Orphan Quilt Blocks and a little leftover fabric

Just a little post about how I used the leftover quarter square triangles from my sampler quilt. What do you do with leftover scraps from your finished projects?

Have I mentioned the loaves and the fishes? The New Testament story of Jesus feeding the masses is the way I feel about fabric when a quilt is finished. There’s always fabric left that needs purpose – or at least in my mind it needs purpose. And after quilting for 40 years I still am trying to decide what to do each time.

After finishing the Sampler quilt, there were quite a few quarter square triangles left from the 4″ Qube as well as many from the 8″ Qube. What else would one do with them except make a Star in a Star block. Believe it or not, I was able to make 12 blocks. They’re not all finished, but they are well on the way.

And while I was doing the side project of the star in a star block making, there was a red quilt to bind so I changed the thread on my machine and when the top thread was changed, the bobbin somehow didn’t get changed.

The red stitched pieces sat beside the machine for several days. And then during the weekend, I decided to take out the red stitches and restitch them together. Unstitching doesn’t bother me – maybe because when the girls were in 4-H, I took out stitches for a lot of the sewing group so they wouldn’t be discouraged by their mistakes.

Here are the “in progress” star in a star blocks – two are finished. They finish at 8″, but will likely get a border of some sort to make them bigger since there are only 12 of them.

Hope you have a happy day and can do a little quilting for fun.

Oh, and by the way, what do you do with the leftover scraps from your finished projects? 
 

Author: Marjorie Busby

My blog is about helping other quilters learn to use great tools in their quilting through what I can teach and through finding other bloggers who have good information. In addition, I am a mother and grandmother. Other hobbies include any other stitchery which makes me happy at the moment. I worked in clinical research for most of my career. I am now retired and enjoying every minute.

12 thoughts on “Orphan Quilt Blocks and a little leftover fabric”

  1. Love these blocks! What a great way to use extra fabric. Sometimes, I make pillow covers or pillow cases to go with my quilt with extra fabric.

  2. I have a list of block sizes needed for “Gypsy Wife” posted on my white board. I’ll make a few of the smaller blocks or even a big one with my extra pieces. I place the block in the orphan drawer and come spring I should have enough to lay it out on the wall. Some work, but not always! I like scrappy…not eye jarring…..
    Thanks for all your great ideas.

    1. Cheryl, What a great idea. The Gypsy Wife quilts are wonderful. I love scrappy and am a fan of Lori Holt quilts which are a similar idea using different size blocks. This tells me that I need to start an orphan drawer again. Used to have one and somehow haven’t done that in awhile.

  3. I cut my leftover scraps into various shapes using the Accuquilt system. Then I make scrappy quilts for charitable organizations. Fun!

    1. Lillian, that’s a great idea too. I often cut smaller scraps into Shape 5 HSTs because that makes such great scrappy pieces for many blocks. This makes me think I’ll do a post about what I do with larger scraps.

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