Thursday, December 16, 2010

Rainbow Scrap Challenge

Now is the time that people to start making plans for the new year.  In honor of fresh starts, I am organizing a challenge to encourage people to use their scraps.  One color theme will be presented each month along with some ideas for using scraps in fun and new ways.  I am inviting anyone who would like to play along to try these ideas or some of your own.
The plan is simple: comment to let me know that you want to participate in the challenge and I will start a list in the side margin.  Each month will bring a new color or theme along with some ideas on how to use scraps.   At the end of the month, let me know what you have made. I will put up a Mr. Linky box so everyone can come by and see your scrap creations. 
Already participating in another challenge?  Not a problem, feel free to deviate from my colors.  Don't have any scraps of a particular color?  Of course you may substitute and change things up to your hearts content.  No rules, no quilt police, no worries. The goal is simple, to use more scraps by focusing on a single color each month and using it to try out different scrap friendly projects. You can work on a series of small projects or create individual blocks to go together into a single quilt at the end of the year.  The choice is yours.

How do you get started?  Go find some scraps.  Collect them together and start sorting.  We'll be using a particular color or combination each month, so the easiest way to start is to separate some of your scraps by color.  Don't feel like you need to overhaul your whole scrap organization system, just collect together a nice little assortment.  Put it in a bowl or a bag or a jar.  January is going to be blue, so you can start by looking at your scrap basket, box or tub and pulling out some blue.  Crumbs, strings, strips, leftovers, it's all good.  Just find something blue. Then leave me a comment and I will start making my list and checking it twice.  I'll even figure out how to make a nifty button that links back to my sight.  I think I can, I think I can.

118 comments:

By Celia said...

I would love to participate on the 2011 Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I also love scraps and was thinking of making 2011 the year of the scrap fabric projects...So count me in and I already have all my scraps sorted by colour...

RETRO-fabulous said...

Love your scraps and your midget fabric, too!

Amanda said...

Count me in. I seem to have more scraps than larger pieces of fabric, so I'd like to use up my scraps so that I can justify buying more fabric to make more scraps. I've no idea what a Mr Linky is, so that will be something new for me to work out too.

Candace said...

Sounds like a great idea, I'll be watching and will probably jump in some months.

heather said...

Sounds like fun. I don't have a lot of scraps since I don't keep a lot of them ( I know, it is quilter blasphemy) but I'll play.

Cherry Red Quilter said...

Count me in too please - next year is supposed to be my year of completing UFO's (the second year as this year wasn't long enough!!!) but I can use scraps up too to make things interesting!

Amy (lilme2_99) said...

Hiya twinnie---
LOVING that you are willing to host a Challenge for 2011. I'll get around to commenting on your other posts later on, but FOR SURE add me to your Challenge list! ;0)
Life SHOULD slow down come the end of January {{AP Stats will be DONE!!!}}

Judy said...

Please add me to the list. I have most of my fabric sorted by color. And I adore scrap quilts!!

Katherine said...

I want to participate! Please add me. :) Great challenge! Can't wait to begin.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I have so many things already started, I probably will just follow along. But your button was so pretty I put it on my page for my friends.

Billie in TX

Sue Daurio said...

I'd love to participate. I love scrap quilts and new ideas!!

KatieQ said...

This sounds like a great idea. Count me in.

Just One More Thing said...

This seems to be just what I'm looking for. One of my 2011 goals is to quilt. I am a newbie though --will I be able to keep up?

Kathy said...

This sounds like a great idea and I'd like to be a part of it. Please sign me up.

AnneP said...

Count me in - I love scrap quilts -have too much stash - hopefully this will help me pare it down

desertskyquilts said...

Count me in! My scrap bag has slowly evolved into a scrap tote! Just today I went to my favorite quilt shop and came away with ... Yes! A bag of scraps! And I have TONS of blue ones! What about just taking the button at the top of your post and making it avatar size for a sidebar button?

Susan in E. TN

Michelle B said...

Add me to the list please. My scraps are already sorted by color so I'm ready to go!

Michelle B said...

Add me to the list please. My scraps are already sorted by color so I'm ready to go!

desertskyquilts said...

Thank you, sorry about that. Livejournal doesn't do the address thing, unless you are registered on livejournal. It's dezertsuz at gmail.

margo said...

I like the idea for your scrap challenge. I need to use up some scraps (actually a lot of them). Focusing on a color a month seems like a neat way to go.

Anonymous said...

please include me in the challenge. I have some already sorted.
Linda B in MI

suzan j said...

me too!! I've decreased my schedule so I will have more time for quilting in 2011.bearr

Sharon said...

count me in please I will give it a tey. I don't know if I have enough in color but I will see what I xan do. Happy Holidays

Doris said...

I'd love to join in the fun. I just love scrap quilts and the monthly colour idea really appeals to me.
Another way to help me continue stashbusting into 2011
Doris in the Uk

Jenny said...

Count me in too what a great way to use up scraps

simonepatch said...

Tambem gostaria de participar.Tenho muitos tecidos para faze-lo.serĂ¡ um desafio que pretendo cumprir,com muito gosto.Beijosss


simone/poa


www.simonert.blogspot.com

Dawn said...

I'm always ready to use up little scraps and this sounds like a lot of fun. Count me in.

quiltcat said...

oh thats sounds great-. please take me on your list, I like to make scrapthings.
have a wonderful christmastime and much luck for 2011
mg elfriede

Anonymous said...

This is just what I need. I keep collecting my scraps for some future project. I guess it has finally arrived. Judi Wambles

PomieMommie said...

This is the perfect way to get me to jumpstart my creativity again. Count me in!

carterquilter said...

I love making scrap quilts and have a lot of scraps to work with.
Cindy Carter
Seattle, WA

NancyB85374 said...

What a great idea! I would love to join in. Just the thing to get me motivated to go scrappy. Please sign me up.
NancyB in AZ

Trina S. said...

I'd love to participate. Please add me to your list.

Trina S. in NC

Nora said...

I woulds like to play too! The scraps are taking over my house.

Nora

Donna said...

I had decided that I was going to tackle my scrap heaps (way bigger than a pile! ;~) ) in 2011, so count me in. This will give me even more incentive.

sophie said...

I love the idea. Please include me (and link to my sophie junction blog). I have been using scraps most of this year for the Block Lotto blocks but somehow I never run out of scraps. They are already sorted by color; I'm ready to go.

Nancy in IN said...

I have lots of scraps and would like to participate. Will you send emails or do we just know to look?
Nancy in IN

DonnaRae said...

Sounds like Scraps of Fun so count me in. I was just checking out all my scraps and thinking of making a crumb quilt but your idea is so much better. So time to sort my scrsps. And I know I have blue. So will be ready for Jan. Thanks for doing this for us!
Donna Rae

Judy D said...

I would love to join your challenge. Add my name to the list. I think it will be fun!

sharonm said...

Sounds fun.. I'd like to use up a few of my scraps

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a lot of fun for the coming months. Sign me up!Thanks. Will start sorting my scraps, that are not yet scraps. LOL

Cheers Denise from Sydney.

Bern said...

Yes please, I would love to be part of this challenge! With thanks, Bern in Australia

katelnorth said...

What a good idea - I am trying to use up some scraps and I love monochromatic things. I think I would like to be signed up (hopefully I don't have too many things happening already next year, lol).

Cathie said...

Count me in. I need to use my stash. This will be fun and can't wait to gather up my blue.

babuickl said...

This is just what I need. I am addicted to scraps. The more I can make with them the better.
Lorraine

Grandma Shell said...

I'd like to add your button to my blog. Would it be ok to 'steal' it? Very pretty button, by the way. Thanks.

Annie D said...

Hello, I have so many scraps and would love to join in, many thanks.

Cheryl said...

I would love to join your group making the scrappy quilt....

LesQuilts said...

Hi Melinda!
Count me in please!
I'm going to be busy in 2011!
I have some UFOs to do, I have some projects I want to start, including Dear Jane and Clamshells, what is one more?
Thanks for starting the challenge!
Take care and Merry Christmas!
Leslie

Anonymous said...

Why not join and have a lot of fun
Lynn

ferne said...

Sounds like a brilliant idea to me. I will try to keep up. I like to pick 2 BOM's each year so this will be one of them! Love the picks of scraps in jars...I would hate to take them out!

House of Mouse said...

I would love to participate.


thanks,

Anett

Grandma Shell said...

I think I clicked on the wrong group. I need to be in the participants, not the no-reply group. Sorry for the mixup. Can you change me, please. Thanks.

Crazy Quilting Mom said...

I would love to participate. My blogs set to open January 1st and I have been looking for a good challenge. I have pulled all my blues and can't wait to see all the great ideas you have.

SubeeSews said...

I love your jars of colored scraps. They look like candy in those jars.
Count me in...I have tons of scraps already sorted by color.
Blue it is for January!
XXOOXXO Subee

Connie said...

I would love to participate in your Rainbow Challenge if it is still open. I put a link to it on my blog, sounds like fun!

Colleen said...

I want to participate, I put a link in my blog. I have plenty of scraps!

Miss 376 said...

Oh, yes please, count me in. I've been looking for ways to use up my scraps

blauraute said...

Hi Angela,
first of all: a happy new year to you all.
I want to participate your challenge. In the next days I will put a link in my blog. Is there anything else what I shall do?
Greetings from Germany
Roswitha

June Dodge said...

What fun to find your scrap by color challenge! Just last month I made up drawers of scraps organized by color, so it should be easy for me to participate. I will put a link to your site on my quiltquest.blogspot.com blog as soon as I return from my holiday adventure. Thanks!

Elke said...

Hi,

I´d like to participate. I don´t know, if I could do that thing every month, but I have lots of scraps and I like to get ideas to use them.

Thanks for your idea.
Elke

Caren Kristine said...

Oh what fun....I have more scraps than I know what to do with! I want to join.

Anita said...

I'm pretty new at this so not a lot of scraps, but I'd love to participate anyway!

Jane said...

Sounds like a lot of fun. I am in. Have lots of scraps so should be able to work along with you.

Angelcat said...

This sounds like a great challenge. Is it too late for me to sign up and join in?

Ronelle said...

I just found this page and I'm hoping it isn't too late to join in as well. Please count me in as well? Thanks, Ronelle

Ronelle said...

I just found this page and I'm hoping it isn't too late to join in as well. Please count me in as well? Thanks, Ronelle

Rhanda said...

I want to play! Sounds like fun.

Barb said...

Sounds like a plan - working on Quiltville Mystery now - Love scraps. Count me in.

Mary Ellen said...

Hi, I just found your page and love scrap quilts; please count me in too.
Mary Ellen

Istrouble said...

Hi

I would like to participate in the rainbow challenge if it isn't too late to join.

Please let me know, I have been out of town and had no computer
access.

Bette

Istrouble said...

Hi

I would like to participate in the rainbow challenge if it isn't too late to join.

Please let me know, I have been out of town and had no computer
access.

Bette

Shannon said...

I would love to join in the fun if there still is time. Thank you.

Comfort Cove Designs said...

Fabulous idea!!! Please add me to your list! I have a TON of scraps and looking to use them up in some projects. I have some large quilt projects in the works already, but this would be a good way to make up some smaller projects!!!

I think I will make Saturdays my "Scrap Saturday"!!!! Tonight when the baby is off to la la land I will be going through my blue scraps and some small pattern ideas and get started!

Quiltingly Yours!
Andrea

Agneta said...

I think this is a great idea and I do have a lot of scraps, although I keep mine sorted by sizes.
Hope to be able to keep up with your challenge!
Is it to late to join the fun? Hope not, I just put up the cute button on my blog.
http://agnetaquiltar.blogspot.com

Regards,
Agneta
Uppsala, Sweden

Melissa said...

I would love to participate in this quilt along! Please count me in!

Connie said...

Count me in , I love scappy quilts, working on an all blue spider web quilt now, so i will have some blue scrap. Connie from KY.

MARIADE said...

Hello...I just found your blog and I find very interesting your Rainbow Scrap Challenge..I´m spanish, I only speak a little english...I would like you count me in if it is not too late, I will try to keep the challenge monthly. Thank you!!

Ann Marie said...

Ahhh I finally found the page to the challenge. ADD ME PLEASE! I love blue, so off to my room I go. Want to check out my blog go to 16muddyfeet.blogspot.com Thanks! Ann Marie

make.share.give said...

Great minds must think alike. I'm doing cricketsstudio's quilt-along, and had planned to do a scrappy (kind of) calendar quilt in colors to match the month for each block. I'd decided on blue for January, so I guess I'm already in. Sign me up, please!

Finn said...

I would love to participate in your 2011 Rainbow Scraps Challenge. Please add me! Hugs, Finn

Grandma Shell said...

Is there a place where we can post a photo of our finished project? I was thinking there was but I'm not finding it right now. Thanks!

Patchworked said...

It sounds like it would be fun, and I need to make something with my scraps instead of just fondling and looking at them, then I'll need to use some of my bigger bits and can have new scraps. Please add me

Scrappy quilter said...
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Scrappy quilter said...

Angela, got your e-mail. I'm in...it will only be a block this month. Glad to hear there aren't any quilting police around. Thanks!!

Teresa said...

I would love to do your challenge. I just sorted all my yarn and my next project was to sort out my fabric. This gives me some motivation to get started.

Ande said...

Would love to join! I have lots of scraps to use up. Thanks for giving us a new challenge and way to use them up! Ande

Dolores said...

I would love to join this challenge. Have plenty of scraps already sorted.

Ingrid said...

I've got a lot of scraps, always using them the same way. Looking forward to what you're making.
Ingrid.

Cynthia said...

I just recently sorted all my scraps by color (finally). So I think I will give this a whirl. Thanks.

Gunilla said...

I would love to join. Some of my scraps are already sorted, not all and now is a perfect time to start sorting them all.
Regards,
Gunilla

Barb in MI said...

I'm in for this challenge... fantastic idea! Barb in MI/FL

Starquilter said...

Love the idea of a color a month challenge...how do I sign up? I am unable to find a link or ????

Charo said...

I'd love to participate, so count me in. I've never made a scrap quilt and I'd love to learn how to do it.
Greetings from Spain

Tell Tale Threads said...

Count me in too! Thanks for the inspiration.

Lisa Page said...

Love your blog - live in New Zealand and will track the progress as not sure if will have time to participate yet - do they have to be big quilts or wall hangings? Love to hear more about it so email me.
luludoll aka Lisa

Elly D said...

I'm late in the game but what a super game :)) Please count me in... no idea what I'll do but I'll soon find some scraps in blue. ;) Love the picture of the scraps in jars... what a wonderful inspiring way to store little scraps. Thank you, Elly

Candi said...

I would LOVE to join!:) Is it too late?
hugz:)
Candi

Char said...

I'd like to join your challenge, if it's not too late.

Jeannette said...

Please count me in if I am not to late. I have been working on a blue quilt this month without knowing about the challenge, Know I have to try and finish piecing the blocks and then the quilt top.

Rhonda G said...

I would like to join in on this challenge as well. Better late then never - : )

Scrap - Happy Quilter ( Ila Geving ) said...

Hi, just found your blog, would love to get in on the rainbow challenge!

Cyn ;-) said...

Wow... it's Jan 31st and I just made it under the wire! lol.
YES, please add me to your Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I would love to participate. What a wonderful idea. Thank you for organizing this.

Teresa said...

What is the difference in the Scrap Challenge Participants and the No Reply Scrap Challenge Participants? I am listed in the No Reply. Where do you post your finished projects for the month of January?

Angie said...

I thought I had signed up to be a part of the challenge, but didn't find my name anywhere. I have your button on my blog and would love to join the rainbow challenge.

I was finishing up a blue mug rug during the last week of January when my father-in-law suddenly passed away. I didn't get my blue project done, but will be finishing it up today. I'll have to see what I have in red to participate in Feb.

Would love to post my finished work when done. Please, add me to the challenge.

Thanks so much!

Sally said...

I'll give it ago even though i am two months behind now, but I'll catch up
Sally

wannabegodly said...

Is it too late to sign up? I'd like to be in this incentive to use my scrap mountain.

Ceci said...

Hi Scraphappy!! I just found your blog. I Know it´s late ...but please add me to your Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I would love to participate.

Kiera said...

Hello....just caome across your blog and would love to join the rainbow scrap challenge. Please add me to the list!!! Also, if you have time please visit my blog kiki-itssewkiki.blogspot.com. Consider becoming a follower...I'm a newbie and would love the support. thanks! Kiera

Ruth said...

I would also love to join your 2011 Rainbow Scrap Challenge; especially since I've been challenged to shop from my stash a little more.

HerMINA´S INTERnettIDEENBlog said...

I would also love to join your Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I hope to reduce my stash a litte bit.

sewlsista said...

I would love to join the challenge. I won't start until May, but I am looking forward to my "assignments"!

Betty Lou said...

Hope it is not too late to get in on the Scrap Challenge. If O.K. will start in June, don't have a pink scrap in my pile. I will put you button on my blog. Hugs

Sheri said...

It looks like the scrap challenge has been going on for almost 2 years? I would like to join but am wondering, will it go on for another year or end in December? I have just began to interact in the blogging/quilting world for the past couple of months and it's very exciting!
Sheri

Jo said...

I am interested too.
Being we are nearly in December will this continue into 2014

Dar said...

I have been seeing lots of great ideas for the Rainbow Scraps Challenge for 2013 on many blogs and I would like to participate in 2014. I haven't decided yet what block or how many each month, but they will be made with my scraps and follow your monthly colors. Thanks for doing this again.

Barbara Furlong said...

love this idea but will need to set up a blog for my quilts as I only have a blog for my cardmaking.

SewPsyched! said...

I just found your blog and would love to participate!! XX! lori