Friday, April 8, 2016

Brightly Bewildered

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge color palette for April is that of a monarch butterfly: orange with touches of dark brown or black. I was very excited when I learned this. I started off by making a few blocks out of scraps at the rusty/coral end of the orange spectrum that were right at hand.


As you can see, I'm still making the occasional Ohio Star. These are nine inch stars, not the 12" blocks I made most of last year. My focus now is 8" postage stamp stars. I'm discovering that I don't have much in the way of actual scraps this year however. I did a pretty thorough job of using them up apparently! I also find I'm reluctant to cut up my more precious prints without a plan for the resultant blocks. And the orange prints are some of my favorites. ;- )

Nevertheless, I cut tiny strips off some of my orange prints this week to make a couple more blocks. I also decided to try them with black backgrounds instead of white.


Now I'm not sure I want to continue with the 9" orange and white Ohio stars I started making last year!


There's a link party over at SoScrappy where you can see what everyone else is making. But be careful, there are a lot of enticing ideas out there!







15 comments:

desertskyquilts said...

One more with white and you have a baby quilt! I do like the black backgrounds, though. I'm wondering what it would be like not to have many scraps!

talltalesfromchiconia said...

Oh, I can see why you love the orange and black blocks, they really sparkle! I've come to love orange in quilts - I'm not a fan of yellow, and tend to use orange as a visual equivalent for warm brightness.

LA Paylor said...

orange seemed like a strange color for April, but I love the energy of orange!!! Your blocks are as terrifically colorful as ever

gayle said...

Oh, Sue! Those stars on the black backgrounds are just breath-taking! I'm already experiencing separation anxiety because my stash (with all my lovely lovely oranges!) (yeah, yeah, and the other colors, too) is way back home, and now I'm even antsy-er looking at those beauties!
And you know I'm always a fan of Ohio stars. Maybe a couple of those with black backgrounds? Hmmm... I can see I'm going to be busy when I get home...

Quiltdivajulie said...

I like the black backgrounds . . . just my two cents!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Lots of ORANGE love happening in your sewing room!!

Angie said...

Great lookin' stars! The black backgrounds seem to make the oranges glow!

Ivani said...

beautiful orange stars. Love them all. Very well done!

Jennifer said...

all your stars are beautiful!

Sue Noetzel said...

I like both of your star blocks. The postage stamp blocks look particularly fun!

PaulaB quilts said...

Wish I had your problem of so many colorful orange blocks. The black background is a great idea,

Peggyinno said...

All of your stars are shining brightly!! Love the black backgrounds!

Mystic Quilter said...

I'm another who likes the black backgrounds, really gets the oranges standing out.

Laura said...

I have a thing for stars! Love your blocks!

Nanette said...

Stars on black! delicious Sue.