New Orleans House Project

Saturday, August 3, 2013

A Month of Red

As it turns out, despite being a city full of rainbow-hued houses, it is not easy to find houses painted true red in New Orleans.  There are lots of variations on a color that's somewhere between cooked shrimp and terra cotta.  There are also variations on the color burgundy.  There's just not much in the way of red.  I will have be be creative to continue with the New Orleans House Project!

My first red "house" is a little different.  This is the home of the David Crockett Fire Company, the oldest continuously operated volunteer fire company in the country (since 1841).  The firehouse is now a museum, although it does house some antique fire equipment.  It's located in a small community across the Mississippi River from New Orleans proper.   

It was no problem to design a very red happy, scrappy house this week.  I recently used the red batik as a quilt border, and the scraps just sang out to me to put them in a house!  The cow jumping over the moon fabric goes back about 20 years; I've just about used every scrap of it.

I had to clean up last month's teal/aqua/turquoise fabrics before I could cut loose with the color red.  I had these spool blocks already cut, so they were easy to finish.

I forgot to play along with Bonnie Hunter's link-up for showing off one's leader-ender spools.  Here's my current stash, about 200 spool blocks.  I plan to keep making them through the end of this year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

And speaking of Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I'll be linking up with other challenge participants over at Angela's blog.  Please join us for some scrappy red quilt inspiration!






10 comments:

  1. Your spools are so neat and tidy!

    Great red house.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Love your red "house" this week. The cows jumping over the moon are just too cute too. What a great collection of spools so far. It is amazing how fast they can build up.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Your group of spool blocks looks amazing! I can't wait to see them all joined together. Beautiful red houses, both your block and the photo.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Love your red house. I understand about using every last scrap of pretty fabrics. The only red buildings we had around here is the occasional red barn. We have red brick structures.
    Love your pretty spools. What a awesome quilt that will be.

    ReplyDelete
  5. The little red school house, so appropriate for this month. Just love your red scraps.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Your spools are great. I have never seen cows on the roof before. Great red block.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Well, it's no surprise to find a fire house that is red, but now that I think about it, I can't remember ever seeing a red house - except for one I lived in as a child a long, long time ago. It had red shingles for the siding and it was a very old farmhouse. I had to laugh out loud when I saw your cows jumping over your red house LOL!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Your little red house is a happy looking house and the red house museum looks interesting. Wow what a lot of spools!!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Good luck on red house hunting! Love the cows over the moon and I just can't believe how organized your spools are! I plan on keeping on with spools this year too and have about as many as you do! Aren't they fun?

    ReplyDelete
  10. Great spools, there are so many of them!

    and I love your red house.

    ReplyDelete