The Rainbow Scrap Challenge started a few years ago as I worked to try to systematically use up some of my scraps. Along the way, I added a weekly link-up so that other people working to use some of their scraps own could share their progress as well.
During some years I have also offered specific sampler quilt patterns. Last year I even collaborated with Mari at Academic Quilter to create Squared Away. These sampler quilts have been some of my favorites throughout the years.
This year my inspiration started with the setting instead of with the blocks. Having a unifying theme can really help to tie scrappy quilts together. Because we are using scraps to make sampler blocks, unification can be important.
Each block will be 5 inches unfinished and 4.5 inches finished. Half will be set straight, and the other half will be set on the diagonal. They will include both pieced and applique blocks. I will post one block each week for the next 48 weeks which will give you enough blocks to make a large lap sized quilt by the end of the year. I've done a bit of math for you in case you want to make a larger or smaller quilt. Feel free to make only some of the blocks or to add more blocks of your choice. Any block that is about 4.5 inches finished should work. The sashing will help smooth out any small inconsistencies.
Because collaboration is always fun, I am also inviting others who want to join in to design a block to share. Just design a block and write a short tutorial. Let me know when you would like to post your block, and I will work it into the schedule. I will then post a link and make a PDF of your tutorial to post on the RSC19 Sampler tab at the top of the blog.
Scraps in 10 colors. No need to shop -- please use what you have
One background fabric of your choice. 3.5 yards for the large lap sized quilt.