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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Making it work...

is exactly what is required as you work with orphan blocks. Here are two examples. Both of these came in the package from Chris in San Diago. I can imagine anything more odd to work with than a stack of triangles *VBS* Sooo much bias! I puzzled over them for abit, and decided if I added a triangle to each side that would take care of the bias edges. What did I use? Some large triangles leftover from a Delectable Mountains quilt top. The orange square w/fish is a fun block to work with. But a bridge is needed before it joins others of similar size. Thus the funny little odds-n-end piano keys are beinging added.
 On many of my Orphan blocks quilts, this is how I work. I build them. I suppose, in a sense, that's how we make quilt anyway. Part of the difference is that the blocks are multiple sizes. Spacers are needed fairly often. If I used all spacers, it would function like sashing or lattice, and that's not what I want.
 I don't always lay the blocks out to see what will fit where. More often I stay seated at the machine, with a "beginnings" in my lap and audition other orphans, blocks and bits. If I like it, or it mostly fits, I sew it on. Too much? Just cut it off! I have both of these in progress at the same time. The last picture is a lovely box of donated fabric,blocks and quilt tops from Diannia in Iowa. Thank you so much Diannia, it will all get used *VBS*
 
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3 comments:

scrappy quilter said...

I'm slowly beginning to see how you do it. I love the way you quilt and keep getting more and more ideas from your blogs. hugs..

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

looks great, Finn! love it.

Cher said...

my favorite way of playing...some very fun stuff going on!
word verifcation: crookem !

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