Another Orphan Block Quilt Finished!

October 31st, 2018

I finished quilting/binding my 2nd hospice quilt, again made with orphan blocks.  These pictures don’t quite capture the colors correctly.  The shot below is a closeup of the orange block.  One thing I am learning is that when you are quilting a quilt that is to be snuggled and/or keep someone warm, it’s very different than quilting a wall hanging.  You really don’t want to quilt as densely, so for me, this involves a lot of restraint.  Normally, I would fill in those ruler work frameworks, but I don’t think that makes sense here:

Here’s a closeup of the center portion:

The long strips hold a long, straight featherette.  That is a bit denser than what I probably should have quilted, but I couldn’t help myself.  I was very restrained in the outer border zone and just did a 2-tiered swag with a tapered channel:

(The last 2 photos are more realistic as far as color goes.)  Here’s a long shot:

…and here’s a shot of my first 2 donation quilts together.  It’s very gratifying to me that both of these were made using up orphan blocks:



2nd hospice donation quilt for the period Oct 1, 2018-September 30, 2019.

Another Quilt From Orphan Blocks

October 21st, 2018

I just finished piecing another donation quilt using orphan blocks, but this time it’s in richly saturated warm colors.  Here are the first 2 blocks:

I know,…talk about BRIGHT!!  Here are 2 more blocks to add into the mix:

You really need a pair of sunglasses to look at these!  I have to say that working with these colors is invigorating, though.  I decided to set them off a little differently than the last quilt, so I added a sashing between them:

…and then I added a narrow border in another warm color around the whole thing:

I realize that this quilt is kind of over powering color-wise, but I am quite drawn to it.  It’s already been basted and I’ve started quilting it, which is my favorite part.  More to follow…

Charity Quilt Ta-Done!

October 10th, 2018

My pledge to myself to use up orphan blocks to make donation quilts has paid off-my first one has been pieced and quilted!  I’m very fond of blues/greens/and purples so it was very easy to work on this quilt.  I used my PTD ruler starter set for all the ruler work.  You can see the ruler work design pretty clearly in the sections made w/solid color fabrics:



…and the same design is used inside the large center blocks inside the stars, although it’s not as obvious because of the print fabrics:




One of the things I love most about ruler work is that it’s easy to create larger secondary designs that are formed by multiple adjacent blocks, as seen below:




The half triangles and squares along the outermost “pieced section” were filled with featherettes, and the outermost border is a mirror image pair of feathers in each border:




My goal is to piece at least 12 quilt tops over the next 12 months and if I can also get them quilted in that time frame, I would be on the moon!




The back side does not show the quilting well because it’s too busy of a print:




One last look:




Hospice donation quilt #1 for the period of 10/1/18-9/30/19!

Using Up Orphan Blocks

October 4th, 2018

I’ve been clearing out all kinds of stuff from my sewing room and I have many orphan blocks from old projects.  Over the past few months, I’ve participated in a few charity sewing events and was surprised by just how gratifying it was to use my skills to help someone else.  I started wondering if maybe I had enough orphan blocks to make a couple charity quilts, and yesterday I started piecing some together:

…and then there were 4:

…and then there was a whole quilt:

This quilt is now basted together and ready for some free motion quilting!  I love all these colors together so this will be a total pleasure to quilt…more to follow!


Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

October 1st, 2018

The Asheville Quilt Show was this past weekend and my quilt, “Garden at Midnight” won the “Best Machine Workmanship” award!  This guild has many incredible quilters, so this is an incredible honor.  The “Best Hand Workmanship” award went to  Linda Roy for her quilt called “Ruffled,” which is pictured below:

You can’t see it in the photo above, but she created a very interesting edge finishing that included ruching all along the edges.  This added a very intriguing texture and I’m always impressed when someone does something special for the binding.  Personally, I am always at a stage of feeling “let’s just get this thing done,” and I’m pretty much out of any creative steam by that point.  The quilt that one the “Best of Show” award was called “Primrose and Promises” by Cathy Bingham and it is shown below:

This is what the quilts looked like when you first entered the hall:

The show was a great show and I spent a lot of money on the vendors.  It is always so inspiring to see so many quilts in one place, and I always leave with lots of ideas running through my head.  Thanks to everyone at the Asheville Quilt Guild for putting on such a great show!