Saturday, December 30, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge Review


I have been participating in Angela's Rainbow Scrap Challenge for 7 years now. I have written more than 270 blog posts about these projects and have had a lot of fun making many wonderful quilts from simple scraps. For the last Scrappy Saturday post of the year, I am reviewing the  successes from 2017 and some challenges for 2018.



2017 RSC Accomplishments:

1) I did not start any new RSC projects in 2017!! Woohoo! If you have followed my blog at all, you will recognize that this is really something to be proud of! In spite of all the wonderful inspiration from the weekly link ups, I was able to stay somewhat focused on my ongoing projects and not "squirrel off" into new projects!


2) Mad City Mama  quilt top was finished in December and it's just waiting for quilting. I think I will quilt straight lines using thread colours to match each block. If I pin baste this and quilt one colour each month, it would be finished in 9 months. If a tiny human can be created in 9 months, surely I can finish the creation of this Mama in the same amount of time! LOL

3) I have an almost finished RSC quilt! I'm so close to finishing machine quilting "All tied up in Knots". This was a quilt started in 2012 and was my December project to finish for One Monthly Goal. I hope to be able to start the binding today and maybe finish it tomorrow to squeak in under the wire for a 2017 finish!


2018 Challenges:

1) My goal this year will be to finish some of the wonderful RSC projects from previous years. If I have a couple of them pin basted, I could work away at the quilting instead of piecing more blocks each week. 



2) 2018 will be the year to finish the Alamo Star project. Here are the four patch blocks blocks in a stack. I just knew someone would ask me how many there are, so I counted.... there are 84 so far here and a nice even 90 blocks would be nice to work with.  However this will only be a wallhanging size quilt since these four patch star blocks finish at 4.5".


3) Of course I have a few projects that will need ongoing scrap piecing including Omigosh, Scrappy Sprouts, Maverick Stars, and Circle of Squares and I look forward to continuing to play with scraps in the colour of the month.

A huge thank you to Angela for hosting this weekly link up and inspiring us with ideas for using up our scraps! To see more scrappy accomplishments and goals, hop over to the last RSC link up of 2017.

21 comments:

scraphappy said...

What wonderful progress you have made. Not starting something new is so much harder than it seems. Best of luck getting some of those fabulous projects quilted up in the new year.

Jo said...

I like the idea of quilting the block each month to join in with Angela's scrappy colour.. good luck with your finishes...

Gretchen Weaver said...

You have some very nice quilts in process. I get too inpatient when I start quilting something, I want to get it finished! Good luck doing just 1 block a month. Can't wait to see All Tied Up In Knots completed, that is a beautiful quilt! I've been enjoying your daily posts, do you plan to keep it up in the new year? Happy Stitching!

Lyndsey said...

Good idea not starting a new quilt when you have several to finish. I really love those little star blocks. I didn't join in last year but have lots of scraps to try and clear so will be in 2018. I have one quilt top I want to make bigger from a previous RSC year so will also work on this over the months.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Wow, awesome project have come from your rainbow scraps!

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Your Alamo star blocks are a hit and so tiny to be so precise! You are good!
Lovely projects to finish Kathy and thanks for taking us along on the journey.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Wonderful post!! I am not going to start any new RSC projects for 2018 so that I can focus on quilting the ones from previous years that are still waiting for their turn to hang out with Max. RSC offers so much inspiration and such a great sense of community . . .

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

You are so wise! I am going to attempt to not be tempted to fall off the Goal wagon this year and see if I can get some quilts finished - and that means quilted and binding! It is so tempting to start another new project when one reads about another quilter working on a beautiful project. You will have some pretty quilts when completed! No Distractions

Linda said...

Fantastic! The four patch stars are awesome!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Your Mad City Mama blocks are so amazing - it will be fun to see them all quilted! I enjoy seeing all of your projects, Kathy. Happy New Year!

Monica said...

Haha, you are right to prioritize quilting, I probably should do that too! Especially since it is so darn cold now. But, you have so many great projects, it will be nice to keep seeing them all!

Sarah said...

I admire your resolve to not start any new scrap quilts in 2017. And a great idea to play along with the quilting colours each month!

Deb A said...

Big congrats on not starting anything new! You have done great at working on your existing projects. Here's to more finished in 2018! - Love the idea of quilting one block a month for a 9 month baby!

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

Yay you for staying focused... I understand that problem!! HEres to a productive 2018

Angie in SoCal said...

It is very hard to stay focused. It doesn't help that each year some really great QALs, BOMs, and new ideas get posted.

Look forward to seeing your progress.
Happy New Year!

MissPat said...

I have always loved your Alamo stars and was amzed when I discovered how small they are. I need to reevaluate my RSC projects (and my leaders and enders and QALs). Since I'm retired you would think I could finish things left and right, but no, I just keep starting new projects.
Pat

Kate said...

Your RSC projects are also so colorful and beautiful. I look forward to seeing what blocks you've done each week. This next year will be 6 years of RSC for me. Like you, I've got several uncompleted RSC projects which I'm hoping make it to the finish line this year. Good luck and have fun!

Janet O. said...

Your Rainbow projects always make me happy. I look forward to seeing some of them come to completion. They feel like good friends to me. :)
BTW, you have been doing the RSC longer than I have been blogging!

Elizabeth V Kelbaugh said...

Love your Mad City Mama blocks. They look like a fun combination of scrappy units. Happy New Year of sewing.

beaquilter said...

Happy new year and your blocks look great!

Katie Z. said...

Your projects are all so lovely.