Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Orphan Block Swap

I belong to the Arnprior and District Quilter's Guild.  One of the activities to inspire us as quilters, is to participate in the Shoe Box Orphan Block Challenge.  I was intrigued... I have quite a few lonely, orphan blocks hanging around, mostly from "block of the month" challenges that were forgotten (sigh).  I always have good intentions but so much of life gets in the way including new quilting ideas that I have.  To make us feel better and give us some inspiration, this project was introduced and I thought it could be great fun!  I loaded up my shoe box (it was bursting with a beautiful block and fabric to go with it) and traded it in for a shoe box filled with mystery.  I didn't know what was in it until I got home.

I was pleasantly surprised.  I love the little block and the fabric was very fresh and fun!  Unfortunately there wasn't a whole lot of it but I love quick projects... even if it took me 3 months to tackle it!  Once I got into it, the project didn't take a lot of time.  I added a few of my own scraps and made a couple more blocks.

I recently purchased Alex Anderson's book:  "Start Quilting"; I mostly bought it for the block sample ideas.
I hope to make a sampler quilt in the future with all the blocks I love.

I tried to quilt with a little more interest as well - free-motion with a plan!  Little projects are a great way to practice.  I think it turned out quite nice.  The back shows it off.

pssst.... as I mentioned, there wasn't a lot of fabric to work with and I ran out of binding.  Hence the little piece added in!

The finished table runner:  I LOVE it and I hope I don't have to send it back to the owner of the fabric (well it's okay if I have to... maybe I will get my orphan blocks back as well in a finished project). 

I think it looks perfect for welcoming back spring!

Moving right into my next project... I have a brand new nephew, wee Harvey, and he is getting a quilt made by Aunt Deb.  I love love love making baby quilts.  I bought a beautiful kona pastel rainbow jelly roll from Mad About Patchwork before he was born and took out the girly colours (to save for a baby girl some day) and plan on making a cute and cuddly quilt for him.  

I am linking up with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for her Let's Bee Social party!  


  1. Oh wow, love the way that table runner came out! The colors are beautiful and so calming, peaceful. I love it!

  2. What a fun idea to trade orphans... Your runner turned out super cute! Can't wait to see what you decide on for the baby quilt you are making to welcome little Harvey. I love baby quilts!

  3. That runner is so fresh and pretty! I love the colors in it. Congrats on a new baby nephew!

  4. What a fun project to do a mystery orphan block! It looks beautiful! Thanks for joining in in Crafty Comment Karma!! We have another one going up tomorrow and I hope you'll participate again!!