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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Time tables....

Railroads run on orderly schedules...I don't. The combination of sorrow and deep bitterly cold weather have kept me inside and close to home this week. And...my poor Pfaff has suffered a serious disorder and refuses to stitch nicely. What's a girl to do??? Pull out lots of Orphan blocks and use the Janome Sew Petite sewing machine and sew! The quarter inch is totally 'relative' with the little Janome. The presser foot is plastic and even with my new improved vision, it's hard to see the edge. With Orphan Train quilt blocks, the seam allowance is a very forgiving thing. The goal... to combine odd sized and assorted shapes. These assorted blocks are one set I'm playing with. Today I'm showing approaches I use of OT blocks. This isn't the configuration these blocks will be sewn in...probably. I lay them out to see what I have for size, color intensity, as well as shapes. Some of these are sewn together, but not all. Will it be a "section quilt"? Maybe...or maybe it will be come a "row by row" quilt.
 Another bunch of blocks and a totally different approach. This top was begun by sewing those two 'centerish' log cabin blocks together. I then add something to one side or another. Building out, as you would with a log cabin or medallion quilt. These blocks have come from San, Gypsy Quilter, Granny Lyn of Just Granny's, Julie from Through the Barn Door and mine. There are more bow tie leftovers that will be added, etc, etc. to get to the size it needs to be.
 This quilt has gone to its new owner, a sweet 2 yr. old girl. This Orphan Train quilt was made 'row by row', all the spare parts and blocks caming from my scrapbasket. I've had many Orphan Blocks mailed to me since I began this blog. They have come from across America, coast to coast, but they all seem to play together quite nicely.
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10 comments:

jovaliquilts said...

I love these orphan quilts -- so playful, so fun!! As for the plastic foot on the little Janome, have you thought about using a permanent marker or some nail polish along the edge so you can see it better? Or putting a tape on your machine in front of the foot?

scrappy quilter said...

Oh my, the are so neat and the riot of colors is amazing.

~carol

Julie in the Barn said...

It is amazing how you take all those parts & pieces and create such stunning quilts. I'm so happy that some of my old orphans are being given a new home. I just love to see the process you use to make them all play nice together!

Gill - That British Woman said...

I love that last quilt, its so colourful. I am making a string quilt for the firs time, thanks to scrappy quilter. Its amazing what you can do with scraps of fabric. I have 65 blocks made, only 15 more to do.

Gill in Canada

Dionne said...

I love your idea of making quilts from orphan blocks! And your results are so wonderful!
Cheers,
Dionne

em's scrapbag said...

I hope you didn't freeze getting milk today. I love all these Orphan quilts. I'm thinking of doing one myself. Do you have any tips?

Quilting Journey said...

Ah Finn, if only Time Tables actually worked. I think that just like orphans, time is a relative thing.So, the caboose goes before the engine one day, and the coal car before the passengers another. Isn't that what Riding your orphan train is all about? Somehow, we all fit, just like the blocks do and sooner or later we all find our way home again. I'm just glad we have conductors and engineers like you and Ebby to show us how things can be done...but don't have to if we don't feel like it, too. So many options and variables and somehow the whole comes together and it's always lovely to someone. I lost a friend last year too..and I was missing her this past week and having the 'if onlys'. Nothing better than rearranging bits and pieces to remind us that there is a pattern in there somewhere...we just don't always see it right away. We love you, Finn...and you help us all fit in even when each of us is truly an Orphan at heart. hugs!!!! Michele

Jean said...

Jovaliquilts took the words right out of my fingers! I figured that if you marked the side of your machine foot it would make it easier to see too!
Hope things are going a bit better and warmer for you! We have it cold here in Utah, but not as cold as you! Keep a good thought and a warm one too!

ROZ said...

How great it is to mix up the colors!

DiahRothman said...

You really have the eyes for beautiful colours. Love your quilts colour combinations.

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