New Orleans House Project

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Urban Retreat

A new month has arrived along with cooler weather and a new Rainbow Scrap Challenge color.  

The challenge color this month is brown, so I've been pulling out all kinds of brown scraps and dreaming of ways to use them up.

Last year during the brown scrap challenge month I pulled out a "chocolate" UFO and was inspired to finish the project.  It's now in the pile awaiting binding, so I moved that chore peaceful pursuit to the top of the "To Do" list.
The chocolate quilt produced a bunch of bonus HSTs.  I think there are probably enough for a few table runners or table toppers - quick gifts if I can snatch the sewing time this month!  I did some fabric therapy last night and trimmed the HSTs to a consistent size.  Bonnie Hunter mentioned a new-to-me technique earlier this week, so I had to try it out.  Using the Easy Angle Ruler makes trimming the HSTs a breeze!

My New Orleans house this week is inspired by log cabins.  Several years ago, my Dear Husband allowed as he had always wanted to live in a log cabin.  We began searching for a weekend getaway and to help matters along I made some pillowcases featuring log cabins with appropriate flora and fauna.  Dreaming about log cabins would surely help us find one, right?  It turns out log cabins are few and far between in our neck of the woods <g>, so we settled for a camp instead.  Pillowcase scraps make great log cabin blocks, though!

Believe it or not, these "houses" are actually located with the New Orleans city limits!

The houses are all located on an estate downriver from the city center, in an area known as Lower Coast Algiers.  Most of the land in the area was originally plantations and is still very sparsely populated.  The owners of this property created a retreat known as Studio in the Woods where artists can go to nurture their creativity.

And now my coffee cup is empty and it's time to get on with the day.  I'm linking up with the other Rainbow Scrappers; I have a feeling they will nurture my creativity!




19 comments:

  1. I lust to own your house blocks :)
    I watched that quilt cam also. Trim folded with straight edge on the center? I don't usually need to trim, but this year I'm using a new to me vintage machine for her mystery...and trimming will probably be involved.

    I'm looking forward to using another new to me ruler.

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  2. Great house block. I love the bears. That really adds to the block. Good luck on finishing your brown UFO.

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  3. I love the house block!!! How interesting about the log cabins - thanks for the "tour". I know I've been awol from commenting on your blog - but I always read it and always love your house blocks!!

    Blessings!

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  4. Oh the bears in your windows just charmed me!!! :*) I've never wanted to live in a log cabin, but my sister would be in heaven if someone gave her one. She was born an old lady and has always love all things vintage even since she was a child. I'm with Sharyn - I'd love to have your house blocks - it's going to be an amazing quilt!!!

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  5. Love those bears in the house...very cute! Hugs, Julierose

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  6. The bears and cabin house block is so cute! Such rich beautiful, brown fabric scraps. Yum.

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  7. I just love your little log cabin visitors. Such a cute block. Your camp houses seem to fit the log cabin definition pretty well. I would never guess they were inside the city limits!

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  8. love your house with the bears!
    we have 3 log homes on our farm in Illinois and too love them!
    especially when there is s toasty fire going.

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  9. Great little house with the bears! So cute.

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  10. Your block reminds me of Little House on the Prairie :) Love it!

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  11. Great house block. Your ear fabric is really cool too!

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  12. Love the bears in the house. Hubby always wanted a log cabin and we considered it as our next house... Until he moved us to Florida!

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  13. Your house block is awesome with those bears!

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  14. Wow - you have a fantastic stash of brown scraps!

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  15. Another fantastic set of houses!

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  16. I love your house block with the bears!
    I read Bonnie's post too but haven't tried her method for trimming yet.

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  17. Another cute house. I think I'm going to love your chocolate therapy when it's finished too.

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  18. It's a brown fiesta at your house! Yum! Such a cute house with so many memories connected to it. Enjoying visiting today!

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  19. Love the pile of chocolate fabric. Thanks for the brown house stories.

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