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.