I was getting on quite well but got distracted and stopped for about 4 months!
The problem with this project is that you really need to give it your full concentration (rather than what my sister calls 'mindless' crochet, where you can just switch off and watch the telly while crocheting!). Each round is a different pattern which usually takes around half the round to master, and with the rounds now so big that takes a while.
So over the Christmas break I really gave it my attention and pushed on. I am up to part 11 and it has just squared back up to four sides (and the edges will stop curling soon, apparently, though I haven't been doing any of the recommended 'blocking' - naughty!).
But then during my recent Sewing Room clear-out I found this stack of African Flowers. Yes they are lovely, but I was a little annoyed having already made a huge blanket and two bags of African Flowers and didn't need any more crochet projects to work on!
They clearly were made for my blanket but got 'lost' at some point and missed being included in the finished piece (which I have never shown here as I have not threaded my ends in yet - a source of deep shame!).
Aaargh! What could I do? I had to use them up, and as quickly as possible! So I started crocheting them together with a nice cream border.
I thought there was just enough for a cushion, but it the end I was one short. So I made an extra one and finished the cushion front.
And then would you bloomin' Adam and Eve it? The very next day I found ANOTHER lone African Flower during the ongoing Sewing Room clear-out - aaargh!!!
I love combining craft techniques and this seemed like a great way to bring a little improv patchwork style to crochet! It was a very free and haphazard project, and also 'mindless'!
Here is the finished cushion front. It is 18 inches.
I added a pink scalloped edging to finish.
And here is the Improv Crochet back. I think it works really well and is certainly unique!
I'm very pleased I got on and used the African Flowers for this cushion, as how lovely does it look on my sewing room sofa?!
It turns out that I do still need MORE cushions!
Unfortunately the Sophie's Universe blanket has had to go back in to hibernation for now.
But that's OK, I like a slow project :)