The Eastern Jewels Finish – An End to the Ends

After all the octagons

and all the squares, the large triangles and the small triangles,

and the seemingly endless ends to be sewn in.

After going maverick and doing a slightly different border in different colours,

taking a deep breath, hand washing it and spinning it for a short time tied in a pillow case with a couple of bath sheets to prevent too much agitation, as recommended,

blocking it out to a 45 inch square on several yoga mats

it’s finished!

I started this in late October when I was in the U.K. looking after my Mum with my sisters.

Finished in April just before going back over to the U.K. to see my daughter in her new flat for the first time.

I’ve loved every minute of making this – well, apart from sewing in the ends that is but, if you do them as you go along it’s not so bad.

I would never have put all these colours together myself but it’s been so cleverly worked out that the overall effect is really stunningย  and just goes to prove that going outside your comfort colour zone now and then can be a revelation.

So – we put the flags out – or the patchwork flag up – something I’ve been nagging reminding Mr. T. to help me with for some time now and, as you can see, it didn’t end up in the long, empty corridor as discussed in my earlier post but in the lovely old rickety wooden stairway leading up to the top floor.

Now, what’s next?

Actually, I won’t lie, I’ve already ordered another kit – a different one this time and it should be here by the time I get back from my U.K. trip so I’ll show you then but I am definitely going to make this one again in the future.

Well, I’ve got the pattern now, it would be silly not to.

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  1. #1 by mandymunroe on April 23, 2018 - 16:36

    It’s BEAUTIFUL !

    • #2 by tialys on April 23, 2018 - 17:35

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. #3 by Jo on April 23, 2018 - 16:48

    Wow! It’s fabulous, such gorgeous colours, you must be so pleased with it. I remember you saying that it’s for your daughter, is it for the daughter that you’re going to see in the UK? I agree, you definitely need to make another one so that you can keep it yourself next time. Have a wonderful time at your daughter’s.

    • #4 by tialys on April 23, 2018 - 17:35

      Thanks Jo. It is but it’s for her birthday in August so I’m not taking it with me this time. Maybe, by the time August comes I will have made a second one and will find it easier to part with.

  3. #5 by myquiltprojects on April 23, 2018 - 16:54

    This is stunning!

  4. #7 by Kim on April 23, 2018 - 17:42

    Outstandingly beautiful. I’m still teetering on the verge of ordering this. I want it …. but my crochet skill are woeful and I have a quilt to finish. Maybe I should wait *sigh*

    • #8 by tialys on April 23, 2018 - 18:06

      It’s not as difficult as it looks and quite a good blanket to develop your skills. I would like to see your quilt finished though ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. #9 by claire93 on April 23, 2018 - 17:57

    this is really gorgeous Lynn! You have one lucky daughter . . . I don’t know if I’d want to give it away.

    • #10 by tialys on April 23, 2018 - 18:05

      Well, I haven’t yet……
      She need never know.

  6. #11 by PendleStitches on April 23, 2018 - 18:11

    Glorious. Simply stunning!

    • #12 by tialys on April 23, 2018 - 18:38

      Thank you – it was an enjoyable project with a very pleasing result so I’m happy.

  7. #13 by nikkibnb on April 23, 2018 - 18:29

    Oh that looks absolutely wonderful! I am rather a fan of all of the eastern jewels blankets i’ve seen people making… maybe when I’ve actually finished my other blanket…

    • #14 by tialys on April 23, 2018 - 18:39

      It is a lovely pattern and seems to go out of stock very quickly – although it does eventually come back in again. I think they just like to tease us ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. #15 by CurlsnSkirls on April 23, 2018 - 20:05

    Brava-Brava-Brava!!!
    It looks frabjus!
    (Like that roguish border.)
    Can’t wait to see your next project…

    • #16 by tialys on April 24, 2018 - 08:32

      It’s a little simpler – although there’s still a lovely array of colours – so I’ll be getting stuck in to that in a week or so’s time (after I’ve come back from the U.K.). I don’t know what I’m going to do with all these blankets – the dogs and cats are not allowed on them, that’s for sure!

  9. #17 by nanacathy2 on April 23, 2018 - 20:48

    It is simply glorious! I might make one myself!

    • #18 by tialys on April 24, 2018 - 08:31

      Heehee – Looking forward to seeing your one progress. Are you still enjoying it so far?

  10. #19 by craftycreeky on April 23, 2018 - 22:37

    Wow, that is stunning! Absolutely beautiful! You’re almost tempting me to try one…almost!

    • #20 by tialys on April 24, 2018 - 08:30

      Well, maybe next time you have a spare moment ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. #21 by anne54 on April 23, 2018 - 23:05

    Oh! My! Goodness! It is beautiful. “Eastern jewels” is the perfect title, because, as you say, the colours work so well together.

    • #22 by tialys on April 24, 2018 - 08:30

      They do don’t they and the designer must have worked very hard to make sure of it – I don’t think I’d know where to start even though patchwork has made me fairly good with colour combinations.

  12. #23 by katechiconi on April 23, 2018 - 23:06

    Stunningly beautiful, and bravo for all your patience and persistence. When you make it another time, will you use the same colours, or will you substitute and go totally rogue?

    • #24 by tialys on April 24, 2018 - 08:28

      Well, I would quite like to use different colours but, when I read the designer’s blog post about how she did lots of experiments, etc. with matching colours and making sure each octagon was different but tied in all the others, I thought better of it. The original pattern, Persian Tiles, on which this one is based, has all the octagons, squares and triangles in the same colours rather than an assortment. It’s beautiful but might be a little less exciting to make. (you can read how she managed the colour wrangling here as I know such things interest you http://luciasfigtree.com/patterns/the-eastern-jewels-is-finally-live/

      • #25 by katechiconi on April 24, 2018 - 09:30

        Thanks! I’ll head over and have a read ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. #26 by Born To Organize on April 24, 2018 - 04:39

    What a stunning conclusion to all your hard work. I love this pattern (I think three of our fellow bloggers are working this). Your border is perfect. It must be a bit nerve-wracking washing it for the first time. I’ve used the old pillowcase trick for many things over the years. It’s a good one. I can’t wait to see what your’e up to next. I’m glad the flag is flying over your staircase at last.

    • #27 by tialys on April 24, 2018 - 08:22

      Yes, I can think of one of our fellow bloggers who has already made it and I know of two others who are working on it now – although they might not be the same ‘fellow bloggers’ of course. It is definitely a very popular pattern and is forever selling out and then getting re-stocked. I saw the pattern on its own for sale on Ebay the other day for silly money – you can usually only get it as part of the kit. I will be keeping hold of mine to make another in the fullness of time.

      • #28 by Born To Organize on April 30, 2018 - 15:08

        It’s such a beautiful, cheerful pattern. I enjoy looking at the making of the blanket at every stage. Pauline of The Contented Crafter is making one now and I think Jan of the Snail of Happiness made one, two. If you know others, please point me in their direction. I’ve started to think of them as eye candy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. #29 by Sara Lawler on April 24, 2018 - 10:54

    Itโ€™s lovely, truly lovely ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. #31 by poshbirdy on April 24, 2018 - 17:52

    Stunning. It’s amazing how all those colours create such a lovely soft overall look. Congrats

  16. #32 by sewchet on April 25, 2018 - 10:19

    How you can bear to give it away, I donโ€™t know – mine gives me joy every time I glance at it on the opposite sofa! Thereโ€™s no point in my ever making another blanket as it would never be as nice as this one, so Iโ€™ll just have to spend my money on more sock yarn instead๐Ÿ˜ฌ

  17. #33 by KerryCan on April 25, 2018 - 13:09

    It’s so gorgeous! But how terrifying was it to put it in the washer?! You must be pretty high on yourself right now, with that throw finished and the flag quilt hung–why do I kind of feel like a slacker . . . . ? Congrats on a beautiful finish!

  18. #34 by Lynda on April 25, 2018 - 14:33

    OK, this is a stunner! Now you have even me convinced that I can crochet… well, maybe I will start with dish-washing cloths first just to get my fingers limbered. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. #35 by Oh Sew Tempting on April 25, 2018 - 21:37

    It looks so intricate and the blocks all look different because of the colour changes. Very clever! I’d like to make one but I wouldn’t have the patience with all the ends. You deserve to put your feet up ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. #36 by thecraftersapprentice on April 27, 2018 - 09:57

    wow, that is stunning! Well done! I have the kit and pattern… I just need time to make it, but I want it so bad!

  21. #37 by magpiesue on May 3, 2018 - 19:36

    GORGEOUS!!! If I could crochet I would totally make one of these. I LOVE it!

    • #38 by tialys on May 4, 2018 - 08:22

      You could always learn! I only picked up crochet again properly a couple of years ago. What’s one more hobby ๐Ÿ˜‰

  22. #39 by Beads and Barnacles on May 16, 2018 - 16:25

    This looks great ๐Ÿ˜

  23. #41 by sewsouk on June 10, 2018 - 12:21

    Simply stunning! Not just the design and colour combinations – looks beautifully made too.

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