Tuesday, December 29, 2015

2015 Rainbow Scrap Challenge - The Year in Review


At the end of last year, I happened upon the So Scrappy Blog.  The blog's author, Angela, was hosting  the 2015 Rainbow Scrap Challenge and had designed the 2015 RSC Sampler Quilt for the occasion.  I find it difficult to believe that 52 weeks have gone by since then!

While I wasn't planning to participate in making the Sampler, I had PLENTY of scraps in a RAINBOW of colors and a list of blocks that I had been wanting to make!  I chose FOUR blocks from my list and got to work.

OK!  So I went a LITTLE overboard, during the first few months, but I was having SEW much FUN!!!  It had been a LONG time since I was this excited about spending time in my sewing room. Thank you, Angela, for renewing my love of quilting with your Rainbow Scrap Challenge!  Your weekly LINK PARTY only added to my enthusiasm.

My "design floor" took on a new look as the Color of the Month changed throughout the year.












One of the RSC Quilters showed a stack of blocks in March and I thought that it might be interesting to see how my own pile of blocks grew over the course of the year...

Would you care to have a look???

In January the stack of completed blocks looked very BLUE:

February's stack grew with the addition of PINK blocks:

In March, we added some YELLOW blocks onto the growing stack:

April saw the addition of PURPLE blocks:

Oops! You can tell that I've been quilting this month by the angle of my machine cover.  LOL

May brought GREEN blocks to the stack:

In June, the pile only experienced slight growth with the addition of LIGHT BLUE blocks:

July saw the small addition of RED blocks:

August added INDIGO to the ever-growing stack:

In September, the stack grew imperceptibly, with the addition of ORANGE blocks:

October added BROWN blocks to the growing pile:

November meant that a FEW Light/Gright GREEN blocks were added to the stack:

December is the month when all good Rainbow Scrap Quilters are assembling their blocks in to quilts and finishing up projects.

Not so, with me!  I did, however, take a lovely photo of the block stack together with its accompanying stack of Rainbow Crumb Block for you to see:

Wow!!!  That looks QUITE impressive.

I'm pleased with all I've gotten done this year.  Thanks to Angela and the RSC Quilters, I've got Rainbow blocks coming out my ears!!  (OK.  Not literally.)

Here's a  look back at the Mid-Year Review:

THIS is the way the 2nd half of the year turned out:


THIS is how it all stacks up for the Year-End Review:

Let's not forget a year's worth of RAINBOW Crumb Blocks:

Perch those at the top of the stack and HERE is what you've got:

A pretty BIG pile of blocks... ALL made during the 2015 Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!!

Shall I break the block pile down by type??

Sure, Joyful!  Why not?!?!

THIRTY-ONE (31) Maverick Stars:

FORTY-EIGHT (48) Slab Blocks:

SEVENTY-EIGHT (78) String Blocks:

SEVENTY-NINE (79) Tiny Nines:

For a TOTAL of  TWO HUNDRED THIRTY-SIX (236) Rainbow Scrap Challenge Blocks made between January and November 2015!!  That's an average of 21.45 blocks per month during RSC15.

And, of course, let's not forget the ONE HUNDRED FIFTY (150) Rainbow Crumbs:

For a GRAND TOTAL of THREE HUNDRED EIGHTY-SIX (386) quilt blocks made during 2015!!!  That's 1.057 blocks per day... assuming this quilter ACTUALLY sewed EVERY day!!!  :P

It's all well and good to see piles of blocks up on a pedestal, but ...

What do they look like all laid out, Joyful???

Maverick Stars:

Slab Blocks:

String Blocks:

Tiny Nines:

And, last, but not least...

A Rainbow of Crumb Blocks:

From time to time, projects just don't pan out the way you expect them to.  You don't like the proposed layout or other projects (or several!!) take center stage.  I'm sorry to say that is what happened to one of my RSC projects.  The Rainbow Crumb Blocks took over and the Bricks fell to the wayside (never to be heard from again.)  That's OK!  Another RSC Challenge will soon begin.

Again, I want to thank Angela for hosting the 2015 Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  It inspired me to spend more time in my studio playing with my fabric scraps.  I've got the makings of SEVERAL quilts and I'm already looking forward to the fun that I will have participating in the 2016 Rainbow Scrap Challenge!

I also want to thank YOU for reading about my journey and commenting along the way.  Your kind words have meant more to me than you could possibly know.

Until next time...
Scrappy New Year!!!


  1. Incredible totals! However, I am satisfied with my nine completed projects for the year, still finishing up the balloon flimsy. Of all yours, I still like the slab blocks the best, Joy. They are your unique expression and are just the right balance between chaos and over-control. They make me feel happy and comfortable.

  2. Well done! I love the colors each month, as I find monochromatic images quite inspiring. Your blocks are all gorgeous.

  3. Wow. An amazing amount of work, Joy! I am so tempted to participate in 2016 but I don't think I have enough scraps. :)

  4. I completely missed this post last week. Amazing progress! It is funny how some projects take over and others fall away.


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