New Orleans House Project

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Scrap-Busting Block Bonanza

I've been digging through the blue chunks, strips and scraps this month to fulfill the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for July: dark blue.  

I have an abundance of blue fabrics of all types and sizes; revisiting them this month was enough to create a desire to do some serious scrap-busting.  I've played with several block patterns, looking for good candidates to use up lots of scrappy chunks and bits.  I haven't completely decided on a plan of action (I find it hard to stay focused on anything for long these days), but I've had fun playing!

One block I played with is called Wishing Ring in my resource book (501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks by Judy Hopkins).  I started with the large size, trying to use up bigger scraps of fabric; it finishes at 10 inches.  Maybe it was the fabric choice, but I didn't love the 10 inch block, so I tried the smaller size (finishes at 7.5 inches).  I'm putting this idea on the back burner for now, but will probably return to it at some point.

I started making these blocks as a prototype for a much larger version of the block I was mentally visualizing.  I pulled some 2 inch strips to cut for the HSTs and 1.5 inch strips for the center parts.  After making a couple of these, it occurred to me they looked like a Bonnie Hunter pattern.  Turns out I was making Little Monkey blocks.  

I may keep making these as an RSC project, but I really want to try making a larger version, maybe something in the 10 - 12 inch finished size.

Speaking of Bonnie Hunter, I also made a few Carolina Chain blocks with dark blue scraps.  This block has been a leader-ender project for me for the past year or so.  I have more than enough blocks to make a quilt, but I don't have a complete set of rainbow colors yet, so I'll keep making these a little longer.

Now here I may have found something that will keep me occupied for a little while!  I found a big chunk of scrap fabric with blue and white seaside scenes.  They're the perfect size for the center of an Irish Chain alternate block.  There's enough fabric to fussy-cut 20 or more of the vignettes, and I have some other fabrics I can use to fake it if I need to.  The Irish Chain blocks go together quickly using strip piecing, and I have lots of light and dark fabric combinations to use up.  This could be the Project of the Week!

For more scrappy quilt inspiration, check out the Rainbow Scrap Challenge weekly link-up.





16 comments:

  1. I love every pattern in chains and especially the shoo fly blocks too. they are darling.

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  2. Those blues are very pretty. The seaside scene fabric shows to its' advantage in your pieced quilt. Nice.

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  3. You have been having fun with your blue scraps! I like all the different blocks you've been playing with. That last project looks like the perfect combination for the fussy cut seaside blocks and the Irish chain blocks!

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  4. Love those seaside blocks, looking good side by side with the pieced blue blocks.

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  5. It looks like you had SEW much fun with your Dark BLUE scraps this week, Angie!!

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  6. Wow what a group of lovely projects you are making!! I love that small version of the wishing ring...and the Seaside blocks are perfect for the triple Irish Chain...stay safe and cool hugs from up North Julierose

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  7. You worked your way through a lot of different blocks and directions. I liked the Little Monkey blocks and the variety of fabrics in each block. Those Leader and Ender block have a very nice way of accumulating. Those should be fun to play with soon. But it looks like you hit on the perfect project for the week (or longer) project. The seaside motifs will work up nicely with the Irish chain.

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  8. I know what you mean about having a hard time concentrating these days. I think it's so cool how you are making different blocks to try out ideas for future quilts.

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  9. I love the seascape pieces in the Irish Chain - what a great way to showcase them!

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  10. So many options and so much inspiration! The piece with the blue and white seaside scenes is my favorite.

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  11. I think we are in a "fuzz" these days, but you have certainly found your focus with all these blue beauties! I think those little seaside images make that chain "sing"! What fun.

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  12. Oooh that seaside fabric is wonderful and your fussy cutting looks great.
    I like all your blue blocks. Blue and white is always a classic and looks so fresh for summer.

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  13. Oh what wonderful blocks you have here! Wishing Ring really catches my eye!
    And watch out for those monkeys - they've been known to take right over!

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  14. Your double Irish chain project will be lovely! But that wishing ring block (like a wedding ring block without all the HSTs) is JUST what I’ve been looking for! That’s the block I’m going to use with my rose fabrics. I have that book and need to whip it out and browse through it again. Thanks for all the lovely inspiration!

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