Friday, December 6, 2019

Trash into Treasure

Even though I have had little time to sew, I have been trying really hard to finish up as many UFO projects as I can by the end of the year.  So any spare moment I have is focused on completions.

This week has been all about holiday gifts - but I did get one little quilt finished.



This one actually started out as a stack of orphan blocks and some coordinating scraps.


I used some darker gray, made more HSTs and then made these fun 9' blocks.
I really like how the two colors of solids look - I will have to remember this for the future.


There really weren't a lot of fabric to make a lot of blocks from so I decided to use what as I had as the outer border.  When I was trying to figure out what I wanted to put in the center, I came across a Jen Kingwell scrap whose colors worked perfectly.  Rather than make more blocks, I decided to just use it as the focal point.

In fact, the scrap was rectangular shaped so I decided to just use it that way!


I really like this plum, gray and yellow combination.  I decided to use the piecing in the blocks to mark my spacing for crosshatching in the center.  The rest of the quilt received some continuous loops in a gray thread.

The quilt finished out at about 35" square.  It has no home but it was fun to see those leftovers that would have otherwise gone in the trash to be transformed into such a treasure.



I even pieced up a bunch of odd shaped leftovers for the backing.

As I was putting the one block I ended up not using into my orphan block suitcase, I realize it is already overflowing and doesn't want to close.  As I travel and teach, now that people know I love these orphans, they bring me little treasures from their projects.

Looks like there will be more of these quilts in my near future - Or I need to buy a bigger suitcase!






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10 comments:

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

It's always fun to see how you put your orphan blocks to use. Also to imagine your suitcase full of them. You are a true scrap quilter. Love that.

Chantal said...

Lol, but no. Don't buy a bigger suitcase because I want to see more orphan blocks quilts. They are always interesting. Great job on this save. ;^)

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

That center rectangle goes perfectly with the scrap blocks! Great design, Cyndy!

Louise said...

This is a wonderful color palette! And using that pretty scrap as the center worked so well :)

The Joyful Quilter said...

Nicely done, Cynthia!! You never cease to amaze me with your creativity in putting together scrap quilts.

grammajudyb said...

I, too, am always amazed at your #crappy projects! I am always inspired!

Vicki in MN said...

Such a good idea to use the blocks as the border. What a lucky find for your center too!

Ellie said...

Really cute! It never ceases to surprise me what pretty things you create from a pile of scraps!

Lynn said...

Lovely and what a great colour combination. Creativity at its best.

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

I like it!! your mind is so creative!! And I like the color combo!!!

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