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Thread: Orphan Blocks

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    Orphan Blocks

    I suppose this is one of those "problems" that long time quilters always have. Since I'm only about 3 1/2 years into quilting it hasn't been a problem for me until now. A friend of a friend has been a quilter for 30+ years and my friend told her about me and that I make almost exclusively charity quilts. Well, this week I inherited about 25 pounds of scraps. I use the term loosely. I started about a year ago cutting all my leftovers into strips or squares so there is very little left over. This woman quilts almost exclusively with batiks and her "scraps" consist of an unbelievable number of blocks. I've been sorting through them all week. It is actually pretty intimidating! I'm uploading a few pictures - mind you, this is a fraction of what I've received! The basket of scraps is really scraps - I've sorted by color - but those little stacks are about 4 inches high. The friendship star block - there are about 20 of those mixed with churndash blocks - same size and color values. There are also hundreds of cut shapes - squares, triangles, strips - I haven't tackled those yet. The Christmas block - there are 8 of those that I've found so far. I've no idea how to put them together. I will definitely be adding to the post later, but I couldn't resist showing some of this stuff right now. With the exception of the Christmas blocks these are almost entirely batiks.
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    Pretty fabrics and blocks you have "inherited"! What fun!
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    Those are scraps!?!?!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helovesme View Post
    Those are scraps!?!?!?
    LOL! That was my reaction, too. And I haven't finished going through it yet, either!
    Pat

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    OOh, I should have a friend like that.
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    Here are more!

    I counted these - there are 62 of them - they are all pastels and any of them would go together - but I've no idea how to use them!
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    Pretty colors!

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    These scraps have caused me to drool on my keyboard.

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    Awesome scraps!!!!

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    Oh how lucky you are! And what fun! Adorable little dog, too.
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    LOL

    I am waiting to see how you put them together.. best of luck

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    Wow lucky, lucky lady!
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    You won the jackpot of the quilting world. Have fun with these .... so many ideas going thru my head!
    Make it a scrappy happy day!

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    Wow! You will be able to make some gorgeous charity quilts with those "scraps" for sure. Peggy
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    so, enlighten a newbie to quilting please. bear with my questions?
    Did she just do these as "tester" blocks and decide not to do the whole quilt? or just do so many she had leftovers? I am trying to wrap my head around why so many "orphan" blocks. Not really sure what it all is about.
    to me this looks like my stash (but not batiks)

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    You scored!!!! Cute pooch also

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    First off, your generosity in providing charity quilts has come back to you ten-fold!!! I think the blocks that you are not sure what to do with have to live with you for a while before they can tell you what they need to be. Sometimes, after living with a fabric, it will finally speak to you. Congratulations on receiving such a blessing. Thanks for sharing.
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    All I can say it wow! These are not the kind of free scraps I receive to do community service.
    Have fun.

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    What a lucky person to receive all of those scraps! What size charity quilts do you make? Some of those look like they are ready now for babies who are just born that don't make it or for those who are born early and spend a lot of time in the the newborn ICU! I've made a few of each of those.
    Go forth and sew!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pattia View Post
    so, enlighten a newbie to quilting please. bear with my questions?
    Did she just do these as "tester" blocks and decide not to do the whole quilt? or just do so many she had leftovers? I am trying to wrap my head around why so many "orphan" blocks. Not really sure what it all is about.
    to me this looks like my stash (but not batiks)
    I haven't met this lady so I can't really say for certain but I think it is probably a little bit of each. But I have no explanation at all for those 62 blocks!! I spent a lot of time last night trying to finish going through everything - STILL not finished! I do think I've found all the blocks, though and there are a ton. I'll try to photograph more of them later, but I have more sorting and pressing to do first.
    Pat

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    very nice job, it's fun to make a top and use scraps. it makes it feel like a "freebie"

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    What a an inheritance! Surely, one of the finishished quilts will be raffled for a great cause. Keep us posted.

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    Pretty scraps and you are lucky to have been given such a beautiful gift, Happy Quilting
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    those are going to make a nice quilt
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