Friday, August 14, 2015

A Quick Baby Quilt from Leftover Blocks

My quilty friends are so good to me.  A few of them dislike the storage and messiness of scraps so they tend to surprise me with bags of goodness when they drop off a quilt to be quilted.  In one of those bags, I discovered a stack of cute little orphan blocks.




Some were sewn into strips but there were a total of twenty blocks!  When I questioned my friend if she included them in error, she said they were just leftover from a project and rather than toss them, she threw them in the scrap bin.  They were now mine to use!



 I came across the blocks again when I was recently cleaning my sewingroom and decided just to get them sewn up into a sweet little baby quilt.




The curved blocks were pieced so beautifully, sewing up the quilt top was a breeze!  I loaded it up on my longarm as soon as it was finished and quilted it with swirls and feathers.




 I even did some fabric trading and located a piece from the same line for the backing.  



 It wasn't quite big enough but there is usually a solid in my stash that can be used to stretch it out to work - in this case, it was a pretty orchid purple.  I went ahead and used the same color for the binding to tie it all together.


I am so glad these blocks did not get tossed or stuffed in a bag forgotten.  They now have a new life as a sweet little quilt that is ready to be loved!

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It looks like I put finishing this quilt on my third quarter Finish Along goals with On the Windy Side.  Woo Hoo!  One down and three more to go!



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If you have uninspiring blocks or projects you want to pass on and have someone else finish, I will be hosting an event in September you might be interested in.



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24 comments:

Alison said...

Very lovely!

Cut&Alter said...

Wow - what lovely friends you have. The quilt is gorgeous - so glad that the blocks got used. And well done on a FAL finish!

gayle said...

Such a sweet little quilt. And so FAST! 8)

Lace Faerie said...

Wow! From orphan blocks to beautiful masterpiece! Love the final look, especially how the back relates to the front! Great job!

Sandra Walker said...

Wow, what a great quilt! Love the quilting too, and that pop of orchid on the back and the binding is the bomb! :-)

Stacey said...

This is so beautiful! What a great idea for using up those blocks.

em's scrapbag said...

Good home for these cute orphans

Rachel said...

How kind of you to put some many orphans to good use! ;) I love the back.

Cynthia Woodham said...

What a Stunning quilt from hand me down blocks. I love the backing as well.

Barb N said...

Fun friend! And you've turned it into something lovely and useful. Yes!

Charlotta said...

Your friend has the right attitude: if you won't use it, pass it on to somebody who will!

PaulaB quilts said...

What a beautiful gift! It is so great that the donor gave the blocks to you, who knew how precious they are and how simple it was to make a lovely baby quilt. That is the hope we all have, that the work put into our projects will be valued and not tossed aside.

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

So very nice. Great finish!

Julianne said...

Look what a sweet little quilt that it and just think how happy it will make someone! Nice!

Cathy said...

Great save! Sweet quilt. Can't believe anyone would be giving those away.

Doreen Auger said...

I am totally in love with "low volume" fabrics and this one is a winner!! Your choice of final stitching, backing and binding finished it wonderfully.

Pedal Sew Lightly said...

That is beautiful! I love the purple and am so glad you made a treasure out of someone's trash. That was so sweet of her to pass them along to someone she knew would not let them go to waste.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I love these blocks. Definitely have them on my list to try, as I have never done any curved piecing! It's so great that you can take these orphan blocks and see their potential!

Vera said...

Thumb up for fabric trading and for saving those blocks and making something pretty.

M-R Charbonneau said...

Way to go in saving those blocks, Cynthia. Beautiful! I love your eye for colour combinations!

Valerie Reynolds said...

Great save is right!! Love how the colors came together!

Gina Smith said...

such a cute quilt

Jasmine said...

What a sweet quilt! I love how it turned out.

Adrianne @ On the Windy Side said...

Awesome work - those lovely blocks definitely deserved to be rescued and turned into something beautiful!