Jo, it's lovely to see you again and thank you for your sweet message! It is good to have something easy to work on in front of the telly - I am lost when my hands are idle! I do like your description of the grevillea, and very accurate too - they are amazing plants!I expect you are enjoying your wonderful cabin - wish I could visit you there, xoJ

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  13. Oh Joy, it's so good to hear from you! I've missed you! But wow, some great reasons keeping you from blogging! The rainbow blanket is simply out of this world! I would drape it over the sofa, over a table, anywhere so that the colours would be all spread out and would sing to me every day! The quilt is beautiful, I love the myriad fabrics that all gel together so well. Happy daughter, with good reason! :-) And we have a few Kosta Boda pieces as well - sent regularly from Scandinavian relatives - and I find the swirling colours in glass so dreamy...looks like all is happy in your part of the world, hope to hear more soon! Chrissie xxx ps The flower simply cannot be real, you've taken it from a Dr Seuss book or Lewis Carroll, surely...

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    1. Haha, you make me laugh Chrissie and I think it's time you visited Australia and took a look at some of the wonderful plant-life we are blessed with?! It's so lovely to have your sweet message, thank you - I've missed you too lovely! Isn't it magical what colour can do for us, especially on grey sky days. Re the Kosta Boda range, I once came across a marble- effect vase years ago and have regretted ever since not buying it - it was a beauty with so many lovely colours! I hope you're enjoying your weekend, xoJ

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  14. Wowsers! That blanket is just wow! I can only imagine the hours and hours taken but to look and see something for our labours is so satisfying. Your daughter is obviously well chuffed with the gifts and cake, golly she looks so much like a friend of mine, don't have relatives from Adelaide do you? I am a collector of glass objects among other items....hahahaha.... Cannot walk past a glass paperweight. As to your quilts, there is no right or wrong here my dear , just get out there and do and then you have your own style. Your camera skills are right up there, the flower shots are delicious. I have been working on mine too, practice practice practice! Lovely to hear about your end of the continent again. :-)

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    1. You're quite right Susan, and I'm very happy just looking at the blanket - and oh so nice to be wrapped up in all that colour! No, we don't have relies in Adelaide - well, not that I know of - but I have heard it said that we all have a double somewhere, so who knows! So, you collect paperweights - there are some real beauties around - how about a pic in a post? I think I may be becoming a collector of quilts!!! Enjoy playing with your camera m'dear - there's always so much to learn and do with these (sometimes) complicated but wonderful pieces of equipment, don't you think? Take care and have a lovely week, xoJ

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  15. What a wonderful colourful and snug ripple blanket you've made for your winter months, Joy! It will make you feel cheerful just looking at it! Can you imagine I still have to make myself a ripple blanket. It's on my list! So nice to see your daughter enjoying her present and eating her yummy looking cake. That's a very beautiful deep blue vase and those last flowers are so intricate looking. Quite amazing. Have a beautiful Sunday! I'm just getting ready to set the table on the balcony for breakfast!

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    1. Hello Sandra - yes, I finished the blanket in nice time for we certainly are having cold nights and mornings now; I'm sure you'll get round to doing yourself a happy ripple - when the time is right - and I'll look forward to seeing it! I think that if you cast your magic with your camera on the blue glass you'd come up with something really special .. .. ..
      How lovely to have breakfast on the balcony on a beautiful sunny morning - I'm sure you really enjoyed it and I hope your week is full of happy enjoyment too, xoJ

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  16. Oh my goodness, your ripple blanket is stunning - those colours! The dark purple / magenta shades are wonderful. I did spy it in your last post over the back of your sofa, my eye is always drawn to colourful crochet! I love your lavender heart as well, it's so pretty and stitched so well, lavender scent is special to me. It's been a pleasure to visit you today Joy, take care, Sam xx

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    1. Dear Sam, I'm happy that you like the blanket - I really like those colours too, rich and warm! Aha, you had a preview - good for you picking that up - eyes like a hawk, as they say, and of great benefit when one lives in a world of happy colour I say!
      Yes, lavender says so much to so many with the memories it conjures up - I love it too!
      Have a happy week Sam, and thanks so much for being here, xoJ

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  17. Wow Joy, what can I say!!! So many beautiful projects in one place, the ripple blanket us stunning and love the quilt. Deb x

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    1. Thanks so much Deb - always lovely to see you here. Have a happy 'socking' week!
      xoJ

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  18. What a lush blanket you have made and the colours compliment each other well. You quilts are very good too. I think you have such a eye for picking fabrics and you put them together well.
    Glad your daughter loved her present, I could just do with some of that cake she is tucking into ♡

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    1. Hello Joy, I really appreciate having your very kind message, thank you! I'd love to send you some of that cake but methinks it wouldn't travel too well - it's oh so rich with raspberries and chocolate - and besides, baby would really be kicking then, haha!!! xoJ

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  19. I love all of your projects but especially your crocheted blanket. The colours are just so bright and happy looking (if that makes sense?). Not surprised your daughter loved her present. Have a great week - it's always a pleasure to catch up with you. XX

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    1. Ah thank you Suzanne, I'm glad you like it, and yes, it makes perfect sense to say it is a happy blanket! Lovely to have you here again m'dear - you have a great week! xoJ

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  20. I love the crochet blanket, I have started a ripple cushion cover to test the pattern. I adore your quilt, is there some Liberty prints in there? If, not they are very similar and beautiful. Inspirational as usual. Kelly x

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    1. All the best with your ripple pattern Kelly and I'll be watching out for your lovely cushion so do please show and tell! There probably are a couple of Liberties in the quilt I think - sometimes I include pieces cut from 'fat quarters' which are without their 'labels'! Enjoy your week, and your rippling, xoJ

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  21. It is lovely to catch up on your news Joy, it sounds as though you have been very busy with your patchwork and crochet and birthdays! All lots of fun. Your blanket is beautiful! xx

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    1. And it's lovely to have you here again Amy, thank you - yes, I've been having lots of fun and hope you are too - enjoy whatever you do this week! xoJ

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  22. Lots of sumptuous colour here Joy, that blanket is wonderful, the quilts are nice as well. I particularly like the heart, so sweet. Love the grevillea, I am looking out for one for my garden, I have never seen that colour before. Love it. n Have a great week.

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    1. Thanks so much for your lovely message Zana - I'm hoping to catch up with you soon!
      xoJ

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  23. I love your ripple blanket- I do adore a bit of brightly coloured crochet!

    Jen xx

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    1. Thank you Jen - bright colours do cheer us don't they! Happy week to you and thanks for dropping by again, xoJ

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  24. so many pretties! It's almost overwhelming... the blanket really caught my eye, it's so beautiful!

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    1. Hello Wendy, yes I agree too much even of a good thing can be overwhelming - I just need to get back into routine and post more regularly - I can't keep up with myself! xoJ

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  25. Joy... I wish I lived around the corner. I am just beginning to dip my toe into quilting and I am in awe of stitchery and yours are beautiful x

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    1. Hi Linda - I wish you lived round the corner too - couldn't we have some good times! All the very best with your new venture m'dear, and just put your whole foot in and go for it, you're going to LOVE it; all the best with it, and most of all, enjoy! coJ

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  26. Hello lovely Joy! A beautiful post full of loveliness. That blanket...what can I say, it is truly stunning. I honestly think it must be one of the loveliest blankets I have ever seem. Mel looks very happy with her pretty wall hanging and yummy cake too. The little heart is so beautifully made and thank you for the lovely mention, very kind of you.
    Marianne x

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    1. Hiya Marianne, thank you so much for being so very kind, I really did - and do - enjoy this colourful piece! I hope you're having plenty of sewing time this week, xoJ

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  27. Gorgeousness aplenty today Joy! I am just catching up on my blog reading after a few days so excuse me only just leaving my comment. I love that blanket, very pretty.

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    1. Thank you Anne, it's lovely to hear from you again. I have only just caught up (I think) with blog reading and messaging myself and hope I can keep up this week! So much going on with so many! xoJ

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  28. Hi Joy
    Your blanket is absolutely beautiful, I love bright colours and this makes me want to make one for myself.
    Briony
    x

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    1. Hello Briony, and welcome to my little spot! Thank you so much for your lovely message!
      xoJ

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  29. Hi Joy, I'm just trying to catch up too. For a few days last week I managed to actually catch up with all my blog reading for each day ...didn't last long!
    I'm definitely with you on the gathering and collecting of fabrics and just seeing where it takes me rather than planning ahead; I think planning much takes the out of creativity :-)
    Lovely, lovely post Joy and such a happy read with the added bonus of beautiful photos.
    Kind regards, Tracey xxx

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    1. Hi Tracey, lovely to have you here again! It is difficult to keep on keeping up with everything isn't it - I catch up and then before I know it everyone's way out there in front of me again and I don't like missing out on anything!
      Your message is very sweet, thank you so much! xoJ

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  30. I love both your beautiful quilt and your approach to making them - who says they have to be made in a certain way? Far better to go with your instinct and creativity and really enjoy making it rather than angsting over trying to do it the "right way". I'm all for just going for it!
    Beautiful crochet blanket too Joy, I bet you're so happy its finished and can be used.
    Lovely wall hanging too, lucky daughter!
    Have a great week Joy
    Gill xx

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    1. How lovely, I'm happy you agree with my methods - or lack of - go with the flow and see what happens; I love it!
      I am very happy the blanket is finished Gill, and could be a bit annoyed at myself for leaving it packed away for so long - waiting and waiting! Never mind, there's a time and a place!
      I hope your week is working out beautifully, xoJoy

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  31. Oh Joy, your crochet blanket is so lovely - really worth all the effort :) I hate weaving in ends when I use a lot of different coloured yarns but it's a great feeling when it's finally finished, isn't it?

    Your quilts are so beautiful too. I love your approach to making them, I think that's the right way to go about crafting.....just let your inspiration take over :) By the way, I really need to say a big thank you. The quilt I'm working on at the moment is really down to you. I admire all the beautiful quilting work you do and after reading your posts about Jenny on YouTube I started watching her videos and bit by bit I felt confident enought to try one myself. So thank you for inspiring me to try something new! I have a feeling that quilting is going to be another crafting addiction of mine though, so I'm not entirely sure my husband will be feeling quite as grateful as I am ;) Have a wonderful day Joy! xx

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    1. Thank you so much Elisabeth and yes, it feels really good to have the blanket finished!
      I really appreciate your very sweet message and was so happy to know you've started a quilt. I'm also pleased that you are benefitting from Jenny's videos - she does a great job doesn't she! Once I started on quilting and appliqué I couldn't stop and admit to really being addicted; now and then I pick up a bit of knitting or crochet but then it's back to the fabrics and playing with the sewing machine. Great fun, and if you have even half the good times I am having with this craft then you'll be very happy to be hooked! Enjoy every moment of it m'dear! xoJoy

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  32. Joy, your blanket is wonderful! Such gloriously happy colours, it really is great. Blankets are good winter projects, aren't they? Something to keep us warm in the evenings. I've been working on a blanket for almost a year, I don't think I'll be finishing it anytime soon, other projects keep getting in the way! x

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    1. Gillian, thank you so much for your kindness and yes, blankets are great to have on the go during winter - in fact I think it's always a good thing to have in the background to come back to when we finish the project we 'just had to do'. Occasionally when I finish a project an unsettled feeling tries to sit on me, so for me it's really good to know there's something to turn to while I decide which project on my long list to tackle next! Told you I am difficult, haha! xoJoy

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  33. What a gorgeous ripple blanket Joy! I love the colours, and the name is perfect. I'm always a little envious of you to be able to crochet this blanket up in no time. Well, I realize you put it aside for a while, but you must've worked it up quickly in the end, right? The other two quilts are so pretty too, and I love your choice of fabrics. Red always makes quilts seem so cozy to me. I usually start with a block and go from there. I'll follow a pattern for the block and then decide how to join them later on. I like to make things up as I go too, because then it makes the piece I'm working on very personal and created by me. Your flower is amazing ... such intricate details! And your lovely daughter looks so happy with the quilt and the cake ;) Have a great week (and weekend). Wendy x

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    1. Hello Wendy and I'm happy you like the blanket - you're right too, when I picked it up again everything else was put on a waiting list and I just worked on it until finished; such a good feeling! I like the way you set about doing your quilts too - let the creativity flow! Thank you so much for always leaving such lovely messages Wendy, I love hearing from you, xoJoy

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  34. Goodness me you have been busy Joy and so productive .. Loooove the warm cosy blanket, you will certainly need it over the next few months. I've just started using my fire in the evenings :) Your quilts are magnificent and all the more charming for the random selection of materials.. I feel really inadequate in this area when I see your creations :)

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    1. Grace, thank you so much for your kindness and yes, the blanket is most certainly needed these days - not to mention the nights, which have been very cold! Oh no, you feel inadequate re my makes and I feel inadequate re your beautiful photography - so we're quits?!! Have a wonderful weekend and keep those great shots coming! xoJoy

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  35. You are enviably productive Joy! And everything you make is so beautiful. It's no surprise your daughter was so pleased with her gift. And that cake looks delicious.

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    1. So nice of you to say so Annie, thank you so much! xoJoy

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  36. Of course you are happy with the blanket, it is very pretty, bright and cheerful. Perfect for cold evenings :-) I really like how you did the border. And everything else is lovely too, you really are very skillful.

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    1. Thank you so much for popping in and leaving your very welcome message,xoJ

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