Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Working with Orphans

Star Gazer - sample block
April 2018
I usually make a sample quilt block before starting a project, so before cutting fabric for the Star Gazer QOV, I worked with some scraps to purposely create an "orphan block" with another project in mind.

The blocks for Star Gazer were large (16" finished) and by adding a border, I'd have a quick doll quilt for the A Doll Like Me project.
borders added to the Star Gazer block
April 2018
One of the UFO goals for the April UFO Challenge was to use the orphan blocks that have been marinating since 2010. They were transferred into a doll quilt, too.

Sand Boxes orphan blocks
transformed into a doll quilt
April 2018
Sand Boxes (2010) was the first Quilt of Valor that I made, and these four orphan blocks have been shuffled from pile to pile and box to box for over eight years. I'm glad they have found a purpose.

Some orphan blocks that Teresa C. sent in November wouldn't quite work for Quilts of Valor, so I turned them into doll quilts for the Doll Like Me project, too.

Teresa C.'s orphan star burst
made into a doll quilt
April 2018
Teresa C.'s logcabdin orphan blocks
become a nice doll quilt
April 2018

I hope Teresa doesn't mind that these blocks were used for the A Doll Like Me project.

These doll quilt tops still to be quilted, but now that the orphans are at this stage that should happen before the end of the month.


14 comments:

  1. They are ALL beautiful. I love the Star Burst one. I can't imagine how tricky it was to get that center circle just right.

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  2. They are all interesting and pretty. Love using up orphans!

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  3. They are all so sweet!!! I am not used to the idea of having orphans since Daddio always turned them into pot holders.

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  4. Lovely. I need to revisit some of my orphans to see if I can make some doll quilts too. Hum, now that I think about it I have some leftover braid blocks all planned out as a doll quilt. Now WHERE did I put them?

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  5. OH I love what you are doing with your orphan blocks...darling!

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  6. That's a very sweet cause - those will make lovely doll quilts!

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  7. Those orphan blocks all made adorable doll quilts. I sent one to that project and received a wonderful thank you note in return.

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  8. You certainly got me thinking about uses for orphan blocks. I am so pleased you found a worthy cause for yours. I have followed the links for the Doll projects and find it very interesting - thank you for sharing.

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  9. I love the log cabin quilt. SO SO pretty!

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  10. Such a great way to use up the orphan blocks. I like the looks of all of them, but really like the log cabin.
    About the herd of Elk I told you about yesterday. I don't think I've ever seen that many together before and was really disappointed that I couldn't get a picture of them. They are such majestic creatures.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  11. Nice work on the Orphan blocks and finding a way to use them. Lucky dollies!

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  12. You found a good use for them! Some little girls will be so happy!

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  13. What an excellent idea to use up orphan blocks this way and you turned them into beautiful doll blankets!

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  14. What a worthy project! Thanks for putting my orphans to good use.

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