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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Weekend Greens

I resolved this year to try to use up a few more scraps and decided I would sew along with Angela and the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.
Green is the colour for January and Green is what I sewed this weekend.

I really wanted to sew some blocks to send over to Australia. The Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild has put out a call for 12½" tree blocks. They're assembling them into quilts for those who have lost everything in the terrible fires they're having.
There's been quite a few block patterns shared lately online to encourage people to sew up a block or two.
I decided to go through the patterns I'd come across and see how many of them I could make over the weekend —
These were the first ones I made, Impro(vish) Tree Quilt, by happy sew lucky patterns. I enjoyed making these ones. There's a great video showing us how to draw up these blocks. The rest is adding bits on until it reaches the right size.
Then I made this tree block by bonjour quilts.  Again, another good tutorial. Make a few HSTs and the rest goes together pretty quickly.

The Regenerate block below was kindly given by Anorina Morris of Sameliasmum. Fun to do, her's is finished using raw edge applique, but I chose to do buttonhole stitch instead.
This block below is my least favourite, largely because of the fabrics I chose. It looks better on the pattern and ever so slightly better in real life than it does in the photo! It is a simple foundation pieced block which sews together nice and easily. The pattern is found via the Wollongong Modern Quilt group page *here*.
It's hard to tell but I popped a couple of wee kiwis in the tree trunk so the recipient gets a hint that someone in NZ was wishing them well.

For some reason I ended up making two of the Improv blocks but that's ok!
I used a constant light background fabric though out because I found a decent sized scrappy chunk of it, and I know me, I could spend forever hunting through trying to find different suitable backgrounds for each block!
Here they all are together.
Really, I see I struggle to do Modern as such but I do hope they work in with the other blocks they receive!
I'll post these off next time I go to town.... they want them all by the end of February. That gives them a  month to get there - surely the postal service can handle that time frame!

Not getting posted just yet is a wee pile of Joey pouches I made a couple of weeks ago. A call was put out for them but I think we all jumped on board so well that they quickly got inundated with plenty! I'm happy to wash these and store them away until another call goes out for more.

Time to do a few jobs before I get busy doing an easy Sunday night tea. It's still very hot so I don't feel like moving much but I need to.
'til next time,
happy stitches,

24 comments:

Maria said...

Lovely tree blocks and I'm sure they'll get there before the end of Feb.
Good idea to keep the cuddley joey pouches for when they are needed...

Michelle Ridgway said...

Thank you so much for stitching the blocks.....they are going to be special quilts for those who have lost so much.
Carers always need the Joey pouches so putting them aside for a little while is a good plan xx

kiwikid said...

Beautiful blocks Raewyn, love the variety you have made. They will be a huge help to the group putting them together. They will make wonderful quilts. I am sure the Joey pouches will be needed somewhere over here.

Janice said...

I love your tree blocks. Perfect for the quilts as well as RSC.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

love the tree blocks all are very neat! Joey pouches are cute - I saw some photos of them being used. I hope the worst of the fires are behind now

The Joyful Quilter said...

Thanks for the links to those Tree blocks. ALL of yours turned out SEW lovely! Such a worthwhile cause in the face of a terrible disaster. Definitely NOT where you planned to focus your energy, but you did use some Light/Bright GREEN for the RSC, too.

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Trees have always fascinated me since high school--love looking at them and how their branches grow and shape--so love your fabric ones--how neat!!
luv, di

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Oh I like your tree blocks. Love the different greens that you used, and the kiwi in the trunk.

happy sew lucky said...

Hi! I'm so happy to see that my tutorial came in handy. And thanks for linking to my blog. How kind of you to make so many blocks for this important cause. A whole forest of trees!

LindaLee said...

Raewyn! What beautiful work! I love, love and love greens. You're so inspiring to me. Keep up the great hobbies you have and all the beautiful things you make. LindaLee

Farm Quilter said...

I agree...modern trees are hard!! I made a couple and popped them in the mail in Friday. Had to fill out customs forms and the envelop cost almost $15 USD to send! Plus it will take 4-5 weeks to get there!! You are much closer so I hope the cost isn't as high and the time frame for delivery is faster! Your trees turned out fabulously!!!

Karen S said...

Lovely work on the tree blocks. They will be appreciated very much.

loulee said...

Your trees are lovely and the regeration block is especially pretty.

Cheree @ The Morning Latte said...

I don't have experience with modern blocks but they look great to me! I'm sure they'll be appreciated, too.

Preeti said...

Raewyn, all of your tree blocks are beautiful. They will be loved and appreciated.
Hope you have fun with Sue's Flat Stanley. Frankly, I am a bit jealous that he will get to spend time with you on the farm :-)

Fiona said...

Great work with the blocks and the pouches.... lovely of you...
Hugz

KaHolly said...

Sorry I haven’t been by in awhile! I’ve got a lot of catching up to do. Raewyn, your tree blocks look amazing, especially all grouped together! Have fun with Flat Stanley!

Janet O. said...

Well, I think you did very well on the tree blocks. You say you don't do modern, but these trees look great to me.

Bethan said...

These tree blocks are great - I love that you have gone for different designs x

Sue said...

Love your tree blocks Raewyn. They are all great and I'm sure will fit into any quilt.
They look quite modern to me!

Just Ramblin' said...

What a wonderful idea to make tree blocks into quilts. Your blocks look great and I'm sure will fit in with other blocks donated.

Mystic Quilter said...

Nice variety of blocks Raewyn and the pouches are going to be very, very welcome.

Angie said...

Raewynn - green is one of my favorite colors, so all of these blocks call out to me. I must say, however, that the Regenerate block is my favorite!

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