Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Orphan Strip Quilt
I've been "playing" with orphan blocks and strips left over from "cut offs" and quilt backings. I decided to make them 48" long, just to have a plan. The other part of the plan was to make one strip a day. Sometimes that took more that 15 minutes, but not much.
There's a piece of fabric there from a rice bag yardage that says "Extra Extra Fancy". So that's my title for this one!
Sometimes I had enough of something to make TWO 48" lengths, so I started making a second piece, or a second "half". Finally I sewed the two halves together. nHere's how it looks right now -- long enough to cover a queen bed, but not wide enough.
I think I'll close off the side edges with a few more strips, and call it quits.
Now I'm interested in attacking my Orphan Box for another go around!
What do you do with your orphan blocks?
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Oh Sara...I LOVE IT! Just TODAY I made my first 15 play of scraps! Thanks for the idea..because I have sooooo many boxes of them, and I just couldn't throw them away. Tell me, do you have a rhymn or reason for putting yours together. I was trying to use the same set of colors..like browns and greens. It truly is UGLY!!!
Victoria..I would like to be added to the list...and how do I stay accountable to you?
Sara! I love it! did you see the one my MOD guild made?
I tend to save my orphan blocks to make my versions of kitchen sink quilts (sampler style, or I incorporate them into new tops... I treasure my orphan blocks... so many possibilities
Sara, this is great and I love the name. My orphan blocks are all in a small
pizza box. Some of them I just love, but don't know what to do with them.
Love this idea!
Well, Cathy, my method was that I had just used up a bunch of the HSTs made with strips in ANOTHER quilt, and the remaining ones were driving me crazy. They had been left out, and I wanted to get rid of them. I was not in love with them at all. Then I noticed some pieced strips from left-overs hanging on my room divider...Hmm, what if I make more strips with the HSTs?
From there it was just adding one more strip each day--sort of as my "play" time. I looked around at what I had, not too long, and made a choice; then just DID it. Helps to only make one choice at a time, I think.
This is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! What a great job using up those 'orphans'!
Sara you are an artist. If I had tried to put that together it would have been a muddle, but you have brought the scrappiness together beautifully, I love it.
That's lovely, Sara! Beautiful , bright, crisp colours. Look forward to the next one!
Luv It! You have inspired me, all this talk about using those orphan blocks. I guess they are just scraps waiting to be put into a big quilt!
Beautiful use of all the leftovers. I love using the extended backing leftovers for my next projects.
Sara, your quilt is striking! Love its name!
Wonderful! I love these kinds of quilts. I've just been saving my orphan blocks, but you've inspired me to get them out and play!
What a great idea! I love how all of the orphans "play" together so nicely!
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