Okay, let me start out by saying this: I really didn't intend to start a new project. I mean it. Truly. But the pattern was just too perfect, and I decided to make just one sample block. At least, that was the plan...
Somehow in the past few weeks, I became aware of the Homespun quilt-along hosted by Morgan at the website Modernly Morgan. It was probably from someone's blog post on one of the many linky parties that I read, but I haven't been able to locate the source now. Anyway, I decided to take a look, and discovered a pattern just meant to become a quilt for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I'm sure you can see why with this photo from Morgan's pattern page.
The problem is that I already have four or five other projects in the works for the RSC this year. I generally try to work on one of them per week, and by the end of the month, they should all be up to date with each new monthly color. Adding one more project to the mix might throw my schedule totally out of whack. I resisted for a couple of weeks, but gave in earlier this week and started with a light blue "sample" block. (I put sample in quotes because I knew from the beginning that I was unlikely to stop at one block.)
As expected, I love it! I was so confident about this pattern that I even chose to use a background fabric that I have been saving for a special project. This is Tula Pink's Fairy Dust print. The color is "Cotton Candy."
|Tula Pink "Fairy Dust" in Cotton Candy|
A second block was made the next day in pink, our RSC color from January.
Each big block with the star at the center is actually made up of four smaller blocks.
Two more big blocks were added the next day. At that point I had one block for each color that has been assigned for the RSC so far this year.
At this point it was time to think about how big I wanted to make this quilt, which would tell me how many blocks to make. These big blocks will finish at 16" each. The photo at the top of this post with 12 big blocks would measure 48" x 64". Since I am loving the pattern so much, I wanted to keep going and make it even bigger. 20 big blocks would take it to 64" x 80". That is my current plan, and I may even go bigger than that later.
In order to end up with 20 big blocks, I decided to do a lighter and a darker version of each color. I believe we will have light green and dark blue called as monthly colors later in the year. I went ahead and made darker blocks in pink and yellow, our colors from January and February. Here are all the blocks I've made so far.
One of the best things about this pattern design is that there is an alternate layout that staggers the blocks. Skipping the final seam on my dark pink big block meant I could put each half at the ends of a row for this offset look.
I'm so tempted to keep going with this project and make more blocks in all the colors, but I'm trying to persuade myself to set it aside for now and go back to my other RSC quilts. I don't want to get behind on any of those. I will look forward to revisiting this pattern next month when we have a new color.
If you love this design too, you can buy the pattern HERE or get more info about the quilt-along HERE.
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