New Orleans House Project

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Summer Star Scrappy Sew Along: The Fun Begins

Several weeks ago, Diane Knott of Butterfly Threads Quilting queried her readers about their interest in a scrappy summer sew along.  At the time, I was trying to come up with a way to further decrease my blue scrap bin and I thought Diane's idea sounded interesting.  I decided to participate and started prepping a stack of blue scrappy strips.

Diane shared the first SAL step last week:  creating nine patch blocks with a variety of scraps.  The SAL directions call for using fabrics of all colors, but I'm planning to use only blue, white and cream.  These block components were made by sewing strips together and cutting them to the requisite size.  I pulled lots of pieces from my 2 1/2 inch strip bin - some short pieces and some long pieces.  Using smaller pieces made the block component creation take a little longer, but I was happy to be using up lots of scraps!

I've pieced about half of the required 48 nine patch blocks so far.  It was hard for me to piece the nine patch blocks randomly, instead of in the traditional dark and light patterns.  I knew the fabrics would need to have some contrast, otherwise the blocks would end up looking like mush.  I may go back and cut some more strips to add a little more contrast and fabric variety to the mix.

Diane is sponsoring a weekly link-up on Sundays so participants can share their progress.  I can't wait to see what scrappy colors and fabrics other quilters will be using!

8 comments:

  1. I LOVE ❤️ your blues! They are so pretty. Thanks for sewing along. I can't wait to see yours progress.

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  2. So far you've used a great assort of shades of blue. It must be your color this month!

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  3. Very nice assortment of blues you have for your start--hugs, Juierose

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  4. I love your blues - what a great idea. I also love Diane and her latest book, but decided not to participate in this QAL cuz I have so many other projects going. So I will be watching raptly as your quilt develops!

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  5. You have an ocean full of blue scraps. Can't wait to see how this one comes together.

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  6. Such pretty fabrics in your blocks. I don't think you can go wrong with that color scheme. Looking forward to seeing how this sew along comes together.

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  7. So many pretty blue fabrics --- they all play so well together.

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