New Orleans House Project

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Violet

This week's scrappy sharing is brought to you by the color violet, or the V in the famous rainbow mnemonic, ROY G BIV.  I just learned something about violet - at least if Wikipedia is to be trusted on the subject.  Apparently violet is a true color - with it's own spectral wavelength, whereas purple has no spectral wavelength and is simply the combination of the colors red and blue.  
My goal this week was to create a violet house block.  I think this one came out OK!  Most of the fabrics are from Kate Spain's Cuzco fabric line.

Here's my New Orleans house inspiration for this week.  I snapped this with my cell phone camera last fall.  DH and I were walking from our car to a favorite restaurant one evening when I noticed the houses in the neighborhood were painted in a variety of rainbow hues.  I almost ran up and down the block snapping pictures before all the sunlight faded away!  

The style of this house is known as Craftsman, or Bungalow.  The style was popular from the early 1900s until about 1950.  One finds this type of house in more "modern" New Orleans neighborhoods.  I found yet another guide to New Orleans architecture online and if you browse through to page 14, you'll find a fantastic purple Craftsman-style house illustrated.

Some leader-ender spools got made, but that's about the extent of my sewing this week.  I'm hopeful next week will be more productive - I have a baby quilt that needs to get finished!

I'm linking up with the rest of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilters over at Soscrappy' blog.  Hope everyone has a sew-ful weekend!


10 comments:

  1. I love your house blocks being accompanies by a picture!

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  2. Oh my. Love the spools and you delicate purple pieces\d house.
    And I always enjoy pictures of homes in New Orleans : )

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  3. What pretty purple houses -- real and fabric. Glad you got some leaders and enders in as well. Enjoy your baby quilt -- they do come together fast usually.

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  4. Interesting tidbit on Violet, sweet violet houses! I really like the purple swirly fabric in the bottom middle of the spools

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  5. Your wonderful post has me looking for violet scraps...I am getting closer and closer in doing the rainbow scrap challenge...all your fault...you inspire me too much...giggle!

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  6. Beautiful spool blocks!
    Are those bars over the windows on the purple house? I have never seen that before!

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  7. As always, your houses charm me every time!

    Very interesting tidbit about the color violet! It has always run second place in my heart to purple, which I love! But maybe I have been too hard on it - maybe I'll give it a chance to win me over :*D

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  8. Love the Violet houses and a few more spools done. Better get started on that baby quilt.

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  9. It matches the house! Very neat. I can just see you running up and down the street snapping pictures of houses. Too funny.

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  10. Your violet block turned out better than OK. So cute! I could totally live in a violet bungalow.

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