New Orleans House Project

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Cheating on the No New Project Diet

I've been on a (No) New Project Diet for several weeks now.  My goal has been to finish up some long-standing projects before I start anything new.  

The diet has been working pretty well, but sometimes it's hard to resist the urge to have some creative fabric play.  Inspiration struck this week when I decided it was OK to indulge in fabric play - for a project that was already under way.

I started making Burgoyne Surrounded blocks last year as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  I hadn't made any for several months, but the need for some fabric therapy got me going again.  The RSC color(s) for this month are dark green and sage.  The starting fabric for this block was the small green floral.  The scraps didn't lead in exactly the dark green direction I intended, but I like the result. 

This block started with the dark green batik.  I haven't sewn all the parts together yet, but you can see how I handle all the little pieces.  First, sew the different block units (9 patches, 4 patches, etc.) together, then assemble all the parts into rows.

We are having glorious Autumn weather here in our neck of the Gu'f Coast.  Dear Hubby and I both took Friday off from work (gotta use those vacation days, they disappear at the end of the year!) and have been chillin' at our camp.  Of course being at the camp means I get to sew on my Singer 15K treadle.  I enjoyed many happy hours of stitching this weekend!

And what was I stitching?  Some 9-patches from a swap organized by Barb at Fun With Barb.  This project has been on my Finish It list for over a year.  I'm so happy to finally be assembling these into a quilt top!  This picture is a tease, because the final block arrangement will be very different.

And since we're enjoying the camp, I decided it was time to hang my New Orleans Sunflowers quilt.  This was my first hand appliqué quilt.  My inspiration was a pattern by Anita Shackleford.  Dear Hubby made the quilt hanger for me.

I haven't given up on the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, so I'm linking up with them this week.  It's always great to see all the colorful inspiration on display!  



14 comments:

  1. Lovely blocks and i really like those sunflowers a lot--good for you taking a day off hugs, Julierose

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  2. Glad you gave yourself some time to play! Your blocks look great, and I love the sunflower wall-hanging!

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  3. Glad you had some camp and sewing time. I've enjoyed your Burgoyne S. blocks and your Sunflower quilt is super cheerful. A diet is good for only a certain length of time then reality sets in. Looks like you'll finish the year with fewer quilts in the pile.

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  4. Lovely blocks, I love the black fabric from the first block ;)

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  5. ha ha I chuckled about your quilting diet. That's a good one! Love you BS blocks. They are tricky and I made a quilt very badly once using those blocks.
    LOVE your nine patches and look forward to the surprise setting.
    fun sunflower quilt to have your camp - enjoy!

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  6. Your treadle is gorgeous! I am anxiously awaiting your 9 patch reveal, I spied one of my blocks in the photo. I should dig mine out and see what happens. Perhaps I've been on a ufo diet and didn't even know it?

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  7. Like the BS blocks! Nice to get away! I am going to plan our Thanksgiving week away this morning! I have been on that diet all year, with the exception of my York Lodge, and am really getting on top of them! Ready for 2019!

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  8. Congratulations with all your diet success...but why are you offering me wonderful Borgoyne Surrounded cream puffs when you know some of us have no will power whatsoever.

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  9. I can't decide which I love more...the BS blocks, your sunflower quilt or that beautiful Singer. Sewing at camp sounds like a wonderful way to spend a long weekend.

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  10. Scrappy fun and a gorgeous quilt on the wall!!! Hoping for even MORE sewing time in the coming week!!

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  11. I just put in a comment but it seems to have disappeared so trying again...

    Nice to see BS out to play. Your blocks are elegant.
    I'm anxious to see how you will use your little nines. I have bunches and bunches of them and am always looking for new ways to use them.

    And I like Sunflowers of any kind.

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  12. I LOVE Burgoyne, and want to make a quilt with that one day. ALSO love 9-patches! Of course, they are related. I have drawn out a design similar to your quilt hanger shelf as well for MY dear hubby to make for me, some day. Great minds think alike?

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  13. Lovely treadle. Sometimes you have to put something new in the mix, to keep the old more exciting.

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  14. You can never go wrong with Burgoyne Surrounded blocks. It's on my bucket list. I'm trying to watch my "quilt project diet" as well. Sometimes I just can't resist. Your New Orleans Sunflowers quilt is gorgeous! Very impressive for your first go at applique!

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