Saturday, January 26, 2019

Rainbow Scrap Saturday #4, 2019

The dithering over choosing my project(s) for the 2019 Rainbow Scrap Challenge continues, as I have the beginnings of two more sets of blocks to share today. The first is my current hand-stitching project for morning train commutes and other times when I feel the need to keep my hands busy. In December I made some teal/turquoise Orange Peel blocks as a sample run for the pattern. The top right teal block was made with reverse applique as a test of an alternate method, but I didn't like turning the black fabric under at the pointy ends.

3" Orange Peel blocks

My goal is to make at least 8 blocks each month in the assigned RSC color. These blocks finish at 3". I have one more red block partially done, and plenty of red squares that can become additional peels.

New project #2 doesn't have an official name yet. I am calling these blocks Stairsteps because that is what they look like to me. I thought someone else from the RSC had made this type of block in the past, but I can't figure out who, when, or what the design was called. Anyway, my plan is to make 8-12 blocks per month using scrappy grey and black fabrics on one side, black on white for the squares down the center, and the color of the month on the other side. Here is a single block. This block finishes at 6"

6" Stairsteps block

It will be fun to play with different arrangements of these blocks. They can be used in a variety of layouts like log cabin blocks. I've made 8 blocks, and these are a couple of the ways I have tried them.

Barn Raising Stairsteps

Zigzag Stairsteps

When I add these two additional RSC projects to the other options from the past few weeks, I'm sure that I have more quilts in the works than I can possibly handle. Time to narrow down my choices--I hope to have a decision by next week!

I am linking up with 
the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Saturday and with Oh Scrap! at Quilting is more fun than Housework on SundayBe sure to check out all of the wonderful projects that everyone is sharing! 

Julie in GA


  1. Nice choice of projects for RSC--the orange peels look just lovely against that black! Hugs, Julierose

  2. I hope you'll keep up with the stairsteps!

  3. Love, love, LOVE these Stairsteps in RED for the RSC!!!

  4. Oooh, I do like your stair step blocks, what a great idea. I presume you are cutting your strips one and a half inches wide?

  5. I love your stairsteps blocks. I love it in grey and red. It will be fun to see this one grow. ;^)

  6. love your new blocks! i've seen this somewhere before, but i can't remember, either! can't wait to see it come along- it's going to be great!

  7. So fun to see all your lock layouts. Lots of great choices.

  8. Love the tiny orange peel blocks! What a a great idea for this challenge! The possibilities are endless with your stair step blocks! It's going to be gorgeous what ever layout you choose!

  9. I have been wanting to make those stair ste3p blocks too. I think I saw them over on Quilty Girls blog (Alycia). I might have to make some of my own!

    Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

  10. The stairsteps are great - I bet they will be fun when you have several colors going!

  11. Love those gray and red blocks!!

  12. You've gotten off to a good start with both projects. It's so hard to pick just a couple of RSC projects to play with, they are just too much fun.


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