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What does the Easter weekend remind you of? Chocolate eggs and rabbits wrapped up in coloured foil, hot cross buns, a dash to that favourite holiday or camping spot, a good rest and a bit of fun with the family?

If we look back in history to the events that Easter commemorates, we see a weekend that stands out as a beacon and it was no holiday!

The usual Christian emphasis at Easter is the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. As Christians we celebrate Easter and the story of a God determined to rescue a planet that is out of control.

We hardly need to be reminded that we live in a troubled world, as watching the nightly television news gives us a dose of the world’s woes. Easter speaks to us of rescue, of renewal and of the way to peace, it tells the story of a God who made the world, saw it crumble and proceeds to put it back in shape.

Believer or not, Easter is about a new beginning, a fresh start. Spring is finally here and everything is coming back to life.  After the cold and dark Winter months there is sunshine and warmth and soon fresh green leaves will sprout, flowers will bloom and colour will be everywhere.

Whatever it is that makes Easter a special time for you, hunting Easter eggs, baking delicious cakes or coming together as a family, I hope you will find a special moment to rejoice in new beginnings and maybe find some time for a little crochet.

Here is Granny Bloom just for you…

 

All you need is some Yarn and a hook. I used DK Yarn and a 4.5mm hook

(UK Terms used)

Ch8, ss to form a ring

Rnd 1: Ch3 (counts as tr), 2tr into ring, 6ch, ss to top of tr just made, *3tr into ring, 6ch, ss to top of tr just made; rep from * 6 times, ss to join (8- 6ch-sp’s)

Fasten off. Join new colour at any 6ch-sp.

Rnd 2: *12tr in 6ch-sp, skip 1tr, ss to next tr; rep from * around, ss to join (8 petals)

Fasten off. Working from behind petals join new colour by ss to st just fastened off.

Rnd 3: Dc into same st, *5ch, dc in next ss of prev rnd, 3ch, dc in next ss of prev rnd; rep from * around, ss to join.

Rnd 4: SS to first 5ch-sp, 3ch (counts as tr), [2tr, 3ch, 3tr] in same sp, 3tr into 3ch-sp, *[3tr, 3ch, 3tr] in next 5ch-sp, 3tr in next 3ch-sp; rep from * around, ss to join.

Rnd 5: Ch3 (counts as tr), 1tr in each of next 2sts, [2tr, 1ch, 2tr] into corner sp, *1tr in each of next 9sts, [2tr, 1ch, 2tr] in corner sp; rep from * twice, 1tr in each of next 6sts, ss to join.

Fasten off. Join new colour (I used first colour) at any st.

Rnd 6: Work 1dc in each st around, working 3dc in corner sp.

Weave in all ends.

Pasg Hapus – Happy Easter wherever you are!

XO.

 

dear diary,

Ever since the day when ‘my man’ gave me a beautiful book on making Welsh Quilts have I wanted to learn how to. Living in Wales and loving history as much as I do, I feel it is absolutely essential that I make one of these traditional patterned quilts for our home here in the beautiful Welsh mountains. As always, time is an issue, but when my dear friend Jackie mentioned about a course on learning how to quilt spread over a period of almost a year, I thought it’s now or never. My quilting adventure started yesterday.

Quilt Book

gift from ‘my man’

I arrived at Liberty Bell in Chester and was greeted by the lovely Sue, owner of this Aladdin’s cave of fabric and notions heaven, and quilting expert.

She showed me to my place and I found this…

Bundle

my fabric bundle

…which when I unrolled it looked like this…

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fabric spread out

Sue then showed me what I was going to make…

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first block

…really??? I was beginning to panic. Faced with so much fabric, a cutting mat and rotary blade, all measurements in inches (as you know we don’t do inches in mainland Europe), terminology like ‘walking foot’ and applique…my head was spinning.

There was really no need as Sue is an incredibly patient and kind teacher and soon I was cutting, pressing, stitching and taking endless notes.

Before long I had managed to make this…

Squares

squares

…which soon turned into these lovely pinwheels…

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pinwheels

…and eventually turned into the bottom strip of my block.

Bottom Strip

bottom strip

I was best pleased with how much sewing I managed to do and on top of that I cut out all my applique bits and started on putting them together.

This course has six sessions making nine blocks to produce an stunning quilt the size to fit a single bed. This is what it will eventually look like, just different colours.

Quilt Pic 2

the finished quilt – eventually

I am a long way from my dream of making a Welsh Quilt, but I feel that this dream has potential of becoming reality one day in the not too distant future. 🙂

 

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