New Orleans House Project

Saturday, November 17, 2012

A Patchwork Saturday

Sewing plans for today involved working on or wrapping up a number of different projects.

To wrap up my nine patch blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I looked high and low all week for some specific black scraps from a Halloween quilt I made several years ago.  

I finally found the fabric and promptly stitched up two additional black nine patch blocks.

My next goal was to put some borders on the chocolate nine patch and snowball quilt.  I experimented a little with creating a pieced border using half square triangles left over from the snowballs, but I wasn't happy with the results.  I decided to just put plain fabric borders on the quilt and be done with it. But after I saw Deb's pinwheel border this morning I decided to go back and attempt a pieced pinwheel border of my own.  Unfortunately the half square triangles are at home and I'm at the camp, so this quilt top won't be finished this weekend.

Next project to wrap up:  decorative rag balls.

I found this glass jar at an estate sale last spring.  I thought the jar would be perfect for a stash of decorative rag balls.  

I used styrofoam balls for the foundation and wrapped torn strips of fabric until the foam was covered.

Finished project - a great way to use up more scraps!

I'm not planning on doing any other gray/black blocks for this month's RSC color, but there is lots of inspiration from the other scrappers over at Soscrappy's blog today.  I really need to start putting my challenge quilts together, so that will be my focus for the next several weeks.  It's going to be fun to see all the creative rainbow scrappy challenge blocks come together into quilts!


  1. Hehe! Glad you liked my border. I did have fun using them as l&e's this year as I was working on other things. Love the pumpkins in your black block. Your chocolate quilt is really pretty.

  2. Glad you found a few more scraps to use up. Looking forward to seeing the coming together part starting soon.

  3. Nice nine-patches, I really like the monarch butterfly fabric, and those rag balls and jar are gorgeous.

  4. Love the jar of rag balls. (Now there's a sentence I've never said before.)
    Wouldn't they be pretty Christmas ornaments for my first-graders to make? Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. I see you are at camp. What fun. Great blocks.

  6. I like your nine patch blocks (especially the monarch butterfly fabric) and rag balls. Cool idea.

  7. Just cute rag balls! I make them too. your glass jar is the perfect container.
    Your chocolate nine-patches are great and I love the snow ball blocks.