Saturday, April 15, 2017

Totally Scrappy

Today is both Scrap Happy Day hosted by Kate and Gun and the weekly link party for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge hosted by Angela. I only have these three blocks officially for the RSC so far:


I'm not even sure the sawtooth star with the birds in the middle counts! The challenge this month (and it's really a challenge!) is to use our multi-color scraps, those that aren't predominantly one color or another. I'm surprised at how few of those scraps I have and how difficult I'm finding it to figure out how to use them in a block. I have plenty of prints that would qualify, they just haven't been used to the point where I have scraps yet. This year may not be a very productive one for me in terms of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. It would appear I need to make some quilts to create more scraps!

For Scrap Happy Day each month I've been making what I consider to be Truly Scrappy scrappy trip blocks. This is to reduce the number of 3" strips in my stash. It's being very effective. I made these three blocks for April:


And then added them to the other blocks I've made.


Technically I have enough blocks already for a comfort quilt top. However, the bright white spots bother me. And the strips I haven't used yet are in bright, clear colors as opposed to these darker, grayer prints. So I've cut more strips and will continue making blocks until I can create a top I'm happy with. Probably I'll end up with two: one in brighter colors and the other more subdued. Whatever works! :- )


12 comments:

Karen said...

I love scrappy stars. Your scrappy trip blocks are awesome. A great way to use the scraps.

The Joyful Quilter said...

I love the sparkle that the blocks with bright white add, but two quilts will be nice, too!!!

Ariane said...

All your blocks look great!!

Nancy J said...

They all look wonderful to me, I am sure you will move some around and end up with another stunner.

Kate Chiconi said...

Gorgeous! Love that block with the birds. I agree with you about the Trip quilt, the bright whites do stand out a fair bit. *Of course* the solution is two separate quilts! But you could mute the whites by painting the pieces with a very weak tea solution to 'dirty' them a little. I've done it before and it works quite well, so long as you don't saturate the piece so it bleeds onto adjacent pieces.

gayle said...

Oh, I'm right there with ya when one quilt suddenly swerves into two... I can already foresee how beautiful both those future quilts will be, so please carry on! I love those scrappy trips!
I've been surprised, too, at how few multicolored scraps I have. Most of mine are pretty much one color throughout, so this month's challenge is a real challenge!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I made a Very Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt a few years ago, and I still love it! I think yours will be great! Maybe when you've made more bright blocks, you can spread the ones with white a little farther apart and you'll be happier with it.

Pamela Arbour said...

Love your blocks. It's funny that you don't have many multi-color. That's what I said to myself when I saw the color for the month, then it seemed like everything I picked up was multi-color. I don't guess I had thought of it. I do like all of your blocks. Very colorful.

Alice said...

I definitely think your birds fall into the multicolored category and I really like it. It sounds like you are working towards two quilts. It will be lovely whatever you decide.

a good yarn said...

Scrappy Trip is stunning and I'm pretty sure you can safely include the other blocks in RSC multicolour. They are fun!

desertskyquilts said...

That's a great challenge, and I definitely think the bird block counts!

Suz J said...

Glad to know that I am not the only one who has struggled with this months multicoloured theme. Maybe I use up more of these sorts of fabrics in the quilt production??? Who knows... ??? Well done on getting your blocks up!