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April 16, 2021
A Halloween Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework


Remember these orphan blocks I found in a bag of scraps dropped off by a good friend?  Well, I am ready to share the quilt I finished using them.

I know many of you asked me how to make these blocks.  Well, the truth is I could never quite figure it out.  I think they were strip pieced using two fabrics.  Cut and then sewn back together again.  I believe they are one of those designs that when you sew them back together, you get a positive and a negative block.  You can see what I am talking about in ...

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October 30, 2020
From Trash To Treasure from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Every once in a while I dig through my orphan block and spare parts suitcase and see if I can put together a quilt from some of the items.  

Not too long ago I pulled a bunch of green and gray items to play with.

I started in the center with a 12" leftover RSC block I had.  Then I just added some strip piecing and HSTs and flying geese to build out the center.  I used a gray solid where I needed to make some blocks fit or to add some separation.

I then used some green improve blocks ...

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October 29, 2020
Orphan Block Inspiration from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Remember these orphan blocks I decided to build a quilt around?

I had a total of 15 blocks that measured abut 6" square.  I modified the blocks a bit and then pulled scraps in these muted shades to make a quilt.

Here is the quilt I ended up making.  I wasn't sure I would have enough scraps in these colors but I ended up having plenty.  I also had to make one more "orphan" so I could go with a 16 block layout.

These are not colors I use very often so it was nice to clean these odd ...

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October 9, 2020
Almost Everything but the Kitchen Sink from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 While digging through some bags of scraps, I came across a bag of purple and turquoise leftovers.  I think a friend had started a vortex quilt but decided it wasn't a process she enjoyed.

So I adopted the project years ago.

I was drawn to the colors so I decided to open the bag and see what I could put together.  At the same time, I had my suitcase of orphan blocks out so I dug through there for anything that was in the same colorway.  It wasn't long before I had big pieces of the quilt finished ...

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October 7, 2020
Next Step : Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework


Remember these little blocks I created by slicing up some old orphan blocks?

(You can read about them here.)

Well, I pulled a bunch of scrappy strings in soft blues and greens and browns.  I didn't think I had many colors in these shades but was surprised once I began sorting.  I added in some cream and got to work making some of these 12" quarter log blocks.

I think I will end up with 15 blocks so it won't be a big quilt.  

As I write this post, most of the blocks are almost finished - I am ...

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September 30, 2020
Distracted from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Every time I start playing in my orphan block suitcase, I end up starting a lot of new projects.

I don't often have a large number of any one block but I did find 15 of these gay toned blocks.  They measure (clos to) 6" square.  I find them kind of boring as they are and I think that is why I haven't used them yet.

So today I was inspired to cut them all in half.

I them gave the pieces a flip and sewed them back together again.  The next step was to trim them all ...

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September 27, 2020
Oh Scrap! : Orphan Block Progress from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I have been finding some big blocks of time to spend in my sewing room lately - but the projects I am working on are all so time consuming.  That means the progress has been slow.

This "medallion style" quilt from a bunch of orphan blocks is the project that is using most of my time.  I spent the weekend finishing up the green round of blocks. Right now it measures about 36" square.

Next, I plan on adding some gray blocks to create one more round of borders.  I will need to track down some scraps to create a few ...

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September 20, 2020
Oh Scrap! : Bit by Bit from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 As I was digging through all the bags and tubs of partially finished projects to see if there were any items I wanted to adopt out in the Quilty Orphan Adoption event, I came across a bag of a partially started scrap vortex project I adopted from a friend.  

I had stuffed it in a bag and have been adding to it as I came across sewed pieces in the correct color combinations.  I decided to raid my orphan block stash to see what else I could contribute...

The colors are mostly purples and turquoise.  I added all sorts of ...

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September 17, 2020
Fall 2020 Quilty Orphan Adoption Event from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Do you have a long list of UFOs that you feel like you will never get done?  Adopting out an unloved UFO may be a better option than finishing it yourself!

I have been working for years to continue to work down my list.  I think I am under 20 projects now.  But every once in a while, I start something that I know I don't want to finish.  And with a LONG list of quilts I want to make in the future, I find it is nice to pass the unwanted onto someone else.

So a number of ...

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August 30, 2020
Oh Scrap! : Orphan Blocks...Again! from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 As I was straightening up my sewing table, I came across some sewn bits I needed to put in my orphan block storage.  My single suitcase of leftovers has turned into so much more!

On the left is my little suitcase that has always contained my extra blocks.  When that became full, I started throwing them in another box.  Now that one is overflowing!

So I decided to do a quick sort and pull out some bits to play with.  I am sewing on another project so I have been sewing on this at the same time.  I started with ...

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May 22, 2020
Room in the Box from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I was packaging up the homespun quilt I finished for the Hands2Help challenge when I realized there was room in the box for another quilt.

So I decided to include this quilt I made back in 2017 from some Kaffe Fassett orphan blocks.  It has been tucked away in a bin since I finished it and I am happy that it will finally have a home.  You can go back and read the original blog post here.

I am sending these two quilts off to Emily for the Quilty Hugs organization.
The box is absolutely stuffed so I hope she ...

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May 8, 2020
Hands2Help Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Okay, so technically this isn't a real finish, but I am sending off an older finish for the H2H quilt drive.  I have so many quilts around here, some really need to find a home!

Remember this quilt I made back in 2017 out of a bunch of orphan blocks? (You can see the initial post here.)  Since completion it has been stored away and hasn't seen much daylight.  So I have decided it needs to find someplace where it can bring some comfort.

It has been packaged up with this recent finish and is on its way ...

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March 19, 2020
Spring 2020 Quilty Orphan Adoption Event from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Have you been spending your isolation time in your sewing room?  If you are like me, you have probably spent some time cleaning and digging out old UFOs.  If you have come across some old projects or orphan blocks that you no longer want, consider adopting them out!

Quilting is more fun than Housework

Does this sound like projects you might have?  Well my friends, it is time to get those projects out of our sewing rooms and into the hands of someone that will finish them!  Over the years, I have adopted out over a dozen projects and I have never given them a second ...

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January 17, 2020
Every Quilt Eventually Finds a Home from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Over the holidays, I took some time off and focused on getting some tasks done around my house.  One of those tasks was to replace the canvas leads on my longarm.  
Once I got them installed, I needed to test them out with one of my own quilts, so I loaded up the Kaffe Fassett orphan block quilt I was working on at the end of last year.

I was really thinking hard about not finishing this quilt.
The beauty in this one was in the making of it, not the finished top!

All of the bits and pieces in ...

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December 29, 2019
Oh Scrap! : In A Slump from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I am finding myself in a bit of a creative slump right now.  2019 was a really busy year for me and I think I hit my limits around mid-December.  So for the past few weeks, I have just been focusing on tasks like housework and health so that I feel a bit more in control.

When I have felt like going into my sewing room, I have been working on my Kaffe Fassett orphan block project.  I decided to bring back the dark plum fabric I used in the center to the outside border.  I had a "tunnel" block ...

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December 15, 2019
Oh Scrap! : Playing with Kaffe Bits from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

With the rush to prepare for the upcoming holidays, I haven't been able to spend too much time to sew this week. But I did work a bit on some of the orphan blocks that were left up on one of my design walls.

Here are the orphan blocks I pulled using Kaffe Fassett fabrics.  
They were just placed up on the wall randomly.

I decided to start with these snowball blocks.  I framed them in a dark plum quilters linen.

I then circled them with some of the HSTs that were left over from a couple previous projects ...

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December 8, 2019
Oh Scrap! : Lots of Distractions from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I have been finding myself a little lost lately without any specific scrap projects to work on.  So every time I get a few minutes in my sewing room (that I am not sewing holiday gifts), I find myself hopping from bin to bin and creating a mess.

I did start a project I have had in my head for a bit.  After I made my Improv Garden, I kept thinking it might be fun to use the same technique to create lights in a midnight sky - they could be thought of as stars or lighting bugs.  I finished one ...

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December 6, 2019
Trash into Treasure from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Even though I have had little time to sew, I have been trying really hard to finish up as many UFO projects as I can by the end of the year.  So any spare moment I have is focused on completions.

This week has been all about holiday gifts - but I did get one little quilt finished.

This one actually started out as a stack of orphan blocks and some coordinating scraps.

I used some darker gray, made more HSTs and then made these fun 9' blocks.
I really like how the two colors of solids look - I will have ...

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November 24, 2019
Oh Scrap! : Buried Treasure from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

After finishing a few quilts, it was time I straighten up my sewing room this week.  I try to keep all the fabric together for a project until its completion - or I will inevitably use the needed fabric on something else. 

I admit there is a LOT going on in my sewing room right.  There are piles and stacks of projects everywhere.  As I was moving things around, I found buried one of my last orphan block stacks I was planning on making into a quilt.  I had completely forgotten about it!

I didn't have any of the light ...

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October 11, 2019
Finished...But not as Planned from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I have finished another little quilt from the orphan block stash. I think this makes project number four.  This one was originally planned to be quite different but I never did find some purple fabric I swore I had.  But I still really like the finished wall hanging.

I featured an improv orphan block I received in a bag of scraps.  I love the colors and fabrics in it.
I have used the purple and white striped fabric (second in from both ends) in a previous quilt and thought I had more in my stash.  
I was originally going to ...

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