Monday, January 23, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge - The beginning

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge has been going on for few years now, but this will be my first year to participate.  I have loved seeing the quilts others have made and like the idea of a color for each month.  You can get information on this challenge at SoScrappy blog.  I am still not sure how to link up with the challenge, but I have begun my project.

There is only one problem so far, I began with Red which was the first color on the list, but the color for January is actually purple. to a bad start already.  So I will just continue with my red since I have already cut out the fabric, but when the month for Red comes along, I will do purple.

We were to pick out a project, and my project is a Jack's Chain quilt. I first saw this quilt in an old quilt magazine and just fell in love with it, but there was no pattern.  An internet search yielded this pattern published by Lessa Siegele in Australia and available for purchase as a download.  The original quilt that I saw did not have the flowers in the center's for the rings, and I may leave those out as well.  To make this quilt I will need 332 three inch 9-patches!!!

One of my favorite things to do when starting a new project is to get organized.  I wanted all 332 9-patches in my quilts to be made of a different fabric (each 9-patch would be the same fabric, but would be different from all the other 9-patches.)  Having made scrap quilts in the past, I knew I needed to keep a record of the fabrics I had used, so I came up with this chart.  I cut out 20 different red squares for making 9-patches.  (Reminder - these should have been purple)  I may come back and add more red squares, so I have left space for up to 40 different reds.

Next step was to get my stuff organized.  I have all kinds of these neat storage bins and it is just fun  for me to get my stuff organized all in one place.  I cut out 458 white squares, which is enough for a little over 100 blocks.  (Oh yes, I had to purchase 8 1/2 yds of white fabric - Yikes! All the remainder of the fabrics will come from my stash).
 And here is my first sweet little 3" 9-patch block.  I am going to English Paper Piece the blocks just cause that is my favorite, and most accurate,  way of piecing a quilt.  My plan is to cut out 20 blocks worth of squares each month, and hopefully get most of them done that month.  I can make one block in about 40 minutes and if I make one a day, all should be good.  It will take a little more than a year to complete, but I am not in a hurry and just love the process.  My husband cuts out the paper pieces for me after I print them out on my computer. 

One down, 331to go!


Frog Quilter said...

This will be beautiful when finished. Looking forward to seeing your progress.

Quiltdivajulie said...

I like the plan to swap red and purple -- the great thing about RSC is that we all do our own thing even with Angela's guidance. And it all works out in the end. Like the color chart you made.

Julierose said...

Oh this will be beautiful--hugs, Julierose

The Joyful Quilter said...

Wow!! That is SUPER organized. Swapping the red and purple RSC months will have you "caught up" with everyone else. Considering some people just change the color to suit themselves, it's really not a big deal. Have FUN with your project and welcome to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!