Friday, August 19, 2022

Rainbow Tornado

a rainbow of quilt blocks placed in a modern design resembling a tornado

Here it is! My Rainbow Tornado, the RSC2022 scrap quilt! Yes, I'm a bit ahead of schedule with a finish now, but one shouldn't stop the creative process for the calendar!

So, just what is RSC2022? It's short for Rainbow Scrap Challenge, for this year, 2022. The event is hosted by, who posts a new color each month to work with. The design of the blocks and ultimately the quilt, are totally up to the quilter, using the suggested color of the month.

Due to a tendency toward fabric hoarding, I tend to keep larger, usable scraps with the yardage it came from, finding that those bigger scrap pieces come in handy with the yardage. That means my scraps tend to be on the small or odd shaped size, requiring a bit more effort to use.

But not to fear - I've become quite proficient at sewing those scraps into useable blocks using the Making Blocks from Crumbs technique. 

sewing small fabric pieces together to make quilt blocks

Gosh, I've made several quilts using this style of scrap block. There's Pinwheel Parade (free pattern BTW), Rainbow Celilo, and RSC2021 to name a few. I'd guess you'd say these scrap blocks from crumbs are part of my quilting style. And I'm ok with that!

For my Rainbow Tornado quilt, most of the blocks in it are leftovers from previous years. In July, realizing I was behind stitching up my scraps for the chosen colors, I decided to put them up on the design wall to determine how many more blocks I neededWith a vague layout idea, I got started, then couldn't stop, heading down the road with a more modern design than what I had originally planned.

specific colored scraps blocks on the wall

In designing this, I tried to maintain the following block order: one large block with two of the same color small blocks placed on the top and bottom of the large block. See the ovals below.

different sized one color blocks in a modern layout

If you look closely at the quilt layout, you'll see that there are some areas where I've broken the block order, either by 1) leaving out a small square, 2) leaving out two small squares, or 3) leaving out a small square plus a large one. Doing that kept a tighter tornado design, along with adding visual interest.

solid color blocks arranged to look like a tornado

Now I could have gone full tornado, with blocks flying out to the edge, but I felt they didn't relate to the tornado and ended up a bit distracting. I prefer the tighter look, channeling a childhood favorite, the Tasmanian Devil. I guess you could say he was my inspiration! 

To keep with the scrappiness of this quilt, missing blocks were replaced with a variety of white-on-white prints. Since the small blocks were stitched together as a unit with sashing, I kept that same format substituting white where needed.

closeup view of scrappy quilt blocks

And how about that quilting? It's a pantograph called 'Twister", quilted in variegated thread. I love the motion it provides, along with the added variety of color. Both just work so well together!

four points rotate in a quilt pantograph with a variegated thread

To complete the tornado theme is the multi-colored confetti backing. I view it as what remains after a tornado has come through - pieces of wood everywhere. I'm fortunate enough not to live in tornado country to experience the horrific destruction, and my heart goes out to those that do.

confetti quilt fabric

With the Rainbow Tornado quilt, I've wrapped up my RSC project for 2022. I still have a ton of scraps left to stitch up, especially in purple, blue, aqua, and green. Maybe I'll do something with those for the remainder of 2022 as it seems to be my year for scrap quilts. Time to get stitching!

Happy Quilting!

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  1. Wow, it's gorgeous! I love the layout of the blocks with all the different colors. And the quilting complements the piecing so perfectly. It was so interesting to read about how you did this. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Super scrap buster and so cute.

  3. very neat and scrappy! I have not seen this pattern before

  4. That is awesome!!! I can see Taz in it haha!

  5. Its a beautiful RSC quilt! I made a few small ones this year, then fell off the wagon with my broken ankle. My intention was to make baby quilts with them, so I may just pick up in September!

  6. Yes! It's now showing your pictures. BTW, this is beautiful. In my opinion, it's the prettiest crumb quilt I've ever seen. Wonderful.

  7. Love the colors and block arrangement. Very eye-catching.

  8. This quilt is amazing, Susan! I love it.


  9. Fantastic! You captured it great! Before I even read it, my thoughts were Wow! A tornado.

  10. I am not a Modern quilter, but I sure do like this quilt! Very colorful but not overpowering and wild! Great work Susan! Hugs

  11. that has made a wonderful quilt - nicely done

  12. that is awesome susan, prettiest crumb quilt !


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