Back in April of this year, a friend delivered to me a big bag of scraps for me to play with. Hidden inside that bag were a few orphan blocks leftover from some of her previous projects. If you have been following my blog long, you know I love the challenge of taking orphan blocks and making them into something fun. I immediately started thinking what I wanted to do with them.
Right around the same time, I read on the Sew Mama Sew blog that Sarah Schraw was sharing her DYO Sampler and they were having a Summer Sew-Along. Looking at some of the orphan blocks, I started thinking about using them all in one quilt and making a sampler.
Unfortunately, work got in the way and I had to put a few projects aside for a bit. I finally had some time to work on it this month!
When I am working with orphan blocks and designing a quilt, my favorite way to work on them is to turn up the radio and start putting bits of fabric up on a design wall.
I had previously purchased an orange peppered cotton by Studio E to use as the background fabric so I slowly began to let the quilt evolve.
Here is an early picture of the process....
At this point, I was only using leftover blocks from two projects.
However, I also had these leftover HSTs from a third project that I was hoping to fit in somewhere.
I soon had the center sewn up and was still struggling a bit with the next steps. The HSTs just didn't seem to be working no matter how I laid them out.
After stepping away from it for a few days, I finally came up with the idea to just alter the HSTs a bit. I simply added some fabric scraps from the quilt and created the arrow shapes.
I thought they added a fun design element.
I considered creating a pieced border with some of the turquoise scraps I had but found I like the quilt as it was.
So now I just had to find time to quilt it!
I decided to quilt the background with some stacked swirls. I love the texture it created on the peppered cottons.
Thankfully, I already had some fabric in my stash that would work for the backing, and yes, I picked it up on sale.
It now hangs on thw wall in my kitchen. I always smile when I walk towards it. The arrow that points to the left leads to my sewingroom and studio - the right points to the dishes....
I far prefer to take the left path!
If you are curious about how I usually hang my quilts. I use old sewing machine needles. In fact, I use these to hang just about everything in my house. They leave tiny holes and are extremely strong. And as a longarm quilter, I always have a large supply of them!
And as I had this project as my July goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes over at Sew Bitter Sweet Designs, I can cross it off as being accomplished! You can see what others finished up this month by going here.
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