Sunday, August 30, 2020

Oh Scrap! : Orphan Blocks...Again!

 As I was straightening up my sewing table, I came across some sewn bits I needed to put in my orphan block storage.  My single suitcase of leftovers has turned into so much more!




On the left is my little suitcase that has always contained my extra blocks.  When that became full, I started throwing them in another box.  Now that one is overflowing!



So I decided to do a quick sort and pull out some bits to play with.  I am sewing on another project so I have been sewing on this at the same time.  I started with an extra 12" RSC block I had for the center and then decided to go with a low volume (mostly gray) versus green theme.  The only part that is all sewn at this point is the center medallion.  It is kind of crazy looking but I am enjoying the process.  So far, everything has come out of my orphan stash except a tiny bit of gray I had in a scrap bin.  

It doesn't have to be perfect - I am just delighted to be using these leftovers.



Quilting is more fun than Housework


And speaking of orphan blocks - I was asked to host the Quilty Orphan Adoption again this fall.  So I have the link up scheduled for September 17th thru the 19th.  If you want to put some orphan projects, blocks or really any quilty item up for adoption, you can join in.  I will post more information in a few weeks.  You can also read more about last Spring's event here.

Who knows, maybe I will have a finished orphan block quilt top I will be ready to pass on :)

Now it is time to share what you are making with your scraps!


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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! 

Quilting is more fun than Housework

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22 comments:

  1. So fun to see how you use your orphan blocks. I gave away mine last year.

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  2. I think orphan block tops are wonderful for practicing machine quilting, since you have so many different blocks to experiment with and so little pressure to avoid "ruining" the leftover blocks with your learning curve. I am amazed by your tantalizing suitcase full of orphans. That orphanage is busting at the seams! What you've got up on the wall so far looks nice.

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  3. I love working with orphan blocks so won't be able to part with mine for the Orphan Adoption Event.

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  4. I love when you pull out the orphan blocks and start to play! Such fun to watch!

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  5. It's always fun to see what you do with orphan blocks. I find medallion style is easier for me when working with orphans.

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  6. Working with leftover blocks, wonky shapes and bits and pieces always looks like a hot mess in the beginning! I know you'll pull it all together and maybe, just maybe you'll end up with a suitcase that isn't over flowing!

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  7. Playing with leftover blocks like that is so much fun! I love the center part that you've pieced together. It will be fun to see what you figure out for the rest! I might just have something to offer for the quilty orphan adoption, too.

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  8. I love following your process when you start playing with your orphan blocks. You have a great beginning there! Thanks for hosting the Orphan Adoption again.

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  9. that's great minds thinking alike! I was just this morning thinking I could go to my pile of orphan blocks and make something from them...
    so much to make, right?
    LeeAnna

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  10. I just used a couple orphan blocks in the back of a quilt project I'm working on. It is a real shame not to use them up especially the pretty ones you have. I should mention a thank you to you Cynthia for hosting this weekly party. I try to always check out a couple of the folks linking up.

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  11. You’ve got some fabulous orphan block creativity going on there! I’m eager to see it grow.

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  12. I am trying to come up with an idea for the orphan blocks from my sew along. I may offer a few up for the adoption. Blessings!
    MelvaLovesScraps (at) NolanQualityCustoms (dot) com

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  13. You've got an interesting composition growing there on your design wall, Cynthia. Looking forward to see how you will continue to build this quilt!

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  14. It's looking good. Thanks for sharing. It encourages me to step out of the box! You always have a nice finished product!

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  15. Oo, I like the tumbler shapes spiking out of the center! Like sun rays or flower petals. This one has a very "radiating outward" feel to it so far. Very nice!

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  16. Love it when you start paying with your orphan blocks!!!! I am always amazed to see what you come up with!

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  17. Quite the variety of orphan blocks, but I know you'll come up with a great design.

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  18. Fun idea--throw all your odd blocks up on the design wall and make a quilt!!! Unique!

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  19. What a fun idea for your orphan blocks! Sort of like a quilty journal! Great idea! ;)

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  20. I am loving your orphan block top! I would be happy to adopt it! I am not good at having a specific bin for my orphan blocks. I know I have a few somewhere around.

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  21. That looks like sew much fun. You have a great start. Love it!

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  22. Orphan blocks are so much fun! I have a group of them from a mystery quilter I need to press and layout for a potential arrangement.

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