Sunday, January 1, 2023

RSC23 - The Plan - {Rainbow Scrap Challenge}


Happy New Year!!!

Welcome to my planning post for the 2023 Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  Welcome to a new year.  Welcome to another year of using my scraps down to the very last inch.  It may take a lifetime, but it is SEW much fun!! With that goal in mind, I am beginning my 9th year of participation in the RSC.  Angela hosts this colorful monthly event to encourage us to sew up ALL of our fabric scraps, one color at a time, by assigning each month a color of the rainbow.

What's on your project list for the coming year, Joyful???

Last year I followed along with Rachel @ Stitched in Color for her Pas De Deux BOM.  Registration opened Monday, January 3, 2022 with a SALE and I signed up for my 1st paid BOM ever! Something just clicked for me when I read the words "scrap-friendly and skill-building" in Rachel's newsletter post describing the BOM.


My focus was just ONE project for RSC22:

That was to simply color in my planning sheet for the QAL and if that was all I could manage, that was totally fine.

However, as I sewed for the 2022 TABLE SCRAP Challenge...

I kept Angela's RSC Color of the Month prompts to create a small quilted project for the 2022 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge here on The Joyful Quilter as a way to use some of my fabric scraps during the last 12 months.

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

What's the plan for this year, Joyful???

During 2023, I  plan to focus on the ABC (Table) SCRAPS Challenge in Angela's RSC Color of the Month.  YOU are welcome to join me!  Click on the LINK to find out more about this year's Challenge.  Everything else will be secondary (and I'm not going to beat myself up about it.)

If time allows...

I would like to revive my Scrap Jar Star project from RSC17 (?!) for a "block-along" with my friend Chantal @ At the Corner of Scraps and Quilts for the quilt that I'm working towards.  "Cover Wars" can leave a body out in the cold.  As a result, a king sized quilt will be required.  I have a 21-block head start toward that goal:

If I'm feeling REALLY ambitious...

I would like to make the BOM blocks from last year, but I will continue to focus on my TABLE SCRAPS Challenge entries in the RSC Color of the Month.  

Beyond that...

Preeti's Picket Star blocks (shown below) were neglected in 2022.  If I can lay my hands on the collection of fabrics that were gathered in 2021, I will make enough blocks to finish up a small donation quilt:

Here's hoping the 2023 Rainbow Scrap Challenge 
will provide me with yet another opportunity to complete some additional blocks.

Let's take a look back to 2022 in Joyful Quilterland...

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

I worked toward getting my studio back up and running.  While NOT engaged in that activity (or art-ing), I worked on sewing small scraps for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  The studio is fully functional, but in 2023 it needs additional storage solutions in order to be MORE organized.  Some decluttering probably needs to happen, as well.

Those scraps made the following:

9  Mug Rugs
1 Table Runner
1  Placemat
2 Pin Cushions
Table Toppers
7 Mini Quilts
2 Wall Hangings
1 Lap Quilt
2 Other Quilted Items

For a total of...

Twenty-one (21) scrappy projects that I completed as part of the 2022 Rainbow Scrap Challenge (in conjunction with my own TABLE SCRAP Challenge offered here on the blog.)

You can see all of these in my 2022 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 kept me grounded while I worked (sporadically) to get my "new" studio back in order!!!

Aside from my scrap usage...

I also completed TEN (10) UFOs over the course of the year.  My list changed each quarter and I didn't stress which items were (or weren't) completed.  I had 2 "client quilts" to keeping me busy once the longarm was (finally) up and running.  I managed to keep the number of chasing "squirrels" to a minimum (and maximized my time at Quilt Retreat) so progress on the UFO List was much improved.

In spite being slow to "right" the studio in 2022, it was still quite a productive year for my Rainbow Scrap Challenge endeavors.  Wish me luck for a productive 2023!

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

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


  1. Good luck with your plans for the 2023 RSC. I'm going to jump back in with an older project. I've missed playing along. My scraps certainly need to be knocked back a bit.

  2. Yay you! Your accomplishments are wonderful, especially as I know you not only worked to set up your new studio, but finished moving, continued to work, and attended dozens of Zoom meetings. Good for you to set goals for 2023 too. Though I'm not a goal-setter anymore, I know it's a good way to make oneself more productive. You seem to thrive on that, and it's great! Hope you achieve everything you wish in 2023. Happy new year!

  3. Happy New Year, Joy! It's always a great idea to work through those UFOs! I have plenty of those myself. I definitely vote for the ScrapJar Stars to come out and play. Cheers to another year of playing in the scrap bins!

  4. You do a very good balancing act for your creative life!

  5. Sew, you did very well in 2022, despite not having a functional sewing room for a bit. I'm looking forward to our Scrap Jar Star sew-along. You have a head start on me but that's okay. I'm not aiming for a king size quilt. Good luck with that and all your other endeavors and may that long arm machine brings you pleasure all year long. ;^)

  6. Good Luck!!! You did a lot in 2022!!!! So go you!!!


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