Quilty Ideas

Today I have a couple of ideas of ways quiltmakers can use their orphan blocks.

The first is a simple vest. It started with the rose embroidery on a quilted fabric. It was a sample to see how the rose stitched out and because it came out beautifully, I added a couple more fabrics to make the front panels for this vest.

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Rose Vest

You can use your favorite vest pattern. It is easier if there are no darts because of the bulk of the seams.

The second vest uses traditional blocks. I purchased this vest a number of years ago at a quilt show and I love the idea.

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Pinwheel Block Vest

Again, notice that there are no darts.

This third vest is my very favorite. My sister figured out how to make crazy quilt patchwork long before I did. I have three crazy quilt vests she made.

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The Duck Vest

My family calls my sister Aunt Duck so I have to show you one special button on this vest. It makes me smile every time I wear the vest.

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The Duck Button

If you don’t want to make a garment, make a mug rug. This little block is ready for the binding, then I’ll have a great little mug rug.

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This is a small block approximately 6″ square.

One other fun use for orphan blocks is potholders. Just use a heat-resistant batting like Insul-bright in addition to the regular batting.

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Potholders are good gifts.

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3 Responses to Quilty Ideas

  1. mary oddan says:

    Take several, add borders and donate for a baby or kid.

  2. Diane H says:

    Very cute.

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