Sunday, May 03, 2015

Playing with (orphan) Blocks

I went to bed last night thinking I would get up and rip out part of the progress I made yesterday.  I woke up this morning and kind of liked it ... and so left it and kept going.   It measures 51 by 65-inches which I think is a nice size for a lap quilt to use during chemo treatments or blood transfusions.

Orphan Block Quilt

I think it will be able to brighten up any institutional setting. 

It is made from 2-inch, 3-inch, 5-inch. 6-inch. 9-inch and 10-inch blocks in addition to the 24 inch Hawaiian appliqué which I stitched down with buttonhole stitch on the machine.  Everything except the half-square triangles and a few of the heart blocks came out of my big ziplock of orphan blocks.  I expected that the blocks would be more randomly arranged, but since the blocks I had worked in this almost log cabin arrangement, I followed that path. 

The backing will be pieced because I have ALMOST enough of a pink/cream/green print.  I haven't yet decided how it will be quilted, I know the binding will be scrappy pinks.  In the meantime, it is pinned to my design wall for me to think about. (Follow the link to see what others have on their design walls in the link list on Patchwork Times).

When it's finished, I will be sending it on to Happy Chemo as part of the H2H challenge. 

While it hasn't been a WIP very long, some of those orphan blocks have been around forever, so I'm joining Angie's WIPS be Gone list. 

11 comments:

The Raincross Quilt Guild said...

Oh, yes! It qualifies as a WIP. And it is so cheery. Will brighten some chemo station. When I had chemo back in 99, all they had were burgundy blanket that set a somber mood. This will be so much better. What an angel you are to make this! Thank you, Sophie, for linking to WIPs Be Gone.

Mystic Quilter said...

Someone having chemo will be thrilled to be able to sit under this beauty. Love the way you have that main pink applique block off-centre

QuiltSwissy said...

the black blocks make it work. Brilliant layout!

Jacqueline said...

Love it and what a great cause.

Marei said...

I really like the way this came out and it will certainly bring a smile to someone going through chemo. Like how the pink of your Hawaiian applique is echoed throughout the quilt. Good job!

Sewing Up A Storm said...

What a great way to use up orphan blocks. I think the pink with the black and white really makes the quilt. It will definitly cheer up any chemo............I went to my sister to her chemo center once and they really need as much cheer as you can give.

Needled Mom said...

That looks great and is sure to bring joy to someone.

Terri said...

That is a cheery quilt. Love the pink flags around the two sides.
Hugs

Sowing Stitches said...

Beautiful! I love orphan block quilts!

desertskyquilts said...

Definitely a cheerful quilt, and I like the things you chose to go around it.

A Nudge said...

I remember seeing this top and admiring it. I'm sure it brightened a place just as you surmised.

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