When I was going through my orphan blocks recently, I came across two blocks I wanted to finish as little art quilts. Both were made for a contest some years ago and has since languished in the orphan bin. I’m not sure how many 12″ square quilts the world needs, but I have always liked these blocks, so I decided to finish them as little art quitls.
Obviously this first one was inspired by Piet Mondrian and mid-century modern. I’ve since seen other quilts made with the same idea.
This second one I have turned into multiple quilts and blocks. It was inspired by a college design class I took years ago. At the time one of the “best” things to do in creating a design was to get a serious close-up showing only part of an object. I still like that idea and use it a lot, along with other things I learned in that class. (Thanks, Mark!)
Do you have orphan blocks that could become little art quilts on their own?
I’m planning a couple more blogs on things to do with orphan blocks, so please stay tuned 🙂
And when making masks for friends and family, don’t forget the children. They need to wear masks, too, if they must go in public.
I have plenty of orphan blocks, so maybe I can make something. Thanks for the inspiration.
I wish I could find elastic for the masks. I made some for my grandchildren, but I think the fabric ties make it unmanageable for children.
A couple people have found elastic on Etsy. Round elastic sometimes used for beading is said to be an option. My husband found some 1/4” elastic at Walmart, though that was a month ago . Good luck!
I tried the round elastic but I must be doing something wrong because it doesn’t withstand wear. I tied a knot and did multiple stitches.
I haven’t tried the round elastic because I don’t have any 😀. That instruction maybe should have said “results may vary”!
Both art quilts look good. I too like the “enlarge it and show only part” approach.
I find that approach sometimes works een for those of us who “can’t draw”
Zippy, I always get inspired by your scrappy blocks…scrappy in the sense of being ‘orphaned’ in these cases. The first one reminds of me of modern design art that one might gaze upon in an art gallery!
And that grandson of yours is super duper cute.
These two small quilts are spectacular. And I think the world does need things of beauty like this
I wish I had made some kid size masks, great idea!
Those orphan blocks turned into wonderful little art quilts.
I expect the adult masks are needed more, but people are anxious about their kids.