Friday, September 20, 2019

Yep! I am Still Playing with Orphan Blocks

Here it second finish made from my orphan blocks!

This quilt started out from this block pull out of my Orphan Block suitcase.  I pulled all of the bits and pieces that were red white and blue.

There are leftovers from five projects pictured.

I started out by using the paper pieced star in the center and then using some of the other blocks to create a pattern around it.  I simply sliced them into fourths and sewed them together.

I would have liked to better frame the star but it would have thrown the math off on all the other pieces.

I used some of the other leftover parts to create an outer border.  The Kona Ice Frappe solid fabric that was used in these leftover blocks, I also used as the background so that the outer border appears to float around the edge.

 Here it is in its entirety.  It measures about 38" square.  It will make a cute little donation quilt and will live in a pile of quilts just waiting for a home for now.

I was able to find some pieces of my favorite navy sketch fabric (I purchased from Connecting Threads) to piece together and make a backing.  The seams don't show at all in this print so I was able to use almost everything I had.  I quilted it with my go-to swirl pattern in a soft mint green thread.

I am still working on a few more orphan block quilts.  I think there will probably be five total.  If you want to see the first one I made from leftover strip sets, you will find it here.

Have a fun and scrappy weekend!

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Oh Scrap! : More Orphan Blocks

Speaking of Orphan Blocks, the Orphan Adoption Event is going on so if you want to play with someone's orphaned project, you can maybe adopt some here!

I finished up the last little quilt I made from some orphan blocks and will probably share that finish later this week.  So I decided to move onto the next stack of blocks.  I thought this time I would take photos of the process in case you were interested.

This block pull started with the orphaned hexagon blocks .  To that stack, I added any orphans that were orange.

My piecing process is very visual so I always work on a design wall.  I started by putting the five blocks up in this configuration so I could get started. 

I then just started adding all the blocks up on the wall and started look for a layout that was visually pleasing.  I like to try and use as many blocks as I can in the beginning.

I decided I just didn't like the blocks with a lot of turquoise and replaced the center block with a pinwheel on point.

I dug around in my stash and found an orange sketch fabric that would work for a background.  I wanted to pull the white in the border blocks into the body of the quilt to add cohesiveness, so I framed the pinwheel.  This also helped me enlarge that block so I could piece all the blocks on point.  I just had to add flip corners to the appropriate edges of the hexagon blocks.

Then the center area was sewn and I could really see the quilt coming together.  I sewed some white and green strips to the border units to make them the same length as the center.

I then dug around in my spare parts and scraps so I could make three more pinwheels for the corners.  I focused on green and browns to add more cohesion.

Then it was just a matter of adding some thin white sashing around all the components.
The top measures at just over a yard square so I just need to find a width of fabric that is about 1.25 yards long for the backing.
  I think orphan blocks from at least 4 different projects went into this piece.

I should be able to get it on my longarm frame soon so a finished post will be forthcoming!


It is now your turn to share what you are making with scraps.  Here are the details for linking up: 

  • This linky party is for any scrappy project - It can be in-process or a finished piece.
  • You can link up your blog post (not your homepage please) or Instagram photo from the past week that features your use of scraps.
  • If you are linking to a blog post, I ask that you link back to my blog somewhere in your post. So if you are writing about scraps, just get into the habit of including a link as there will be a linky party available every week!
  • If you are using Instagram, please use the hashtag #ohscrap.
  • This is a party so remember to socialize and comment on the posts of others.
  • Following my blog is not necessary but it sure would be great if you do! 
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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Needs a New Home!

Fall is just starting here in the PNW and that means it is time for the Quilty Orphan Adoption!

I went through all of my UFOs and right now I seem to be at least slightly attached to them.
But that doesn't mean I don't have items that need to be removed from my sewing room.

About five years ago, I started collecting up a bunch of light weight Home Dec fabric to use for making some little bags and pouches.  

The Kaffe Fassett fabrics across the top are all slightly larger than a quarter yard.  
There are also some odd squares and leftover scraps of some Cotton & Steel fabrics.

I have accepted that I am not going to use this fabric.  And because it is Home Dec weight, I don't want to use it in my quilts.

So I am happy to send it off to someone who can use it!

If you would like to adopt these, please let me know in the comments that you are interested.  
(Note, your comment should be made directly on my blog and not through Bloglovin' - it does not allow me access to your contact information so I have no way of getting ahold of you if you win.)

I will ship anywhere in the US for free.

I will be selecting a winner from those that are interested sometime on Sunday the 15th so be sure to comment before then.  If there is more than one candidate, I will select a winner using a random number generator.  Please make sure I can get ahold of you!  If you are not positive if your email is available, please leave it in your comment.  Thanks!

The lucky quilter that is adopting these has been notified.
Thanks so much!

There are other items being adopted out by quilters so be sure and check them all out.  Also, if you have items you would like to put up for adoption, you have until the 14th to link up.  Time to clean out those UFOs!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Fall 2019 Orphan Adoption Event

Because I love to start projects, I always find myself with a long list of UFOs.  And occasionally, I find there are projects that I know I will probably never finish.

Rather than have them take up space on the shelf or dump in the landfill, I find that a great solution is to adopt them out!  That is why I started the Quilty Adoption Event.

Quilting is more fun than Housework

If you would like to get some older projects out of your sewing room, this is a great time to do so.  There are always quilters out there that would love to take them off your hands and actually finish them.  And I can say from experience, it feels great to release the burden and move onto something you really want to work on!

Over the years, I have adopted out about a dozen projects and I have never given them a second thought. (And it felt so good to cross them off my UFO list!)

This Spring, Libby over at Life on the Hill, adopted out some triangle blocks and they were finished into this lovely little quilt.

Here are the details!


Now it is time for this Fall's Quilty Adoption Event!

Orphan Adoption Event

September 12th through September 14th 2019

1.  I am going to ask that any "orphan" linked up must be given away for free.  (If you are wanting to destash for money, there are other venues to do that on.)  I think it is fair that if you need to, you can ask that shipping costs be paid.  Just be sure and put that information clearly in your post.  And know that both parties enter into the deal at their own risk.  I hold no responsibility.

2. Have clear pictures and descriptions on what you are putting up for adoption.

3. Define the criteria for how you will decide who will adopt the item.  Is it a random number giveaway, do you only want it to go to charity, or is there some other criteria that needs to be met?

4.  Be sure and identify where you are located and where you are willing to ship to.

5. Define how long you are keeping the adoption open and when you expect to award the adoption.

6. Remember to link back to my blog so your readers can see what else is being offered.  Thanks!

The ability to link up your blog, Instagram, Flickr, or Facebook post will be open through the end of the day Saturday September 14th.  You can award your adoption on any date you choose after Sunday the 15th.  Feel free to offer as little or as much as you want.  It can be blocks, books/patterns, kits, printed panels, fabric, quilt tops...anything that you hope someone else will use and you wish to get rid of the burden.


And if you are looking to adopt a project, please read each blog post and be sure you only offer to adopt those orphans you know you can finish The object of this event is to get these things finished, not just stored on another shelf.  Thanks!

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