Saturday, January 3, 2015

Rainbow Scrap Challenge - Beginning Again

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.  

23 comments:

  1. Those are pretty blocks. I like your idea of adding the corner triangles to form the secondary pattern.

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  2. This will be so pretty--looking forward to seeing it take shape...hugs, Julierose

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  3. Ooh, those look so very nice. I look forward to seeing the quilt develop! Enjoy your last two days off. Are you supposed to get ice too?

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  4. The Twinkle stars were so pretty and look lovely in blue.+ what ever inspires you.

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  5. Very pretty! I don't think I've made this block before.

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  6. Oh yay!! Those will be fantastic!! And Enjoy your next two days.... I am dreading the *vacation end* it has just been so fun!!

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  7. Those are wonderful blocks. It will be a lovely quilt at the end of the year.

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  8. Such pretty blocks, Kate! I especially love the one with the black. Seems to anchor and make that block pop all at the same time.

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  9. Twinkle Stars and your color strategy seems like an excellent idea for RSC this year. Your first two blocks are gorgeous.

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  10. Oh - what a great use of that block. Love it.

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  11. Your Twinkle Stars look beautiful! I love your plan to mix in other colors in your blocks.

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  12. Twinkle Stars is a winner - a lovely block your quilt is going to look stunning.

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  13. I like your twinkle stars. They will make a great quolt

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  14. Love the twinkle star and all of those lovely blue fabrics.

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  15. I really like the Twinkle Star block -- I may have to do something with that one!! :)

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  16. Beautiful star blocks. Love the blue to start, but mixing it up a bit will add some nice variety to the finished quilt. Looking forward to lots of great blocks this year.

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  17. Gorgeous stars and ambitious plans! Great start.

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  18. Beautiful blocks. I look forward to seeing you make them in each month's color.

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  19. Love your modifications to the Twinkling Star block! I planned to make Churn Dash blocks all year but, having started 20 Churn Dash blocks for blue, I've decided I might move on to something else that will use my crumbs!

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