New Orleans House Project

Saturday, July 14, 2012

My World is Blue - Part Two

It has been a fun week thinking about and playing with blue - this month's color for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  In addition to working on some scrappy blue blocks, I've been drooling over blue & white transferware on eBay and humming "blue" songs.

Today I've been playing with granny squares.  As it happens, Lisa Holt of Bee in my Bonnet is hosting the Great Granny Along - her take on the fabric granny square AND a giveaway.
Lori's block is a little different and a larger size - might be just the thing to help you use up more blue scraps!  The Great Granny Along will continue for the rest of the summer.

As for me, I stitched up one blue granny square using some sock monkey fabric (sock monkeys at the beach!) left-over from pillow cases I made for my nieces.  I was anxious to do some fabric auditioning though, so I stopped at one block for today.  After window shopping several online fabric stores, I found two stripe fabrics I thought might work as the alternate fabric for a strippy setting for the grannies.

Here's the first stripe, along with some different colors to help with the audition.  Even though my design wall is a white quilt batt, the cafe au lait painted wall shows through, so imagine all white setting squares between the grannies!

The stripe is a Riley Blake fabric from the "scoot" collection.

Next audition:  a stripe from the Santa's Workshop collection, also by Riley Blake.

So far, this one is giving the fresh and crisp image I pictured in my head for this quilt.  I'm not sure if this is "the" fabric, but I've still got plenty of time to look around.  Feel free to offer your opinions!

In closing, I offer up one of the blue songs that's been bouncing around my head (along with MANY others!).  I know Carl Perkins originally recorded this song, but this YouTube version by Elvis is just a perfect snapshot of that era.  After you enjoy a little Elvis, be sure to rock on over to Soscrappy's blog to see what all the other Rainbow Scrappers have been up to this week!


  1. I like the bright stripe...really draws out the colours from the blocks!

  2. I like the 'Great Granny Along' blue block. Interesting sew along.

  3. Great blocks and I like the blue stripe!

  4. I like them both, but it might be easier to decide when all the blocks are done. Such a fun block. It makes a great collection.