Friday, January 27, 2017

A Very Scrappy Finish

I have something to share today which will hopefully inspire you to save a few more "scraps" from the trash bin.  I am ready to share the first finish from my series of quilts made from orphan blocks.



There is so much scrappy goodness in this one!
The finished size is about 58" square.  The only fabrics I added are the orange/green narrow borders, the dotted purple/green background and some black/white frames.  The rest all came out of my little suitcase of orphan blocks.




It all started with that big center block.  A friend gave me that block quite some time ago.  I think it was one she made in a class on sewing curves and then decided she didn't really want to make an entire quilt using that method.  She knew I would eventually find the perfect home for it!





 If you are interested in how this top was constructed, you can read more about that here.  There are very few blocks made by me in this top.  I do see some blocks and components from about 4 different quilters who would have otherwise tossed these in the trash.



I love that there are very few solids in this quilt - so many great prints to look at.  Even small bits like these HRTs found a home.




I added a black and white print to the back.  The piece I had was not quite wide enough so I found a bright yellow fabric to pull some of the bright colors from the front.


I will continue to share more quilts made from my orphan blocks.  Each is very unique and constructed in a different methods.  I hope I am inspiring you so save those bits!







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32 comments:

quiltytherapy said...

The blocks all work together in the end. I really didn't see it coming together originally.

Vicki in MN said...

I don't know how you pulled that off so well with all the different blocks, but you certainly did!

Laura said...

This is such a happy quilt! I can't believe it all orphan blocks, they look like they were planned. When you get tired of it hanging out in your home, you can always send it to me. Haha Thank you for bringing some sunshine into my day.

Judy Nichols said...

Thank you for sharing your planning process with us, it's been very helpful and gives me ideas to use my orphan blocks. Love the finished quilt!

Chantal L. said...

Congrats on this beautiful finish. I love this one. ;^)

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

You do such a masterful job of pulling together different blocks and colors, and this is an amazing representation of that work, Cynthia. Beautiful job!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Good save, Cynthia! I absolutely LOVE that you kept all these pieces out of the trash, creating a beautiful quilt from what might have been garbage. Looking forward to your NEXT Orphan Block Quilt!!!

Jasmine said...

I love that you adopted the pieces and combined them into this fun quilt. It truly was made with orphans.

Kat said...

It looks awesome! Way to go!

Kat Scribner said...

Another great creation. I think you have a very modern stash, that helps to make it work so well.

Susan said...

Oh my! Love this! A great use of scraps with a unifying layout - well done!

Tami Von Zalez said...

So much fun! I have been following your progress and have been amazed at how the quilt came together so beautifully.

em's scrapbag said...

I love this kind of quilt. Your's turned out great! Glad all those orphans have found a home!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

That is so fun! I love all the polka dots! Thanks for the inspiration! Mine is coming together - it's an interesting challenge. :)

lcscottage said...

Love, love, love! You have such a wonderful color/designer sense!

Louise said...

Very inspiring! I actually generated a few orphan blocks this week, and because of your posts I now see them as interesting puzzles to put together someday. I do have a lot of brightly colored ones, so I think it will be possible to make a good quilt. Thank you for opening my eyes to this cool possibility!

Anonymous said...

I love this quilt❣️Although I'm not a blogger, I've been looking through the weeks at what you've been working on and couldn't figure out what you were doing! You're amazing and I can't wait to see what happens with all these other bits and pieces and scrappy orphan blocks.

Barb N said...

You are a magician with design. Great finish!

sewyouquilt2 said...

you certainly have a gift of vision. I would not have seen this quilt out of those blocks. I may need to play in my outcast box soon. hmmmmmm

scraphappy said...

Quilters are always resourceful. This orphan quilt is such a great collection. Now that all the blocks are together they look like they are supposed to be there. Great work on making it all come together.

Frog Quilter said...

Love your orphan quilt. So happy and I can see that you enjoy the process.

Jayne said...

You really have a way with orphan blocks! I'm amazed every time. If it was me and I had a suitcase full of orphans...I would seriously be overwhelmed and give up! I admire your gift of scrappy!

Pamela Arbour said...

Oh, I love it. But..............I am very partial to scrap quilts. I have loved them since I was a little girl. I enjoy seeing your scrap quilts. Thanks for sharing.

Sylvia Anderson said...

Cynthia, what a great quilt and my favorites are the 4 corner blocks. They are so colorful and unique. Did you make them, or know where the pattern came from? I really need to get busy and make some of these quilts. Thanks for sharing!
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kupton52 said...

I am so impressed....watching these posts carefully I didn't see any way you were going to make anything cohesive out of these orphan blocks...and the result is quite delightful! There may be hope for those "orphans" lurking in my studio!

Kristi said...

This is so crazy cool! I has such a 'folk-art' feel to it. Marvelous!

The Cozy Quilter said...

Very fun way to use up those orphan blocks! Congrats on winning the pincushion patterns from Crazy Mom!

Kate said...

A very fun finish. Congratulations!

Janice Holton said...

What a great project! You have a great eye for how things should go together! Makes we want to start collecting orphan blocks!

Teresa in Music City said...

Wowzers!!! I love it!

Kathy said...

This is one fun quilt!!

gayle said...

I really enjoy watching you 'play with blocks'! (I'll bet you were a whiz at Lego, too, when you were a wee tyke!) Your orphan quilts have so much personality!

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