November 1, 2010

A few of my side projects

I am between designing projects so I decided to work on a design that I started months ago.  It's my Beatrix Potter Quaker Sampler.  The colors I chose are Crescent Colours Belle Soie. . . . . . natural and beautiful.  I was faced with the same dilemma that everyone else has been faced with when sitting down to stitch this design which is color.  I went round and round on what colors to use and in the end went with the ones I thought could stand the test of time even if I changed my entire room. 
They are Cinnamon Stick, Baguette, Tortoise Shell, Mudpie,
Vanilla Pudding and Walk the Plank.

The other thing I have been doing is crocheting granny squares!
I chose just four colors. . . . black, green, cream and gold.  I rotate the two center colors and will add them every other in the finish.  I use a lot of black, gold and cream in decorating so this was a good choice for me.

The first granny squares I ever made were when I was eight.  I was taught to crochet by my grandmother who would sit beside me for hours as we stitched together.

I wish I still had that old blanket but moths found it years ago before I knew they were even interested in it.  Being all wool, I remember picking that sweet blanket up and it hung sadly with holes and falling yarn everywhere.  I had no choice but to let it go.
  Ron says he likes watching me make "pot holders". . . .  I'm ignoring that comment since he knows it will be an afghan. 


  1. My grandmother made afghans for us when we were small, and I still have mine, over 30 years later! I sadly never learned to crochet.

    Your sampler colors are gorgeous!


  2. Great projects! I love the colors in the granny squares. That will be a gorgeous afghan. The colors in the BPQS are so soft and pretty. It will be stunning when it's finished.

  3. Love the colors for the BPQS. Very earthy. I have an granny square afghan my sister crocheted for me years ago. Looking forward to seeing it done.

  4. I like the pot holders - roflol
    Dreamy colors for the sampler !!!!

  5. Anonymous6:30 PM

    Your stitching looks great...I love the colors that you have chosen. I tend to go toward neutral colors myself! Love the granny squares!


  6. Diane, Your Quaker is beautiful and the granny squares will make a gorgeous afghan! I hope you will show us both projects when they are done.

  7. I'm in love with the colours you've chosen for your sampler. This is going to be so beautiful!
    Love the squares for your afghan too! I wish I could crochet. I understand it's so much faster than knitting.

  8. The colors you chose are amazing! I can't wait to see it finished! :)

  9. Enjoy Beatrix Potter! Your color choices are gorgeous. It seemed to take forever to get through this sampler, but in the end it's gorgeous! I love your granny squares too. Granny Square afghans are just so cozy. It's nice to see the projects you do between designs!

  10. Your Beatrix Potter looks beautiful in the colours you chose and your granny squares are lovely too. Isn't crochet so relaxing - perfect for those days when you aren't stitching.

  11. I love the colours--in both the sampler and the Granny Square. Beautiful!
    Reminds me...I so need to start crocheting, again!

  12. Have you ever noticed that everything you do is perfect? Seeing your granny squares has me itching to get unearth my crochet hook. Those colors are perfect, utterly and wonderfully perfect. As is Bea in her colors too. When I grow up, can I be just like you? I wanna be :)

  13. I just adore your choice of thread colours for the Quaker Sampler. They create an 'old' look to it - so appealing. One of the nicest combinations I've seen for this sampler. The granny squares are lovely also. I've always wanted to make one of these blankets. Maybe one day:) Thanks for showing your many talents!

  14. Your Beatrix Potter Sampler looks beautiful. I love the colours you're using.

  15. Everything you posted this time is so beautiful, Diane.

  16. Hey...wanted you to know since we've talked it up about granny squares, I just got back from purchasing Black, Mustard, Dusty Green, Cranberry and Cream Vanna's Choice, see the colors were Vonna's Choice and I'm going to do them up in hexagon least that is my idea....someday :)

  17. woww!! these are very beautiful!!attractive colour combination!

  18. I love the threads you choose! What linen have you picked to stitch? I have a hard time getting the right color of linen which shows all threads. :-)

    Thanks in advance!


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