I found this book in my library when I was sorting things for the move and noted that it had an interesting layout for blocks.
It is an old book (2013) but my online research revealed that there is a newer one, Best of Circle of Nine, available from Keepsake Quilting. It looks like that book includes the “best” designs from my Circle of Nine book and the one that preceded it, which I do not own.
So in December when I should have been doing other things, I used the book to make two quilts from orphan blocks.
The first used blocks that finish 8″, and made a quilt that finished 36″ with the border added. That is perfect for a preemie incubator covering, so it’s a win for the orphan blocks.
I should note that the book offers many interesting ideas for pieced sashing, but I thought the blocks were busy enough by themselves so I just used plain sashing and it went together fast.
The second quilt was made with orphan blocks that finished that finish 10″. The quilt was 40″ square without borders, also perfect for Ronald McDonald House.
Of course I couldn’t just leave it at that, so I used EQ to expand the “Circle of Nine” idea to use 25 blocks. Here’s what it looked like:
Design made with Electric Quilt 8
The Circle of Nine quilts were great for using up orphan blocks. I don’t think I’ll make the 25-block version 😀
What do you do with orphan blocks (individual or just a few blocks left over once a quilt is finished)?
Here is a recent view of my stash of orphan blocks:
Yes, that bin is full of smaller orphan blocks, with the big orphans stacked on top!
Obviously something needs to be done!
I got the orphan blocks out recently and selected all those that finished 12″ square. I combined them into two donation quilts, which finished 42″ square.
You may (or may NOT) notice that there are both white and cream backgrounds in the quilt. I say, “so what?” It would be even less noticeable if there were more of each. Even with just a few blocks it looks OK to me. Sure, if I were planning from scratch I might make the backgrounds all the same. But for a scrap quilt I think the white-vs-cream distinction is much ado about nothing. (Are you with me, Laura?)
Let me know what you think. Does it look “off” to you? Or do you not even notice? Would you do this on purpose, perhaps using white and cream randomly in different blocks?
More posts on orphan blocks to come, for obvious reasons 😀
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.