Sunday, November 19, 2017

Oh Scrap! : Siren Song

Last week I traveled down to southern Oregon to present a trunk show.  I don't usually include quilts made from orphan blocks but this guild loves their scraps so I added them to the pile.  I have to say, they were a big hit and seeing them again made me want to play with my box of orphans again.



My little suitcase of "spare parts" is filled to the brim and I have to say there was lots of quilty inspiration to get my creative juices running.  While digging in there, I did come across a small stack of Kaffe snowball blocks that were gifted to me....





So I pulled out all of the other bits that contained Kaffe Fassett fabrics.  



All of my design walls were filled with projects that I SHOULD have been working on so I opted to start a new quilt layout in the middle of my kitchen.  

When the siren song plays, you have to follow!  :)





By the next day, I had a finished quilt top.... And a couple dozen orphan blocks/spare parts found a new home!  I love to challenge myself to find creative ways to use what I have hiding in my scrap bins.




Not sure when I will find time to quilt it up - I am busy quilting up client quilts right now that need to get under a tree.  But I do get to enjoy this view as I quilt!

I hope in the holiday preparation rush, you are finding time to get creative with your own scraps.
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    Great Deals!

    This time of year is a super time to restock those stash favorites at some great prices.  Here are some I have already identified and want to share....



    Craftsy has their Boundless solids at half off right now.  I have expressed before that I am really happy with the quality of these fabrics.  At this price, it is a great time to buy larger cuts of the basic colors to have in your stash for backgrounds.

    It also looks like they have their Blenders Aura on clearance.  I have used this as a background and loved the soft marble effect.





    Our Big SaleConnecting Threads is also starting to put items on sale.  This week they have their Stash Building Precuts on sale.  They are a great way to enhance the stash in colors you are needing.  And I always check out their clearance area for backing fabrics!



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    22 comments:

    Kate said...

    Wow, that came together quickly. The whole project has an Asian vibe going. Not sure what makes me think that, but they was my first impression. Good luck with all the customer quilts. It is that time of year! Hope you have time to play a bit with your own projects.

    LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

    The black sashings and that thin colorful border do a great job of pulling all your orphan blocks together! Looks like this project was just what you needed. I love it!

    Jayne said...

    You and that suitcase! You remind me of Felix the Cat! Every time I see your suitcase, I wish I had one filled with treasure blocks! That could be good or bad. You did a fabulous job...throwing together this quilt!

    Cathy said...

    I think my orphanage runneth over. And I think you inspired me to go look in there and make a quilt. Funny that will all your design walls you ended up on the floor so the urge really must have struck. Well done!

    Chantal said...

    You really have the touch to work with orphans. Wonderful job with these blocks. Congrats! ;^)

    The Joyful Quilter said...

    Design floor?!?! I didn't realize you had one of those. :P

    That adorable Orphan Quilt seems to come together quicker than most. Enjoy the view as you tackle your list of MUST Quilts!

    Karen's Korner said...

    I would love to have a rummage around in your orphan blocks. A lovely result.

    Angie in SoCal said...

    Love your orphan block top!

    Louise said...

    Great little top, Cynthia! Your use of orphan block always inspires me, and I'm just finishing up a "leftovers" piece myself. My spare parts bin is pretty small, but I'm enjoying the process of figuring out how to make the bits play together!

    PaulaB quilts said...

    The Kaffe top is really fine, with the black sashing and the variety of blocks. It really looks like you planned it all out. You always do such nice things with your extras.

    Pamela Arbour said...

    As always, I love to see what you do with your scraps. I am never disappointed. You did a great job salvaging them.

    Jasmine said...

    Looks great! I love how you made a center panel from the snowball blocks.

    Nann said...

    I'm amazed that you got the spare parts put together so quickly! The result is terrific. Is that a vintage suitcase?

    Jocelyn Thurston said...

    I am working on using up scraps and I can see how I need to use a black or white to pull them all together. Thanks for your lovely projects that I can learn from!

    em's scrapbag said...

    Great use of your Kaffe orphan blocks!

    Robin said...

    I love to see orphan block quilts and this one was no exception. How fun that you could just give in to the muse and sew away. I've got a tub overflowing with orphan blocks. It's way past time for me to make one of these!

    audrey said...

    Well, your siren song definitely led you to a wonderful looking quilt top! It's so much fun to play with orphans and see what can be conjured up.:)

    Mystic Quilter said...

    You must sew like the wind!! I should take a leaf out of your book re using what we have hiding away in scrap bins - just need more hours in the day!

    Susan said...

    You made a great piece with leftovers!

    Ann said...

    It’s always a treat to use the leftovers, especially when there are too many “must dos.”

    Sandy said...

    What a fun quilt!

    Kathy said...

    Love how that all came together!

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