I've been off work the last two weeks. There was a lot of Christmas prep in the days before the holiday, but the last week has been mainly about de-cluttering the house, with a goodly amount of stitching thrown in. It's been nice. That all ends on Monday, but I still have two days to enjoy before then.
After spending what seemed like an eternity pressing the background fabric, I was able to start cutting out the pieces for this year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge block. Searching through the blue 2.5 and 1.5 strips cut last year, I found 4 strips that were long enough to make the friendship star centers, but I've only finished two of those so far.
You may recognize this block as one of the sampler blocks Angela included in the 2014 Rainbow Scrap Sampler. It's called Twinkle Star and her tutorial for making it can be found here. I added the corner triangles to make a secondary pattern when the blocks are all put together. Otherwise there is just too much background. So far I'm loving these blocks.
The plan is to make 80 of these 6" finished blocks in 2015 to allow for an 8 by 10 layout in the final quilt. That means I'll need to make 6 to 7 of these blocks each month. Three blocks will probably be made using just the color of the month. The remaining 3 or 4 will use another color as the sawtooth star points. I had played with the idea of choosing those accent color based on schemes from the color wheel. One would use the complimentary color (for blue that's orange), another would use an analogous color (like green) and so on. But since variety is what I'm going for, a random approach will work just fine.
I'm going to grab a second cup of coffee and then hop over to Soscrappy to check out all the new Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects for 2105.