New Orleans House Project

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Black Scraps for a Rainy Saturday

I woke up this morning to the sound of rain on the roof.  The rain, mixed with fog, has continued all morning - a great day to stay in and play with scraps!  
The Rainbow Scrap Challenge colors for October are grays & blacks, and I've had fun digging through the scrap bin to find just the right combos for scrappy house blocks and leader-ender spool blocks.

I found some bright colors on black backgrounds that made good spools.

The red pepper fabric has been in my stash for a long time.  I bought several yards of it and it has found it's way into many of my scrappy quilts!

I couldn't find a black or peppery New Orleans house to share this week.
On the other hand, a famous pepper-growing family is associated with New Orleans.  The McIhenny's recipe for pepper sauce, better known as Tabasco, is a world-famous condiment.  Members of the McIlhenny family have lived in New Orleans for years; the former president of the company was Rex, King of Carnival several years ago.
Tabasco peppers are grown on Avery Island, a salt dome in southwest Louisiana.  The pepper sauce has been made and bottled there since 1868.  I think it would be fair to say Tabasco sauce is part of the fabric of our life!

And on that spicy note, I'm going to go check out the other Rainbow Scrap inspiration at Angela's blog!


  1. Love that house--and those spools--excellent use of black...somehow, you managed to outwit those rain clouds with these...hugs, Julierose

  2. Glad you found some fun fabrics to brighten your day. Hope the sun comes back out soon.

  3. Love your pepper house! Every time I sprinkle Tabasco, will think of New Orleans!

  4. Thanks for the interesting info about Tabasco sauce. I love your blocks.

  5. Love those spools and your hot pepper house!

  6. Angie, such a good post, love all the use of black in the blocks, great Tabasco (pepper) House, wonderful information and links and love your writing style!

  7. I love your spools from the black with brights fabrics--beautiful! And the chili pepper house is great too!

  8. Love your peppery house! That fish in the spool is too cute. Hope the sun comes out soon.

  9. fun chili pepper fabric! I love to work with black. It's in almost all the quilts I make -