It has taken me all week to think about and get organized for what I need/want to work on this year, particularly for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I'm carrying over several quilt projects, but, of course, have ideas for new ones, too. Isn't that a quilter's life?!
One big goal of mine is to get this one quilted! Remember the Rainbow Jungle? I made all these blocks in 2020, and I think I finished up the top sometime early in 2021. And it has been hanging on my quilt rack under other things ever since.
I'm going to splurge and have this long-armed! It will be my Christmas present - just a little belated. I need to figure out the backing and call the quilter my local friends have recommended.
Carryover projects from the 2021 RSC include:
Full Stop, which is in row form. I've got a plan for it, and have been slowly adding background fabric to help things fit together. Here's how it looks at the moment.
Crumb Hearts - adding borders. It's 48 inches wide right now, and I'll be adding top and bottom borders to get it up to 60 inches long. They'll be a combination of the Kona Aruba and the Tula Pink Fairy Dust that is in between the heart blocks.
I'm thinking of adding some appliqued vines, leaves, and flowers to the aqua borders. That would be a big hand stitching project for me, and probably take all year. Still thinking about that one!
Easy Breezy - blocks have sashing and cornerstones attached, and now I'm sewing them into rows. This is going to become a baby quilt for Jack's Basket, and will need a small border to make it 36 x 36. I think I'll use the Kona Alegria that is the cornerstone fabric.
Chandelier blocks - still making blocks. Not sure yet how many I'll make each month, or if maybe I'll turn this into a tablerunner. I have to find a fabric for the setting triangles, too.
These are the 6.5 inch size.
I guess I have a date with the seam ripper!
New project ideas for this year:
I enjoyed working on Trip Around the Rainbow so much that I knew I would need a new hand-pieced project to work on periodically. (I also learned that there won't be a Hand-Pieced QAL this year, so another reason to start my own.) I decided on 9 patches that form plus blocks, with the plus being our monthly color and the background being white with black prints. Two made so far!
We like to use cloth napkins at our house, and I haven't made any new ones in a long time. On our Thanksgiving road trip, I found these fun food prints at one of the quilt shops we visited, and I think they'll make great napkins. This month I'll use the apple print.
I really enjoyed participating in the Table Scraps Challenge that Joy of The Joyful Quilter sponsored last year, so I'm definitely going to join in again for 2022. There's a place in our house that can use some seasonal utility mats, so that's what I'll be making. I've already got a start on the January mat - and it includes snowmen and red!
And one last thing. (At least for this post!) I've purchased Sew Preeti Quilts' Masala Box pattern and plan to make a rainbow version of it. I haven't gotten started on it yet because I need to decide if the background fabric will be one consistent low volume print, or a scrappy mix.
Thanks for sticking with my long post! It feels good to have my thoughts and projects a bit more organized. There are a few more unfinished projects in my sewing room that I haven't included in this list, and I'm sure I'll start other new things as the year goes on, but this is a good start.
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Great projects, Diann. It will be nice seeing your progress on these beauties.
Love the Rainbow Jungle top, you deserve it as a Christmas gift.
You have some great projects planned for this year, including the beauties from previous years. I love the idea of using fruit and vegetable prints for napkins--need to see what I have around.
everything is looking great so far! i know what you mean about deciding on the RSC22 projects. i think i have mine firmed up, at least 2 or 3 of them. feeling a bit more scattered this year; it's taking me longer to get organized...
So fun to see what everyone is thinking. I have that masala pattern too.... darn, I forgot I wanted to try that in the rsc as well. Love how you incorporated the snowmen into the topper challenge.
Looks like you have a workable plan with enough room for a couple of new things this year. You will find it hard to only do a few masala box blocks each month ... just sayin'.
Wow so many great projects! Kudos to you for having your tree quilt machine quilted! I love my quilter and hope you have a great experience! You have a nice blend of different projects to work on! Wishing you a safe and happy weekend!
How fun to read through your 2022 projects! I love the red and black/white mix on the 9-patches. Yay on getting Rainbow Jungle longarm quilted!! I had forgotten how much I love that dark green Grunge border. I think the applique on the Easy Breezy will be beautiful. Thanks for a fun read! :)
Looks like a lot of potential for 'fabric out' this year!!
I forgot to mention that on the dark green Rainbow Jungle border, the Grunge-y parts kind of look like reflections of the trees!
I like the Rainbow Jungle I don't remember that one! how long has it been put aside waiting for you to quilt? love the border as Linda says it looks like reflections in it really adds to it
You have a great line up for this year, and it's always fun to have space to throw in a few squirrels here and there;)
It's definitely a good start! Beautiful projects to work with, have fun!
Wow, thanks for all the eye candy and inspiration. You have so many fun scrappy RSC projects! I want to start them all, but must refrain from starting more projects in 2022. Can't wait to see how the Rainbow jungle gets quilted. Happy sewing!
good for you to figure out how to use red with snowmen!!! I want to do that too... LOVE all your pretty quilting and goals. I want a great handwork project for this year.... haven't found one yet though
I'm doing the same thing in my sewing room, but haven't become as organized as you. So many lovely projects!
Super projects you have on the go!! What about a landscape fabric print for the backing of the rainbow Jungle? That is such a neat one!!
Love them all! I feel like a crumb heart project is in my future. Perhaps I will make some slabs this year. Also the chandelier blocks continue to intrigue me as they make such a lovely pattern on point!
Lots of pretty stuff!
Looks like you have lots to keep you busy and looks like you will have lots of colorful finishes soon! I really like the Plus block on white and black fabrics.
Those fruit and veg fabrics are going to make some cute napkins. We use cloth napkins too. I found so many of them at the thrift store over the years. I couldn't make them for less than I paid at the thrift store but they aren't as much fun as homemade napkins.
Yes, I remember the Rainbow jungle, I've always admired those blocks. Did this turn out to be quite a large quilt, as you said you will be getting it long armed?
Lots of interesting projects again this year, some ongoing, I have some of those too lurking about, and some interesting new ones.
LOVED your long post, Diann!! It was filled with projects old and new. Rainbow projects are my favorite! Bonus points for linking to the 2022 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge. :o))
You have some beautiful projects in the works!
You have so many fun projects going, so it’s a pleasure to read through to revisit the “old friends” and see what’s coming up. I love your idea of making cloth napkins to match the RSC monthly color. what a fun post!
Beautiful projects! I love the first one with so fun colors!
You've got a fun set of projects to focus on this year. Good luck with your list for the year.
Great job setting your goals for the year, I often think that's the hardest part. Your projects are gorgeous and inspiring, Jungle Rainbow is my favorite! Good luck and have fun!
I’m pretty darn impressed with your plans. Love the idea of your RSC Plus Sign blocks. It’ll be good to get your Rainbow Jungle completed just for you! I’m sort of anxious to get back to my space and get my plans in order. We should be home mid week.
Lots of fun projects to keep you motivated and busy! Some really lovely ideas!
One thing's for sure, you won't be bored this year with all those lovely projects. Happy quilting on the Rainbow Jungle quilt. Enjoy! ;^)
All your projects are beautiful, they will be
awesome when finished. I really like your
Chandelier blocks, awesome! Have a great day!
Organization is key, right? It took me a while this year to get my goals in line too. Wonder if it's the constant barrage of COVID numbers & fears to blame. Love all your projects. I was trying to come up with a hand-piecing project myself and it may be a tiny basket project from Becky Goldsmith.
What a lot of great projects!
You are so organized with your projects! What a treat to have your rainbow jungle longarmed! You have a full year ahead of you. I see many fun and happy days stitching away in your future!
Such a wonderful array of projects, Diann! The rainbow jungle is very splurge-worthy.
I love your scrappy hearts, and didn't notice at the first visit, the one white on an aqua background ;)
Thank you for sharing, ad linking up!
Sounds like a lot of fun projects! xo Melanie
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