Orphan Blocks Quilt

Orphan Blocks Quilt

Years ago we had a drawing for orphan lotto blocks. Blocks that were rejected for because of color, size, just not right. I won a batch. This is hanging at our local quilt show this year. I finally finished it. Sometimes I left them as is and added framing. Other times I cut added to them. It was fun to put...

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Remember Susannah?

Remember Susannah?

Oh Susannah! was our March Block Lotto assignment and I won 47 beautiful blocks. Fourteen more were needed for the size I wanted for an on point set. When only making a few blocks for a monthly drawing, each one is a little production of its own but a whole quilt is another thing entirely. While making those 14 extra blocks, I learned that these blocks sew up super quickly in a production situation. There are only 5 sewing steps and the first 3...

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Another quilt from a 2014 block

Another quilt from a 2014 block

  A Snowball’s Chance I didn’t win these blocks. I used a 2014 Block Lotto pattern called Spokes.  I called my blocks snowflakes because I made them from snowflake fabric scraps. I included a big giant snowball too. Machine quilted, hand quilted, tied. Label says: “A Snowball’s Chance Despite the odds I believe some snowballs could survive a trip through hell. I believe in miracles too.” More on today’s...

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Strip quilt finished at last

Strip quilt finished at last

I don’t remember when I won these strip blocks but each block is 6.5 inches and had to include one “made strip” in the block. Can you find your block?  I used them all and had to make four extra to get to my needed number. I wanted a larger quilt so I made 6.5 inch blocks of yellow and white to go in between the strip blocks.  While laying the blocks out on the design wall at Elizabeth’s house, Elizabeth’s sharp...

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Baby quilt from old blocks

Baby quilt from old blocks

We did these blocks years ago, I don’t remember when. I didn’t win, but remember loving the quilts the winners made so I do remember making more and then I forgot about them. I found the stack recently and decided they would make a good baby quilt. It will go to my young cousin who is having a baby...

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Remember zigzag blocks?

Remember zigzag blocks?

I finally found a project for the zigzag blocks.  The Minnesota Quilters President’s Challenge this year is a twin quilt for a program that helps homeless youth, many who have aged out of the foster system, develop their skills.  Each young adult gets an apartment and can select basics such as dishes, pans, bedding, etc.  Hand made items are a big hit.  Often kids can’t believe that someone cared enough to make them something.  The...

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And I Made a Quilt Top

And I Made a Quilt Top

While looking for bright solid scraps to use for this month’s blocks I came across a few different pink scraps plus some novelty fabric scraps so I made a donation quilt top using this month’s block.  I had to put a frame around some of the novelties to bring them up to the 6.5 inch size so I guess those are framed frames....

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