If you have read my blog before, you will know I have been participating in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for a couple of years now. I have started off with a few different blocks this year. Lets see how long I can keep that up! LOL
The colour for January is blue. I showed you my Scrappy Sussanah block in a previous post here. This week I have been playing with my blue scraps again. First up I made a Stacks and Stacks block.
I found a tutorial by Stephanie for that on the Little Lady Patchwork blog. It was a super simple block to make up and ends up 9" finished. I decided to use a light grey print as a background instead of the white in the tute, and as you can see there's a smidge of purple in amongst all that blue. That is because in a departure from usual, we have an accent colour each month this year, and January's is purple.
One little block like that didn't use up many of my scrappy strips, so I really think that this block would be good all in one colour. Still it was fun, and I'm looking forward to seeing it in rainbow colours.
The next thing I did was take my bag of blue 2" squares to Friday Quilters with me yesterday to see if I could do some damage to it.
I made up one blue postage stamp block.
I still had a little time at the end of the morning before we had to leave the hall, so I started making up some little 4-patches.
Photographed on my dirty old ironing board cover! Seeing it here makes me realise I need a new one. LOL. The plan for these is to make a few more and put triangles on the corners setting the 4-patches on point. Still wondering if I'll do the corners in the colour of the month or in a light background colour. I'll have to do a few trial runs.
Linking this post up to the RSC linky here when the post goes up later tonight.
Last year I joined up in the Scrap Dance Mystery quilt along run by Carole who blogs at From My Carolina Home. But travel, illness, life and Christmas just got in the way, so I haven't got it finished. This week I got it out, finished the remaining blocks, decided that it needed one more row to lengthen it a tad, and made them up.
This is where I am at - ready to join the blocks into a top.
I use a flannel back table cloth to set out my blocks when I am up to this stage. I can roll it up to stow it away or carry it rolled/folded to my weekly quilt group. I'm getting there with this one.
I enjoyed this so much that I have decided to join into Carole's new Mystery QAL, Scrap Dance Tango. You'll see the little icon on my right side bar. If you click on that, or here, you can go take a look at the details of the Mystery. It's not too late to join in if it takes your fancy. Do join in, it's fun.
These are the fabrics I have pulled for the quilt.
I have begun cutting the blocks I need from that pile. There are 315 scrappy 3.5" background squares cut, and mostly marked with a diagonal line. And 252 scrappy 2.5" background squares cut. I have chosen to do the background in soft cream/bone fabrics. I am planning to do the lap quilt size.
Carole has the first link up today here which I am going to join up. There is also a Flickr group and there's a hashtag for the QAL on Instagram at #scrapdancequiltalong.
Til next time.....Keep on stitching.