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.
A while back I ordered some blank cards with the idea that I would use some fabric scraps to create my own note cards.
In addition to the cards, I had this spray intended to turn any fabric into fusible fabric. Never mind why.
So I sprayed the back of one of my little orphan blocks, then ironed it onto the card. I pinked the edges of the blocks before using because I figured there’d be endless loose threads otherwise.
The heat of the iron warped the card a little, so I wasn’t entirely satisfied with that. A glue stick probably would have worked as well, without creating the warp.
Despite the warp, this was actually going pretty well, and I have an (almost) endless supply of little orphan blocks, so next I tried sewing the blocks on the cards:
It was difficult to keep them from distorting while being sewn. So…warped cards from ironing, or blocks slightly askew from sewing? Anyway, they are unique 🙂
Be warned: If I correspond with you regularly, one of these will be coming your way, ready or not!