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

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Weekend stitching (and crocheting)

After a busy week it was nice to spend some weekend time sewing scraps..... it's been a while since I've joined in with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Angela's blog. May's colour was Green and I'm pleased to say there are a few less greens in my scrap stash now :-)
While I was hunting out some scraps I found my cat blocks; the 2 brown (February?) cats were put away partially sewn so I whipped those up then added a green block.... the 2 darker green at the top of the photo below are are ones I made last year- all good things take time!
Cat block pattern found on ohfransson's blog
I then pulled out my HoneyBucket Stars (explanation *here*) and swallowed up a few more scraps making another set —

Here are what I've made so far.
And then a few more 9-patches for my Omigosh! quilt —
Haha it will take a while to get enough for a whole quilt.... I'm sure I'll still have
scraps galore to make these for the next few years!
Not many scraps busted I know but I enjoyed the stitching all the same.(The colours in my photos ae a bit off sorry - they aren't as murky as they look!)

Before I went away I saw a new CAL (Crochet-Along) being advertised ... I thought it looked really cool but knew the timing was wrong for me to start it. When I got home though I was still thinking about it so have jumped in hook and all and am having a blast with it.
It's called Mandala Madness and is being run by Helen of crystalsandcrochet.  Below is Part far they are up to Part 11 so you can see I have a fair way to go. It would be nice to think I might catch up by the time they get to the end but I'm being realistic; after all I had already done Part Two when I realised I'd missed a round and had to do a massive undo :-( {However it gave me a chance to rethink the colours I'd used}.
Part One of Mandala Madness completed
Already I've learnt so many techniques and stitches that I never knew existed! Helen has lots of really good tutorials on her blog to help us through and there is also an instructional video released with each part - so if you feel tempted to join in.......!
Look at that scrummy texture and dimension!!!
My SIL has told me off for causing her current obsession with crochet Mandalas; apparently I shouldn't have shared the link with her:-)

Earlier in the year I was signing up for Heidi's One Monthly Goal (OMG); making a goal that hopefully would be met by the end of the month. In March I had hoped to make Block 2 of Snowflake Land (Quiltmania) to go with the lonely block below..... I didn't get it done so here's hoping I'll be successful in June - wish me luck - it's too cute a project to let it live in a box all its life.
It's really turned into nearly-winter weather this past week so snuggling up in The Palace with a pile of sewing is on for the next few days ♥
Wishing you a creative time too,


The Joyful Quilter said...

Patchy Cats, Strippy Stars, and your OMG! blocks are all progressing nicely. Best of luck for LOTS of quilting time in June!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Raewyn ,wow your work is always amazing my friend,love the snowman block,hope your day is a good one my friend xx

sunny said...

You've been busy! Don't you just love playing in the scraps? I've spent the past couple of days turning my blocks from RSC15 into a flimsy. And I'm anxiously waiting for the June color announcement.

Leanne said...

Gorgeous sewing Raewyn, it feels so good to use up those scraps I'm sure.

margaret said...

lots going on here the cats are great will check out the tutorial and the stars too Crochet looks very complicated I am sure you will soon catch up.Spent quite a while sorting my scraps ready for a scrappy quilt

Lin said...

What a great collection of scrap blocks you have and I love the centre of your mandala - I could almost be tempted! xx

Janet O. said...

You have some really fun scrap challenge blocks going. But I have to tell you that Honeybucket has a much different meaning around here. : )
That is a gorgeous crochet project. Can't wait to see it grow.
How can you resist working on the cute snowman blocks, huh?

Shirley said...

Lovely projects on the go there Raewyn and the crochet is already gorgeous.

Michelle Ridgway said...

Wonderful rainbow blocks. I feel rather lazy only doing one measley dresden lol! Your crochet is gorgeous xx

Maria said...

Beautiful scrappy blocks and such pretty crocheting... You definitely have been very busy....

Connie said...

I am always amazed by your work. Exceptional!!!

Needled Mom said...

I love all of your greens. Your little snowman is so cute too.

The crochet looks wonderful. I can't wait to see where it goes.

Mystic Quilter said...

How tiny are these squares for your OMG quilt!!!! Good shot of them next to the machine bobbin. Pleased you've hunted out the cats again, looks like you are now back into the swing with quilting after your holiday.

Fiona said...

what a lot of lovely blocks..... one day they will be magnificent quilts
your crochet is beautiful - that looks a lot of fun

PaulaB quilts said...

Not too late, I hope. You have so many great projects. I love the strippy star blocks, look very simple. Do you have directions or measurements for.them? How wide are the strips? A very nice gathering of projects. Good going!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

You have been busy since you back home! Lots of lovely blocks!

KaHolly said...

Ahhh, nice to be reunited with your sewing machine! You've certainly been working hard to car chase up! I'm loving your crochet work to pieces! I'm just a beginner, and will be finishing up an afghan very soon. My next crochet adventure is granny squares! I figure they will make a great 'to go' project! My current afghan was my 'to go' project for two summers. It's too big, now, so am finishing it up during the evening hours. XO

Karen S said...

So many wonderful blocks from all your scrap pieces. Loving all the colourways. I took a shine to your honey bucket stars and have made quite a few in a different size in Christmas colours. Thanks for the inspiration.
The mandala looks great. i may have to have a look at that link. Or should I?
And I love seeing the snowman block. Such fun. I have had no luck tracking down that mag over here so will simply watch and enjoy your blocks.

Anonymous said...

I love your snowman. I keep trying to find it on the site, to know what issues it is in or find the pattern, but no luck for me. I have enough things to do already, but he's very appealing! It sounds like you have come back and jumped into busy-ness with both feet! I have a friend doing that CAL and I love seeing each new round she's done.

sigisart said...

Dear Raewyn,
this year is so crazy...I also have much more projects than time can be found...but I also understand that you wantes to be a part of this lovely Mandala Madness (some of the german bloggers also paticipate...). Your scrap blocks all are so cute and those with the cats....hmmmm. And I´m hoping with you to see one more Quiltmania Block...and now I´m trying to catch some time for stitching.
Many hugs and thank you for your lovely post.

KaHolly said...

P.S. Good luck with your OMG!