Saturday, April 23, 2016

Holy Orange, Batman!

Most of the last week has been spent finishing up my orange blocks. The result has been a sizable dent in my orange scraps, although I did add in a few new ones from my sewing from last blog post (the 2 12” blocks for my Notting Hill quilt).

I did get the whirligig blocks done, or buzz saws or whatever they are called. I found them really fun to work on! Originally I cut them all out of the orange dotty fabric, but decided instead to swap out half of them for other oranges. Hence, there are plenty of the orange dot scraps in my improv blocks, which you’ll see later in the post.


After taking the above picture, I sewed them into a column and hung them up on clothes hangers on a makeshift shelf in my Other Sewing Room. This is actually just an old bedroom off my basement studio that I redecorated a couple years ago (see the orange walls?) It also has the full spectrum fluorescent lights and is where I keep my books, threads, laces, beads, etc.  I do my hand stitching in here in a comfy wing chair.


But anyway, don’t the four columns look great together? I can hardly wait for next month’s blocks!! Angela at So Scrappy has been doing a great job of leading us along on this year’s Rainbow Scrap Challenge and this sampler!


My improv blocks, above, number 20 this month (usually it is 10). I just have so much orange because I love it. I also incorporated all the waste HSTs left over from other projects. And then there was the first whirligig block I did with the orange dots and a too-busy background that I didn’t like. Someday these will all find a home in a quilt.....

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Yesterday I took a break from sewing and instead repainted all our outdoor wrought iron railings plus a wicker chair and footrest for the patio.  It’s supposed to rain this weekend, so I won`t finish setting up and cleaning all the patio furniture and cushions until next week.  Then, since my hands and arms were killing me, I spent the afternoon vegetating binge-watching watching the first 4 episodes of one of my all-time favorite PBS series, House of Elliot. Dressmaker sisters in 1920’s London that rise from destitution to a heads of a couture house. Some luscious fabrics, sewing machines, styles, etc. Just what I needed to get me fired up to return to the sewing machine today and finish up 4-5 Splendid Sampler blocks.

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Why not join us at So Scrappy for Scrappy Saturday? We are happy to share our orange (eye) candy with you!
Also linking up to Oh Scrap! 

Cathy maroon

18 comments :

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Love all your orange! The whirligig blocks do look fun in the variety of orange fabrics you used.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

You have an enviable stash of orange fabrics! It's not a colour that shows up much in my work and I don't really know why. I like it, but I never seem to use it.

PaulaB quilts said...

The range of fabrics in your column is very nice. The columns all together are great to see. Keep up the good work!

gayle said...

Oh, I love all those oranges! Gorgeous blocks, each and every one!

The Joyful Quilter said...

SEW many ORANGE blocks... LOVE!!! (I have to tell you, though, I am a bit jealous of you OTHER quilt room. One of theses days, not too many years from now, I will have my own OTHER quilting room!)

Janet Stauffacher said...

Love, love, love your orange quilt. It's been my very favorite color since I was a young girl.

Vicki said...

Wow! You've done so much fabulous orange work!

rutigt said...

Wow....So many great looking block!!!!!

Kate said...

Beautiful orange blocks!

Cathy said...

I'm really not an orange fan but I have to say that a whole quilt out of just orange improv/leftover blocks would be fantastic. How can you not feel good snuggled under a quilt like that?

Mari said...

Your orange blocks look great, and the column quilt is really coming along. Love all of it.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Your rows look fab side by side. I love the orange blocks! The Chevron buzz saws make my eyes crazy though. Maybe because I am developing a cataract. I want to see, I really do. But we seem to be going off everyday to some doc, attorney appt or errand of some kind. Love seeing what YOU are accomplishing!
Xx, Carol

Quiltdivajulie said...

That grouping of orange blocks is fabulous! Hope the aches and pains disappear quickly - I have a couple of outdoor painting projects on my soon-to-do-list, too.

Ivani said...

I love all your orange eye candy! Your orange scraps made me sigh.
Hope you are now felling better. Have a great week.

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

So many beautiful orange blocks! Thanks for sharing them with Oh Scrap!

Nancy said...

I thought maybe you would put the orange blocks together in a quilt? They would be fabulous!

Thanks for mentioning the TV series you watched. I've reserved it at our local library. I'll watch while hand quilting.

--Nancy. (ndmessier @ aol.com, joyforgrace.blogspot.com)

Cat said...

It's a treat to see all this orange! My favorite too!

Deb A said...

What a wonderful post of orange goodness! Isn't it great to binge watch to get renewed for sewing?