Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Rose granny rectangle afghan completed

I finished up my afghan this morning when I sewed the little rose to one corner. It's a nice feeling to put the last piece in place. I guess that's why I also like to do jigsaw puzzles so much! I wasn't sure how I wanted to edge it, so I opted for a single crochet in a dark rose and scalloped edge in the dusty rose.

Happy Leap Year Day!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A rose for the rose blanket

This is the rose I made that I'll be adding to my rose baby blanket:

Here's the pattern I used:

Begin by ch4, slip stitch in first ch to form a ring

Round 1: 
*1 sc in ring ch3* repeat 3 times; finish with sl st in first sc from beg round

Round 2: 
In every chain space: 1 sl st, 5 dc and 1 sl st to form three petals

Round 3: (working behind petals)
ch1, work *1 sc around the base of first sc from round 1, ch4, 1 sc at middle of first petal, ch4* repeat around; finish with slip stitch into first sc from beg of round

Round 4: (I used two colors; this is where I joined 2nd color with a sl st into any ch space)
In every chain space: 1 sl st, 6 dc, 1 sl st (6 petals)

Round 5: (working behind petals)
ch1, work *1 sc around the base of first sc from round 3, ch4, 1 sc at middle of first petal, ch4* repeat around; finish with slip stitch into first sc from beg of round

Round 6:
In every chain space: 1 sl st, 7 dc, 1 sl st (6 petals)

Cut and fasten or leave long tail to sew into project.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Hot treasury

Today Julee from UnrulyJulee featured my hot pink and orange blanket in a treasury appropriately named "pretty in hot pink".

I think I need those heart sunglasses just to view this treasury! Love it. Thanks Julee.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Feeling nostalgic

These  past two projects have been so fresh and vibrant, but I'm finding myself in an antique-y mood, so I started working on a new blanket with that in mind. I'm using lots of rose colored yarns, some of the lighter variety and some dark - dusty rose, antique rose, blush, rose, dark rose, etc. I think I will add some roses to it, but this is where I'm at so far...

As I worked up this blanket, I thought about my great Aunt Tillie, whom my daughter and (partially) my shop is named after. She died when she was only a little girl, but I always loved this little pin my mother had with a picture of her on it. Sadly, I believe it's the only photograph we have of her. My mother gave me the pin after my Tillie was born.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Finished...daisy blanket

Here is a photo of the finished daisy blanket. I didn't get a chance to take photos of the join-as-you-go process, but maybe next time... I was at school this morning signing up my son for kindergarten... so just getting this blanket finished was a monumental task. I really like how these last two blankets have turned out. They are so vibrant; and these little daisies make me smile. Hope they send a smile your way too!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Field of daisies in progress

Almost finished with the squares. I'll use the join-as-you-go method to put these together. I might try to take some photos of the process, so you can see how it's done.

Hope everyone is enjoying their President's Day!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

23 more to go...

So here's what I came up with for my next blanket. I think it's sweetly similar to the cute little dress. I interviewed a bright green edging, but in the end I think I like the magenta best. Check back for more photos...

Here is a photo of the wrong side:

These photos are for Tiffini:

Friday, February 17, 2012

Something to brighten your day

Hopefully this blanket will bring a little sunshine to your Friday!

I'm always happy when I finish up a project, but my mind is also racing towards the next. I wish my hands could work as fast as my brain sometimes. While searching for inspiration for this afghan, I came across a cute little girl's dress (also Lilly Pulitzer) that I'm going to use as my next muse. I already see the finished blanket. Still thinking spring over here at tillie tulip...

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hope everyone has a special Valentine's Day. xo

I finally get a chance to watch last Sunday's Downton Abbey!

Which reminds me, my sister-in-law sent me a link to a Downton Abbey personality quiz. The character I came up as was "Anna Smith". What character are you?

Monday, February 13, 2012


Well, here is the pile of squares for the latest blanket. An homage to Lilly Pulitzer (and some on-line imagery that screams spring and sunshine, among other things). Definitely need the sunglasses for this one.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


I finished up my custom order today. I really like how the blanket turned out. I probably wouldn't have paired some of the colors together if my customer had not requested it, but I love how they look together. I hope she likes it too...


 I'm inspired to look outside of my noggin at tangible color pairings for my next creation. I love Lilly Pulitzer (if only I could afford her), and I found this grouping in an old post over at the french tangerine. It'll be a Pulitzer/tillie tulip mash up...stay tuned...

Monday, February 6, 2012

Yet another lovely treasury from Pam over at Bates Mercantile Co. I really like the soft blue-green tones with a pop of pink. Thanks for featuring my Everything's Coming up Roses baby afghan.

When I finish up my latest custom orders, I'll have to come up with some new items with roses. They're so pretty and fun to make.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

The home stretch...

Some new photos of my custom afghan. I think the colors look very nice together, and the border really adds a lovely touch. Now I "just" have to weave in a hundred tails.

Guess what I'll be doing while watching the Superbowl...

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Finishing up a new granny square blanket

This one is a custom order. It's a gift for a new mom. My customer asked to create something to work with her friend's nursery colors. She has the cutest bedding set from The Land of Nod:

These are some some photos of the afghan in progress. I hope she likes it! Check back to see the finished piece!