Saturday, May 18, 2019

Orphan blocks together at last

I was inspired by a picture posted by Wendy Reed this week, putting together some orphan blocks.  Another person I follow on social media challenged his fans to make something original.  Since we do not have the grandkids this weekend, I had an abundance of time to play in my sewing room, something I haven't done in ages.

I decided to pull out some orphan blocks and use a great Di Ford stripe fabric I've had and only recently "found" after cleaning my sewing room (another bonus of having free time!).  I'm going to use that sashing fabric for the binding as well rather than add another skinny border.  Hope you can see my birds on the top and bottom!

It was fun;  I used blocks that have been in a drawer for years!  I used tiny tiny half square triangles buried in a little bowl;  I used orange peel blocks I've been sewing on drives to Oregon for years;  some blocks were from swaps years ago.

I didn't make a dent in my orphan block drawer.  I also have a cubby of extra half square triangles in baggies (there are a LOT), which is where I found the bow-ties.  But I also found a pile of patterns from years ago!  EGAD...

I'm also working on the Cheddarback blocks for this month.  I have seen that many quilters have struggled with one of the blocks and I'm pretty tempted to make my own version instead of killing myself.  It's my quilt afterall, right??

I'll post a picture of those 5 blocks tomorrow.

Hope you're having a great weekend.


  1. Great use of orphan blocks! And you only made a dent? You must take in other people's orphans (I say that tongue-in-cheek because I know I've sent you one or two).

  2. I LOVE your quilt Randy !! I have some orphan blocks too but I'm waiting a little bit to make a quilt !
    I saw your Cheddar blocks on the group !! They are beautiful !

  3. It's wonderful! I ♥ it! The hour-glass blocks pull everything together, giving it a cohesive look like it was plan like this. Your tiny tiny little HSTs are so cute. The Di Ford fabric brings out the birds in the border. Excellent work! Since you still have lots of orphan blocks, I am looking forward to your second quilt. VBG!
    P.S. Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun than Housework hosts a Orphan Adoption Day. You can read about it here.
    Not sure when the next one will be but I can let you know, if you're interested.
    Enjoy! ;^)

  4. The fabric you used between the blocks is great! Great orphan block setting!!

  5. What a fun quilt! And great to have a whole day to sew.

  6. Weee! I love how this all came together! great job and fun quilt!

  7. Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow!! Spectacular! This is my absolute favorite kind of quilt and you have nailed it!

  8. You put the Di Ford fabric to good use. And isn't that an Edyta Sitar fabric on the bottom border?

    1. You have a very good eye. I got two pieces of that Edyta Sitar fabric in two different colorways; I'm almost done with that first one I love all the birds!