Friday, January 10, 2014

2014 Rainbow Scrap Challenge, January, Blue, Week 2 and a Rainbow Quilt Finish


My plan was to sew together the 48 "16 patch" rainbow blocks that I made last year into a quilt with a 6x8 quilt block arrangement. But I had pulled 4 of them to make pot holders for last minute Christmas presents. That made me 4 blocks short. I pulled 4 rainbow scrappy star blocks I made last year and mixed them with the 16 patch blocks.


I went to my stash to make a backing. Last year I made three Bee In My Bonnet Silo Barn blocks. They were fun to make, but I didn't have time to finish the "Nine Block Silo Barn Sew Along". I found myself me with 3 large, fun orphan blocks. Those three blocks and some bright fabrics from my stash made a fun, scrappy backing.
It's quilted with a loose free motion meander all over and machine bound with green fabric, again from my stash. After a go in the washer and dryer, it finished at  46.5" x 64". This quilt was a true scrap and stash buster.


The scrappy rainbow pot holders/hot pads that I made last year were nice gifts so this year I'll continue to make at least one a month. The knitted dish cloths were a hit, too. I'll continue to knit them in rainbow colors.
Angela is posting 6.5" block instructions this year for a Sampler Quilt. Here are the first four made with some blue scraps.
To see what others made with their blue scraps this week, go here Saturday morning.

39 comments:

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

Love, love, love your quilt!!! It sparkles AND TWINKLES. Perfect.

Terri said...

Love the rainbow quilt with the stars! The colors are amazing and so cheery! The backing is wonderful, too, and rainbow colored.
Love your blue blocks - looks like you are following along with the sampler patterns, too. I love that quarter log cabin block. I gotta try some like that.
Hugs

Charo said...

It's amazing! I love the colors you use, your quilts makes me feel happy only to see them!

Jennie said...

The stars were an inspirational addition! What a stunner of a quilt. Great job, and the barns on the back make it two quilts in one!

Terry said...

Your quilt looks great with those stars added to it! I love it! :0)

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love the few stars in the mix - just a cute pop to it. And the back - ingenious!! Two quilts in one, gotta love that outcome. I won't get to my blues this month - hopefully will catch up next month.

Deb A said...

Love your quilt - front and back and binding! Your blue sampler blocks look great. I hope to do a little sewing tonight and finish up this week's blocks.

Lynne said...

Love the quilt and binding! Have you seen my hearts layout from the RSC? I'm loving it a lot -- my favourite project ever. As soon as I've finished catching up with blogs, I'm off to the sewing room to start piecing some blocks together that I made in the RSC 2011 and 2012!

monkeyneedle said...

Love how you mixed the star blocks with the other blocks. It adds visual interest. I also love the barn silos on the back.

Exuberant Color said...

The stars were a perfect addition to the 16 patches. I love the back too.

scraphappy said...

You may have added the stars to fill in for missing blocks, but they truly make the quilt sparkle. The barns on the back are absolutely adorable. What a fun quilt. You have gotten so much done for the new challenge already! You continue to inspire.

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scraphappy said...

You may have added the stars to fill in for missing blocks, but they truly make the quilt sparkle. The barns on the back are absolutely adorable. What a fun quilt. You have gotten so much done for the new challenge already! You continue to inspire.

Patty D from NC said...

What a fantastic use of scraps and color! Great job!

Karen H said...

The quilt is fantastic. Now I am really wishing I would have done the 2013 rainbow scrap challenge! I guess I'll have to join in the one this year. :) Love it!

Karen H said...

The quilt is fantastic. Now I am really wishing I would have done the 2013 rainbow scrap challenge! I guess I'll have to join in the one this year. :) Love it!

Impera Magna said...

Love, love, love your quilt... it's gorgeous! Great idea to add some star blocks... and the backing is perfect!

You do some amazing stuff, Sheila!

blauraute said...

Your rainbow looks gorgeous, beautiful to put the star blocks between the other blocks. The backside is just beautiful too, good idea.
Thank you so much for your nice comment to my "Oh my Stars Quilt".
Have a nice weekend and take care
Roswitha

Alycia said...

Oh My Gosh!! Your quilt is fabulous!! I love the back too!!!

Kathy S. said...

I LOVE those stars in there. It makes it so much more fun and interesting. Great job!

Elly D said...

Congratulations on completing a beautiful quilt with some of your rainbow blocks from the previous years challenges. What a great idea to mix and match. I have some orphan sampler type blocks which I started to make the first year I joined....hmmm

Teresa in Music City said...

Oh yes, I love your finish!!! And you get a gold star for using up those perfectly sweet orphan blocks to make a wonderful backing!!!!

Karen said...

I love love love your blocks with the stars. What an awesome quilt. I love the barns on the back. I wanted to make them but never got that done.

Angie said...

I love all the improvisation you used to finish your 16 patch quilt - it looks wonderful!

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

I love that you incorporated those stars they really make the quilt sparkle!

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Your quilt is gorgeous both front and back! Love it. And your new stuff looks great too.

knitnkwilt said...

A perfect situation is one where you run out of something and the substitution improves the design. And that is what happened with your star block addition! I love pieced backs, and your barn blocks make a special one.

Andee said...

Love your last year's Rainbow BOM quilt and LOVE the back too! I have the Quilty Barn along stuff saved as I never got to it, but maybe one day! Glad you are joining in on the 6 inch sampler blocks, me too! So much fun to see them all come together!

Dasha said...

What a fun rainbow quilt Sheila.

Ellen said...

Fabulous projects that are just perfect for the challenge. I love the addition of the stars to your quilt. It really does add a lot of interest and sparkle!

Valerie Reynolds said...

I love your quilting style: your use of colors and kona white. I added my self as a new GFC follower! Looking forward to a scrappy year together and following along for continued inspiration. Next time ya stop by, add I hope ya become a follower:) With Smiles! Val:)myplvl@blogspot.com

madebymyself said...

What a wonderful finish. And you sew some nice blue blocks. Well done.

Cathy said...

Oh, how cute! Great idea to add those stars. So, this year we get to see what you do with all those different blocks you made last year.

Muddling Through said...

Your quilt is perfection - the addition of the stars adds a lot of dimension and the barns and silos on the backing add so much, too! Really a stand-out job all around.

KatieQ said...

The quilt looks great! I never would have guessed that the stars were not part of the original plan. The backing is so special, it looks like a quilt in its own right. I love the quilt blocks on the sides of the barns. Lori has such fun patterns and you really put them to good use.

katie z. said...

The stars fit seamlessly and don't seem like an add-on at all!

Lori said...

The stars look like they were made for the blocks. Congratulations on your finish.

donna said...

Your quilt are just gorgeous. What beautiful finishes.
Hugs
donna

Connie said...

What a beautiful quilt!! This really was a wonderful way to use all your rainbow blocks!

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