New Orleans House Project

Saturday, July 22, 2017

My (Scrappy) Dreams Come True on Blue Bayou

Whenever the Rainbow Scrap Challenge focuses on the color blue, I seem to spend the month humming songs with "blue" in the title.  This gives me a great excuse share Youtube videos like this one:
"Blue Bayou" was a big hit for Roy Orbison, but I love this version with Linda Ronstadt and the Muppets, circa 1980!

OK, now that we've had our musical interlude, I'll start the quilting part of our program. 😎

Here's a blue 49-patch block, made with all scrappy 1 1/2 inch pieces.  This did a pretty good job of cleaning out all the smallish blue scraps.

Since we've gone half-way through the year, I decided to contemplate all the previous blocks together.  Once I finish the RSC colors for the year, I'll have to decide if I want to keep making theses scrappy blocks piece by piece or resort to strip piecing.  Since the blocks only measure 7 inches when finished, I'll need quite a few more blocks to make a quilt. 

Blue selvage blocks were also completed.

And all the selvage blocks were duly contemplated.  The individual selvage blocks measure 4 inches finished, so this is another project that will need many more blocks to reach a respectable size.  I'm thinking this might become part of a large selvage sampler project (i.e. make more selvage blocks in different styles/patterns next year).

A few more house blocks got wonky borders.  

Here are all the Happy, Scrappy Houses so far (I jumped ahead and did some pink wonky borders, too).  Once all the wonky borders are added, I'll be making some appliquéd words to mix in with the houses.  Maybe this will get finished by the end of the year?

Last - but not least - a scrappy blue Burgoyne Surrounded block.  That blue fabric with dragonflies has been hanging around in the stash for over 10 years.  I keep trying to use it up, but the scraps never seem to diminish!  

All the Burgoyne blocks are trying to play nicely with each other.  I love the colorful funkiness going on here!  Check out Cathy's finished Burgoyne top or the original pattern from Becky - I think they'll bring a smile to your face!

Now that I've brought all my RSC documentation up to date, I'm off to do some more stitching.  There are still more RSC projects to work on, as well as Diane Knott's Summer Scrappy Sew Along.  In between, I'll be playing with all the dogs (aka the Swirling Dog Mass) and humming more songs with "blue" in the title!






20 comments:

  1. So many beautiful blocks! Your are progressing well.

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  2. Where do I start? First, I always love your musical interludes. With Linda Ronstadt and the Muppets, whether individually or together, you can't go wrong! I really love tour Burgoyne Surrounded blocks. I will be doing those next year for sure. And the selvages... drool. Do find it a bit challenging to help them straight? Mine always seem to want to curve, and it's a constant battle.

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  3. What a great job you've done this month! It all looks amazing. You are going to have quite a set of quilts by the end of the year!

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  4. Love all your projects--I especially like that Burgoyne Surrounded...that is on my list..after I finish the Rising Star...
    hugs, Julierose

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  5. I have that same gorgeous dragonfly fabric hanging around my stash. Do we keep fabric for ten years because we love it THAT much, or is it just that the leftovers keep multiplying when we sleep?! Anyway, your blue blocks are gorgeous, especially that deep blue 49-patch.

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  6. All of your blocks look great, but I *love* Burgoyne Surrounded! Looks amazing!

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  7. Cathy's Burgoyne quilt is so gorgeous! Between seeing that and seeing your blocks here, I'm all inspired to play with my blocks again!
    And oh my goodness, that's a lot of dancing houses!

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  8. You have lots of fun blue blocks going on, Angie! The selvages are what really blew me away! That is quite a collection!

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  9. Lots of scrappy BLUE goodness going on in your sewing room!!

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  10. The selveges are amazing and I always love your little houses. Wonky is so cute!

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  11. The selveges are amazing and I always love your little houses. Wonky is so cute!

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  12. So many gorgeous blue blocks! I especially love the 49-patch blocks and the Burgoyne Surrounded.

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  13. SO many great blocks but I'm especially loving the selvage blocks!!!
    Maybe I'll have to try that!?!

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  14. Oh my goodness! Do you sleep? So many neat projects you are doing a great job keeping up with everything.

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  15. what a wonderful colorful post - I always like to see your ongoing challenge project.
    I also love that song!

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  16. So many fun and colorful blocks! I think the selvage blocks are my favorite!

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  17. I have some of those little 49 patches. I finally added them to my Parts Dept. and used them with other Parts and scraps in a rainbow quilt.

    I like that selvage idea. I might have to try that although I'm not sure I have enough colored pieces in each color. I used to only cut off the white selvage parts.

    Nice going on the BS. It will be fun to see a different version.

    I enjoyed the musical part of the program too!

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  18. You are working on so many different styles of blocks each month. Each one is unique and gives you the opportunity to piece and create something wonderful from a set color. I don't know if have a favorite, but probably the salvages, because I low I would never have the patience to do that.

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  19. I love Roy Orbison, but Linda and the Muppets are great, especially the frogs. You have a great collection of projects so far. Amazing that the selvage blocks are so small. Keep up the good work!

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  20. All of your blocks look great! Your selvage blocks are just perfect...these will make a nice quilt.

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