Thursday, 6 March 2008

More orphans

After my recent success at reducing my orphans, I decided to raid my box of little orphan blocks again - well, I had to actually, because I could hardly get the lid closed! I found quite a number of 2 1/2inch sqaures joined together in pairs. They must have been left overs from a four-patch or even nine-patch quilt at some time. I arranged them on the floor to see of they would make anything reasonable.

The answer is patently no! Even the addition of a few half square triangles and flying geese couldn't help. Then I remembered there were half a dozen wonky houses I had made some time ago, waiting in my UFO box. I added them, along with more half square triangles made into diamonds and pinwheels, and suddenly, we have lift-off!

That's more like it! It was quite tricky to join together, but a bit of adjustment here and there and it all went together in a very satisfactory way.


Here is the finished top (alongside some books of DD's waiting to go to the charity shop!) which is bright and cheerful, and joining the pile waiting to be quilted.

And here is my small orphans box, not even half full. A result!

19 comments:

meghs said...

The wonky house blocks are great and lift the whole top from a pile of fairly ordinary "blankness" to something that looks really good!
I do like your quilts!

Kim said...

Aha! All things are fair game in your quilting room. I really enjoyed seeing how you sorted this "leftovers" quilt out and I love it!!

Christina said...

So fabulous and inspiring! I can't wait until I've been quilting long enough to have orphans.

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

I love it. what a fun bright happy unexpected quilt. you did great!

loulee1 said...

You're right, really cheerful. :-)
It's amazing what a wonkey house will do.

kathi said...

Wow, you made something out of nothing. I especially love the pinwheels that you threw in there. Good job.

Lynne in Hawaii said...

Great look! Love what you came up with. Yep, cheerful!

Patti said...

Marvelous use of orphans and parts. Have you let Finn know that you've made an orphan quilt top? I'm absolutely sure she'd love to post a picture of this on her Orphan Train blog - if you'd like her to.

Paula said...

Now the orphans have a home....and such a nice little home. I'm sure they are feeling comfy there! Great job!

Finn said...

Hi Lynda, I've linked over from Tonya's blog. Your Orphan blocks and spare parts quilt is just delightful! The wonky houses are the perfect touch added with all your squares, HSTs and flying geese. It looks both organized and free spirited. Way to go! And yes, I'd love to show it on our Orphan Train blog and link it back to you, if you'd be willing.

Sue in western Washington, USA said...

Absolutely delightful!

Helen said...

WOW! Looks great! All those orphans have a new home. :)

Karol-Ann said...

Love this! It works really well and is wonderful that not an orphan is wasted :O)

Nancy-Rose said...

I love your orphan quilt - it's absolutely TWO-derful!!! ('one' wasn't near enough)

Nancy-Rose

cher said...

yes, this is one bright and happy fun quilt! way to go...

Carol E. said...

I love it and am inspired!

Karen said...

Hi, came over here from Tonya's blog; your quilt is super and enjoyed reading how it developed.

blackbearcabin said...

i cant believe what a cute quilt you ended up with, just from scrap blocks...how cool! hurrah for you to free up some storage space :)
cheers~
lisajo

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