Sunday, February 16, 2014

Rainbow Scrap Challenge

Walk in the rain, jump in mud puddles, collect rocks, rainbows and roses, smell flowers, blow bubbles, stop along the way, build sandcastles, say hello to everyone, go barefoot, go on adventures, act silly, fly kites, have a merry heart, talk with animals, sing in the shower, read childrens' books, take bubble baths, get new sneakers, hold hands and hug and kiss, dance, laugh and cry for the health of it, wonder and wander around, feel happy and precious and innocent, feel scared, feel sad, feel mad, give up worry and guilt and shame, say yes, say no, say the magic words, ask lots of questions, ride bicycles, draw and paint, see things differently, fall down and get up again, look at the sky, watch the sun rise and sun set, watch clouds and name their shapes, watch the moon and stars come out, trust the universe, stay up late, climb trees, daydream, do nothing and do it very well, learn new stuff, be excited about everything, be a clown, enjoy having a body, listen to music, find out how things work, make up new rules, tell stories, save the world, make friends with the other kids on the block, and do anything else that brings more happiness, celebration, health, love, joy, creativity, pleasure, abundance, grace, self-esteem, courage, balance, spontaneity, passion, beauty, peace, relaxation, communication and life energy to...all living beings on this planet. 
Bruce Williamson

After all the different kinds of things nature has thrown our way here in the South the above quote seemed appropriate!  Rain, snow, sleet, ice, clouds, sunshine, falling trees, freezing temps, warm breezes and even an EARTHQUAKE have rocked our little corner of the country this week.  We should all do our best to enjoy each and every day because each and every one is a PRESENT!

I wanted to show the block I have made for this month's Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  Pink has never been one of my favorite colors so it took some rooting around to come up with these.  I do have some pastel pinks but not many.  I want this project to be bright so I tried to avoid them and mauves, which I seem to have an abundance of from the 80s and early 90s.

I am really loving this block and thinking of making more of them so I can have two quilts. One to keep and one to give away.  I can't say they are being made from scraps unless fat quarters count.  My scrap bins only contain strings and pieces the size of my hand or smaller. Everything else in my stash is sorted by color.  I do have a few drawers of various size pieces up to about 8" squares but so far none of them have been in the right colors.

I want to start the blocks for the other projects I showed in last months's Rainbow Scrap Challenge Post.  The Amish Batik Quilt has a black background.  It calls for over 9 yards.  I have that much in a solid but I'm not sure it's all cotton.  I have a whole bolt of this animal print shown below.  I'm not sure I like it for this project.  What do you think?

I have over 6 yards of this Jinny Beyer Paisley.  I'm thinking of using it with this jelly roll by Blank Textiles.  This is the quilt that caught my eye.  Again I'm thinking a solid rich black might work better.  What do you think?

So do you think I should use the gray/black prints I have or go with a solid black?  I have a few yards of solid black that would probably be enough to use with the jelly roll project. Using the stash is one of my goals of course but I will buy more if I need to.


  1. Your pink block looks much like mine. I'm not a pink person either.

    I would go with the fabric you have for that quilt. I think it would bring an interest to the zig zags.

  2. Beautiful RSC pink block. Neat variety of black on white prints used as neutrals.
    I think the paisley will give the rainbow quilt more interest than a solid black.
    The gray tiger print is soooooo cool.

  3. Beautiful block! I love the tiger print but I'm not sure if it would work for the Amish batik quilt. The paisley would be a fun background!

  4. pink block looks good. personally I would prefer a plain black to either of the ones you have shared with us today. Just popped over and looked at the quilt you are going to make with the jelly roll wow

  5. I say go with the paisley too Patricia, I think a solid black would be too dense for your lovely batiks. I love the tiger print hope you find a use for it too :)

  6. These colors go together beautifully. I love the choice in fabrics!

  7. Yes, I think the paisley is lovely too. I'm a little bit biased, though--I'll almost always opt for a tone on tone or print of some sort over a solid.

  8. Great paisley fabric, I think it looks fabulous with your batiks. Glad you found enough pinks to use for your block.

  9. I would definitely use the paisley with the batiks for the stair-steppy quilt. The Amish one I think needs a solid background, as there will be a lot more pieces. And the tigers aren't really dark enough for maximum contrast. I think they will look really cool in something though!

  10. Your pink RBSC block looks great. I'd say your pinks are perfect. I agree this is a fun block to make. Can't wait for each month's color.


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