Sunday, April 13, 2008

Orphan blocks...Part 4

Time for some examples of orphan tops. This one was put together last fall by Carol E. Both her guild and her church donate orphan blocks to her. She makes up quilts for WTIL, and other causes. In this donation, what she was given the center blocks, the rest is improvised by her *VBS*
 Here's another top of Carols. It appears she might have been working with blocks that were already of ONE size, either that or she brought them up to a uniform size.
 Remember these guys? I was working on them earlier this winter. I asked for advice about the HST row, and the majority voted for a double row, which forms flying geese. These are all "parts" made from my scrap bins of cut scraps.
 And this one I showed last week? I used my oldest UFO and then worked up other bits and parts of similar colors. I focused on the 60" lenght first, and have been filling in the width. It's now ready to be sewn together into a top. Instead of brights in this one, it falls into the 'squirrel bait' area...LOL
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13 comments:

Marcie said...

You always inspire me to pull everything out of the drawers and boxes and make it happen! I will let you know when I do! VBS!

QuiltedSimple said...

Finn - you amaze me - I love the flying geese and the one below it. It's inspiring me to pull out my stash and see what I have this week - not that I don't have enough going on but. . . these are absolutely beautiful!!!

Kris

Gypsy Quilter said...

Simply Wonderful!

jovaliquilts said...

I love the stars in the 9-patch on your quilt -- I don't think I've ever seen them done with each background patch a different color.

Pat said...

I love how 'all the orphans' play together nicely. great job Finn :)

meggie said...

Lovely results! I am sitting here smiling about 'squirrel bait'- never heard that expression before!LOL. I suppose that is because we dont have squirrels!

loulee1 said...

Fantastic. I like the way the blocks can be all different but still manage to compliment each other.

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Just loving all these eclectic orphans, very freeing sewing isn't it, Tracey

Granny Lyn said...

I've been accused of being "squirrel bait", too. But I don't look that pretty!

Katie said...

I think I'm getting it. Thanks for your help. You really did a lot of work to make these posts most useful. Is there a book lurking there somewhere? Should be.

Tracey in CT said...

Thanks for this tutorial, Finn! The quilts look great...amazing how such great quilts can result from those extras that we just have sitting around!

ForestJane said...

Explain squirrel bait? lol

Is that what you call thimbleberries type colors? I especially like the scrappy friendship star blocks on the right of the last picture. ;) You have a real gift for putting together these orphans int a pleasing whole.

cher said...

squirrel bait is a new expression to me-I like how this has filled out. Great approach Finn. I just culled through some donation stuff and came up with another stack of orphan blocks myself.