New Orleans House Project

Saturday, December 21, 2013

More Rainbow Scrap Wrap-Up

I think the happiest thing I can say about my sewing activity this week is that I've made a big dent in cleaning off my cutting table!  As the year comes to a close, it's always nice to clean up, clear out and get organized for a new year of sewing/quilting fun.  

There are a lot of project ideas running through my head, both newFOs and UFOs, but I have not committed to a plan of attack yet.  At best, I really want to make a trial block to test out my 2014 Rainbow Scrap project.  I'd like to accomplish that in the next week, but I don't know if I'll be able to carve out the time.  I should be out braving the crowds to finish Christmas shopping right now, but the siren call of fabric is keeping me home!

I did finish a chocolate churn dash small quilt top, probably best used as a table runner.  I had hopes of machine quilting this in time to give as a Christmas gift, but that's not going to happen.  It's not as wonky as it looks - I just have a problem holding the camera straight!

Another chocolate table runner, also not finished in time for gift-giving.  Plus, I need to order more of the chocolate bar fabric for the binding (see top right corner).
All three of these table runners were inspired by bonus triangles left-over from another quilt.  I learned a valuable lesson from this exercise - leave the bonus triangles loose (don't sew them into HST blocks) until you've decided how you'll use them.  Most of these bonus triangles were already sewn into blocks before I started the table runners, and I had to rip many of them apart to piece together the fabrics I wanted to use.  

I STILL have enough bonus triangles left to make another Birds in the Air table runner!

While I was piecing all those chocolate blocks together, I used the 9 patch and snowball blocks of this quilt as leader-enders.  Once the blocks were stitched into rows, it was a quick job to assemble the final top.  This is my 4th quilt top from the 2012 Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  I'm going to add a white border to give the blocks a "floating" effect.  I was hoping the light blue fabric being auditioned in the picture would be a good way to finish the quilt, but it's not quite what I had in mind.  I may go with my new favorite border treatment:  Freeform Scrappy Border, followed by another white border.  I also thought about a border of smaller 9 patches set on point, but honestly, I'd like to finish this quilt sooner rather than later!

I was also inspired to make one more Happy Scrappy House block with a Christmas theme, but after choosing my fabrics, I decided they all needed pre-washing to avoid the dreaded running red dye.  I guess stitching that block can be my reward later today for finishing my Christmas shopping!

Today is link-up day for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, so please visit Angela's blog to see more challenge wrap ups!


  1. Wonder why I have a sudden craving for Chocolate?!?
    I am cleaning up the cutting table too... to make room for new projects in 2014!
    Your scrappy quilt is so pretty!

  2. I like your chocolate blocks but I LOVE your 9patch snowball quilt. I think this might be one of my 2014 rainbow blocks. Thanks for the inspiration. Merry Christmas.

  3. You have been so busy, even if you didn't get them finished for Christmas! I've also been cleaning my workroom! Have a very merry Christmas and a happy fabric filled 2014!

  4. LOVE your nine patch and snowball quilt. I may have to add 9 patches to next year's RSC! Well, your runners would be a very early finish for next Christmas if you get them done this year =) Enjoy the sewing time and hope the last minute shopping is a success.

  5. I love that chocolate bar material!

  6. Love that rainbow quilt! So sweet. You have been busy, busy!

  7. So glad you were able to spend a little time with the Chocolate. I can't wait until the January color is pulled -- but then again, I am busy with Bonnie Hunter's mystery. Nothing like too many projects. Merry Christmas.

  8. I really like that freeform scrappy border. It might be just what my midget blocks need. They've been patiently waiting for a border for an entire year! It is hard to decide between finishing a quilt and waiting to get it the way you want. Both have advantages. Whichever you choose, enjoy your sewing time!

  9. Oh yes - the Freeform Scrappy Border would be perfect for that quilt! Love all the color happiness going on there. You have been very successful in your Rainbow Blocks this year! I haven't touched mine in a couple of months, but hopefully I'll play with putting them together into quilts early in 2014 :*)