New Orleans House Project

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Orange You Glad You Quilt?

Lots of prep work done this week!  I am often reluctant to cut fabric in the evenings after work - I'm tired and afraid I'll make mistakes.  But this week I pushed myself to cut anyway, as most of my prep work involved lots of simple, repetitive cutting.

I now have a stack of thirty-six orange squares waiting for their accompanying thirty-six white squares. Once the cutting is done, the block assembly will go quickly as everything can be chain pieced.  

I also prepped a good-size batch of leader-ender spools - as in Bonnie Hunter's Spoolin' Around challenge.  I used up a bunch of 1 1/2 inch orange scrap strips with this prep work!  I have a huge box full of pre-cut 1 1/2 inch strips in all colors and I also dug through those and pulled strips of the right length for the spool blocks.  This leader-ender project could generate a huge number of blocks from my scraps - good thing they're only 3 inch blocks!

I also did some Granny Square blocks in orange.  

I've been making Granny Square blocks as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  These may be my last Granny Square blocks, even though there are still 3 months left in the challenge.  I don't really enjoy making these blocks and I'm happy with the block colors I've completed so far.  If I start assembling a quilt from the blocks I already have, I might be able to gift it to the recipient by the end of the year.  I have been planning to give the finished quilt to my niece, who just announced she and her hubby are expecting their first child in March.  This quilt is for her though, and I'll come up with something else for the little one! 

Time to stop computering and go do some quilting.  I hope everyone has an opportunity to play with fabric and do some sewing today!  When you're taking a break, do go check out what the rest of the Rainbow Scrap quilters are up to!


  1. Beautiful, beautiful blocks, Connie! I don't think I have made Granny Square blocks. Pretty.
    LOOKING forward to seeing your orange spools. Never made spools either.
    I'm thinking like you. I may start piecing together some of the blocks and strips I have set aside so far during this challenge. I want to have some gifts ready for Christmas.

  2. Sew much fun with orange! Glad you have collected enough Granny Square blocks for a top. You must have made a huge dent in your scraps with all those blocks.

  3. Love the idea of the granny blocks for the rainbow challenge. I'm looking forward to seeing all the blocks put together.

  4. Great orange grannies!
    I just sewed a few spool blocks but used HST's and like your/Bonnie's method better.

  5. Love the blocks. They will make a lovely quilt.

  6. Great oranges. Good to see more orange spools are happening. Grannies looking good too.

  7. Love your Granny Squares and all your orange projects.

  8. So pretty! Love these in orange.