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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Scrap Happy Saturday: Lest Auld Scrappiness Be Forgot

I've come to the conclusion I should just take a vacation from blogging in December.  It's always a crazy month for me, as my husband and youngest son both have birthdays before Christmas.  This year has been even crazier, as my major project at work culminates on December 31st, and these past few weeks have been a mass of frustration as I try to herd cats to a successful outcome! 

Fortunately, I have had time to sneak in some quilt therapy here and there.  I've been wrapping up Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects from this year and contemplating what I will do for next year's RSC.  
Last weekend I immersed myself in all the episodes of Season One of the "Serial" podcast, and made the borders for the Carpenter's Wheel quilt.
The finished quilt measures 68" x 68".  No clue yet how it will be quilted, but I do plan to give it to my sister when it's done.  I really enjoyed challenging myself with this project and now I can cross this quilt block off my quilting bucket list!
While I'm talking about this year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects, I'll mention this Scrap Jar Star quilt again.  I still need to add at least a bit more width to it, so I'll be looking for some appropriate border fabric as the new year begins.  I'm going to give this one to my youngest sister.
My Rainbow Scrap Sampler blocks are still waiting for sashing.  That will definitely be a project for 2015.
I made a few of these 9-patch blocks this year.  These are only 6" blocks, so I'll need more before I have enough for a quilt.  This project will continue through 2015.
Another RSC project this year was making Maverick or Liberated Stars.  Again, these are only 6" blocks, so I'll need to make more before I have enough for a quilt.  Channeling Bonnie Hunter:  I'm thinking of making string-pieced, low volume blocks for the alternate squares.
The RSC has really taught me to appreciate 16-patch blocks.  They are not only great scrap busters, but good building blocks for a variety of quilts.  This block was made in 2014, and the darker fabric shades inspired me to focus on reproduction fabric 16-patches for 2015.  

I'm really looking forward to the next round of Rainbow Scrap Challenge fun!  Many thanks to our fearless leader, Angela of SoScrappy, for all her work in providing inspiration for our quilt therapy!

Here's to the last Rainbow Scrap Challenge link-up of 2014!


  1. Oh nice finishes and nice ideas for next year; I will be linking up this coming year and trying to keep myself in check--just making what I really really want to do....hugs Julierose

  2. Wow! I look forward to seeing these beautiful, colorful blocks become awesome quilts in 2015.

  3. Your Carpenter wheel quilt is amazing. You have made many rainbow block quilts and they are lovely. I look forward to seeing what you make in 2015.

  4. Your quilts are beautiful!

    I must check out that podcast now, as you are the third person to discuss it today!

  5. Wow - all your rainbow challenge quilt projects turned out great!
    What a body of colorful work.
    I listened to Serial while pin basting my hot flash quilt - then I had to wait for the last few episodes. It was so fascinating

  6. What great RSC challenges.... You did great! The Carpenters Wheel is really neat - I like the center rainbow block- great way to draw it all together! Oh and Happy Birthday to your son and husband ;-)

  7. I agree that a blogging vacation can be good for us for a LOT of reasons -- especially when real life is especially busy.

    WONDERFUL progress on your projects and I'm sharing your WOOT for RSC!

  8. Luckily, there are very few people that actually expect an enormous output on the blogging front in the month of December! I am so glad to have a life? lol Great looking rainbow projects!!

  9. All your RSC projects are beautiful. Your Carpenter Star quilt is my favorite. Enjoy what's left of 2014.