New Orleans House Project

Saturday, August 29, 2015

RSC 15: Goodbye to August

I'm happy to see the end of August approaching!  The days are getting shorter, the shadows are changing and the outdoor temps are actually even cooling down (a little).  After August ends, we'll be another month closer to the end of hurricane season and American football season is right around the corner. 

I'm also happy the incessant media focus on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina will end soon.  It's great to highlight the positive things that have happened in South Louisiana since the failure of the levees after the hurricane, but the constant bombardment of horrific images is just too painful, even at this distance of time and healing.  I turned to quilting as my therapy for coping after the floods and I'm thankful for the solace it provided.  In fact, I'd say the aftermath of the flooding was a rebirth of quilting focus for me and quilting therapy has become ever-important to me over the past 10 years.

Inspired by all the colorful houses of New Orleans, I made these Happy, Scrappy House blocks as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge in 2013.  While driving around town this week, I was struck by inspiration for assembling these blocks into a quilt.  I hope to focus on that this week while the inspiration is hot! 

I also focused on one of this year's ongoing RSC projects:  4" Sawtooth Stars.  I found enough scraps to make gray & black stars to add to the collection.

And in case you missed it, August 26th was National Dog Day - a social media invention if there ever was one!  We appreciate our four-legged kids every day, but they tolerated our cell phone picture snapping on Wednesday and even gave us a few smiles.  The dogs in the front of the photo, Bailey & McKenzie, live with us; Jozy (in the rear) visits with us each August while his human is away for work.  Jozy & McKenzie are from the same litter.  

And now I've wandered on enough, so I'm heading over to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge link-up to see what colorful stuff everyone else has been up to this week.


 


25 comments:

  1. Those colorful houses were great for an RSC focus project... can't believe it's been 10 YEARS since I made my "Katrina Quilt" and my MIL hosted a displaced family!!!

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  2. I was very interested in what you wrote about how hard it is to see all the images of that horrible time--as I've been seeing short news segments, it didn't occur to me that this could be triggering New Orlean residents' Post Traumatic Stress episodes. Hopefully, the media coverage will end this weekend.
    On a happier note, I have long wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your house project. I LOVED seeing the colorful real houses and then your own house blocks. I can't wait to see what you do with all your blocks.

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  3. Beautiful beautiful beautiful, even those pups!

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  4. I love all your houses! I'm looking forward to seeing your quilt.

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  5. I love all those colorful houses and your dogs sure do know how to pose for a picture! :)

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  6. I too have been feeling sad by all the media coverage. I haven't been back to my beloved New Orleans since Katrina and I worry about how I will feel when I do see all the changes. It is nice to see some of the progress and rebuilding. I just don't think it will ever be possible to talk about Katrina without feeling stress.
    Your houses are adorable and I like your stars too! But oh those sweet smiling furry faces...what love!!!

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  7. Love all your little houses together! I've missed them.

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  8. Love those house blocks and the doggy photo :)

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  9. I love your house blocks. They do remind me of all the colorful houses in New Orleans. Very pretty star blocks. I am sure they will look great with the rest of the blocks. You have adorable doggies.

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  10. Those house blocks go together so well, such variety. Now that you have had three helpers for a month, how are you feeling? I think we are all ready for fall at last.

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  11. Woohoo! I've been hoping the houses would make an appearance!

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  12. Oh, I remember those houses! Glad they are finally going to make an appearance in a quilt.

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  13. I remember your houses and all the colourful ones in New Orleans that you shared with us. Can't wait to see your quilt top! Great "indigo" blocks this week. I must admit I liked the news stories about the recovery much more than the review of the devastation and I wasn't there. Can't imagine what it is like for you.

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  14. I wasn't even in the south when Katrina struck but I've also had enough with the anniversary coverage, for the same reasons you mention. I hope you have a lot of fun putting those houses together. They're absolutely delightful!

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  15. Your house blocks bring back so many happy memories watching you make them. I hope the media coverage is at the end and you can get back to happier memories.

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  16. Angie, I have been thinking about you this weekend as this anniversary has been marked and repeated over and over on the radio and TV. I understand the heartbreak it must bring you and everyone there to relive that horrible time, much like us in the NY area when the 911 anniversaries roll around. Your houses are a wonderful tribute to the happier times in NOLA before Katrina and to the rebuilding of this beautiful city since. However, I understand this is still much to be done. My prayers go out to everyone there still struggling to put their lives back together.

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  17. I always looked forward to your weekly posts of your houses and houses around New Orleans. Hope the media settles down soon, and if there is any silver lining, it is that your quilting resurfaced and you shared your heart and homes with us over the years. For me, it was an opportunity to get to know your community through your weekly posts. Thank you and can't wait to see that finished quilt!

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  18. Looking forward to the end of hurricane season. Glad you have found inspiration for your houses. What a fun quilt that will be.

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  19. I LOVE your dog photo - what a sweet group.
    Your houses are very colorful and fun. House quilts are some of my favorites.
    Your stars are so sparkly.

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  20. Love your houses! They're going to make a great quilt.

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  21. I love all house quilts. This is great!

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  22. What a wonderful collection of houses they're going to make a heck of a lovely quilt.

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  23. I so remember and enjoyed your RSC houses, real house pictures and posts. Difficult to believe that it has been 10 years.
    Your four legged friends look happy to have their picture taken! Cool!

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  24. Love all the houses. I did not realize you had Labs, love the shades of all of them. Happy Dog Day!

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