Another Beauty Adopted by a Family of Strips

I think it's so much fun to sew without having a real plan. No kidding! You've seen some of my quilts that were "adopted". This is a group of Kaffe Fassett fabrics. When I was getting ready to photograph it, this sassy little orchid wanted to join in. What could I say?!! I finished it last week.

Cameo panel surrounded by various happy strips: 44" x 44"

Do you remember the others? This was a 30 year old block that I used the Windham Fantasy collection to complete. Isn't this lovely?

Vintage Flower block surrounded by 2" strips

And then Fantasy decided they wanted to adopt another block. OK. I can do that, I said. This also was a vintage block that waited around for years.

First adoption - read about it here

And just one more. I made this appliqué elephant block several years ago. Nothing happened with it. Finally, he roared out and insisted that I put it into a quilt. What else could I do?

Minton Elephant: 44" x 47"

Now, I hope I've inspired you to dig around in your orphan block pile and consider this very easy way to make them into simple quilts. I found a few others and one in particular has finally run out of her patience. She has been an orphan for 30+ years and insisted I find some fabrics to wrap around her. I promised I would.

Yes, she has a slight imperfection. Can you see that "6A" in the lower right side? Some kid in her class took a permanent marker and wrote on her leg! I've got a few ideas on how to cover that. I'll keep you posted!


  1. Such a great way to use orphan blocks
    Thank you
    have an amazing day

    1. Yes, it is fun and I'm already rummaging around for the perfect leftovers to surround that potted flower block.

  2. You just gave me some ideas of what to do with some orphan blocks that I have. Thanks.

  3. Fantastic! It is such a great way to play with your fabric. I'm getting ready to make a few more. Glad you liked it!

  4. They are all so beautiful. I love the idea of using strips this way. It really doesn't matter what center or what strips, it makes a beautiful finish.


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