Yes, Scrap-A-Palooza is coming back in 2017! The first quilt I plan on working on is one made from orphan blocks. But before I get started on the process of putting one together, I thought I would share what sorts of blocks I save as orphans.
I have a small suitcase that I store all my orphan blocks in. As I finish or abandon a project, all the sewn items go in - hoping someday they will find a home in a quilt or other project. I don't judge the pieces that go in here. Some are made really poorly and some are assembled from really ugly fabrics. Some blocks I only have one while others I have a number of pieces. Just scoop everything up and store it for a future playtime!
So here are some of the items that make it into the suitcase...
First, there are quilt blocks of course. They range in size from tiny to ginormous. Some are test blocks, some are from projects I chose not to finish and some just did not make the cut on a long ago finished project.
I also keep quilt block components in my little treasure chest. Lots of HSTs, 4 patches, geese, QSTs and rail fence. I don't bother trimming them down to any particular size. This way, I can cut them to the size I need when I find a project for them. (I do keep these in their own little baggie within my suitcase so I can find them quickly when I am working on small projects.)
Even the really odd components go in the stack. I find these interesting pieces are what get used most in small projects like zippered pouches or for pincushions.
And let's not forget all the pieced strip sets. Many projects where you do strip piecing always leave you with leftovers. Well, I save those too! I find these can be cut and resewn to make filler components for an orphan block quilt.
So as you can see, pretty much anything that is left over from a project where there is a seam in it, I keep it. I know I will find it a home in the future!
Once orphan blocks are saved, I know for some it can be a bit intimidating knowing how to use them. So I will be making some quilts from my orphan blocks and sharing the process with you.
I am going to show you there are some real treasures in there!