Small Someday #7: Orphan Blocks

In a bag of hand-me-down fabric there were these 7 blocks.  Hmmmm….similar color scheme…all 8″ blocks…Surely there is a quilted object in there somewhere?!

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One obvious choice would have been potholders, but I didn’t want to make those.

Then, at a garage sale, these were in the FREE pile. Just two of them and nothing else.

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Hmmmm…similar color scheme…12″ blocks…that will give me NINE total…I might have something here.
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I switched out the blue 9-patch centers in the new blocks for red to help things start to blend together.

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Currently experimenting with color, layout, and borders.

I can tell already that the piecing will not be perfect, because the blocks aren’t.  But I might be able to make something pretty that will keep someone warm.  And, I might learn a little something and gain experience in the meantime.

It could be worse.

Seeing Stars Quiltalong: Three BIG Blocks

The first blocks of the Seeing Stars quilt-along came out this week:  24″ Double Star Block.  DSC01187

People will sometimes comment that they are surprised I can work with such small pieces.  Actually, the challenge this week was working with such LARGE pieces.  It has been a long time.  When working across long seams and big pieces things like direction of grain and  pinning become much more important.

Also, my thanks to Melissa for a great tip this week.  Check out her post and see how she pins pieces to help her flying geese be more precise.  It really makes a difference.

I am happy with the results so far and can hardly wait until Wednesday and the next challenge.

New Charitable Project

It is that time of the year again–time to make a quilt for the local children’s hospital’s Festival of Trees (and more…).

Riley Blake, based here in Utah, donates bags of mystery fabric.  A quilter can pick up a bag and turn it into anything they like.  Not all fabric must be used in a single project. Donated items are then sold to provide services and charitable treatment for young patients.IMG_3526

This is my fabric this year. Hmmm….Maybe black sashing and an interesting black-and-color back???