Sunday, 21 February 2016

Browns for February

This is the third year I have been participating in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge that Angela runs at her blog, Soscrappy.  Each month she publishes the colour of the month for us to sew with.  This year, the colour for February is brown, and if we wish we can use pink as a highlight.
 
I have had some time to sew up a few brown scraps.  First of all I made two little Scrappy Susannah blocks.
 
 
If you look closely you might see that the half square triangles around the centre are a pale pink.  They haven't come up too well in the photograph.  I probably shouldn't have used the pink contrast with the rusty block on the right.  In reality it looks a bit yuk.  But I'm not pulling it apart!
 
I also made a postage stamp block with a bunch of 2" scraps.

 
This block will finish at 11" and there are a myriad of shades of brown in it.  Everything from the darkest brown through to mustard. 
 
There are some really old scraps in that block.  The square in the second row from the bottom and 3rd from the right is from the wedding quilt I made for my daughter.  She was married almost 18 years ago.  Almost as old, is the mustard square in the centre of the fourth row.  Fun to see these scraps emerging from the depths of my brown stash of squares.
 
I have also begun a Sunbonnet Sue quilt, which is destined for Stitching Hearts.  The colour for last month was blue with purple highlights, so my first block was blue & mauve.
 
 
She still needs a little Suffolk Puff for her hat, but I won't put that on until after the quilt has been quilted.
 
On a roll, I put together her mate, Overall Andy, in this month browns.  No pink for a fella, but his dungarees have a cute red stripe through them.

 
I am almost finished doing the applique on him - only have his hat band and sleeves to do.  I really like doing buttonhole applique, which I do at night in front of the TV.  Haven't done any for a while so this has been very enjoyable.
 
Today there was an all day craft day at the Baptist church in Narara.  Several of us from Friday Quilters joined in, while others were doing scrapbooking and one lady was painting.  It was great fun.  I didn't stay much past lunch time as I was relying on a lift home, but will definitely be first on the list for the next craft day.  I took a quilt to quilt.  I'll show if off next time. 
 
Why not go take a look at all the other brown goodies people have made for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.
 
In my last post here, I mentioned I had made some quillos for the children of a friend for Christmas.  It occurred to me that perhaps you don't know what a quillo actually is.  Well a quillo(w) is a quilt with a pocket at one end, and you fold it up to form a little pillow.  There is a Youtube folding demo here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3Ko1PIgyc8

Kids love them because they can sit on the sofa or floor with their feet in the pocket.  The ones I made were small - small kid sized, but you can make them fairly large for an adult and so they can double as a bed quilt.

I make mine whole cloth i.e. from one piece on the front and one on the back, so easy peasy.  But you can piece the top if you wish.  They are a fun alternative to a quilt, and I have made a whole lot for a heap of kids over the years.

Til next time.....Keep on stitching

19 comments:

  1. Nice Susannah blocks; the pink details bring,the brown to life. I'd never seen Overal Andy before; he looks like the foreman, watching the workers, and wearing pin-stripes to boot!

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  2. Your little Sunbonnet Sue and her best friend Andy are so super sweet. I'm always tempted to sew new blocks in the colour of the month.

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  3. Cute applique blocks. They look so vintage.

    Yes, I know about quillows (quilt pillows) I made about 12 of them out of flannel one year long ago for grand nieces and nephews for Christmas. No one could remember how to fold them back up into the pillows.

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  4. Your rainbow blocks are lovely Dasha. Its lovely to stitch with friends.

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  5. The Sunbonnet Sue and Andy blocks are so cute. Someone will dearly love them.

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  6. Congrats on your brown progress. Especially love Andy.

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  7. Lots of brown being used in your sewing room - your applique blocks are so cute!

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  8. I love your brown blocks!
    (I've never been able to make an Overall Andy block - I think he looks like he's turned his back on us and is peeing, and I can't applique when I'm laughing that hard...)

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  9. Wonderful Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Andy - what a great idea!

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  10. Lolol read Gayles comment and now will always think the lads peeing, from here on in!! She's right, he kind of does lolol
    Try as I might my corners never seem to line up right, but love seeing blocks others make that do. Fab fab Browns, and hoe lovely to be able to pick out fabrics with provenance. Maybe that quilt needs a written story about the fabrics used, which will add to its delight?

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  11. Oh and the quills .... Wondering if my next 365 Circles might work as one .... Thanks for the idea!

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  12. The Susannah block looks like a fun scrap buster and SBS & Overall Andy are too cute!

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  13. A fun remembrance block with all those fabrics. She and Andy are cute. I never get tired of smiling at her. Keep up the good work!.

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  14. It's great to see you made your brown scraps look so good. Your Sunbonnet Sue blocks are so cute. I have a summer hat that when I wear it my husband laughs and calls me Sunbonnet Rachael lol.

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  15. Interesting to see what you are up to, Dasha. You're using a great variety of your brown scraps - it's always a trip down memory lane using them, isn't it?! Sue and Andy are looking very cute, are you going to do one a month in the RSC colours?

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  16. Nice blocks. I love all the browns and golds in your postage stamp block. You have been sew busy ... :) Pat

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  17. Nice blocks. I love all the browns and golds in your postage stamp block. You have been sew busy ... :) Pat

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  18. love your browns and your postage stamp will be so neat.

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  19. Great blocks with beautiful browns. The Sunbonnet blocks are so cute. ♥.

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