New Orleans House Project

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Orange Scraps Are Very Appealing!

Fabric therapy time has been in short supply the past few weeks.  Happily, I was able to rummage through the orange scraps and put together some blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!

Two orange Sugar Bowl blocks were added to the collection.

I set them together with Sugar Bowl blocks from last year.  The plan is to set the blocks in groups of four like this.

I used some scrappy chunks to make more Ring of Stars blocks.  I'm definitely planning to gift this quilt to a friend when it's finished, but I might have to make one of these for myself!

Bits of this and that got turned into 4-patch blocks.  These go in the Parts Department for now.

One all orange Burgoyne Surrounded block used up a good hunk of scraps.  

I wanted to see how all my Burgoyne colors were balancing out, so they all went for a spin on the design wall.  I still need some pink blocks, more blue blocks, and maybe another purple.  I only need seven more blocks before I can start the assembly process.  The final quilt will have sashing and 9-patch cornerstones (already complete).  

Now that the Rainbow Scrap projects are wrapped up, I'm ready to focus on my Hospital Sketches BOMThis month's block is a challenge, for sure!

If scrappy quilts are appealing to you, check out the Rainbow Scrap Challenge weekly link-up.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Tiny Tuesday: The Road To [Insert Destination Here]

I've been enjoying the Tiny Tuesday Rainbow Scrap Challenge Sampler project, and have found myself looking through quilt block anthologies for blocks to adapt to the TT format.

My source calls this block the Road to the White House.  I'm not having any of that.  What we need is a block to commemorate the cultural phenomenon of HBO's Game of Thrones series. 😀With that in mind, I'm calling my block the Road to the Iron Throne.   If you're not a fan of the show or George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire books, I'll leave you to decide on your own destination!

This block is pretty straight forward, and based on a 9-patch grid.  When complete, the block will measure 5 inches, but will be 4.5 inches when sewn into a quilt.

For your Road To [Insert Destination Here] block, you will need scraps in light, medium, and dark values.

From the light value fabric cut: 
2 - 2 3/8 inch squares
4 - 1 1/4 inch squares

From the medium value fabric cut:
2 - 2 inch squares
2 - 1 1/4 inch squares

From the dark value fabric cut:
2 - 2 3/8 inch squares
6 - 1 1/4 inch squares

Sub-cut the 2 3/8 inch squares (light and dark) diagonally into 4 triangles.

Assemble the 1 1/4 inch squares into 4-patches as shown above.
Assemble the triangles into half-square triangles as shown.

Arrange the pieced units and medium value 2 inch squares as shown.  Stitch the block components into rows, then stitch the rows into the finished block.

Press and admire! 
(I pressed my final seams open to help decrease bulk)

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Tiny Aqua Tuesdays

And here we are at the beginning of May.  Time for a new Rainbow Scrap Challenge color!

Before things start cooking with orange scraps around here, I need to share my Tiny Tuesday blocks featuring April's lovely shades of aqua.

We started the month with a scrappy Shoo Fly block.  

Some aqua strings got put to good use in a Courthouse Square block.

I've always been intimidated by these Spinner blocks, but Mari's directions made it a snap!

Another spinning block - this time a Spinning Star.  

And a little reverse appliqué to wrap up the month.  Yes, I used machine appliqué!

I still haven't decided on a setting fabric for my Tiny Tuesday blocks.  I made a trip to my local quilt shop, Mes Amis, to look for some fabrics to audition.  Rather than set the blocks with a solid neutral, I was hoping to find something with some color...maybe some dots.

This is a multi-color floral.  I love the fabric, but I think it's a little too busy for all the scrappy blocks.

Multi-color text print.  Less busy, still not in love with the look.

When all else fails, you can usually count on aqua to work well with almost every other color.  This aqua fabric has tiny, random white dots.  It may be a contender, but I've used aqua before with multi-colored blocks, so I feel like it's the easy way out!

Now that the aqua Tiny Tuesday blocks are complete, I will start digging through all the orange scraps and planning my RSC blocks for May.  
More scrappy inspiration can be found at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge weekly link-up.