Are you going stir crazy yet? It seems like the whole world has gone bonkers, but we know the secret to staying sane - quilting! I decided that while we are homebound, I am going to do two things - make lots of comfort quilts using scraps and stash, and I'm going to work on a Christmas wall hanging kit that I've had for several (seven?) years now!
So yesterday I grabbed my orphan block tub (yes, that's it above, plus I found another smaller one hidden away!) and pulled out some pieces that caught my eye. I started with sixteen blocks in tan and navy, pulled one out and added one in tan and red, added some Irish linen, and came up with this quilt top.
I learned a lesson with this quilt - Irish linen doesn't work well in on-point quilts. I'm going to need to starch the heck out of this top before quilting, but it's going to make a great comfort quilt for someone!
Then I gathered up four over-sized blocks out of the stash and set out to make some baby quilts for Little Lambs Foundation of Utah.
Fortunately I have a lot of different colors in Kona, and managed to find some that blended well with these blocks.
All four of these are right at 36" square, so will be quick and easy to quilt - I love a fast finish, don't you?
Here's a picture of the five quilt tops I finished on Tuesday - a good day's work, I think! They go so quickly when you're using orphan blocks, and now those blocks will go to give five people a whole lot of comfort - an important function in this world we live in!
And here's the next batch of orphan blocks I'll be tackling. I didn't even remember I had these stuck in the box - I imagine they were a donation from someone, so if you recognize them as yours, please let me know - they are beautiful and I'd love to give credit where credit is due! I am thinking I will put a thin sashing between these blocks, with maybe a slightly wider border all around. Kona stash, here I come!
Do you have a box filled up with orphan blocks? Have you thought of turning them into comfort quilts? Hands2Help 2020 starts this Sunday, and with so many of us having enforced stay-at-home time these days, what better way to spend some of your time? I barely made a dent in my orphan block box with those five quilts, so I know there's lots of possibilities still hidden in them. I can't wait to see what beautiful quilts can be created and shared!