New Orleans House Project

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Quilty 365 Loves Mardi Gras...and stuff

It's time for another report on my Quilty 365 progress.  Here are February's blocks, laid out to mimic the calendar page.  I'm still hand-appliqueing each of my blocks, but it might be time to try some machine applique.  Although hand-stitching is soothing, time constraints and wrist strain can be negative influences on the process. 

Mardi Gras influenced a lot of my fabric choices this month.  Purple, green and gold are the traditional colors of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, so I had fun playing with some favorites from the stash!  I don't really care for most commercial Mardi Gras fabrics (you can only toss beads, masks and confetti on a black background a certain number of ways before it gets boring), but I had at least one bit of scrap that became a Quilty 365 block.  The other fabrics are all things I've collected over the years just because they feature purple, green and gold.  On Fat Tuesday itself, I practiced appliqueing tiny circles to represent Mardi Gras beads. 

Another color that featured prominently in February was brown, as that was the color choice for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  I realized that after blue, brown may be the next most populous color in my stash.  Some of the fabrics are fairly new, others are more vintage, and the brown paisley on the bottom is from a man's shirt I found at an estate sale.

February also had several birthdays.  My oldest son, who loves hiking and camping, got the bears and canoe.  The Tula Pink raindrops are in honor of the Soul Queen of New Orleans, Irma Thomas (one of her signature songs is "It's Raining").  I have a friend who's nickname is "Grotto"; how often do you find fabric mentioning a friend's name?  And the seashells are for my friend Karen, who celebrated her  birthday on February 29th - only her 16th birthday - imagine that! 

Last but not least, I got to play with some Valentine's Day fabrics.  The tiny red hearts on the bottom right might be one of the oldest fabrics in my stash; I still have bits of this print that dates from the late 1980s.  The Victorian collage fabric on the bottom left is another oldie.  I've had it for years, but never used it because it was too pretty to cut! 

That's my circular tale of fabric love for February - 117 blocks to date.  I haven't attempted any block assembly yet.  I think I'd like to set the blocks on point.  If I at least start stitching them up in groups of four, it will speed up the top assembly a little.  I don't want to end the year with a daunting pile of 366 individual blocks to assemble!

Quilty 365 instigator Audrey is hosting a monthly link-up for other circle-loving quilters.  If you think stitching circles sounds boring, check out the link-up to see all the different ways quilters are interpreting the challenge!





15 comments:

  1. Loved hearing the stories behind your lovely circles. You're making a wonderful memory quilt.

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  2. love your circles and that bear and canoe.......LOVE it!

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  3. Super circles, and they certainly do tell the story of your month. Love those tiny circles, not sure I could stitch them that small!

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  4. Yes, I see the buttons! Love your Fat Tuesday tiny circles...all those colors are great. You have some luscious fabric here, like the tasseled one on black. And like everyone else, I do love the stories behind them.

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  5. what a great story to your circles. Makes them so personal and interesting.

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  6. Love the Madi Gras influence since those are my favorite color combinations. Super circles!

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  7. Your February circles are great! The focus circles for Mardi Gras and the Soul singer make your quilt have so much more personality!

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  8. Your circles are very 'you'! Love seeing all the different variations. Yours are going to be quite the story quilt.:)

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  9. It's looking good, thanks for the Leap Year love.

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  10. So fun to read about your circles!

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  11. Your circles are just perfect; It was fun to read about them. I don't think I realized you were from New Orleans. Such a lovely place to visit and eat!! :-)

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  12. You have such a lovely group of circles this month! Enjoyed hearing about how they all came about. Love the tiny circles/beads for Mardi Gras. Inspired!

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  13. What a great group of circles! I love the stories for the Birthday circles and of, course the Mardi Gras circles are 'da bomb'!!!

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  14. I like all the different ways you chose your circles for February! Certainly a story is being told!

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  15. Wonderful. I really enjoy reading how they develop!

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