One of my UFO (UnFinished Object) goals for the year is to do something with some of my orphan blocks. (Those are miscellaneous blocks left from various projects; you can read about them here). I’ve already turned a bunch of them into quilts, but I hauled them out again last month to give it another shot.
These are left from various projects, but I just love star blocks so they probably won’t be the last of the breed 🙂 And you can probably see that one of them even has a piece turned wrong, which I did NOT see until just now 😀
After fooling around with various options for them, I selected 5 and made this quilt:
It actually worked out just fine to simply add a partial border to the smallest one. And the purple fabric is left from yet another project, so win-win!
What do you do with your orphan blocks?
I like it! I did notice the one unit turned differently and figured it was purposeful asymmetry!
My orphan blocks come in two types — true orphans with no genetic relatives, or multiples that I thought I would use in a border, only to find they wouldn’t work. The multiples are pretty easy to use, of course. Use them in a different border, or make alternate blocks and set them in a block quilt. I have a very sweet baby quilt waiting for a baby. Its made from 32 puss-in-the-corner blocks I made for a border, plus 31 unpieced alternate blocks, all in a 7×9 layout. And a different set of borders I made for the same original quilt are going to border a different center block. (Yes, that original quilt was tough to make the right border for. Ultimately I decided it didn’t need that border, and it was done.)
The true orphans… I should go through those and decide their fates. A few things should just be pitched, but others might be usable if I make the effort.
I aspire to use some of my orphan blocks by cutting them into circles to applique onto plain backgrounds, but haven’t gotten there yet. Good luck with yours!
Well, I didn’t notice till you mentioned it and then I had to look hard to find it. Guess my eye corrects shapes just as it corrects misspellings as I read. 🙂
I “save” my orphans in the hope of getting other orphans that will go with them someday. Or sometimes I make them the center of a small doll or baby quilt and build around them from my stash.
Doll quilt sounds like a good idea. I’ll keep that in mind. Thanks for visiting!
great idea …. Interesting block that has a star in a star … 🙂