New Orleans House Project

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Orange for April

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge color for April is orange - with hints of black or brown if one desires.  The inspiration for this month's color was Monarch Butterflies and I happen to have some fabric featuring those beauties, so I'm sure I'll have to find a way to use it!

As the month is just getting started, I've only had time to start pulling orange scraps in preparation for this month's blocks.  Having a bin full of 2 1/2" strips and squares really helps shorten the prep work.
I try to make the time to cut my scraps into usable pieces and sort them by color.  I store them in clear plastic boxes so I can see what I've got without having to open the box.

I made these 9 patch blocks for last year's RSC, then decided I didn't have enough blocks for a quilt.  This year's project is to make reverse blocks: color in the center, surrounded by white.  I can pull from the strip stash to make the orange centers and the white borders.

I also started making these 4" Sawtooth Star blocks for last year's RSC.  I'm going to make more blocks this year and eventually they will all find their way into a quilt.  Again, I can pull from the 2 1/2" orange strips to cut the components for these stars.   

Since we're on the subject of scraps, I thought I'd give a shout out for a great new book focused on scrap quilts.  Scrap Quilt Secrets by Diane D, Knott has lots of inspiration for using up scraps.  Check out my blog hop post about Diane's book and leave a comment before April 5th for a chance to win a copy! 

Lots more scrappy inspiration can be found at this week's link-up for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.




 
 

17 comments:

  1. both sets of blocks make me want to make them... hmph. Girl, there aren't enough hours in the day!!
    LeeAnna

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  2. I am not an "orange girl" but i really love your blocks ! The result will be sooo pretty Angie !

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  3. Pretty! I always envy people who are organized enough to cut up their scraps as they go instead of cramming them into a box like I do. It paid off for you!

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  4. Your oranges are delightful! You inspire me to purchase more orange fabrics!

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  5. Ooooh, I love your blocks and it gets me itching to dig into my 2.5’s. Glad to hear you like that book; it’s on my list. We love our scraps, don’t we?

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  6. Orange is such a bright color. I like the gator in the star block. Have fun with your oranges.

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  7. Love your orange 9 patches and stars! Alternating the white centers with colorful borders and colorful centers with white borders sounds like a beautiful quilt!

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  8. You are off to a great start with your ORANGE scraps!!

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  9. My husband and I visited your neck of the woods last weekend. Ate too much, drank too much, and just generally had a great time. Love your orange blocks. You've made great orange progress already!

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  10. You've got a jump start on orange already. Have fun with the orange scraps.

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  11. Love all your orange scraps.
    Thanks for the chance to win this fun new book.

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  12. Looks like your scrap system is sucessful. Orange is going to be a fun color to work with this month.

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  13. Love your orange blocks. I keep telling myself to resist... but these look wonderful! Reminds me of a orange creamsicle!

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  14. You certainly must get a lot done by sorting everything so well. Love your colorful and easy blocks. Keep up the good work!

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  15. You're ahead of me - I haven't even pulled out my orange scraps at this point, and how lucky are you to pull out ready made blocks from last year!

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  16. I have the same system as you!! Only my strips are 2" and I have them stacked on the shelves with their matching yardage. Makes it so easy to start sewing! Love how bright your oranges are! Have fun stitching these up!

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  17. You've got a lot of pretty oranges there!
    Nine patches and sawtooth stars are favorite blocks of mine, and doing them in orange? Be still, my heart! Looooove your blocks!

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