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Thread: Here's a tutorial for your UFOs!

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    Senior Member Melanie Rudy's Avatar
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    Here's a tutorial for your UFOs!

    Setting Odd Blocks with 2 1/2" Strips

    Having some nice odd blocks in my stash that I wanted to use up got me thinking about how I could lay them out in a pleasing, simple way for a charity quilt project.
    I also had a huge pile of 2 1/2" strips and they worked beautifully as a setting background for the odd blocks. When I am done working on a new quilt I will often cut the remnants of fabric into these strips for future use. Keeping these in 2 bags, one with warm colors and one with cool colors keeps them ready for my next scrap quilt.
    For this quilt I used the warm colors. The gray neutrals worked because of the warm undertones.

    This completed top is approx. 60 x 60".
    Start by adding a neutral border to your odd block
    with enough fabric that you can trim it to 12 1/2"
    Note: This lovely gray fabric was one of my husband's shirts that was almost brand new. He didn't like it. Normally I would not recommend used clothing for quilts, but when the fabric is still very new it is a good recycle idea. Make sure it is 100% cotton.
    Use small pieces of painters tape to mark off your 12 1/2" size.
    Trim your blocks, being sure to centre them in your border.

    My quilt used 6 blocks, but you can easily use any number that you have.


    Make your setting background strips by sewing your 2 1/2" strips end to end, then side to side. It took about 40 WOF (width of fabric) strips to have enough for my background. You will need 6 strips side-by-side to make the 12 1/2" setting background pieces. These strips are joined on the bias, but this is not necessary. I chose to do this so the diagonal would repeat throughout my quilt because of the diagonal pattern in my odd blocks.

    After you have pairs of strips, divide them into 3 even lengths and
    sew them together until 6 strips are joined.

    Next, lay out your odd blocks on the floor or a design board in a pleasing pattern, imagining your strips in between. Keep in mind the finished quilt size that you desire when you do this.
    Measure the length in between your blocks.
    Cut the 6-strip sets to this desired length,
    adding 1/2" for your seam allowance.
    Sew the 6-strip sets in between your blocks and
    continue with this process until your top is complete.





    Last edited by PatriceJ; 06-20-2015 at 02:15 AM.

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    What a wonderful idea for a beautiful quilt. Nice job and thank you for the tutorial.
    SEW MUCH FUN!

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    You are too clever! I mean that in the best way. My scraps have been a puzzle to me, and I've been trying to figure out something to do between blocks and strips. YAY! Problem solved. Thank you for sharing!!
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    So creative. Great idea and super execution.

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    Thank you! I have a book on using orphan blocks, but it's projects don't even come close to your work.

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    Brilliant idea!
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    Thanks for sharing your process! Great instructions.

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    Now I never thought of that but I really love the setting you came up with a very fun take for orphan blocks. Don't be surprised if one day you see another quilt with your setting design in use.

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    I have been on the "scrappy bandwagon" for the last couple of years, thanks to Bonnie Hunter!! Now with your great tutorial, I can use up even more scraps! Thanks for taking the time to put this together and sharing it.
    HAPPY QUILTING!
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    thank you. wonderful idea!

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    What a great idea! Thank you for this tutorial.

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    I thought this was such a great idea.

    What is the name of your blog, Melanie where you first posted this on the internet? I stumbled across it in March and downloaded a picture, but forgot to keep the attribution. I keep a log of attributions to photos I download, so would like to add it. Thanks.
    Last edited by Belfrybat; 06-20-2015 at 10:13 AM.

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    Wow. Excellent tuterial...thank you for sharing...I have booked your tute.

    Judy in Phx, AZ

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    Looks great!

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    I am "Scrap Happy" and can't wait to do one of those. That is really clever! Thanks so much.
    "You must do the thing you think you cannot do"....E. Roosevelt

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    thanks for the tut
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    What a great idea to use up orphan blocks.

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    My blog is called "Quilters...Enjoy Color!" Thank you all for your comments

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    Nicely done. I would have never have thought of that.
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    Lovely - and how creative!

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    I can only add I LOVE this idea, too!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us
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    I love it. THANK YOU!
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    Great idea! I've been wondering what to do with some very differently-sized orphan blocks, this is worth a try.

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    Excellent tutorial and what a great way to use those blocks!

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    This is marvelous! I may incorporate your idea into cross body messenger flaps and use for doll quilts. Ingenious.
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