New Orleans House Project

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Scrap-Busting Block Bonanza, Round Two

I managed to stay focused on using up blue scraps for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge again this week - and there now seems to be a little wiggle room in the storage drawer for blue fabric chunks and yardage.  

Most of my stitching time was spent on putting together blocks for the Irish Chain quilt I started last week.  I started stitching the blocks into rows, but only made it through three rows before I was distracted by something else.  The rows stitch up easily, so it shouldn't take much longer to turn this into a flimsy.

As I was working on the chain blocks, I used some other bits to put together a few of Bonnie Hunter's latest leader-ender challenge blocks.

I'm still in block experimentation mode.  I wanted to try this variation on our old friend the Variable Star block.  I found a nice-sized chunk of this dark blue fabric with silver metallic sparkles, which made a good practice fabric.  This version finishes at 12 inches, but it would be easy to increase the size to 16 or 20 inches - which would be perfect for a pillow!

Another version of the Variable Star block involves flipping the fabrics for a negative image.  I think this would be much more interesting with some variety in the background (in this case, white) fabric, but I was being lazy and just grabbing fabric that was already out.  These blocks measure 6 inches, and again, could go together in different multiples to make pillow covers.  Yup, I'm still thinking about Christmas gifts!

So much for working with blue scraps this month.  Next week will be a new RSC color and new inspiration will surely follow.  More Rainbow Scrap inspiration can be found at the weekly link-up!



11 comments:

  1. Your chain blocks look terrific! It should be a flimsy in no time.

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  2. Your Irish Chain blocks have really come together - such pretty shades of blue! I love all star blocks, but that last group of 3 where you reversed one background - wonderful!

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  3. Love that Irish Chain with the lighthouse blue blocks...so pretty
    Stay cool--it is a heat wave up here...hugs from up North Julierose

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  4. your irish chain is lovely - so fresh and pretty!

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  5. LOVE how you really embraced Dark BLUE month at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, Angie! Nice work on making use of those scraps.

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  6. Really wonderful Irish chain -- getting distracted? What? Really? No - that "never" happens here (grin).

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  7. Your Irish Chain is beautiful. Then you worked on so many other blocks as well. You always make good use of all the little bits and pieces.

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  8. You made good progress on your Irish Chain and it's so pretty! It's nice to experiment too.

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  9. That Irish Chain with those adorable seaside images is fabulous! And, I cannot believe you are thinking of Christmas gifts already. I always say I will and then...

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  10. Beautiful star blocks and alternating the reverse colors will make an interesting quilt. I absolutely LOVE the Irish Chain quilt.

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  11. Your Irish Chain is bustling right along! I love how you're using it to frame those luscious blue prints!

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