Saturday, June 6, 2015

Orphan Adoption Event

Do you have a project that has been languishing for quite some time because you are no longer inspired by it?  Or maybe a stack of blocks you don't know what to do with but you just can't bring yourself to throw them out?  Well, I admit, I have a number of these and I am ready to get them out of my sewing room!....(only I don't want to finish them!)

So I am hosting an Orphan Adoption event.  Now is the chance to look through those dark corners and put something up for adoption.  It will be a great release!

Here is what I am putting up for adoption:

I am letting go of my oldest and biggest WIP.  I get it out about once a year, make a block or two and quickly loose interest.  This has been going on for at least eight years.

Here are the sizes of the blocks that are finished:

12 of the 3 1/2" sq
6 of the 6 1/2" sq
1 of the 12 1/2" sq
3 of the 15 1/2" sq
3 of the 18 1/2" sq

I even have a diagram I am including to show what my original plan was and how the blocks fits together.

 I am going to include these three large cuts of fabric so more blocks can be made.  These nighttime indoor photos don't show the colors quite right - the fabrics are a bit warmer and the grays are more of a teal blue.

 And because they fit in the package, you are also getting these fabrics I was using in the blocks.  All in all, there is probably enough fabric and blocks here to make a queen size quilt top.

So I am looking for a good home!
And I will ship this anywhere in the US for free!

*** I would really like this to be made into a quilt (or two) for a charity.  Due to the darker colors, it may not be a good fit for all charities but I am hoping there is a group or an individual who has an organization in mind and will get this sewn up and put to good use soon.***

If you would like to adopt this project, please let me know in the comments that you are interested and for what cause you will be making it.  You can also email me the information at cynthiabdesigns at gmail dot com if you prefer.

I will be selecting someone from those that are interested on June 11th so make sure you notify me before that.  If there is more than one good fit, I will draw names from a hat.  Please make sure I can get a hold of you!  If you are not sure if your email is available, please leave it in the comment.

Thanks so much!

(If this finds a home, I will be dancing all the way to the post office - and I know the recipient will be dancing when they get the package!  How fun is that!)


I know there are other bloggers that have items they wish to put up for adoption too.  If you wish to link something up, here are a few details:

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 will be deleting any links that are selling their items.  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.

I will be closing the linky party Sunday June 7th at 11 PM PST. You are welcome to link up your own blog post sharing a project you wish to abandon or orphan blocks you wish to pass on.  You can offer as little or as much as you want.  It can be blocks, patterns, kits, anything that you hope someone else will use and you wish to get rid of the burden.

Let's all draw a line through a languishing WIP!

WIPs Be Gone 

Linking up:

WIPS be Gone


Ninigret Quilters said...


Ninigret Quilters in Rhode Island would LOVE to adopt this orphan. We provide a bed for every Habitat Home in our area and I can guarantee these will find the right recipient!

Ninigret Quilters said...

Oops - I should have added that we have a workshop scheduled for July 11th to make what we call Outreach quilts; these could be completed at that workshop and ready for quilting by one of our members. No later than our August 11th monthly meeting they will be ready for presentation. (

Lorna McMahon said...

What a great idea, Cyndy. Someone will be happy to have this orphan keep them occupied in their sewing room. And someone else will be blessed by the both of you when they receive this quilt! Those are some gorgeous blocks and beautiful fabrics!

Lara B. said...

Cyndy this is a generous giveaway and will make you, the winner and the recipient all happy campers! (I am resisting temptation and not entering the contest, LOL) I'll check back as the weekend progresses to see the other linkers and cheer them on. Such a great idea you had!

acoelke said...

Would love to finish this to donate to a homeless shelter Kalamazoo, MI. Our NOMADS group will be donated quilts to them at our annual meeting in Sept.

Vicki in MN said...

I always donate to our local Ronald McDonald house, the dark colors could work perfectly for older kids, I would be honored to finish it for you and donate to them.

sewspeciallady said...

I would make it for a local fundraiser. Sometimes they do not make as much as what I have put in as we live in a rural area. Goes to a great cause usally someone going though Cancer. Thank You

Kat said...

I would love to have your WIP for my charity Covered in Love ( I make comfort quilts for the families of patients who pass away in the hospital where I work. These quilts are specifically for patients who are not able to make the transition to hospice for whatever reason and so lack that really streamlined, comprehensive support that hospice gives to patients and their families. I aim for about 50x70 for my quilts, so it sounds like your blocks would make at least 2, maybe 3 tops. The dark colors are actually perfect for me since most of the folks getting these quilts are older. A lot of charity quilts are made with kids in mind so sometimes I get tops that are too "kiddie". Your blocks would be perfect and I would love to have them! (PS I tend to work really fast, and I am desperate to get as many of these CiL quilts into the hospital as I can. Turn around time would probably be less than a month)

Lisa England said...

I just finished 2 quilts for Layers of Hope -- Quilting 911 that I donated through the Hands2Help quilt drive. Now I would like to focus on a local cause. The Hospice care facility in our town gives a lap quilt to each patient when they enter the facility. They use it while they are there and their family gets it when they pass. According to the staff there, the families get as much comfort from the quilts as the patients do. I could use these fabrics to make at least 2 lap quilts, with some things added from my stash.

ThreeOldKeys said...

Cynthia -- don't add me to the list of takers ... all of the above sound just wonderful!

I'm just letting you know I think this is a cool idea, and I have linked up my own little orphans. Thank you!!!

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

What a beautiful orphan!! I hope someone will be tickled to receive it ( Not me though - I just wantd you to know I liked it !)

Sandra Walker said...

SUCH an awesome idea. Sounds like you are going to have to draw from a hat. Don't put my name in...I have a few "neglected children" stuffed away that I should get sewn and given to the seniors, or add to your link... :-)

Quiltsmiles said...

Wonderful idea! I am currently finishing some of my lamenting UFOs as well as one more community project quilt so don't put my name in the hat either. Great idea and what a fantastic opportunity to spread some quilty love. Those blocks look wonderful and so close to getting done.

Quiltsmiles said...

I've had second thoughts about my name in the hat, yeas please do. I belong to 2 guilds and make a quilt for each every year so this could be perfect for one of them. Typically they will give to a variety of charities and some times will even raffle off one to raise money for a charitable organization. This years raffle is going to the Girl Scouts. Would love to finish this as one especially since much of the work is already done.

Val's Quilting Studio said...

Whew! I almost missed the event! SMILES!!! off to see what everyone else is giving up for adoption. Thanks for a fun linky this weekend!!

Anonymous said...

I'd love to finish this quilt and provide it to a nursing home I work at! A number of men live there. Thanks for the chance to win this!

Kay said...

This is a wonderful idea. I hope someone gets a lot of enjoyment making these sup into something special for a good cause. x

sisylyn2 said...

I would love to adopt your quilts. I really like the colors and might learn something
Nancy Hilderbrand

Judy H said...

I would love to finish this quilt up for a young mother whose house was flooded out recently in Wyoming. I am making two flannel quilts for her toddlers and think she could use a little TLC too. Unfortunately, they are currently having a lot of out of pocket expenses as insurance isn't covering everything,

greenbean2 said...

I teach at a Palmetto, Florida Quilt shop and run a once a month sew in for charity quilts for the local hospitals and linus. Recently we took on the Tampa VA hospital to make wheelchair quilts for the residents. The colors of your WIP would be perfect as most of the recipients are men and most of our donated fabric is for either children or florals. Your WIP would make up to 4 quilts as the size is fairly small. We have many to make as the hospital is large and have only just started. They are eagerly awaiting.

Your project is awesome and would like to participate but I am away from home for a month or 2 right now. I will be in touch to donate soon.

Ann Greene
Sarasota, Fl.

gayle said...

I just wanted to tell you what a fabulous thing you're doing. (But don't put me in the running, because I already have way too many projects I want to do, and your orphan would just become my orphan...)

GranChris said...

This is a great idea. We should do this more often. As a quild we donate our quilts to battered women's shelters in 2 counties. Works out well. There is a quilt and person for everything.

Tu-Na Quilts said...

I'd love to have a chance to finish your great start and provide it to the North Country Arts and Craft Workshop for their fundraiser so they can continue to provide classes on the arts (quilting is included) in northern Minnesota.

Angie in SoCal said...

Wonderful idea, Cyndy! I waited til today so you wouldn't count me in on your drawing. Although a lovely project, I have too many already. Love the fabric. Thanks for linking to WIPs Be Gone. I look forward to seeing what is offered next.

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