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Thread: Making table toppers from blocks

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    Super Member raptureready's Avatar
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    I've been in several BOMs over the past few years and have discovered that by the time they're finally over I have no desire to finish the quilt. I was thinking that I could take the blocks and separate them into groups of 3 or 4 and make table toppers from them. Wouldn't this work? Has anyone ever done this and did it work for you?
    I thought it might be a way to use up all the orphan blocks I have laying around and since my sister organizes a community craft sale every year maybe I could sell some next year.

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    I think this is a great way to use up blocks. I started making 9 patch blocks this past summer during the 9 patch sew along and eventually plan to use these in tablerunners. Go for it.

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    I've not used orphan blocks, but it does sound like a great way to use what you've already made. Seems as long as can find a common color or fabric to make sashing that you've got some beauties on your hands.

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    Great idea. I never thought of that

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    I would think you could also make placemats out of them by adding strips to get them the right size. Your table runner idea is excellent.

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    I have done this many times, It's amazing how beautiful some of them turn out. You can also add borders and borders in-between.

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    They can be used for potholders too.

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    Great idea! Table toppers, runners, place mats, candle mats, etc... :D:D:D

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    I have often looked on quilter's cache to find blocks of the same size and dreamed of making a "sampler" type wall hanging or runner. It is still a dream but where would we be without dreams...

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    Rapture, I think it's a great idea. BTW I found the pic of your new machine!!! HAPPY DANCE TIME!! :D

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    I would love to see the finished product! Great idea!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    I've been in several BOMs over the past few years and have discovered that by the time they're finally over I have no desire to finish the quilt. I was thinking that I could take the blocks and separate them into groups of 3 or 4 and make table toppers from them. Wouldn't this work? Has anyone ever done this and did it work for you?
    I thought it might be a way to use up all the orphan blocks I have laying around and since my sister organizes a community craft sale every year maybe I could sell some next year.
    Go for it! My first "real" quilt project -other than squares- was a runner made of 3 different 12" blocks, a basket, some kind of a star and a churn dash.. I sent it to my sister, a friend of hers saw it and wanted it. She sent me 50 euros and asked me to make another in blues. She keeps ordering runners etc. constantly and her friends do, too.Right now their order is two dozen quilted potholders for Christmas! I' m using plenty of orphan blocks for these, too.

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    I was thinking of doing the same (table toppers) as Christmas presents for my cousins. I also thought maybe little purses with the orphan blocks would be nice. We should have a show of what we end up making with them. I'd love to see everyone's pictures.

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