This is a project I started a little while ago – my Sunshine Flower Blanket. I found the pattern for the flowers in a book of crochet blocks. ‘A Square A day’ by Tracey Lord. Working my way through the book making a block a day whilst on holiday last summer was lovely. I particularly liked this flower block called Tiger Lily. The book is available on amazon via the link below if you would like to try out the block or any of the others – there are 365, one a day for a year! Please note – I am an affiliate of Amazon so if you click on the links below or elsewhere in my blog I may receive a small income at no additional cost to you.
The colours in the book reminded me of a time when I was small and colouring in design sheets with my Mum. I remember my Mum choosing reds, yellows and oranges for her design. It looked lovely 🙂 My design varies the colours slightly from the book but keeps the red/orange theme.
I needed a smaller flower block as part of the blanket pattern so I designed one! It took a bit of trial and error but I am happy with the final version. The picture below shows some of these smaller blocks going the blocking process. The blocks are a bit misshapen when I finish crocheting them. The blocking process pulls them straight. You have to pin the block to a foam board, I measure the block as I pin it to make sure that I am turning all my blocks into pieces of the same size!
Once pinned to the foam backboard all you have to do is spray the block with cold water and leave it to dry. I am leaving mine for a week, after which they are perfect. It probably doesn’t take that long but I only really get to work on these at weekends so mine get the full seven day treatment!
You will see the foam board I am using is actually a child’s foam play floor tile. My son, a master of research, found these for me. These tiles are inexpensive and were recommended on Amazon for the purpose of blocking craft projects. They have been absolutely ideal. I am sharing a link below.
That’s all from me for now. Time to get on with the crochet 🙂 Soon I will be able to start building the blanket from the middle square out. I will share as I start to join the smaller squares together and show you the blanket as it starts to take shape. Let me know what you think of my Sunshine Flower Blanket by leaving me comments below. Bye for now…. happy crocheting 🙂