Sunday, 15 January 2012


I’d been thinking about what I should do with Angela’s (of Soscrappy ) Rainbow Challenge this year.  January’s colour is Red.  So I thought about it, and thought about it, and then I finally decided I would make a rainbow disappearing 4 patch with my various coloured scraps throughout the year.
I had made a couple of D4Ps last year in the green month… shown in this post here.
Well I had forgotten to make a note of the size of the squares I started with … not a problem I’ll measure the current blocks.   Meanwhile I found another tutorial on line here (which was different to the first one I saw I’m sure;)) and it suggested cutting 5 inch squares.   But I wanted to make the same size as my green ones so after I did the maths I realized I had to cut 6 inch squares.  So I found my red scraps large enough to cut this size of square and proceeded.   Sewed them into 4 patch and then thought.. oh oh something’s not right.  I had cut my squares 5”!!  What to do? I set the red 4 patches aside while I thought about it a few days.. to a week.  Then yesterday morning as I was sitting up in bed having my morning cuppa from my new Teasmade/alarm clock..  The solution hit me.  Make the green ones the same size as the red… yes that was possible.. so that’s what I did.
Here are both green and red blocks together (but not sewn together).  I think I may make a couple more blocks of both colours.  Then wait to see what next month’s colour is… and so on.
Disappearing 4 patch blocksThey look a bit crooked up on the wall but that’s just the way I’ve placed them.
Also, this past week I finally sorted through a bag of little crumb size squares from 1.5 to 2” approx.   I sorted them into their colours.  Here’s the pile of reds:-
Red crumbsize scrapsThe point of this exercise, apart from sorting them, was to find some little 1.5 inch squares for Kathleen Tracy’s Crosses Mourning Quilt from her book “Prairie Children and Their Quilts” 
On her blog and on her yahoo group she is hosting a year long challenge to make a small quilt each month.
Do you see those 4 red squares on the right in the picture of the red scraps.    Well I used those plus another 4 matching red squares I found in my crosses mourning blocks.  I also found the teal blue ones in the top right block, see picture below.
Mourning Quilt blocksI’ve decided my sashing and border fabrics for this little quilt so I need to get to that this week.
Lastly, I completed all the Temecula 12 Days of Christmas mini challenge blocks, but have yet to decide sashing and border fabrics. 
I’ll leave you with a picture of my blocks and go get started on my Dear Jane block of the week.Temecula 12 Days of Christmas blocks
Have a great weekend,
Happy Stitching,


  1. I love your pile of reds. Your red and green blocks are very nice!

    You are so organized. I had to go through my 5 bags/boxes of scraps yesterday to pull fabrics for an Alzheimer's Priority Quilt. What a mess! Nothing is sorted by color or any other fabric attribute. It took forever.

    Happy stitching,
    Susan in Texas

  2. Elly, your D4P blocks are great! Perhaps you can do a tute on how to do them sometime...???? hint lol
    You have been so busy, my friend.
    Your TQC 12Days of Christmas blocks turned out absolutely fantastic! Nice job.

  3. Your green and red disappearing four patches look great, it will be a good rainbow quilt. More red sorted. I keep sorting myself.

  4. Your DP4 patch looks great. I made one block last year at retreat just so I could remember it. I see it everyday when I go to my sewing room and I didn't even think to do this for this challenge but now that I've seen yours I'm doing it too. I love this and it will be so cute in all the rainbow colors. Yours is very cute. I'll be digging through my scraps to do this one.

  5. Great D4P blocks. I love the way the two colors look together so far. I love all the challenges you have joined. What fun.

  6. I love that you are doing SoScrappy's challenge (like me) and you did 12 Days of Christmas (which I wanted to do) and you are doing the Mourning quilt (which I just ordered the book for today!). I can see I need to follow your blog!

  7. Your D4P block is really interesting - I have not seen that particular block before. It looks like another great way to use up scraps!

  8. I love the D4P blocks you've done. I ran across the blog with the D4P block a couple days ago, and I've been itching to make a quilt with some of the scraps I have. Your Temecula 12 Days of Christmas blocks are lovely!

  9. I love your D4P Elly. You have a lot of great projects going. You are sure keeping busy.

  10. Love your D4P blocks and the Christmas blocks are wonderful!

  11. Hi Elly,
    You've been such a busy girl.. Lovely blocks!
    thanks for adding my 'It's a little bit French' button :)
    They're popping up all over the place

  12. I found your blog through the Little Quilts group on yahoo. I am also a member although I am very silent there. I love your projects. I have made a very scrappy version of your green and red blocks. I am also working on the mourning quilt. I am now a follower of your blog. Hugs

  13. Looks like something fun going on around here. Scrappy projects are always really fun, aren't they?

  14. Love your blog and your blocks. Thanks for what you do with the DJ weekly challenge.

  15. Hi!
    Awesome quilts!! Love those red ones. Have a great day!

    Just Books