Treasury Tuesday

maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Granny Square Galore-collageNever ever do I tire of a granny square ……
Even though the basic pattern is pretty straightforward, using all kinds of exciting colors (or not) always makes for a wonderful finished crochet project, I think.

Working on a solid granny square cushion myself at the moment – and really enjoying the process – I thought it would be fun to collect some beautiful granny square cushion covers for this all new Treasury Tuesday!

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Picking out just two favorites was as difficult as it is every week ……..
maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Granny Square Galore-01 maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Granny Square Galore-02Wishing you a wonderful week!
Love,
Marianne xx

Sunburst Granny Square Cushion

maRRose - CCC: sunburst granny square cushion

The inspiration for this “Sunburst Granny Square Cushion” is now at the back of this cushion: a pretty, spotty Tilda fat quarter that I found in my local quilt store a long time ago. The fabric was laying on my desk as I was working on something else, when I suddenly noticed that some of my “Katia”-cotton matched the colors of the spots perfectly.
maRRose - CCC: sunburst granny square cushion
maRRose - CCC: sunburst granny square cushion
maRRose - CCC: sunburst granny square cushion

A nice pattern for a sunburst granny square was found quickly (here) and I got off to a speedy start.

But ……. I got distracted by other projects (once again) and the unfinished sunbursts found themselves sitting in a Ziploc for almost a year. It’s a good thing I have made a deal with myself thís year to finish my wips, before starting (too many …..) new things, because now that the cushion is done, I could not be happier with the result!

maRRose - CCC: sunburst granny square cushionOther than wanting to crochet a sunburst granny, the “continuous join as you go”-method was also on my crochet wish list. I had seen examples of this method done by Rachele of Cypress Textiles/Babylove Brand, one of the very, very talented crocheters and crochet designers out there if you ask me. She has a super clear tutorial on her website (link here) and I really lóved this joining method. Especially the way she has you connect your corners is quite nifty and I liked that extra trick too.
maRRose - CCC: sunburst granny square cushion maRRose - CCC: sunburst granny square cushionmaRRose - CCC: sunburst granny square cushionmaRRose - CCC: sunburst granny square cushionFor a little while I played with the thought to add a pompom trim in the fuchsia color, like I had done with my pixelated cushion (I só liked those pink balls). However, I’m more of a “let’s try something new” kinda person, so I went for a simple crab stitch in the same color that I joined the squares with and am very content with the way this turned out.
maRRose - CCC: sunburst granny square cushion maRRose - CCC: sunburst granny square cushion maRRose - CCC: sunburst granny square cushionAlthough it has taken me some time to complete this sunburst cushion, it has been a most joyous journey, where I’ve learned new things and I am very happy with the outcome too.
maRRose - CCC: sunburst granny square cushion maRRose - CCC: sunburst granny square cushion maRRose - CCC: sunburst granny square cushionI’ve listed this big (50 x 50 cm) beauty in my Etsy shop and I hope it will find its way to a happy home soon.

maRRose - CCC: sunburst granny square cushion

Love,
Marianne

Pixelated cushion – finished!

maRRose - CCC - pixelated cushionIt’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post…..
One of the reasons for that was our ski vacation in the Swiss Alps; it was wónderful, but had a kind of nasty end. On day five of this fun and snow filled week, our 17-year-old daughter had a ski accident and injured her knee badly. She’s been on crutches ever since and is scheduled to have surgery on March 19th ……
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So, last week was a busy one, filled with doctors’ appointments, driving the patient back and forth to school, guitar lessons etc.
This week looks a bit “lighter”, actually in a very literal way too, since we’re enjoying fantastic springlike weather here. And after all the rain and greyness, we were very ready for a treat like this.

In the meantime, I have been crocheting, working on my  Crochet Mood Blanket 2014 (more about that in another post), but mainly focussing on the pixelated cushion cover (I already wrote about that here) and yes, yes, I’ve – finally – finished it yesterday.
maRRose - CCC - pixelated cushion maRRose - CCC - pixelated cushion maRRose - CCC - pixelated cushionTo tell you the truth I almost fell out of love with this project ….. Só many tiny squares to crochet. You wouldn’t say, but there are 289 one of them!!! Luckily towards the end quite the opposite happened.

Totally IN love all over again! And the funny thing is: (once again) this cushion in no way fits the decor of our home but I still love how it turned out: it makes me vèry happy to just look at it …… I’m especially thrilled with the border and the way the pompoms put on the perfect finishing touch.
Can you tell I’m chuffed to pieces with it ;)?
maRRose - CCC - pixelated cushion

I’ve written a little “diy”, that you’ll find here, or under “tutorials/DIY” at the top of this page, so you can have a go at this too.
And although I promised myself to never do a project like this, my head is already buzzing with ideas …… You see, the possibilities are endless ….. you can convert ány counted cross stitch pattern into crochet, and I have to admit I’ve already pinned a few to my pinterest board …..

Yay for creative inspiration!
Love,
Marianne