Saturday, January 2, 2016

Starting Off 2016 and the RSC

The rainbow of bowties from the 2015 Rainbow Scrap Challenge are being joined together. The current plan is to make two throw quilts from my 500+ blocks. I had hoped to have one top finished at the end of 2015, but discovered that I need some more black/grey blocks for my planned border.


I have made a small start on my 2016 projects for the RSC, mostly just deciding what I am going to make. I decided to try a hand-piecing project this year, and chose Judy Martin's pattern "Capistrano" from her book Stellar Quilts after I saw this gorgeous rainbow version in the photo gallery on Judy's website. My plan is to make the wallhanging version of this pattern which has only one of the four center "wreaths". This design may be too ambitious for me, but I feel the need to challenge myself. 

"Capistrano," pattern by Judy Martin in her book Stellar Quilts


My main machine piecing project will be this wonderful design, "Ring Cycles" by Lessa Siegele. It is a variation on a Jack's Chain pattern with incredible circular movement. I don't think I will include the flower appliques, but I might do something else in those spaces. The first photo is the original quilt from the pattern, and the following two are others I have found through Google. Unfortunately, I can't find any info on who made them.

another version of Ring Cycles
I am still thinking about playing along on Angela's column quilt, but am waiting for some background fabric to arrive. I also hope to continue working my way through my UFO list. It is certain to be another very busy year of quilting.

Be sure to check out all of the wonderful scrappy projects at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge every Saturday and at Oh Scrap! over at Quilting is more fun than Housework on Sunday. 

Julie in GA


27 comments:

  1. Wow, beautiful patterns for this year. I'm looking forward to watching your progress on both.

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  2. That ring cycle pattern is fabulous! How big are the nine patches? I will still have plenty of extras when I finish off current projects and this one might go onto the list for next. Beautiful hand piecing pattern too. Definitely a challenge, but beautiful!

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  3. What a great selection of quilts. I have been thinking of making a ring cycle too. They are so beautiful. Now I'm thinking that I could make the nine patches and worry about the assembly later.

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  4. all these quilts are gorgeous, and the ring cycles....haven't visually figured out it's construction....... yet. lol

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  5. Wow! Just Wow! Those are some gorgeous patterns you will be working on this year. Wonderful choices.

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  6. Oh my! Each of those quilts is just drop dead gorgeous. Whatever you decide on is sure to be as well. I can’t wait to watch your progress!

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  7. You have some beautiful projects on tap for the new year. It will be a treat to follow along.

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  8. Those are gorgeous quilts. I can't wait to see yours as you progress.

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  9. Your 2015 lineup is impressive and with these terrific patterns to do, I know 2016 will be a show stopper. Both Ring Cycles and Capistrano will be beautiful, one so airy and the other so full of color. Have fun!

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  10. That rainbow Capistrano is just breath-taking! Both beautiful quilts you've chosen - I can't wait to watch you build them!

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  11. Julie what stunning quilts you have decided to make for RSC 2016 - they do look pretty time consuming but beautiful. I'm looking forward to seeing your posts!!!

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  12. Awesome goals...love the Ring Circles!
    Enjoy your scrappy adventures in 2016!

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  13. I like your layout of the bow ties. It is a very pretty quilt. I love the ring cycle quilt pattern. It looks difficult to make.

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  14. I like the bowtie layout also! It's so fun to see the different patterns that are created depending on how you lay those kind of blocks out. I also enjoyed your ideas for the 2016 projects. Those will be amazing!

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  15. Ring Cycles is gorgeous. I have a Jack's Chain UFO that needs some hand quilting and another one in process.

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  16. Your ring cycles are beautiful. Love the bright collors on the bow ties and you chose an awesome pattern for this year RSC.

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  17. So many beautiful rainbow quilts. Well done!

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  18. Your quilts are always so inspiring! I will be watching your ring cycle quilt come alive this year. That one is going to be stunning. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  19. Great ideas for projects, I love the Ring Cycles quilts, they just sparkle.

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  20. You've chosen some colorful and challenging quilts for this year!

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  21. Wow, those are some stunning goal quilts! If anyone can pull it off it's probably you!

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  22. I'm working on a scrappy bowtie quilt too and I LOVE your setting! I'll probably need to make a few more ties, but it will be worth it if it looks as good as yours!
    Love the ring cycles quilt too - I prefer it without the applique - can't wait to see your progress!

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  23. I'm working on a scrappy bowtie quilt too and I LOVE your setting! I'll probably need to make a few more ties, but it will be worth it if it looks as good as yours!
    Love the ring cycles quilt too - I prefer it without the applique - can't wait to see your progress!

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  24. So many beautiful quilts. Love your colorful bow tie blocks in that arrangement.

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  25. Love your blow ties! I made some last year and was wondering how to lay them out. And the Ring Cycles is just fantastic.

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