Tuesday 11 April 2017

Scraptastic Tuesday - April link up

This month I have been taking other people's orphan blocks and making 
them into quilt tops for the fabulous charity Siblings Together.  The charity brings brothers and sisters together in holiday camps and at weekends when they are separated in the uk care system.  It keeps important family bonds going despite difficult times.  

The siblings together quilt group led by Maria, Carol and I makes 100 quilts and more every year so each child can have a quilt to remember fun times with their siblings when they return to the care system be it a children's home, or foster care.  But we couldn't do it without lots of help from the very generous quilting community.

If you have a few orphan blocks sitting in a box, perhaps you could do something with them for charity, or donate them to someone who will.  Orphan blocks count as scraps in my book.   They are scraps that are organised and pre-sewn and therefore very useful for making quilts quickly for charity or any other purpose - perhaps a quick baby quilt or birthday!   So I would encourage you to have a clear out !

 I received these gorgeous blocks from Trudi Wood who does the most amazing longarm quilting.  She also sent me some leftover fabrics she used and some similar fabrics in the same range which helps enormously when I make new blocks to integrate with the orphan blocks.

They looked great square but putting them on point gives them more movement and makes the arrangement bigger once the setting triangles are added.

I wanted one more whole block - but what to add ?  I chose this beauty from an old patchwork book; the block is called Chimney Swallow(s).   I may have to make a quilt with these someday.  

The other blocks are 16" so I had to increase the size of the 12" pattern in the book by one third (thanks Helen for the maths) to get the right size of templates (easy on a photocopier 133%).  Then as the curves are quite gentle I managed to piece it all on my sewing machine.

Here they all are ....

I think they work well together.   But I wanted them to stand out even more so added a frame which pulls out one of the colours in the block.  I have used this technique before and love what it does to my blocks.  It really emphasises that colour in the block, it makes them bigger of course and helps stabilise any bias edges too.

The next challenge is to fill those gaps!   I was thinking of a scrappy fill in but am now considering making half blocks!   Either will look good I think and you can be certain I'll be adding my scraps to the leftovers received from Trudi to make whatever goes in there!

Well it is the second Tuesday of April and time to share your scrappy projects, in progress or completed or your tips for using or organizing your scraps.

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I'm looking forward to seeing what you have to share with us this month.


  1. You are so talented! That quilt is going to be beautiful.

  2. I love this, and you are so right about the frames!

  3. Chimeny Swallows looks like quite the doozey of a block. Yours is fantastic though! The blocks looks really nice, and I like your technique of adding a border to each.

  4. You are the master of creating beauty out of random blocks.

  5. I just really enjoyed seeing your curved blocks...pretty, pretty!

  6. Orphan blocks count as scraps to me too and I use mine in donation quilts also but none of mine are as gorgeous as any of those you are using! What a wonderful quilt that will be.

  7. I love the block you added and the frames look wonderful!

  8. Your new block looks wonderful and I love the frames you added. I think they pull it together. It will be a great quilt and I love the charity cause you work for. Happy Easter Weekend!

  9. Love the block you added to the donated orphan blocks. Framing each blocks makes such an amazing difference, emphasing each block and showing them off perfectly. Great work. I am looking forward to seeing how you finish this top off.


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