Wednesday, January 1, 2020

RSC20 - The Plan - {Rainbow Scrap Challenge}

Welcome to my planning post for the 2020 Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  Welcome to a new year.  Welcome to a new decade of using my scraps down to the very last inch.  It is SEW much fun!! With that goal in mind, I am beginning my 6th year of participation in the RSC.  It's Angela's brilliant scheme to sew up ALL of our fabric scraps. One color at a time.  Silly, Angela!  Doesn't she know that USING scraps only breeds MORE scraps?!?!

(I'm STILL laughing hysterically at the thought of it.)

Welcome to my simplified project list for the coming year...

This post will focus on my projects for:

NOTE:  Click THIS LINK to read about this year's Challenge!

As inspiration permits...

I hope to use the Color of the Month prompts to create a small quilt top to use many of my fabric scraps this year.  There!!  I've said it.  It's out the Quilt-i-verse.  Even if this only happens ONCE during the year, I will consider it a success!

If that doesn't work out, I'd like to make progress on the components for the following RSC quilt:

"X" Blocks  -  These are the Alternate Blocks for the RSC15 Sampler.  They simply never got beyond cut squares.

I would also like to make some progress on the following project from my RSC17 list which I didn't touch in 2019:

Scrap Jar Stars - These blocks were started in 2017 and were supposed to continue into 2018, as I still don't have enough blocks for a bed quilt and that's where I'm headed with this one.

King sized, to be exact!!

Slab Stars - This quilt began as Slab Blocks made during the RSC
15, my first year of participation.  (These continued through  the RSC16.)  

Angela had a beautiful RSC15 Sampler planned, but I simply wasn't feeling the sampler block thing that year.  I did, however, want to make a version of the quilt, but it took until 2017 to figure out HOW to accomplish that task!!

Block production stalled out during RSC18 and RSC19, but my love for this project remains.  Just look how scrappy these are:

The 2020 Rainbow Scrap Challenge 
will provide me with another opportunity to complete the necessary blocks.

Let's take a look back to 2019 in Joyful Quilterland...

Since we KNOW that I didn't make many blocks, just what DID I do with my quilting time???

USE a whole bunch of small scraps, that's what!!

Those scraps made the following:

Mug Rugs
6 Scrap Baskets
3 Pin Cushions
7 Thread Catchers

For a total of...

24 Scrappy Projects for the 2019 Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  :o))

You can see a few of these in my 2019 Rainbow Scrap Challenge - The Year in Review post.  I did my best to sew with the assigned Color of the Month throughout the calendar year.  These small scrappy projects were SEW much FUN to make!!!

Aside from my scrap usage...

I also completed 8 UFOs over the course of the year.  The list changed each quarter, but I didn't stress too much over which items were completed.  I had a few too many "client quilts" to make additional progress on finishing more of my own projects, however, I'm certainly not complaining about THAT!!  Chasing a few too many "squirrels" also contributed to my lack of further progress on the UFO List.  That kept things in the studio interesting, though.

2019 felt like a fairly productive year for my Rainbow Scrap Challenge endeavors.  I could have accomplished more, but as you might have seen, some travel and (during the last quarter of the year) an ailing sewing machine interfered with my RSC sewing time.  Wish me luck for a productive 2020!

A new LINK PARTY will be posted on each Saturday of 2020.

Until next time...
SCRAPPY New Year!!!


  1. I'm glad to see the RSC WIPs come out to play this year. I LOVE that you are doing a small project with the color of the month now and then. 24 scrappy projects completed is AWESOME! Woohoo for customers. It's going to be a fun 2020. No pressure from me! Just have fun with it, Joy!

  2. Love seeing those stars come out to play! Wishing you lots of happy scrap busting this year.

  3. Good luck with this year’s RSC. I’m full of confidence that you will end up with at least one of those existing projects completed. Enjoy the journey

  4. Did you see that January is GREEN? Your favorite!

  5. The wonderful thing about RSC projects is that they wrap well into another year! All those lovely blocks will cheerfully welcome new friends from 2020. Keep enjoying sewing those scraps, no matter how tiny! :)

  6. 2020 may be the start of a better year for everyone, both for entrepreneurs and those who work

  7. Congrats on a successful 2019. Wishing you lots of success with your scrappy projects in 2020.


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