New Orleans House Project

Monday, June 20, 2016

Scrappy Red, White & Blue

Since I had an unexpected all-day sew-a-thon on Saturday due to rainy weather, one project that got some attention was a scrappy red, white & blue Scrap Jar Star quilt.  I started cutting up scraps and piecing the 16-patch centers last July, but the project got stalled after I pieced a huge batch of HSTs to form the Sawtooth Star portion of the block.

For past SJS blocks, I made totally scrappy stars, pairing fabrics for the star points, but using different fabrics for each set of points.  To my dismay, that really didn't work with all the RWB prints.  The resulting stars were just way too busy and jarring to look at.

Since I already had a huge pile of HSTs made, I decided to make the star points match on each block in an effort to tone down the craziness.  I also decided to use consistent fabrics for the corner squares in each block.
I'm happier with the result, but it's still on the busy side.  The 16-patch centers don't look like they belong.  I'm not crazy about the center fabric for the secondary 9-patch where the block corners meet, either.  That will probably be easy to fix.  I'm not sure about the SJS blocks themselves.  I'm going to leave them pinned to the design wall for now and see if they grow on me.  Since I only have 4 blocks pieced so far, I figure it would be easy to swap out the 16-patch centers with a simpler block (pinwheel?) and go from there.

Any thoughts or ideas cheerfully accepted!

12 comments:

  1. I love the blocks!! I can see your dilemma but I like it as it is!

    Happy Day!

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  2. Perfect blocks for the 4th of July !

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  3. I hope it will grwon on you--after all--fireworks are a part of the 4th--and your scrappy centers look amazing....hugs, Julierose

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  4. Fantastic! Could I borrow this idea for my next Veteran's quilt? I think it would a sensational tribute quilt. Love it!

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  5. It's fun to have a specific 4th of July quilt. I like how you've made the star points the same and the corners.

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  6. Angie, love your RWB blocks. Pinwheels would look awesome also. Love reading your blog. Try to stay out of this terrible heat we are having down here.
    Cookie
    Mandeville LA

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  7. Personally, I like your blocks. They do not look like every other patriotic quilt block out there. Embrace the uniqueness :)

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  8. I really like your scrappy jar stars too. I think it may look busy to you because you don't have the secondary pattern working yet. Also, sneaking in more "solid" looking fabrics may help.

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  9. Well, since I'm all about scrappy, I think it looks great so far. I think once it's done and quilted, you won't notice how busy the fabrics seem now.

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  10. I like those blocks. Yes, matching HST's helps pull it together.

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  11. What about setting them on point, it makes the 16 patch blocks look totally different.

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  12. I'm actually liking them! Very 4th of July with lots of splash and drama! I'm not sure a "tamer" block would have quite the same impact - of course, that may be what you prefer - we all know I'm a "splash and drama" kinda gal LOL :*). Definitely don't care for the 9-patch center fabric though. Could you pull in that medium blue there?

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