My quilting thoughts and inspirations sprinkled with a glimpse of life down on the farm

Friday, April 24, 2015

A splosh of purple and a gift

This month's colour for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge was purple. This was the most difficult colour for me so far but I did manage to scratch enough together to make my blocks.
The Sampler Stars -
Mixed this one with a little blue print, worked out ok.
Here are all the Sampler Stars I've made so far this year.
They will be put together with chain blocks.
Arty pic-
My Great Granny block.-
Amazing what fabrics you find when you look hard enough!
 My cat blocks -
These blocks are great for the smallest scraps.
Apart from this month where I was challenged by purple - I don't dislike it, I obviously just don't use it much -  I think I could probably make at least triple the number of scrap blocks each month! Committing to this amount though keeps it manageable and fresh .... and I'm looking forward to seeing what May's colour will be.
I'm linking up with Angela's ScrapHappy Saturday post, where we all show off our purple scrap blocks. Click *here* to visit. Thank you Angela for leading this challenge - I"m really enjoying it :-)

Continuing with the purple theme this post, here's yet another pair of booties I've made lately. I knitted them over Easter but have only just sewn them up.
Yes I know, boring, Raewyn,these are the same pattern as the other two pairs
 I've made lately! This is a cute pattern but I might try another one next time.
The pattern is *here* on Ravelry.
This shows the extra long snuggly cuff...or leg warmer!
In my travels recently I picked up this toy - remember French Knitting? This is an 'automatic' version! It has a handle which you turn and the cord appears out the bottom. It's very fast and very cool, as long as you read the instructions and hook it up properly initially!! 
Took only a matter of minutes to make this cord.
A special friend had a birthday recently and I made this wee gift for her -
First, the stitchery -
This was a free design on Michelle's blog a little while ago.
-which I sewed onto a stitchery wallet I made for her.
Big enough to fit a magazine/pattern in, as well as her stitching.
This weekend is ANZAC weekend. It's a time for New Zealanders and Australians to spend some time commemorating those who sacrificed so much for us.

 See you next time, happy creating
 

33 comments:

shez said...

Hi Raewyn love your blocks and love those wee little booties ,love your other work too ,you have been very busy my friend xx

KaHolly said...

You did good with purple! Lots of lovely designs and projects! Your rainbow quilt is going to be beautiful!

sunny said...

You've done well! I don't have much purple either, and I still have to make a Dresden plate. I'm crocheting with purple, too.

Julierose said...

Those little booties are adorable! Just love your blocks for RSC purple month! I don't have a whole lot of that color either for some reason. Hugs, Julierose

Needled Mom said...

Those stars look fantastic. Purple is not one of my favorite colors either, but I love how it looks when sewn into blocks by other people!!! Love the booties and the sweet gift for your friend

Doreen Auger said...

Thinking along the purple theme. I don't think my stash would yield much in that color palette, either! I love the color but go more the blue direction. Interesting. Love the booties and the 'friend" stitchery/gift is sweet.

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

All the projects done in purple are lovely and you have done a great job in 'discovering' purple in your stash!!!

Janet O. said...

I love purple and there is a lot of it here to make me smile. You have some fun rainbow scrap projects going.
Stars and chains--you've hit on a great combination.
Interesting little machine you found. I recall putting nails in a spool to create those little looms.
What a sweet, sweet gift for your friend!

Mystic Quilter said...

You did find plenty of purple fabrics for all your lovely projects!

Jeanne said...

So many wonderful projects in this post! Love the little wallet, the booties and especially the star blocks!

Sew Quilt Designs said...

Your blocks are great. Love the cats. That gadget to make cord is great...I've never seen one of those!
And a lovely gift ... :)

Maria said...

What a fabulous collection of purple blocks you have made...
Oh that gadget takes the fun out of finger knitting...😟

Such cute booties..

Lara B. said...

Those purple booties could never be boring. They are really sweet Raewyn! Love the way your blocks are coming along too. And that is such a charming gift! I am sure your friend must have loved it!

Fiona said...

love all your purple blocks.... I dont think I would find an awful lot in my scraps either though I am using some at the moment....
How fun is that quick french knitting gadget... are you making loads of purple cord? love the stitching wallet....
Hugz

Leeanne said...

So much purple you did well. Love the booties with build in leg warmers! Your friends gift is pretty and practical.

Jeanette said...

Just love your purple post, being as thatvis my favourite colour. :). Love the french knitting gadget. Lovely gift. Hugs, xx

Deb R said...

I love all your purple blocks n booties .... What a great find, the French knitting tool!

Kerry said...

Hmm...purple you did well didn't think you would have much of that colour....as for the booties love them. And I loved the stitchery wallet xxxx

Kerry said...

Hmm...purple you did well didn't think you would have much of that colour....as for the booties love them. And I loved the stitchery wallet xxxx

Lin said...

Purple is a favourite colour of mine so I love everything you have made, especially those little booties! Pretty gift for your friend too. xx

Sue SA said...

I love your star blocks with the pinwheel, very pretty. What do you do with the cord? Is it strong enough to use as a tie? I never understood the appeal of french knitting when I was a kids, cos I didnt know what to do with the end result, but your hand cranked one looks more like cording you could use?

Julie said...

Hi Raewyn, beautiful purple blocks. I find purple quite a popular colour in the Cottage though it has never been a favourite of mine for some reason. Your little booties are just gorgeous & so snuggly. Yes I remember finger knitting, we did it around a cotton reel top from memory. That is one lucky recipient receiving your lovely gift :-)

Scrappy quilter said...

Wonderful purple blocks. I really like the booties.

Karen S said...

Lovely work with all the purples. They work well in each of these blocks.
Keep showing all the baby goodies, please. Love seeing what you are making.
Gorgeous stitching for the gift wallet.
Have fun with the knitting nancy. I do remember always waiting for the wooden cotton reels to make them.

margaret said...

I so like your latest blocks and also the cat ones, were they hard to do? A clever little machine making french knitting a pleasure to do. Such cute booties too

Jennifer said...

I love your RSC blocks! a great example that we can follow along, and not have all the quilts turn out bright- your muted colors are fantastic!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Every block is so lovely and the purples are gorgeous.

kiwikid said...

Love the purple blocks...you managed well with that colour. The booties are so cute...love that they are leg warmers too!! Beautiful present!

Anthea said...

Wonderful purple blocks there Raewyn - & no the purple booties are not boring just because you used the pattern before - in fact, they're super-cute!

Linda in Calif. said...

You are doing quite well with purple, aren't you? The purple and yellow blocks are great together. And I agree that cord thing is really cool.

scraphappy said...

So glad you were able to scrounge up enough purple scraps. They look great as a part of your collection, and best of all, they are all used up now.

Sheila said...

Love your purple blocks. Sounds like your are ready to move on to another color.

Sheila said...

Lovely purple blocks and your rainbow of stars look beautiful ! Cute little purple booties :-)