New Orleans House Project

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Time for Green Scrap Jar Stars

I made Scrap Jar Star blocks in reproduction fabrics for last year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  At the end of the year I decided I didn't have enough blocks for a good sized quilt and planned to make more SJS blocks in 2016.  I've been adding a block whenever the RSC features I color I need for the quilt. 

I definitely needed another green block, so the green reproduction scraps came out to play this week.

I pulled out last year's green SJS blocks so I could admire them all together!

I only need 3 more Scrap Jar Star blocks to meet my goal: red, pink & gold.  It will be good to finally finish all the blocks for this quilt!

I'm thinking I need some new Rainbow Scrap inspiration - a new block or plan to use up more reproduction scraps.  Maybe I'll find The Very Thing at the RSC link-up today.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Green Stitching on the Porch

Who'd a thunk it?  Our amazing spring weather continues - it's cool and breezy this morning - and I'm enjoying some hand stitching on the porch at the camp.  The trees have really leafed out and the magnolias are in bloom, which means there is sweet scent on the breeze.  We have a lot of bird feeders here, so in spring we always have a parade of birds - locals and transients. 
One of our local woodpeckers

This week I pulled out green scraps for some 4" Sawtooth Star blocks.  I use scrappy strips from my 2 1/2" strips/squares box for these.  One block only needs about an 11" strip of the main color. 

I finished up with 6 new Sawtooth Star blocks to add to the collection.   

I hope I'm able to stay outside for the rest of the day today.  Soon summer weather, with its attendant heat and humidity will set in, so enjoying these wonderfully mild days is a priority!  I've got a batch of Quilty 365 circles to stitch, and then some EPP for Barbara Brackman's latest BOW



Saturday, May 7, 2016

The Greening of the Quilts

It's a new month and a new color for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  The official color challenge is Evergreen Forest - forest-y greens with a little brown for accent.  I will definitely be using some of that color idea later in the month, but for today it's more of a spring-y green.
I pulled out the white-centered green 9 patches from last year's RSC.  It was quick work to make some coordinating green-centered 9 patches from my 2 1/2" strips & squares scrap box.

That left me lots of time to continue working on last year's Maverick Stars quilt top.  I have one seam left to stitch up and the stars will be set.

I also did some more playing with ideas for a border.  Thanks to Sally, I now have a never-ending stash of selvages, so selvage playtime happened.  This is my current working plan, although I have yet to figure out all the math.  

We are enjoying one of the last wonderful days of Gu'f Coast spring weather at our camp this weekend.  It has been a marvelously long and cool spring here - the morning temp at the camp was 49ยบ F.  Usually we blink and spring is over and searing summer weather is upon us.  The birds have been visiting the feeders and a great blue heron even stopped for a visit on our neighbor's dock.

My goal for this weekend is to mark my Eagle quilt top for hand-quilting.  I might have to set up a table outside for marking - I don't know if I can bear to be inside the house today!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Quilty 365 Loves Remembering

Time for another Quilty 365 report.  How did it get to be May 1st already?  I've been making circle blocks for 178 days now.  Some days I get a little frustrated, because stitching circles has taken up much of my (very limited) weekday sewing time.  I fret because I think I'm not finishing other projects fast enough - but I'm the only one making self-imposed deadlines.  I can't imagine stopping the circle-making now that I am almost half-way through!

For the most part, I'm going strong - choosing fabric every day based on mood, events, weather - whatever strikes my fancy.  I've kept up with my journaling, too, so I can actually remember what inspired each day's fabric choice!
April wound up having more remembering than I imagined at the beginning of the month.  There are circles to remind me of a birthday (mine!), quilt shows, my nieces who are learning to sew, a special musical event and even death and mourning.  It's going to be an extra-special quilt when it's another 198 days!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Revisiting RSC Maverick Stars

One of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects last year was Maverick Stars (or Liberated Stars). 

After making colorful, scrappy stars all year, I decided I needed some string-pieced alternate blocks to add to the quilt design.  Since I didn't want to start any new orange RSC projects for April, I decided to focus on finishing the alternate blocks to go with the Maverick Stars.
I still don't have all the string-pieced blocks finished, but I pinned everything up on the design wall to take a look.  Once I had the blocks tentatively arranged, I started thinking about the next step in the design process.  I've played with a few "liberated" border ideas, such as free-pieced spiky (rectangles) and dogtooth (square) blocks, but haven't decided for sure yet.

I did trim and piece a few blocks together to get a better feel for how everything is going to fit together.  Now to finish all the necessary string-pieced blocks, trim them and pull off the paper foundations.  Sounds like the perfect job for a rainy afternoon - which is just what the weather forecasters are saying about today and tomorrow! 

If you need some more scrappy inspiration, stop by the RSC link-up for this week!


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Orange Sugar Bowls

I haven't run out of orange scraps, but I think I'm finished with my orange scrappy projects for the month.  At least until some new quilt block calls my name and I have to at least try making one!

I added a few more orange Sawtooth Star blocks to the collection.  These only require a 2 1/2" scrappy strip - about 10-11 inches long - to create, so they are easy to put together from the 2 1/2" strip box.   I still need lots more colors for this project: pink, yellow, green, and aqua come to mind.

I also made some Sugar Bowl blocks using Kaffe Fassett fabrics.  These didn't photograph too well, I think due to the variation in color depth between them.
I added the two orange Sugar Bowl blocks from last year's RSC and they really overwhelm the new blocks!  It will be interesting to see how all the blocks play together when I try to assemble them into a quilt.

And now I have miles of quilt binding to make.  I was planning to do the binding for two more memory quilts, but there's also a t-shirt quilt that needs binding.  Good thing I enjoy hand-stitching quilt binding!

Linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, where lots of orange inspiration is lurking!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

A Little More Selvege Play

Even though I've been collecting fabric selveges for a few years, I wasn't truly inspired to play with them until I participated in a blog hop for Diane Knott's book Scrap Quilt Secrets.  Prior to making a mini basket quilt for the blog hop, I practiced stitching selveges together to experiment with the process.  My practice yielded a few pieces of selvege fabric, but I had no plan in mind for them.

After the blog hop, I decided to use some of the practice fabric to make a zipper pouch.  I was inspired by Kelly's pouch made from a vintage Florida dish towel.  At Kelly's recommendation, I purchased and downloaded the Lola Pouch and assembled all the supplies.  I had everything I needed already stashed in my studio, so I was able to jump in and sew.

 This is the large size pouch, about 11" x 7" finished.  I used a heavier fusible batting than the pattern called for; it was what I happened to have on hand.  The pouch turned out fairly stiff due to the batting and selveges, but I'm happy with the results.  Next time I'll use the recommended fusible batting.  I'll definitely be making more of these, using both selveges and vintage dish towels!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Scrap Jar Stars Visit Cheddar

One of my ongoing Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects has been a Scrap Jar Stars quilt using reproduction fabrics.  I made two blocks in most of last year's RSC colors, but decided I needed a few more blocks before the quilt was a good size.  This year I'm making those extra blocks when the appropriate RSC color comes around.

This month's RSC color of orange translates nicely to the color cheddar in reproduction fabrics.  

Since the design wall was empty, I pinned up all the repro SJS blocks to date.  There will be sashing between all the blocks, along with cornerstones to make 9-patch style blocks in each corner.  I'll be making 4 additional blocks as the year goes on: red, pink, gold and green.  My only frustration is that I'm about to run out of my ivory-colored background fabric.  I started with a fairly vintage fabric from my stash, so I have no idea if something similar is still available.  I need to check with my LQS and see if they have anything that comes close to my original fabric.

If you are looking for lots more Rainbow Scrap inspiration, stop by the RSC link up at Angela's Soscrappy blog.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Seeing Orange Stars

It has been a slow sewing week.  With more hours of daylight in the evening and warmer weather, it's been hard to resist the call to be outdoors - even if that means doing work in the yard!  We did a lot of pruning and cleaning up last weekend, but still had to deal with smaller jobs during the evening this week.  We love this time of year because it's great to be outdoors without the bugs, heat and humidity of summer!

I did work on some Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects, finishing the alternate white blocks in my 9 patch variation pattern.  At the end of the year I'll have 16 blocks in each color.  I'm not sure if the final version will be color blocked or have some other layout.  I'll figure that out later!

I also pieced a few orange Sawtooth Stars.  Since Angela mentioned monarch butterflies as this month's color inspiration, I pulled some scraps of monarch fabric I used for a quilt back several years ago. 

I also pulled some cheddar scraps in preparation for making a Scrap Jar Star block this week.  

I'm heading out for the Gulf States Quilting Association show when I finish this - can't wait to see what inspiration I will find there!

More orange inspiration can be found at this week's Rainbow Scrap Challenge link-up.


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Scrap Quilt Secrets Winner!

The Random Number Generator has spoken and the lucky winner of a copy of Scrap Quilt Secrets is Maureen, who said "I am going to start saving my selvages!!".  Thanks to everyone for their comments - I enjoyed hearing your thoughts on selvages and selvage quilting projects!