Tuesday, September 28, 2010

On a Tuesday, in the Valley....

 you may receive a gift from the Universe. The possibility of a sunny day after a week of rain.A beautiful sunrise for sure.
 Orphan block sorting has replaced "name that quilt and what part is this". I pulled out some orphans to become potholders and have been stacking the rest. Lots to work with here. The left pile is assorted blocks from several quilters, and the one on the right is from Susan, a WI quilter. I'm going to check Susan's closer,I think it might be enough for a small quilt all by itself.
 The Chippewa gathering basket I purchased in North Dakota many years ago came in hand. It's fulfilling it's purpose, a gathering of orphan blocks and "beguns". I often use the "row" method when working with orphans, joining same size or height blocks to form the width of the quilt. And last but not least...
 
I have a small FINISH!! Culled from the wreckage of multitude of UFOs and Beguns, a lone pumpkin block, pieced eons ago at a quilt retreat in Northern MN. The directions were in an old issue of American Patchwork and Quilting. I used what I had with me. Looking back, it seemed like a good idea at the time...LOL. With my focus in the "now", the block now seems perfect for over my kitchen sink. I added a border, quilted it up quick, and it's now over the sink!! Score ONE for Finn this week! FYI...the orange fabric with the strange witches and little green fellows is one of my oldest Halloween prints. A poly blend from the 1980's ala Ben Franklin, and yes, I think that's the last of it!
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13 comments:

YankeeQuilter said...

Way to go! I like the idea of making small wallhangings and potholders out of orphan blocks!

paula, the quilter said...

Yay Finn! I sometimes come across some bits of really old fabric that brings to mind when/where it was used. Donncha love when that happens?

Angie said...

ADORABLE Jack-O-Lantern!!! I'm so happy that you have a 'finish' already this week!! And it is time to scrounge out those punkins, ghosts and goblins---can you believe there are only 2 more days left in September!!!! :0 Your basket is perfect for those little 'orphans'. :)

Dolores said...

Good for you. A festive finish. It's now off the list. ;-)

Sweet P said...

I've been sorting through my UFOs and orphan blocks. I am passing some of them on to friends and some are getting put away again.

Your pumpkin is cute. A wonderful way to celebrate the season.

AnnieO said...

I can only imagine the amazing variety of fabrics you've passed through your hands over the years, Finn! I love your little pumpkin--definitely a warm and friendly finish for fall.

Stephanie D. said...

What a breathtaking sunrise!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Lovely array of blocks to work with...I always love the challenge of putting orphan blocks together.

Barbara C said...

Very cute pumpkin block. It's always nice to have something special for the holidays on display.

Enjoy playing with your orphan blocks. Sometimes arranging and rearranging old blocks can be very inspiring.

Michele Bilyeu said...

The Universe gave you such a gorgeous gift, woman! But you continue to give us some of your own, every time you post and show us your goodies. I just want to find some scraps and orphans and dive right in!!!

Judy S. said...

Cute pumpkin, Finn, and some great ideas for dealing with UFOs! Thanks!

Purple Pam said...

Love your pumpkin block. All those ophan blocks look like they are ready to go.

julieQ said...

HI Finnie!! Just checking in on what you are doing...and you are playing in the orphan blocks...fun!!!