New Orleans House Project

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Summer Stitching

Today was the first time I've touched my sewing machine in about two weeks!  I felt kinda rusty, so I started out with simple 49-patch blocks.  Since the month just started, there's a new color for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge - orange.  

I pulled out the box of 1.5 inch strips and pulled enough strips for two 49-patch blocks.

I've been using Bonnie Hunter's Trip Around the World technique to make these blocks.

Throwing in last year's 49-patch - now there are three.  When dark blue comes up as an RSC color, I'll have three blocks in each rainbow color.  Then it will be time to assemble these somehow or other.

Even though I've neglected my sewing machine, I've still been plying my needle.  These sailboat blocks were souvenirs from a quilt show many years ago (1993!).  I finally assembled them about 2 years ago as part of an RSC project, then let them languish because I couldn't decide how to quilt them.

I few weeks ago I figured there was no time like the present to get the batting and backing together and bast the layers for hand quilting.  I still didn't know what I was going to do for quilting design, but I figured I could at least start by quilting around all the blocks.  I just kept adding quilting here and there and before long it was getting done.  I'm still not completely finished, but the end is in sight.

Need more orange scrap inspiration?  Check out the weekly Rainbow Scrap Challenge link-up!




16 comments:

  1. Love the orange blocks, and the sailboats! Is that blue lobster fabric the border? It is absolutely awesome.
    Cheers,
    Sylvia@Treadlestitches

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    1. Thanks, Sylvia! The lobster fabric is the backing; I just wrapped it around to the front to protect the raw edges while I do the quilting.

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  2. I love those sailboats! Can’t wait to see this one finished, so don’t put it off for a few more years, LOL!!

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  3. Lovely orange blocks--and those sailboats are so cute--hugs,Julierose

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  4. Beautiful orange blocks and the sailboats look great. Happy stitching this week.

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  5. Love the oranges (of course!) and the those sailboats are terrific! (Especially the one with the shark!)

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  6. Your orange blocks are so much fun! They look like just the thing for some relaxing sewing. I think it will be fun sewing with orange this month!

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  7. While those ORANGE Scrappy Trips look lovely, the super scrappy 49-Patch steals my heart!! SEW glad you are working on that little UFO. All the tops deserve to be completed quilts!

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  8. Orange you glad you got to play with that color this month!

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  9. I love the boats. Accucutter has that pattern but Ilike the way you slanted them. It makes me think of them rocking at sea.

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    1. Thanks, Peggy - I used the technique Bonnie Hunter used to get her "Happy, Scrappy Houses" to tilt up and down. Rocking at sea was exactly my idea!

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  10. mmmm that orange looks yummy and i LOVE those sailboats!

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  11. Nice orange blocks but I am in love with the sail boats! Congrats on such a nice finish.

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  12. Love that orange as well as the cool and breezy sailboats so perfect for this time of year! I know how you feel - two weeks away from the machine is tough!

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