Saturday, 6 January 2018

RSC 17 Roundup and looking forward.

Each month, Angela at Soscrappy gives a colour for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and we work with scraps of that colour for that month. This month's colour is light/medium blue. The first two years I joined the challenge I followed Angela's sampler instructions and made a large rainbow quilt both years. Since then I've made my own project plan, but kept to her colour-using programme. This year there is also a rainbow sampler programme run by Angela at Soscrappy together with Mari at The Academic Quilter

To start with last year's RSC projects: 

I managed to finish very little in 2017. I quilted a couple of quilts made in 2016, made a small wall hanging, and some scrappy scrap baskets. 2018 will initially see me continuing with the same RSC projects:

Scrappy baskets: 

Since I took this photo I have added an orange and a pink basket.

I still have to make two: one for blue and aqua and one for back and white.

Large blocks 

I've been making one square in each month's colour with a white wonky star. I started this about half way through 2017 and will continue until I have enough for ... whatever! Lap quilt, baby quilt, who knows! These squares finish at 14 inches, so I won't need so many, once I've got the 49 2" squares joined, that is.

Jacob's ladders: 

I need to redefine this in terms of scrappy. I abandoned this project after a couple of months because it wasn't scrappy enough. Using off-white solid as background works, and using two other colours also, but not using just two other fabrics. This way hasn't been using scraps; I have to use more than one fabric in each colour for the triangles. It's not that I don't like the result, but it's not helping me reduce my scraps. I have the feeling that making these blocks will be more of a 5-year plan!

6"Jacobs Ladder variation

2018 RSC Sampler Quilt

I haven't yet decided, but by the time you read this I will know more about it and have made a decision!

Some more scrappy projects for 2018:

Trip around the world: 

I'm collecting 2.5" strips and will be joining them as L&Es. This could also take years! My plan is to make a block each month in the colour of the month. This won't be a scrap buster but a scrap builder, because I'll need to buy more fabric in each colour to get up to size!

Framed 9-patches 

I've started making the 9-patches as L&Es, using the ends of the 2" strips used in the Quiltville Mystery "On Ringo Lake".  I plan to collect a pile of 9-patches and will decide when I have enough for a quilt what exactly I do with them. This will continue to be a L&E project. So who knows when I'll have enough for a dancing 9-patch quilt.


Much as I love piecing I'm very reluctant to quilt. I never feel that I am in complete control of the machine when quilting. I have just bought a Craftsy class given by Jacquie Gering: "Creative Quilting with your Walking Foot", and am hoping I will gain enough confidence in the next couple of months to tackle these two:

2015 sampler. This is a completed top, I just didn't take a photo with the last 2 squares!
2016: Bear Paws
That's enough I think; I have to be realistic!

Best wishes everyone for a healthy, prosperous and productive new year.

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Edith said...

Oh my, everything is so pretty, love the scrappy baskets and your two finished quilt tops are exquisite, best of luck in quilting them. Have you considered having them done by a long-arm quilter, sometimes it's just what is needed to get our tops to completion?

Cathy said...

Welcome back, Marly! I love those baskets (they look huge, like totes. What size are they?) But those simple pieced blocks with the wonky stars are gorgeous. Another idea for my file! xo

Sally Hurley said...

I like them all, but the bear claws are my favorite!

Chantal said...

I think you are doing very well with a realistic list. I don't intend to start anything new for RSC but finish what I have started. I wish you a very scrappy, happy and healthy new year. ;^)

Sarah said...

Your scrappy baskets are awesome! Actually I love all your projects!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I really love your 2015 sampler! I do all my quilting with my walking foot and have had good results with it. Jacquie also has a book about walking foot quilting that I bought, and it has been really helpful.

scraphappy said...

Good luck getting those tops quilted up. Hope that you make good progress on some of your projects this year.

PaulaB quilts said...

Your baskets turned out so well. My only one was a major headache and too floppy. Glad you're going to join the RSC18. You have a nice way with color. I especially like your Jacob's Ladder blocks. The bold central color makes them sing. My fear of Quilting also results in Rey simple walking foot work. Good luck with your new projects.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Such wonderful projects and a good plan for 2018. Looking forward to seeing your scrappy basket in BLUE!!

Janice said...

Good luck with it all

Cathy said...

Sounds like you have some good plans for 2018. I'm reluctant to quilt on my DSM too - especially big quilts. That class sounds interesting. I've been eyeing her book. Good luck to you!! You can do it!!!!

Angie said...

I like the Jacob's Ladder blocks - it will be fun to see how you continue to approach these! Good luck with the quilting projects! Both of your flimsies look lovely. I struggle with doing my own quilting too, and plan to attempt more machine quilting this year myself.