New Orleans House Project

Saturday, January 10, 2015

RSC-15: Repro Blue Stars and Blue Flamingo Playtime

It's Saturday, which means scrappy playtime for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  This year I wanted to try using some reproduction fabric scraps for one of my RSC projects. 
It's my old friend, Scrap Jar Stars!  This is such a great block for using up scraps, I figured I'd use it again and enjoy the challenge of using reproduction fabrics.  I found a big chunk of off-white tone on tone in my stash, so I decided to use it for the 16 patch blocks as well as the remaining background pieces (the fabric is not quite as bright as it appears in the picture).
I think I will have to do some experimenting to get good photographs of these repro blocks.  The sun is shining here, but it's too cold and windy for outdoor photography today!

Another idea that's been kicking around in my head this week is to try to use up some of my big chunks of novelty fabric using the RSC color of the month.  As I was re-organizing my fabric closet this past fall, I decided it was time to start using some of the theme fabrics I've collected over the years:  flamingos, dolls, cats, dogs, etc.  There are so many great patterns and ideas for using large print fabrics now, it wouldn't be difficult to find the right inspiration and pull additional yardage from the stash.  That's the idea, anyway. 
Just for fun, I pulled this yard of flamingo fabric with a rich blue background.  I was thinking of using a pattern similar to the Modern Teal quilt I made last year -  largish pieces of fabric with white sashing.  Some of these fabrics work well with the flamingos, but I don't have big pieces of any of the pinks and the Kaffe Fassett is not quite the right shade of green (it's much greener than it appears in the picture, but it just doesn't work that well).  I hate to go shopping for more fabric when I'm supposed to be doing this as a scrap challenge, so maybe this idea will have to go on the back burner for now.  With all the theme fabrics I have stashed, there's bound to be at least one month in the RSC when I can put them to good use!

For more scrappy blue inspiration, do check out the other RSC participants over at Angela's SoScrappy blog.


12 comments:

  1. If you don't have large pieces of the color you need, why not sew some of the smaller pieces together to make large pieces of scrappy fabric? Maybe you can gather enough greens that way - the flamingos are SUCH fun . . . .

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  2. Your star is lovely, Angie! that flamingo fabric is a hoot! Great idea for a nice "warm" idea in this cold Winter....hugs, Julierose

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  3. I've started pulling some of my "precious fabrics" to cut up and use in my scraps quilts. Sounds terrible, I suppose, but if I don't I'll never use it.

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  4. Using up the saved collections is always hard. I'm sure you will find just the right inspiration soon.

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  5. Those stars look so sharp and precise you might cut yourself! Maybe you don't need a green for Modern Flamingo, but something a bit darker than the blue?

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  6. Scrap jar stars are on my list to make in 2015. I love yours. Adorable flamingo fabric. I look forward to seeing what you make with it.

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  7. Love this block. How big does it finish? Great choice of blues.

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  8. I should do that with some of my novelty fabrics hanging around. You'll find the right project for them soon.

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  9. Those are fun fabrics that you pulled!!

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  10. I love your blue star blocks, beautiful reproduction fabrics. The flamingo fabric is such fun!

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