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Thursday, September 6, 2007

Welcome aboard Lene...*VBS*

I'm so happy that we 'paused' in that dry gulch to see about 'taking on water'. New volunteers and wonderful creations from orphan blocks emerged as a result...*VBS* Our newest volunteer is Lene. And this is her Orphan Block quilt + one..a second quilt being made from the crumbs. Way to go Lene!!! I absolutely LOVE this quilt top! The fact I'm VERY fond of red and brown together might be a clue!! There is such a nice variety of blocks and distribution of color. Altho it was created in parts, it has a very organized, unified feeling. Here is what Lene had to say about her quilt, in the email I received yesterday : "I have attached, I hope, (have never attached pictures in e-mail before) pictures of my most recently completed quilt top and some blocks that I made from the crumbs from the first."

This redwork quilt is not strictly an orphan, more like a blended-family type quilt. I had the twelve-redwork baskets, (they were a handwork take along project several summers ago while away from my sewing machine), The next summer, while in the Lancaster PA area I purchased the flowered border fabric and there it all set until I saw the orphan block quilts. I had the geese, the logs, square in squares, leaves, the postage stamp blocks and some of the appliqué then whenever I would see an unusual block or a new technique I would make a six or nine inch block of it in the colors of the border fabric.

This quilt was so fun to make, I got a chance to try out blocks that I would never make a whole quilt of, and I am tickled to have yet another UFO to the TOP stage thanks to you and everyone’s inspiration.

After completing the redwork and orphan top I had this basket full of scraps, enough to make 42 six inch crumb blocks. I haven't set them together yet.

Lene
P.S. Lene doesn't have a blog, altho I've suggested she might like to..*VBS* So, please leave your comments, congratulations and questions here.

13 comments:

Katie said...

yah, yah, yah! Just goes to show what can happen when a few orphans get together and reach for the stars. I love the idea of using the same fabric to experiment with. Sure wish I had done that. Looking forward to seeing more!

schnoobie said...

Great Stuff!!!!
This has been on my "TO DO" list for awhile now..... Guess I 'd better start diggin out some pieces and parts!!!can't wait to peruse everybodys efforts!!!!

Colleen Whalen Eskridge said...

Finn, thanks for the kind comments,I love these latest quilts.I have to admit that after yesterday,decided to sew today...and during the afternoon...did dig out some bits and pieces of orphans.partially completed blocks..and sashings.So I am motivated. Hope to find my cameral cord...SOON????? or go to camera shop and save photos to cd..so can share works in progress.Mine will definitely look like mismatched blocks..as have way too many projects going to spend too much time rearranging. Think that is what put me off of doing this before now...having to think about all the fitting together.But thanks for sharing these.Love them. Colleen

Gypsy Quilter said...

Such bright and cheerful colors. Way to go Lene!

Marcie said...

Lene made a fabulous quilt! Her whole design and layout is wonderful and the combination of applique, embroidery and pieced work is stunning! It is a winner. I hope she puts it in a show.

Terry said...

Love the redwork blocks in the first quilt. Lene's choice of colors are great!

Ila said...

Oh, WOW!! I really like the redwork blocks, gives a place for my eyes to have a visual rest, and increases the impact of the surrounding blocks

Patti said...

Beautiful quilts Lene! The redwork baskets are set of so beautifully. What a wonderful way to use all the blocks in your little collection. Thank you so much for sharing with us!

Jeanne said...

Hi Lene! Your quilt is lovely, and the crumb block colors are great! Yesyesyes, do start a blog and join us!

And hi, Finn! I'm glad the train is on the move again. My bag of orpahn blocks will be coming out to play the first of next week.

Jeanne :)

Carol E. said...

Lene, I absolutely LOVE your gorgeous quilt!!!!! I agree, it should hang in a show. Now that Lene has successfully attached photos to an email, her next step can be to start blogging.

Lene said...

Thanks everyone for your generous comments. You've made my heart sing. Going to be away from the computer for five weeks(camping trip, leaving bright & early in the morning). We'll see about that blog when I return.... VBG.
Lene

Tracy said...

I love your quilts too! Great work!

Welcome aboard, I am glad you are here. Have fun camping:)

Sue in western WA said...

Beautiful "blended family!" And a fun crumb quilt to boot!

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