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Sunday, January 8, 2023

Kaleidoscope - A Rainbow Scrap Challenge Quilt

I bet you're surprised to see a finish! I kind of surprised myself.

The week after Christmas I pulled out all the RSC blocks that had been residing in my closet since I stopped doing RSC (Rainbow Scrap Challenge) in July 2021. After two years of RSC, I had strings, Scraptastic Stars, scrappy Irish chains, and Geese Migration blocks. In that post, I dubbed myself "The Scrap Whisperer" (you can read about that here). The scrap whisperer returned and became a scrap shouter, so I arranged strings and Scraptastic Stars into an acceptable design, and this is the result.

As soon as my husband saw the flimsy, he said "It looks like a kaleidoscope!" 

The backing is pieced with fabric from Good Neighbors and a bright turquoise from Joann's.

I needed to get it quilted quickly, so instead of using a pantograph, I did
an all over meander in light blue, which blended very well with all the colors

This wildly scrappy and colorful quilt is truly a "scrap" quilt
and even  has "Frankenbatting" as the middle layer. 

Scraptastic Stars is a free pattern from Melissa Corey, and you can find it here. I would love to eventually make a larger quilt using only these, because it makes such a pretty quilt, but the pattern is so labor intensive for me, and I'm not sure I have the patience. However, it would be a good time for me to practice "leaders and enders", so we shall see.

I hope the recipient enjoys looking at the text prints and fussy cuts

Yesterday I delivered the quilt to our daughter, who will give it to one of the pastors at Grace Avenue United Methodist, the church she attends. The pastor told Jenni that she likes to have a quilt or two in her office at all times to take to anyone who is undergoing chemotherapy or who is in the hospital. So I have finally found a local place to accept quilts! My hope is that whoever receives it will feel comforted.

Soft and crinkly after laundering Washed with two color catcher sheets - no bleeding! 

Quilt Details
Finished size: 59" x 71"
Finished size after laundering: 56" by 68"
Patterns: Scraptastic Stars and string blocks

Front: All from my scrap bins
Back: Flower in the Round from the Good Neighbors collection by Amanda Jean Nyberg and 
turquoise with dragonflies from Joann's Fabrics
Binding: Dark turquoise stripe from Joann's Fabrics

Superior thread So Fine #50:
Piecing: #503 Genoa Gray and #402 Pearl
Quilting: #470 Big Sky
Binding: #519 Barely Mint

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  1. It’s a beautiful quilt, Linda, and will no doubt bring comfort to someone who needs it.


  2. Wonderful finish and how wonderful that it will be used as a comfort quilt! It is gorgeous and I know someone will find this so helpful during a difficult time.

  3. Linda, that is gorgeous! The string blocks and stars are a perfect combination, and you know I love all that color. The Scraptastic Stars always catch my attention, but they do look labor intensive, so I haven't tried one yet. Kaleidoscope is a beautiful finish, and will bring lots of joy and comfort to its recipient!

  4. What a lovely quilt, it will bring a touch of joy to someone's life, happy stitching!

  5. I love that the pastor always has a quilt ready. I've decided that quilters are some of the world's most generous people.

  6. What a beautiful finish! Thank you for sharing.

  7. What a fun colorful quilt that someone will get wrapped in a quilty hug with and have lots of elements to look at. So nice to have an outlet for giving!

  8. Quilt Shouter...LOL, I love it. Your RSC quilt turned out beautifully and I'm sure it will be much appreciated. I'm happy you found someplace local for donations. Shipping is so expensive these days.

  9. Your quilt is so happy and bright! Happy that you have a place to share your quilts with. I can tell you are loving your long arm. Hugs

  10. Wow, wow, wow! I love that quilt. Scrappy ones are my favorite. I'm so glad you found a place for donations. It is so gratifying to create quilts that will be a source of comfort for other people. I failed on my RSC last year, but I am going to try again this year.

  11. OMG -- that quilt looks fabulous. Yes you are a wonderful scrap whispter and shouter. Congrats on the finish.

  12. Love LOVE LOVE it!!! and the quilting is just perfect for it!!! Lets all the colors shine!!!

  13. Congrats on the finish! It is a beautiful scrappy quilt and will eventually find its way to the perfect home. <3 blessings! M

  14. What a beautiful quilt, Linda!! Your backing is pretty too! Thanks for linking up with Monday Musings!

  15. As a cancer patient, I can tell you it would definitely be appreciated and cuddled, both in the infusion room and at home, after surgery, during months of recovery ... all the time! Your husband was absolutely right, that is what it looks like when you look inside while you are turning it.

  16. wow, it's just beautiful Linda! And will bring a smile to someone's face for sure! Hope you've had a great week and thanks for joining in on Monday This & That! xx


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