Orphan Blocks Redeemed!
We all have them - leftover blocks from quilts or other projects, but we're not motivated to make more so they can fit into another quilt. Everyone can use a tabletop trivet or potholder, right?
I made two (maybe more) quilts using the Bella Collection by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics. This is from 2012. They are fresh and modern and I loved working with them.
|Bella fabrics from 2012|
Here is the first quilt I made. It was improvisational and I had hoped that a magazine would have picked it up. Pink slip! I guess they didn't want to figure out how to pattern it. I called it Bella's House. It hangs in my house year round.
|Bella's House. Beautifully quilted by Kathy Gray.|
I made some simple trivets and stitched them together and patterned this for Creative Grids. One of my daughters owns this. Two strips sewn together and then cut with a 60 degree ruler.
Here's one of my orphan blocks. I since removed the white triangles on the sides.
|Orphan block looking for a new home|
I had a little bit of that tree and bird print (in Bella's House) that I put on the back.
And here is the front. Just straight line quilting. This is for my middle daughter's birthday and none of my girls like the "swirly-twirly" type of machine quilting I tend to do! Minimal is the word.
|Spiderweb trivet about 12" high by 13" wide|
Here is another quilt I made with that Bella collection. There are 3 different blocks in this quilt. It is still a quilt top as I don't enjoy quilting something this large. And I'm still not sure about the border. It'll come to me - someday! First, without the border. These are 11" blocks.
|Bella Cobblestone quilt center|
|Bella Cobblestone quilt in process|
|Orphan block becomes a usable trivet.|