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Thread: Orphan Blocks

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    Orphan Blocks

    I have noticed a few requests for orphan blocks and I am curious as to what an individual does with these. Do they make a quilt with a lot of diferent colors and designs or are they used for another purpose?
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    I use my own blocks that don't come out just right to make chicken pincushions.
    I am not sure what everyone else does with them.

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    Sometimes I make doll quilts with them, just add a few more strips to the blocks
    .or I leave in a marked box of extra blocks and may add to an quilt that needs a different look to them
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    I've been sorting mine out, then plan on putting some sashing around some to make them all one size. Then I'll make some larger panels, very large squares, etc and use them as part of the backing on my quilts. At least that's the plan right now

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    My guild makes cuddle buddy bags to give to children who have been sexually abused, so I take the orphan block and enlarge it and then use it to practice free motion quilting. We put the mini quilt in a bag that we have made with a stuffed animal. Last year the guild donated 250 quilts to the local group who helps these children and the local sheriff's dept.
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    Used to take some to one of my favorite quilt shops, she always had a basket to drop off orphans in (no questions asked). If you dropped off then you could pick up. I've used orphans to make pot holders, placemats. Have used a number of them to make a sampler quilt, have used some of mine and some I've picked up to make quilts. I've also cut up some blocks and made new ones

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    Anna from California is making NICU quilts. Add borders to make them about 14 inches...use flannel on back.
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    Sash them and make a sampler quilt for charity, or a gift for a child.

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    I use mine to make "shopping" bags or grocery bags or else. They are washable and useful. when I showed some to my SIL she said: "you could sell those, they are great" I make them to give not to sell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helou View Post
    I use mine to make "shopping" bags or grocery bags or else. They are washable and useful. when I showed some to my SIL she said: "you could sell those, they are great" I make them to give not to sell.
    This ought to bring a smile (or grimace) from all of you. I made my DD 10 grocery bags out of cotton so she could use them as she likes. First, I must say this is a brilliant student who got straight A's in school. A little over a year later, I asked how they were working out. She replied, "They were great, can you make me more?". What?? She explained "I used all of them the first month." ?! I just had to ask her how. She told me " They held everything I needed, but after using each one, I threw them away" (because she heard that they were not very sanitary). It never occurred to her to wash them! We had a good laugh, and I made her 10 more, and put washing instructions on each of them!
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    I'll add borders and make NICu quilts out of them
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    Quote Originally Posted by madamekelly View Post
    This ought to bring a smile (or grimace) from all of you. I made my DD 10 grocery bags out of cotton so she could use them as she likes. First, I must say this is a brilliant student who got straight A's in school. A little over a year later, I asked how they were working out. She replied, "They were great, can you make me more?". What?? She explained "I used all of them the first month." ?! I just had to ask her how. She told me " They held everything I needed, but after using each one, I threw them away" (because she heard that they were not very sanitary). It never occurred to her to wash them! We had a good laugh, and I made her 10 more, and put washing instructions on each of them!

    What?? indeed. lol I thought you were going to write :"she sold them for pocket money"

    the next thing she ought to learn is how to make some... lol

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    I piece them together with other fabric and use them for the backing. Sometimes they match the front blocks, sometimes they don't.

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    Our guild collected orphan blocks from members and then sorted them into kits (72) to make quilts for charity. Our donations went up this year. It was so successful we are doing it again.

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    I make hot pads with my orphan/goofed up blocks.

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    Just read this thread cause I have a box of them and the same ? Love all your ideas- I think the shopping bags and FMQ practice is what I'm headed for. Thanks for the heads up about labels for washing them- so many of us have that "throwaway" mentality these days.
    KEEP CALM and CARRY ON!!

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    This thread is a wonderful example on what can be done with rejected blocks, sample blocks, orphan blocks.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...e-t237347.html
    So many uses for those orphans.
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    This is what my guild did with our orphan blocks - http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...rs-t22705.html

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    I send mine to the Quilt Block Orphanage in the UK They use them for charity quilts.
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    Wonderful project! But isn't it sad that so many are needed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by madamekelly View Post
    This ought to bring a smile (or grimace) from all of you. I made my DD 10 grocery bags out of cotton so she could use them as she likes. First, I must say this is a brilliant student who got straight A's in school. A little over a year later, I asked how they were working out. She replied, "They were great, can you make me more?". What?? She explained "I used all of them the first month." ?! I just had to ask her how. She told me " They held everything I needed, but after using each one, I threw them away" (because she heard that they were not very sanitary). It never occurred to her to wash them! We had a good laugh, and I made her 10 more, and put washing instructions on each of them!
    That sounds like something my daughter might do too!
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