Something Different


This month, I have been working on the Something Different blocks for my One Monthly Goal challenge, which was making eight blocks and setting them into the layout of the squares and rectangles underlying a Golden Spiral.

I have achieved my goal (yay!) of sewing the blocks and I’ve sewn them together and quilted them so I will link this post with OMG

Elm Street Quilts


But I’m undecided about what to do next.


On the one hand, I’m inclined to add a QAYG border and finish it up but, on the other, I have some abandoned (wrong-size!) blocks and I’d quite like to keep going and make it into more of a sampler quilt…but then I don’t know that I’d actually want a sampler quilt.

I’ve never used blocks in an intentional layout (apart from traditional repeat patterns) before or made a sampler quilt and some of the blocks are made up so, whatever I end up doing with it, this is certainly a new-to-me project so I’m also linking this post with  New to Me at Celtic Thistle Stitches.

Another new-to-me was finding Fiona sitting on Mrs Hare’s lap reading to her – apparently cats always read sideways :)


How have you got on with your goals this month? I wish you good luck with whatever you are making,

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Stained Glass and Shadows


Today is this year’s third Four in Art reveal. Our theme for this year is ‘Light’ and the sub-theme for this quarter is ‘Stained Glass Shadows’. Our aim, as always, is: “…to break out of the usual gridded experience and try a new concept, free of structure or preconception, moving the boundaries of our own skills forward in both concept and technique”.

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My offering for this quarter is, I’m afraid, something of a fail – hence the and in my title…

I did think this was a wonderful challenge and I had some quite elaborate plans for interpreting this theme (perhaps one day I will make that quilt!) but after a month filled with one funeral (and an extraordinary amount of related activity), much cleaning and house sorting and many guests the deadline drew nearer and nearer without a stitch being stitched. Finally, yesterday morning I found myself home alone and with the the thought that having ‘something’ to post would be better than having nothing to post, I set to making something as simple as possible as fast as possible.

Before I embarked on this, I held a piece of the shot cotton up to the window and I felt sure it cast a coloured shadow…

But when it was finished, I tried to get a stained glass shadow effect and no colour was to be seen. I tried painting the back of the ‘glass’ fabrics with mod podge but, perhaps not unpredictably, it didn’t help…

Having no time to add a quilted ‘shadow’ or try anything else, I am posting it it anyway and taking the Edison/light bulb view. I have learnt one of the many ways not to make a shadow-casting stained glass window from fabric.

Please visit the other members of Four in Art and see their interpretations of this quarter’s theme.

Bette Ayers   Camilla Cathro   Catherine Chisholm

Elizabeth Eastmond   Nancy Myers   Rachel Riley   Simone Bradford

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

I’m linking this post with Kathy’s Kwilts and More for this weeks TGIFF


Bird Organiser


Bird mania continues, here at Rainbow Hare!

I’ve finished this organiser for my daughter’s birthday. She’s at uni and has a small room so I hope this will be easy to hang on her wall. I sized the pockets to take A4 sized papers, a pencil case and odds and ends and notes can be pegged onto the line between the birds.

pocket detail

I’m very pleased with how the organiser itself has turned out but I’m regretting using that stripped background fabric with the printed fabrics on the birds. I had intended to use a pale grey solid background and I wish I’d either done that or made birds from brighter or darker fabrics so they’d pop a bit more. Next time I should go with my instincts, rather than ploughing on into the night and thinking it’ll look ok in daylight!


bird/peg/line detail
What have you been sewing this week?

If you’ve been joining in with


(or if you’d like to), remember to link up with Kristy over at Quiet Play. In case you’ve missed it, Kristy has designed a fab paper pieced Christmas block just for the blog hop and she is offering it free for a limited time :)
Happy Sewing!
Janine @ Rainbow Hare