Orphan blocks no more

Hey there! How are you? It’s been a bit stop-go ’round here lately and I’m trying to accept there are some things I’m never going to finish. But, that doesn’t have to be negative, right?!

For instance, I know I’m never going to finish the quilt I started with Amy Smart’s Virtual Quilting Bee, much as I’d like to. My quilting mojo was interrupted by too much illness and I’ve just lost momentum. So now I’ve got 6 blocks hanging around that are far too pretty to be shoved in a box and forgotten about, but there aren’t really enough of them to do anything substantial with either.

Enter Christmas. I love to make all the gifts I give to family and friends, which means I can often be making 20 odd things each year. So how handy is it when you’ve already got 6 cute blocks ready to burn a hole in your to make list?! Hmm, I thought to myself, 6 blocks could become 3 wee table runners… Here’s the first one hot off the machine:

© Stephanie Boon, 2013 www.DawnChorusStudio.com Patchwork an quilted table runner.

2 blocks down, 4 to go!

The palette is fresh and spring-like and that block on the right is my absolute favourite of the 6 I made. It’s called Tilt-a-Whirl and you can find all the details here. Here’s a close up:

© Stephanie Boon, 2013 www.DawnChorusStudio.com Patchwork an quilted table runner.

Detail of the Tilt-a-Whirl block

The other block I used in this runner is called Make It Do, which you can see in the picture below. I free motion quilted (fmq) this piece, which is the first time I’ve done that in a loooong time!

© Stephanie Boon, 2013 www.DawnChorusStudio.com Patchwork an quilted table runner.

Make It Do

And, boy do I need some practice! But that’s another great reason to work on small projects isn’t it: you get to practice different things without too much time commitment.

The other two runners are currently works in progress and I decided to try setting the blocks on point to give them a bit more width. I forgot that it also gives you some darn stretchy edges to work with (and I ran out of starch, doh!). Still, it’s looking okay so far, so fingers crossed! I think I’ll fmq around the pink roses, but I’m not quite sure how I’m going to approach quilting the rest of it – any ideas? What would you do?

© Stephanie Boon, 2013 www.DawnChorusStudio.com Patchwork an quilted table runner.

On point blocks

Well, I’m off to stitch on that final border, so if you’ve got any quilting ideas let me have ’em!  And don’t forget to share what else you could do with orphan blocks – how have you used yours?

Linking up with Freshly Pieced.

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(click the image to discover lots of other quilty works in progress this week.)


Happy stitching 🙂

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6 replies
  1. Daphne Lewis
    Daphne Lewis says:

    The table runners are beautiful!! Are they going to become Christmas gifts? I have so many half finished projects and need to finish some of them.

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Oh yes, gifts galore! I’ve even washed and wrapped some of them – now that feels a bit too organised for me! (I’m wondering if the Aliens have landed and taken over my brain!)

      I’m learning a more positive way of looking at “half finished projects” is to see them as opportunities instead of ‘orphans’ or ‘abandoned’ (which is how I usually perceive them). I’m beginning to realise they nestle there waiting to come to the fore at the right moment, just when you need them, maybe that’s for gifts or to satisfy another need, like a colour fix, or a hand sewing fix…but at least if you’ve got a few half finished projects lovingly tucked away (ie not stuffed in a box at the back of the cupboard like I’ve been guilty of!) you know you’re likely to have something there just when you need it 🙂 Gosh, I’m getting good at this positive thinking malarkey, haha!

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thanks so much Sara! I have to say, I do get a bit excited about colour – I wonder if you get as lost in it as I do or maybe it’s just me that spends 10 times longer on choosing colours than actually making a quilt, lol!!

  2. The Sassy Quilter
    The Sassy Quilter says:

    These tablerunners are absolutely great Stephanie! They will make an excellent gift and what a great way to enjoy your project. I have quite a few myself abandoned in the sewing room 🙂 This gives me some ideas for presents too. I am a fan of straight lines and echoing shapes myself for FMQ and an allover design also looks nice like Stippling. You sew girl! You are on a roll.


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