New Orleans House Project

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Back to School Memories

Time for another Saturday of joining in for some Rainbow Scrap Challenge fun!

Lots of vintage scraps were used to create this house.  I'm pretty sure the small print in the body of the house is well over 20 years old.  The bandana print is from a black and red quilt I made for my oldest son about 15 years ago - he's got it at his apartment or I would've snapped a picture to share.  The best memories come from the little girl in the window, though.  She's from a quilt I made for my youngest son's kindergarten teacher.  I helped all the kids in the class transfer their handprints to fabric squares, which I assembled using this wonderful red, white and blue print of children.  Great memories of my boys' school days!

Some leader-ender spools in red were added to the collection.

This week's New Orleans house is a townhouse in Faubourg Marigny.  The neighborhood is located on a former plantation on the downriver side of the French Quarter.  An interesting detail about this house is the memorialized X-code to the left of the door (click on the picture to enlarge it).  The X-code was used by search and rescue teams after Hurricane Katrina to denote when the building was searched, by what rescue team and what was found during the search.  Most X-code markings have been painted over by now, but some people choose to save the marking as a memorial.



10 comments:

  1. New Orleans is rich with history. Thank you for stories and pictures.
    Love the little red house and spools.

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  2. Wonderful blocks and house! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Oh, gotta love that little girl in the house window! Really cute! And your spools--that one is on my list someday..still enmeshed in my hexagonorama....hugs, Julierose

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  4. What great memories your house block holds. Another great house block.

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  5. fun red post! love the real house and your pieced one. The bandana print is so cute

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  6. Great red blocks. Love that bandana fabric, I have a bit in my scraps too. I think some is a quilt for my oldest son. Great red house, love that they have left the X code.

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  7. Using special fabrics is such a nice way to enjoy the quilts of days gone by.

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  8. Love the story of your house block. It's so cute. And thanks for sharing some history of a real house too. You always have such interesting tidbits to share.

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  9. Another good read as always. I do love playing with my scraps so I can remember past quilts I have made and who they were for. Such a neat memory you got to have this week with your pretty blocks.

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