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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Yellow scraps and a finish!

Last month I seriously doubted that I would be able to find enough yellow scraps to make this month's blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, hosted by Angela *here*.
But I did manage to scratch enough together to make them and here they are —
Yellow Great Granny block.
Notice here I use the monthly colour as a guide only!
My first three Great Granny blocks.
I'm really happy with how these ones are coming together.
The 'Sampler' Star block in yellow.

One thing I realised after deciding to do the sampler blocks all with the same centre is that I was ending up with seams all meeting at the same point resulting in a bulky I'm having to remember to press seams apart. It's lying a lot flatter now.
My two yellow cat blocks.
(From the 2103 Oh Franson! Cat quiltalong)
 Last week I shared my current car journey project - this baby blanket. Another trip this weekend (to the polling booth for the bye-election) saw more progress and then another session this morning finished it! It's not huge but by some fluke turned out exactly square! (Considering I used different weight wool than the pattern said, and that I randomly decided 4 skeins of it would be a good number!!)
This is a pattern from Ravelry, found *here*.
There were problems accessing the pattern but the link appears to be working now.
While I was making the green blanket I got thinking about one I had made years ago when I was expecting my first baby. I've pulled it out and given it a wash and a freshen up and I'm happy it has survived the years in a box in the shed!
What's different about this one is that it is Hairpin Crochet.
You can see the lacy effect of the Hairpin lace better here.
 Here is the Hairpin I used; you use it in conjunction with a crochet hook.
Once I remember how this technique goes, I'm keen to make something else with it!
As you can see, I've always enjoyed playing  :-)

I still haven't decided on my next travel project, only a few more days till I hop on the plane so I really must make a decision!

See you next time, happy creating and thank you for visiting,


  1. Love the yellow blocks - it is such a great, underused colour!

  2. Really nice blocks Raewyn! I especially like the Round the World three. hugs, Julierose

  3. Great job with your yellow blocks, Raewyn. And I love your blanket. Baby blankets are always my choice for travel projects. I love crocheting.

  4. That yellow round the world block is just adorable!

  5. What lovely yellow blocks--my favorites are those kitty face ones--
    and another nice blanket--
    I have been bad this month and not done much of any sewing--
    said I was spring cleaning-and I have done some--
    smiles, diandmissgracie

  6. Your blocks AND the baby blanket turned out lovely! Have fun with PURPLE!!!

  7. Lovely post Raewyn. You are keeping very busy. Love the crochet blankets. Not tried hairpin crochet.

  8. I love yellow and I love your blocks, they are so sunny! But most quilters say you better not use too much yellow in your quilts, so I am curious to see your quilt finished!
    The baby blanket looks so sweet, you finished it quickly, I'm curious to see the next project!
    Happy quilting, Cisca

  9. I love your quilt pieces. So well made. And, of course, the crochet baby afghan. But that new one is something else. I was going to try hairpin lace years ago and then something else happened. Is it difficult? We are in the midst of moving from one state to another; from almost 40 years in this house to a completely empty smaller new one which is much smaller. You can't imagine how difficult it is to determine what to keep and what not to hold on to. So many memories here.
    Glad to see you got the address for the baby blanket fixed.
    I seem to have eradicated all my past emails so I am probably duplicating things I said before and I deeply apologize but I'm so glad to see that you are still keeping very, very busy. I know I am busy right now and will continue for several months to come. Have to learn an entire new area, friends, church, etc.
    Again, thank you for all your help and friendship.

  10. nice assortment of color! LeeAnna at not afraid of color

  11. Yellow is yellow according to who is looking at it, and in your case I think that yellow fits in perfectly in that first collection of blocks. Travel safe!

  12. Your blocks look great - especially those granny squares. LOVE the baby afghan. So adorable.

  13. I love all the blocks in the scrap challenge. Good tip about pressing the seams open, sometimes there are just too many to try and press in certain directions and butting up against each other doesn't work sometimes. I've got lots of scraps and small pieces that are destined to be uses at some point, I've been thinking about a possible sampler quilt. I think after seeing the challenge it's definitely the way to go. Lovely crocheting, I'm on the lookout for a new project, but I do know there are at least two in my basket that need finishing!

  14. Beautiful projects on show here. Thank you for sharing.

  15. Gorgeous yellow blocks Raewyn, it IS an underestimated colour, always so cheerful I think. Your baby blanket is beautiful - I adore that shade of green. Its great you found the one you made - I have just found the first teddy bear I made for my son 31 years ago - am washing it today :-)

  16. Sunshine month! yellow not always our first choice of colour, glad you found some scraps to work with. The baby blanket is so pretty.........must get my learning head on to that crochet.

  17. Nice collection of blocks! Wonder what the colour for April will be.

  18. Love the baby blanket Raewyn....are you making another one? And the sunshine blocks are looking good. Ditto to Leeanne re the crochet will have to get some lessons from you!! Happy tripping xxxxx

  19. Oh I love the great granny blocks... I have fabric bought and put away for some too.... we need a sewing day together ... well maybe a sewing week or two???

  20. Great "yellows"!!!! And the baby blanket is beautiful!! You have been a busy little stitcher!!

    Blessings and hugs!

  21. Lovely yellow blocks. And I love the hairpin lace blanket!

  22. Wonderful yellow blocks. And the blanket is beautiful.

  23. I see lots of yellow cupcake papers and even yellow frosting in that fun fabric. : )
    You have some great blocks going for your RSC. Some years I almost talk myself into joining in.
    Seems that I crocheted a few baby blankets in that first design way back when, but I have never seen that hairpin design. So pretty!

  24. Beautiful blocks Raewyn, and the crochet blanket is lovely too.
    Have a great trip.

  25. Thou have done well with your yellow blocks, I don't have much of it in my stash. I love the baby blanket, your knitting is lovely. Nice to pull out your original and it's still in such good condition.

  26. Beautiful blocks! I hope to sew some great granny blocks for a table runner after Easter .
    Lovely blanket!

  27. HI Raewyn - making GG blocks for the RSC is such a good idea... well done... don't start worrying about the Colour Police!

  28. Your yellos look fantastic. You really got a lot done with your busy month.

    The yellow blanket has held up well over the years.

  29. Great blocks using yellow-I have to admit I have it in my stash but don't use it a lot. Love the crocheted blanket and that hairpin looks interesting.

  30. Well done with all your yellow blocks. The look great.
    Your green blanket is gorgeous. Beautiful work with your crocheting.
    And your hairpin blanket is stunning. Such delicate work.

  31. Love the crochet, its so relaxing. blocks are coming along nicely, love using yellow its a great colour nice to use up those scraps as well.

  32. Love the yellow blocks. Wonderful crochet blankets.

  33. Beautiful quilt blocks Raewyn!
    Your crocheted blankets are very sweet and lovely.
    Looking forward to hearing about your trip to see your son and daughter-in-law. Hope it was a wonderful time!


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