New Orleans House Project

Monday, September 5, 2016

Red, White & Blue Scraps Revisited

Back in June, I blogged about some red, white and blue scraps that were struggling to become Scrap Jar Star blocks.  My plan at the time was to find some additional fabrics that "read" as solids, in an attempt to calm down the busy-ness of the red, white and blue prints.

After hours of play and experimentation, I ripped apart all the SJS blocks and changed direction.
This medallion of 16 patches and pinwheels was the result.  

I still had a huge batch of red, white & blue HSTs, so I was inspired to do yet another zig-zag border.

Before adding the zig-zag border, I wanted to enlarge the quilt a bit and make the math for the zig-zags work out evenly.  I auditioned this red fabric with white stars, but it reminded me too much of Minnie Mouse's polka dots. 

This isn't a great representation, but the fabric is red with small dotted stars - it works much better as the inner border.  

 I still have to stitch all the HSTs together for the zig-zag border.  Although today is a holiday in the U.S., I won't get to enjoy it by stitching.  It's time to return my grand-dog to my son, so I'll be driving half the length of Louisiana to meet him.  

David & Jozy
It's been great having Jozy Labrador (named after a U.S. soccer player) visit with us this summer, but it will be nice to be back to our usual menagerie of just two dogs and one cat!
 
 
 

13 comments:

  1. Your quilt is really striking. I love to read about other's creative process and see their steps along the way!

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  2. What a wonderfully big lap dog (bet he's a sweetie). Glad you found a way to make your fabrics work -- it will be a very very handsome/pretty quilt.

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  4. Wow, that must have been a lot of unpicking! But this new setting looks amazing! I'm looking forward to seeing what this looks like once the zigzag border is on...

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  5. I absolutely LOVE a good R/W/B quilt and this is DEFINITELY a good one!!

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  6. Wow! Loving your quilt! It's going to be beautiful!!

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  7. I like this quilt, too! Scrap Jar Stars and now Scrap Jar Pinwheels - both lovely uses for 16 patches!

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  8. What a great quilt! The zig-zag border is fun.

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  9. That is a terrific quilt - loving those pinwheels paired with 16 patch blocks. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  10. Beautiful quilt although I admire you for ripping up your blocks, I get deflated when I do it wrong and generally give up on it! I'm l looking forward to seeing the boarder.

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  11. I went back to see the original blocks. IMO they'd have been fine -- but I know precisely what it's like to have a pattern that is "uncomfortable," and how good it feels to make a new decision that feels much better. Good for you!

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  12. Beautiful quilt in progress. I've been looking at this quilt pattern. Perfect for scraps.

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