There’s still time to sign up for Saturday’s QUILTapestry: Orphan Block Rescue Workshop at Fabric Inspirations in Englishtown, NJ. 732-792-0083
In addition to to the Pumpkin QUILTapestry I made earlier, here are two new samples I made up for the class.
My favorite is “The King and Me.”
I won these colorful and gold highlighted batik fabric fat quarters at a silent auction. Disclaimer: I did not start with an orphan block. I made this block specifically for this project. I thought Prairie Points would add a neat finish to the bottom. It’s so easy to apply Prairie Points when you don’t have a binding to worry about!!! I used the Prairie Pointer Tool by Susan Cleveland that I bought last spring (see my blog entry: Prairie-Point-Party) Then I had fun experimenting with my machine’s decorative stitches and gold thread. The QUILTapestry is hanging on a really neat hanger that I picked up at the AQS Lancaster show from a vendor called Hidden Talents but they’re made by Ackfeld Wire (www.Ackfeldwire.com). It’s perfect for these mini quilts! They have so many shapes and styles, I could have bought a dozen!
This next one: “All Weather Friend” is an orphan block leftover from a block exchange which I paired with fabrics from my stash. The other blocks were made up into a wonderful bed quilt “All Weather Friends” and is my memory quilt from the first quilt guild I belonged to in Plainfield, Illinois – Pride of the Prairie Quilters. Perhaps someone will recognize their block!
In this case, I chose to piece the top border which also serves as the rod pocket and echoed it in the bottom border. The block was originally 12″ square and so with the borders also fits beautifully on the wire hanger which has a 16″ clearance.
The QUILTapestry technique is a great way to use up those orphan blocks, try something new and have a finished project in an afternoon. Making one and adding the wire hanger would even make a great gift!
P.S. Please contact me if your guild would be interested in hosting this workshop!