Scraphappy over on the So Scrappy blog at superscrappy.blogspot.com is hosting the 2015 Rainbow Scrap Challenge and this year (after doing a bit of blog hopping) I decided to join in all of the fun. I even added a button over in the sidebar that should take you to her blog on any given day.
Goodness knows that I've got a LOT of scraps!!!
ScrapHappy has hosted the RSC for the past 4 years. She started it in an effort to use up her own scraps. Silly, quilter! Doesn't she know that the scraps MULTIPLY when we turn off the sewing room lights?!?! LOL
How does RSC15 work???
Well, ScrapHappy has designed a Sampler Quilt for anyone to use or not. (I'm planning on just using her color selection as a jumping off point for my weekly scrap-ventures.) She released the pattern for a 12" Sawtooth Block at the end of December. All of 2015's blocks will fit into the center of a Sawtooth block. On January 1st, she posted the first Sampler Block Tutorial, a Whirling Geese block. Links are provided for various methods of making the block. However, the tutorial uses the Easy Angle and Companion Angle rulers.
Why should you care???
Well, YOU don't have to care, but I'm REALLY excited about linking up with other RSC15 quilters! Any ideas for using my scraps is OK with me. :o))
Also, this is GREAT for new quilters! It's like a FREE year-long quilting class. On behalf of all of the new quilters out there, THANK YOU, Scrap Happy!! You are doing the quilting world a great service. I, for one, appreciate your efforts (even though I am nowhere near a new quilter!)
Anyway... Each month has a dedicated color and will be accompanied by 1 - 4 tutorials.
January's color is BLUE. "Not dark indigo/navy blue, not baby pastel blue, just regular middle of the road blue." Last year, apparently, ScrapHappy sorted out the greenish tints,, but this year she's leaving them in. Me? I didn't add any teal, turquoise or aqua today.
The LAST thing that I need to do is start ANOTHER quilt!!! However, that's just what I did today. Well... possibly even TWO new quilts. I'm not sure the blocks will work together in a single quilt.
First, I got out my BLUE scrap "basket." Next, I hunted down an old phone book (for the light weight paper) and cut out a few 7" squares.
Ever since Needleb started Big Blue, I've wanted to do a String Quilt. It's not as planned out as hers (and I only made 2 blocks) but it's a start.
FUNNY!!! It doesn't look like I used ANYTHING out of the BLUE basket. See???
After finishing the String Blocks, I remembered that I have also been wanting to make some of Bonnie Hunter's Maverick Stars. Look! Now, I've made a start on those:
|3" background squares and random triangular bits from the BLUE basket.|
|This shot shows them all trimmed up...|
|And waiting for the 2nd star point.|
Here's the mock-up of my Maverick Star:
And then I chose a center piece:
Oops!!! I didn't read the full post before getting started. I got the BLUE part...
But, missed the part about no navy or pastel. (See the picture above.) Oh, well... the recipient of my quilt won't know... or CARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :P
I could have SWORN that I actually USED some scraps out of this basket today!! Somehow, it doesn't appear that any fabric has been removed. Hmm... perhaps next week's ScrapHappy Sunday will somehow begin to make a dent in the BLUE scraps!