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

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Scraps and finishes

Each year I allow myself to start one new scrap project (regardless of the state of my other scrap projects hehe). I've decided to join in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge run by Angela over at her superscrappy blog again - I lapsed with this last year but am up and running with it again.
So what scrap project could I do???

About the time I was sewing this cute block for my Farm Girl Vintage quilt, I came across this blogpost by Sue of Mother Patchwork.... I fell in love her finished RSC Scrapppy Sprouts quilt!! I followed the links she gave and decided to make one too :-)

So lately I've been leader and ending away sewing up 2 ½" purple squares. Sadly as I sewed I sunk deeper and deeper into despair — somehow I just wasn't feeling the love — the blocks didn't look like anything and I felt uninspired! BUT Something Happened when I rounded up what I'd done for a photo to prove that 'at least I'd tried' with this month's scrap challenge. I saw it through different eyes and fell in love all over again!!!!!!
A photo of my 'soon to be rejected' semi-made blocks
Yaay - I unpicked a few lights I wasn't happy with, did some more sewing and, ta-da, this month's scrap bocks are made!
I decided these lights were too dark and distracting.
Excitement mounting - maybe these will work after all!
Yes - I'm happy.
May I present This Year's RSC block project!

Thank you to Sue for the inspiration and to Angela for the motivation :-)

Most of the sewing I'm doing at the moment is for the shop I work at as we prepare for our New Year's Launch of new projects and programmes. Mostly secret stuff.  During the weekends I give myself some time-out and try to spend a little time doing 'my own stuff'. Today I finished off the second of the little cushions I've been talking about lately.....
Here it is with last week's finish.
The step-grandies have gone home now but these will be waiting for them in the next holidays :-)
These started off as test blocks for Juliet of Tartankiwi. Click *here* to get to her blog where she has links to her shop for these designs.

And I have one other little show and tell item to share. A friend and I have challenged each other to make one thing a month for our gift-box. I made one of these Ouch Pouches; rather cute I thought and also rather handy. I found the pattern on Melissa's Cornbread and Beans blog. Thank you Melissa for the brilliant tutorial.
A wee pouch for band-aids (plasters), Panadol, etc to pop in the bottom of a bag.
Now that the weekend is nearly over here it's time for me to get back to what I need to be working on for the shop - 
Flying Geese border for my Farm Girl Vintage.
Before I go, I thought I'd give an update on our wee dog. Last post I shared that he'd had a nasty accident...thank you for all the thoughts and concern for him. He is making a remarkable recovery so we are very pleased. His routines are nearly back to normal now. Apart from the stitches in his neck and a little bit of swelling on his head, you'd barely tell anything happened. Whew what a relief!
Wishing you all happiness and lots of creative moments,


  1. Those colour challenge blocks look great.....?

    1. Don't know how the ? Ended up in the comment.... I would like to make a quilt like that to.....

  2. liking the purple block a good idea to use the same block all year, I too have signed up this time and have decided to do crazy blocks for mine.
    Good to read your little dog is now nearly back to full health.
    Lots of stitching going on always love to see what you are doing as there is such variety

  3. Welcome back to the RSC!! That Rainbow Sprout quilt that you found is really cute. Hope you have fun making your version!!

  4. I've enjoyed watching Sue create her quilt. It turned out great--so now I will happily follow the creation of your version.
    Love the little Ouch Pouch. So clever. I was tempted when I saw them on another blog, but they involve zippers, and I have managed to evade those long enough that I don't want to start up with them again now. : )

  5. I really like your purple challenge blocks, glad you've had a turn of heart. What great animal cushions, adorable.

  6. Your purple blocks have worked our nicely. Enjoy making all the coloured block for your quilt..
    The cushions are sew cute....
    The Ouch Pouch is a great idea...
    Glad the pooch is nearly back to full health.

  7. Such a lovely lot of sewing - your purple scrappy quilt is looking great so far!

  8. Very nice purples . I attempted the scrap challenge one year but had to give up...maybe when I am retired or not trying to organize the the charity quilts for my guild.

  9. The purple blocks are lovely. Someday I'd like to make those too but I already have 2 designs I'm making for RSC. Thanks for sharing.

  10. That little first-aid bag is such a good idea!! :-)

  11. Your fingers stay so busy . . . I'll just bet that you stitch in your dreams :)
    It is always so much fun visiting your blog and seeing all of your amazing creations.
    Happy Sunday!
    Connie :)

  12. SO glad you are back in RSC! Your block is terrific! I know what you mean about feeling blah about something and then seeing it in a photo, especially a thumbnail, and going wait a second...I like! Love the squirrel, how à propos right now for me, grin! Glad your wee doggie is on the mend.

  13. So glad that pup is better--
    and that after all the sewing you are now happy with your purple blocks--purple was a good color to start the year off with--
    love both pillows--but they look hard to sew ( me and paper piecing are not friends!!)
    I had dinner with Sunny and her hubby last night here in Fl--where it is cold this week--but we still ate outside last night!!!
    ohh--I really need some chocolate I think--maybe it will warm me up--still very chilly here today for Fl--
    enjoy the moments, di

  14. Great block. Looks great in purple!

  15. Wow I cannot understate how chuffed I am that you got inspired by my quilt! Such a great pattern for using up scraps, so I am pleased you fell back in love with it :) I still have a collection of half square triangles cut and made for this project and I have lots of left over "sprouts", happy to post them to you if you want them!

  16. I think your purple block looks great. I enjoyed seeing this when Sue made it as well

  17. 2 lovely things I noted down from your blog. I love the leaves on a stem blocks and think it has many possibilities. Also love the little ouch pouches - have noted that idea for a club project. Thanks for sharing.
    Hope you get rain soon.

  18. Love the purple blocks Raewyn, and the little ouch pouch is a great gift idea.

  19. Those leaves are great. I loved seeing the blog with all of the different colored ones. That will be a really fun project.

    Cute little squirrel too!

  20. I must have missed a post....just went back and read it. Your poor wee doggie. So glad he is recovering well. Love your scrappy stripey rug too. I have joined RSC again this year but you are more industrious than I am....great purple blocks. Sweet cushions....look very challenging to me lol! You are clever xx

  21. I've got those sprouts/leaves tucked away in my 'someday' list - I was an admirer of them on Mother Patchwork, too.
    Love your paper-pieced cushions! I'm making an effort to practice paper-piecing this year, so I'm very admiring of your skills!

  22. Ah,I had to check the link for the sprouts to see what you were doing, this will be a fun project! And colourful too!

  23. I do like your sprouts blocks. I'm going to enjoy following along on this. Are you doing flowers like hers, too? I thought those were cute. I also liked your cute animal pillows. You do a lovely job of foundation piecing - which I don't. =)

  24. Success out of failure, that's a good way to learn. You really persisted and honed in on the importance of contrast, congrats. Have a fun week with the new color.

  25. So much loveliness in your post and also the previous one
    Sad to hear your little dog has had an injury but good he is recovering.
    You have worked magic with your scraps your blocks look fantastic!
    Great save.

  26. I love your sprouts blocks so far. All your little projects are looking great. Love those pillows.

  27. Love your purple block, and the paper pieced critters are sooo cute! xx

  28. i love that quilt of Sue's too..... it will be lovely watching yours..... if I wasn't doing houses I would do the leaves too.... lots of lovely projects - your cushions turned out wonderful

  29. Busy girl Raewyn. Loving how your scrap challenge is progressing. Sometimes it is about what we leave out (check that pun), not what we include! Can't wait to see what you girls have been up to at the new years launch.

  30. Lovely little critters Raewyn, and lovely purple sprout blocks.

  31. Well done sticking to the colour challenge. The camera can be very useful in these times!!
    The new cushion is wonderful. Are you planning a whole set of them.
    And great news on your dog, too.

  32. Adoring the scrappy sprouts. so glad you changed the fabric and now find it pleasing. It's too much work to leave it unhappily.

    Lorraine xo

  33. Love the pillows and the little pouch. Very cute!


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