Friday, February 3, 2017

Improv Orphan Block Quilt Finish

Here it is...the second quilt all completed using tucked away orphan blocks!

For this one, I chose to pull my orphans from the brown colorway.  My block sizes were all over the place and there really wasn't any sort of theme I could get inspired by.




So I decided to just start with the biggest blocks I had which were these improv blocks.  From here, I just added blocks onto my design wall until it was about quilt size.  You can read more about the process here.


It has been raining here so getting photos of this quilt have been tough.  You can see the whole quilt is a mish mash of blocks.  While I did have fun sewing this one together, it is not one of my favorites.  When you see it in person, it is fun to see all the different blocks and fabrics.  But I like quilts that have a bit more pattern or unity to them.  It certainly doesn't make this a bad quilt - in fact, I already have taken it for a test run and it snuggles up nicely!









I tried again to get a good photo on my gate but I just couldn't get the colors correct.



For an orphan block quilt, it really is a good example of an improv assembly technique.










Here is an indoor photo - the colors are a little better but it is certainly hard to see the block detail.
Over 60 blocks are no longer homeless!




I was so pleased when it came to finding a back.  I had been gifted 4 yards of this floral many years ago.  I almost didn't take it at the time because I thought I would never use it. 
Well, it has found its home too!

It looks like a lot of you are getting out your orphan blocks and getting them into a quilt top too.  I think around the end of February I will set up a link so we can have a project parade. Don't stress about getting them completely finished by then but I do hope you share your progress and inspiration. 
Remember, orphans can also be used for other projects too!





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20 comments:

  1. I think the orphan block quilt experience is a lot like making a scrap vortex - "Can I make this puzzle go together?" And to celebrate when it works! You should celebrate! I like it!

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  2. Another great finished! Keep the orphan quilts coming :-)

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  3. Great job on finding homes to the orphan blocks. And bonus points for the backing. I am sure it is a good cuddler. ;^)

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  4. This is a wonderful quilt. Those orphan blocks look as if they were made for each other :)

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  5. It's gorgeous crazy wonderful - what an incredible quilt :)

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  6. I love seeing what you're doing with your orphan blocks and I am being inspired to dig mine out and see if I can do something pleasing in the mishmash that I know I have....thanks for the inspiration!

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  7. Another great finish! Definitely a crazy quilt!

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  8. I like the wildness of this one! It just might be the quilt that ends up with a lampshade on it's head at the end of the party :) Good to know it's a good snuggler, too!

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  9. The more I look at this one, the more it grows on me. I'm not a brown fan, yet I'm planning on using it with pink one day soon! Funny how this one draws you in the more you look at it!

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  10. I almost didn't recognize it!! Upside down from the design wall shot in some of the full-quilt photos. LOL!! That backing was just right for this quilt... Lucky you!! FREE backing!!

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  11. Congrats on finding homes for all those orphan blocks. The backing is perfect. This one makes me think of a table top of different fun covered journals.

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  12. This is a great example for the improv pieced layout. Way to go! And thanks again for sharing the process.

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  13. Yes really different but so intriguing how you incorporated so many different blocks. It's lovely. thanks for the inspiration.

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  14. This reminds me that I should use more browns in my quilts!!

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  15. It looks awesome, like a beautiful puzzle all put together :)

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  16. It may be a mish mash of blocks, but I think they all work well together. I really like the large one near the bottom -- with the pink rays.

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  17. I'm with you on the needing a little more order and unity to a quilt; perhaps that is why my Scrap Vortex continues to hang out in slabs on the design wall!

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  18. I've scrolled through your posts to see all your orphan block quilts -- such great combinations!

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