Saturday, December 27, 2014

Rainbow Scrap Challenge - Year End Review

It's been a whirlwind week.  We had a wonderful Christmas with my family.  Drama Teen decided she needed to spend some time in the kitchen learning to fry chicken. 

Later she donned The Santa Hat to pass out the Christmas gifts, taking a few minutes here and there to open her own. 

She got two sets of Legos for Christmas.  She'll definitely be busy the next few days (so no "I'm bored" complaints till probably about mid-week).  

The holiday definitely put a crimp in my sewing room time. The only stitching that happened was focused on finishing up a Christmas gift, not playing with scraps.  So I don't have any progress to show off.  A review of the year's scrappy play is all I have to post today.  

Angela suggested a sampler as part of the challenge this year.  For the most part I kept up, though will admit to not making all the blocks.  

 Rainbow Scrap Challenge Sampler
By Angela Feldbush of Soscrappy

Still there were enough for a good sized lap quilt.  I'm still in the process of getting all the blocks sashed and set together.  

In 2013, Scrappy Butterflies was started as part of that year's Rainbow challenge, but only one block got made.  I did a lot better at keeping up with those blocks this year.

 Scrappy Butterflies
Block is available in EQ 7 Block Library

I have the fabric picked out for the last block, but haven't found time to cut out the pieces and assemble the block.  Hopefully that will get done this next week.

This year's challenge project was to make 12 Inverted Star blocks.

Inverted Star
by Jessica Boschem of Common Threads
available from Craftsy as a free download

Ten of the blocks are completed, one is in progress, but I've yet to decide on the color to be used for the last block.  This is another set of blocks I hope to finish up in the next week.  

Looking ahead, I've picked the block for next year's challenge.  It's one that Angela included in the challenge sampler, Twinkle Star.  Last week I posted 4 different variations of the blocks and got lots of feedback.  I made one more modification based on a couple of comments.  Now I've got 6 versions to decide between.  

Twinkle Star
Tutorial by Angela of Soscrappy

Versions B and C were the most popular last week, with A a close second.  Layouts E and F are the new ones.  Any one of these will look great, which is making it so hard to decide on the final block modifications.  I really want the block to shine, so maybe A, E or F?  Thankfully I still have about a week to decide.  

I'm off work this next week. The plan is to spend the mornings cleaning out closets and the afternoons sewing. A good balance between the need to do and the want to do. It's snowing here at the moment, so I'm going to grab another cup of coffee and check out all the other scrappy projects posted over at Soscrappy.  


Kathy S. said...

Love the Twinkle Block that you picked out for 2015! Can't wait to see which one you decide. I really like C, but if you want to make the block shine I like A. LOVE the pics of Drama Teen. Hope her fried chicken came out really good. Happy 2015! Looking forward to see what you make.

scraphappy said...

I'm with you on making the blocks shine. Definitely E or F in my opinion. It will be so much fun to see this block as an entire quilt. So pretty!

Nell's Quilts said...

Love the twinkle star block for 2015 and my vote is for E or F to make the blocks shine.

AnnieO said...

Drama Teen looks like she enjoyed her Christmas duties :). You've made a lot of blocks in rainbow colors over the past few years! I like E layout for a bit of a modern twist. Happy sewing!

Jennifer said...

I missed last week's vote! I think definitely A! can't wait for RSC15 myself!

Kevin the Quilter said...

I am glad to hear and see you all had a wonderful Christmas! I did too with my family! Decisions, decisions, decisions now Kate that you added 2 more variations into the mix! I am going to go with E since you REALLY want the stars to shine! And I love the idea of gray as the neutral!

Denise :) said...

I love all of your colorful projects!! As for your decision, D and F appealed most to me, purely aesthetically! Your DT is a beautiful young lady -- glad she had a happy Christmas! Do you get to enjoy some down time this week coming? :)

Katie Z. said...

I love your blocks!

Sheila said...

Love ALL your colorful blocks! I like layout "B".

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

First off - I like F... and Drama Teen Frying chicken? Send her over - I'll let her test in my kitchen too!! I like all of your other RSC projects - I think you did a fabulous job keeping up!!! Happy New Year!

Debra said...

Your blocks are beautiful. The inverted star is a great block.. I will have to remember this one! Your choice for 2015 is wonderful. I can't wait to see your progress on these!

Mystic Quilter said...

I'm looking forward to seeing Twinkle Star develop over 2015 - I don't envy you your decision as all layouts are super.

thea said...

Do you do a rainbow scrap challenge every year? I don't think I could choose between the six options you have for Twinkle Star. Can't wait to see what you choose.

Lynne said...

Drama Teen is growing into a beautiful young lady -- so different to the Kiddo you had when I first started reading your blog!

I choose layout F, in my mind it really makes the blocks stand out.

I'm making churn dash blocks (or variations there-upon) for RSC this year. It feels so good to be so organised and know I can just walk in there tomorrow and get started!