New Orleans House Project

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Fabric Therapy When We Really Need It!

It's been a crazy week, for sure! 

I've been relying on sewing, reading, and binge-watching shows from streaming services to keep down the stress levels.  

One of my goals this year is to make lots of quilt-oriented Christmas gifts.  To that end, I pulled out a well-aged jelly roll (Flurry by Kate Spain) and looked for some inspiration.
I'm not a fan of jelly roll pre-cuts - I think they're too limiting - but I really liked this fabric line, and the jelly roll was ON SALE!  Once I settled on a pattern recipe (this type of pattern is all over the internet), it didn't take long to sub-cut the fabric strips and assemble all the parts.  The border fabric also came from the stash - a Moda Grunge called Sugar Cookie.

I love the crisp, colorful look of the fabrics.  They're festive, but don't scream "Christmas".  Not sure who the lucky recipient will be, but I've made a start on my goal.

I've been making Carolina Chain blocks as a leader-ender project this year.  The Flurry quilt needed lots of leader-enders, so...
I chopped up lots of teal and aqua fabrics, as that's the theme for this month's Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  This is just a few of the RSC blocks; I think I'm actually going to end up with enough blocks for two quilts by the end of the year.

I've been working on hand-stitching the binding on this quilt (English Garden by Kaye England).  I decided to get 'er finished this week and dialed up Season 3 of The Crown (Netflix) to keep me entertained while I stitched.  I finished the binding and hanger, just need to appliqué the label and the quilt will be finished.  Pictures soon.

One of my favorite forms of escapist reading is mystery/detective stories.  I think it comes from my childhood love for Nancy Drew.  I've read many different authors over the years and I love finding a new-to-me author with a series of mysteries that capture my imagination.  My latest find is the Tess Monaghan series by Laura Lippman.  Tess is a private investigator in Baltimore, Maryland and I think I enjoy the descriptions of Baltimore (a city much like New Orleans) as much as the detective adventures!

Stay safe out there, everyone! 

15 comments:

  1. LOVE your TEAL blocks for the RSC!!! Such a wonderful selection of scraps represented.

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  2. Your Christmas quilt is so pretty. Someone will be very lucky and happy! Have you tried Carola Dunn's mystery series with Daisy Dalrymple as the main character? These mysteries are light, but they are entertaining and well-written.

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    1. Thanks! i will check out the Daisy Dalrymple books - thanks for the recommendation!

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  3. Lovely chain blocks...stay safe hugs, Julierose

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  4. Oh, I loved Flurry by Kate Spain and made a Christmas wall hanging out of it a couple years ago. I really love the quilt you made, though, which shows off the prints so nicely. Beautiful! And those Carolina Chain blocks are so light-hearted and happy! The aqua RSC color should keep us uplifted this month as we sew away.... xo

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  5. Excellent pattern choice for your jelly roll--it really shows off the fabrics beautifully! I'm also not a big fan of jelly rolls, but I do use them occasionally.

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  6. Three quilts in process each with a completely different look. It's nice to have productive, creative outlets at this weird difficult time (seems each morning I immediately check my phone for what's new in the US, and each morning, there's something. Yours is the second blog post I've read today that mentions a mystery series. I'll have to try a Laura Lippman book sometime.

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  7. Your jelly-roll quilt looks great. And fabulous that you got the bonus of a leader-ender project with so many teal blocks made! English Garden is beautiful!

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  8. You have 3 very happy quilts that you're working on. It's nice to have a variety to stitch. Aqua is such a happy color to work with and finishing the binding on the English Garden makes a very pretty finish. I think I have some of the Flurry fabric too. I like what you did.

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  9. Indeed, the only way to get through this is to keep quilting. You are doing very well indeed! Enjoy your stitching time and stay healthy and safe.

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  10. Busy quilter! I love seeing all of the stages of your different projects. I think the aqua blocks are going to be really fun. Stay well my friend!

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  11. I agree with the precut jelly rolls and being limiting - but you did a GREAT job with the quilt top! I have been cleaning up the studio, making notes, planning, preparing, and reading - all of which are more emotionally satisfying than spending too much time watching/reading the news.

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  12. Your Christmas quilt is so pretty and you made some nice blocks with the leaders and enders. I have a ton of scraps to cut up. Maybe I can then start a leader/ender project. I enjoy reading mysteries as well so I'll check out the Tess Monaghan series. Stay safe!

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  13. Great quilt! Try reading Dorothy Gilman, and her series of Mrs. Pollifax books (there are 13 in the series). Fun reads. I'm re-reading the series right now.

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  14. Your Cassandra's Circle block is beautiful! And what a great pattern to use up jelly rolls. I need to learn more about their usage. Actually, all your quilting projects inspire me. Keep safe now.

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