New Orleans House Project

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Red Scraps and Schoolhouses

 Although the calendar says "September", the heat and humidity still feel like August!  We're under heat advisories for the long Labor Day weekend, so quilting is a good excuse to stay indoors - in the air conditioning!

The new month also means a new color for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  Red scraps are the focus this month, and I've already been busy cutting and piecing them.

I'm making 25-patch star blocks as an RSC project - trying to use prints instead of tonal or blender type fabrics.  I had to dig around a little to find just the right scraps.

Coincidentally, I finished up a red and white quilting project that started during last year's red RSC month.
The Schoolhouse quilt was finished in June, but I procrastinated on making a label for it.  I finally added the label last week and I'll be sending the quilt off to its new home when the holiday weekend is over.

I've made several quilts for my sister, and she always laments not having any large blank walls in her home where she can hang the quilts.  I keep telling her to just use the quilts, not hang them, but she insists they are "too pretty" to use.  (sound familiar?)

I figured if I made a wall-hanging size quilt for her, she could find a spot to hang it on the wall.  I even added a hanging sleeve! 

I had fun figuring out how to hand quilt the blocks, sashing, and borders.


 She'll be retiring next year after a career in education, so I thought the Schoolhouse pattern was appropriate!

I hope everyone has a safe relaxing weekend!







16 comments:

  1. The schoolhouse wallhanging is beautiful, she'll love it!! Enjoy that air conditioning, happy stitching!

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  2. Such a lovely quilt for a retiring school teacher!

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  3. What a lovely gift for your sister, Angie!! Wishing her a happy retirement.

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  4. I love your schoolhouse wall-hanging - it's the perfect gift for your sister! Those 25 patch stars are gorgeous in red!

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  5. Your school house quilt is amazing! I love how you quilted it. Thank goodness for the AC, I can't imagine life in the heat without it!

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  6. Your school house quilt is beautiful Angie !!
    Red and white quilts are the best !
    Your sister will love it for sure !

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  7. Your sister is going to love the red schoolhouse quilt. What's not to love about a red and white quilt. It's going to be a very hot weekend here too and then the possibility of snow on Tuesday!!

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  8. Love those reds and you do great with those colors! Hugs!

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  9. What a lovely retirement gift! I love the schoolhouse block......and hand quilted! wonderful!

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  10. What a gorgeous memento quilt of a long career....your sister will surely hang this one...I also have run out of space --am doing a lot of rotating here...
    hugs, Julierose

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  11. Love your Little Red Schoolhouse quilt!

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  12. Lovely red stars and I LOVE your school house quilt. What a beautiful gift. It is so crisp and pretty, and your hand quilting is spectacular!

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  13. I love your red and white schoolhouse quilt! Your hand quilting is exquisite!

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  14. Hey, I recognize those houses! I am so thankful to have on in the "Community Supper". Love your red scrap blocks this month. Yum!

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  15. Love your schoolhouse quilt. I made a small wall hanging for my teacher sis with just one block surrounded by 3 rails border that at the corners was a 9-patch. On the back I wrote of remembering Mother reading us the Little House on The Prairie series, and the red and white border was the fence. It hangs in her downstairs hallway. I hand quilted it. Many fond memories are tied up in that quilt, just as I am sure are wrapped up in your sister's quilt.

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  16. As a retired teacher, your schoolhouse quilt is such a perfect gift for your sister. And so beautifully hand quilted as well. How lucky she is to be receiving it. Also beautiful pieced blocks as well. Happy Stitching from me!

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