Three weeks ago I showed you some orphan blocks I quilted up for the block drive run by Little Island Quilting in the UK. They are creating scrappy quilts with 12,5 inch blocks from all over the world. The quilts are going to Mexico City for a home of former street children.
This week there was a first photo of one of the quilts that had arrived in Mexico City:
Here are some examples of quilts made these last weeks:
( All three of the above pictures are from Little Island Quilting;s blog post Soy Amado # 7 (and # 6) of this week! I kind of hijacked them… hope that is OKAY!)
It is such a joy to see your own blocks now being part of a large international quilt to warm a child’s heart!
Working on the orphan blocks was such great fun , that I dug some deeper in my orphan blocks box…. and I found some more. A few months ago I tried to “go scrappy” but the fabrics were just not doing what I had envisioned. Okay, that sometimes happens I guess! I threw the project in a box and tried to forget about it! Out they came this week! :-)
I put some borders around the nine patches and “piled” the FMQ on top.
(Great fabric! Found it in a thrift store for 50 cents! I can back 8 blocks with it!)
I used my old Pfaff for the FMQ as the Janome is at the repair shop. (I have heard that I can pick her up already! Quick, he?)
The smaller throat of the Pfaff was giving me some trouble so the FMQ is a little bit more jagged here and there than usual. Also the hopping foot can not be adjusted in hight. The thicker sandwich made it somewhat more difficult to freely move the fabric around therefore. I also could not use the slider as it would not properly stick to the table (mystery! It does not have any problems on the other table!). Looking at the results, I am happy with the results taking all of these things in account. I got to practise my FMQ even while my Janome was at the shop! And, most importantly, I could help the block drive out a bit (and get “rid” of some orphan blocks I was surely not going to use for anything else!)
As I am also participating in the McTavish Along organized by Amy’s Free Motion Adventures, I also did three blocks with that FMQ pattern. I see improvement compared with the baby quilt I did last week. Just need to make sure the lines are a bit more smooth. I hope the Janome will solve that problem with the wider throat space!
The main lines are now longer and I tried to add more perpendicular lines to create the feel of movement and layers!
Hey hey, do you have sad orphan blocks that would like to become a gorgeous scrappy quilt? Stitch them up and send them out of your house!
More info on where to send your blocks is available on Little Island Quilting’s blog! There are several quilters collecting the blocks before sending them to the UK. Go check it out!!!
Okay, six blocks DONE, six more to go! (maybe more….)
Also, If you have not entered yet in the GIVEAWAY for one of the pattern sets for Chugging Along, you just have a few more days to do so! Giveaway ends this Saturday the 15th of March!
Chugging Along – paper piecing pattern:
P.S. The SUN has come out to play here this week! We are so enjoying it!!!
P.P.S. I am linking up with all of these parties:
Amy Free Motion Quilting Aventures for the McTavish Along
Stitch by Stitch for Anything Goes Monday
Freemotion by the River for Linky Tuesday
Blossom Heart Quilts for Sew Cute Tuesday
Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation