Sunday, 17 June 2012

Rainbow Scrappy sort of and a day late

We’ve been back from holiday/vacation for a week now and I’ve still got a lot of catching up to do.

This month’s Rainbow Scrappy colour is purple.  Yummy :)  yet I’ve still to play with my purples and I still have a yellow house block to make from last month, not to mention several BOMs to catch up on, LOL…   Anyway, here are a few finishes I managed before I went off.

First up, I finished the crochet edging on DD’s doll’s quilt.  I learned quite a lot during this process and if I try it again I will certainly know better.  If anyone would like to have a go at this, Heidi of Speckless blog shows you here. (part 1, 2 follows on from that)

Claudia's quilt 4R

While visiting mum, I finished off her crochet cover for her foot stool.

Mum's pouffee cover 1 close up

Mum's pouffee cover 3Red







This was a “make it up as you go along” project.  First I did a granny square for the top and then using SC (DC UK) I proceeded to turn it into a cube shape.   However, I got a bit fed up with the SC so near the bottom I changed the pattern and did what I thought I remembered from the lacy pattern on the doll quilt. The yarn from this was from a very old poncho that had seen better days.  It was at least 40years old ;)

Another project that bites the dust is an apron made from an old dress which belonged to mum.  Here is a picture of the old dress and the new apron.   Another “make it up as you go along” project for me as I am not a dress maker and hadn’t much of a clue of how to do most of this.  There was a lot of frog stitching in this apron, but, I learnDress 1ed a lot during the process.

Mum's apron 2Red









There is more of this dress left to use but I don’t think I’ll be doing anything just yet.

Okay, so I’m behind on a number of BOMs and in particular on Kathleen Tracy’s Quilt a Month challenges.  I still have to finish March’s baskets and to start April’s and May’s challenges.   And yet, I’ve made a start on October’s challenge which hasn’t yet begun.   Can you make any sense of that?  But I am enjoying the process.   The challenge for October will be the little hexagon flower quilt in Kathy’s book “The Civil War Sewing Circle”.  The size of the hexagon is .6 of an inch and I did start to make the templates from card stock with the aid of a hexagonal graph paper pdf generator from  here.   However, as I was cutting out the templates I got to thinking about the fabric and how I was going to cut those.  I thought about printing out the Inklingo .5 hexagon shape onto the fabric and perhaps using those to squeeze around the template.   Then I wondered what on earth I was thinking!

To cut a long story short, I’ve printed out a heap of .5 hexagons with the Inklingo collection and will be hand piecing those, minus the card templates and making the blocks to fit them.  After all what’s in 1/8th of an inch?  Not a lot at the end of the day.  My quilt will be a tad smaller that’s all and the prep time cut in more than half.

Anyway, here is a mock up of the pieces I’ve printed and cut so far, placed over the background fabric I plan to use… unless DD manages to change my mind since she doesn’t like the brown background.  But the quilt is not for her.  There won’t be as much background as it appears here.  Oh and the picture doesn’t show the true colours on my screen but there are a few purples in this ;)

Hexagon mock up 17 juneTo end my post, here is a picture of Biscuit cuddling up to Penny.  They finally bonded!  I missed the moment Penny gave Biscuit a thorough grooming of his back end (which he can’t manage for himself because of his lameness).

Biscuit and Penny May 2012.jpgHe’s becoming quite frail now but still has a lot of spirit in him and can some how manage to get down 3 steps and up another to go onto the lawn to munch the grass and weeds very quickly.  He’s on pain meds for arthritis.

I hope you are all having a great weekend.  If you’d like to see what all the other Rainbow Scrappers have been up to, go take a look here on Angela of Soscrappy’s blog.

Happy Stitching!




  1. I like the doll quilt, it looks pretty!

  2. Wow you have been busy. Isn't is great to get so many things finished - very satisfying. I'm in the process of cutting up card hexagons (but they are not tiny ones oh no!) and I love your crochet. Must also get down to doing something with my purples this month!!

  3. You got lots done. The crochet is great. Love the flower quilt too.

  4. You have been busy! Many lovelies especially little doll quilt. Oh my. Cute apron.
    So sweet to see your bunnies taking care of each other :D

  5. Love the crocheted edge on the doll quilt! Glad to hear that Penny and Biscuit have bonded, they are so cute!

  6. The apron is very cute! Love that you added a ruffle in a contrasting color! I have the Civil War Sewing Circle book too, and have admired the hexies. Yours look perfect!

  7. Love the little doll quilt. The crocheted edging is wonderful. Your second-time-around Apron is really nice, and clever. The ruffle really sets it off. Good luck with your .5" hexies. They are tiny! The colors look pretty on the brown.
    So happy to hear your buns have bonded. Good for them and relief to you, right?! I just love it when you include bunny pics in your posts. They are so darling.

  8. It is a while since I visited your blog. You have been very busy as I see from the pictures. Lots of lovely things. The footstool cover is beautiful. Very clever! Love the apron too.

  9. So many great projects! Great apron. Love that it was repurposed. Those hexagons are SO tiny. Looking good!

  10. Wow, you've been busy. I like the edging on the little quilt. I've done a little bit of crochet around baby blankets but not on quilts. I'll have to try that sometime. I love it that you recycled the yarn for the footstool. The thread has a great color and looks good on the stool. Your make it up as you go along is working great for you. The apron and the cover both turned out great! Why don't you make some hotpads to go along with the apron with the leftover dress fabric. I'm glad Kathleen Tracy told us ahead of time about the quilt for October. I need to start my hexies now. Thanks for the link. Your little bunnies look so sweet together. I'm glad they have finally bonded. Have fun catching up on the BOM's. I'm sure it won't take you too long...

  11. I love the ottoman! I think it turned out perfect (but I know what you mean about the sc getting bo-o-ring)!

    Also, BUNNIES! I was just thinking today that I wished we had a couple!

  12. Glad you're home safe and sound! Those little flowers are precious.
    I got my lil' twister ruler during the shop hop, but haven't had time to practice with it.

  13. It's all for fun so whatever you feel like working on ... you go ahead and have fun!

  14. You have been busy! Lots of repurposing of things and they came out great. Those hexies look great and your logic of working on October while behind on the others actually makes perfect sense to me! You work on the things you 'want' to first.

  15. I think the Inklingo hexies are a great idea - 0.6" seems like a strange measurement ;o)

  16. Love, love, love the hexie are WAY ahead of me. I better get back to mine. Thanks for the motivation!

  17. Love your hexies Elly and you're not alone behind on the monthly quilts! I am too! Still working on January and I finished March I guess it was! Those hexies are tempting so small, but they turn out so cute! I am not an apron girl, but yours looks nice! Hope your mom loved it!