Wednesday, February 1, 2017

WIP Wednesday

Blame it on Mmes X, Y, and Z

Those three ladies know who they are!  They're the ones who have been moved to put orphan blocks into a disparate collection and call it a quilt.  And the quilts are as pretty as anything done from a pattern.

Being equally inspired, I have followed them down the rabbit hole, but I wasn't convinced that I had enough to put together into anything that resembles a cohesive mass.

First, I went to my "Parts Department" drawer.

Using Cynthia Brunz's method of sorting by warm and cool, and expanding into themes, etc., I came up with a surprising array of options to start with.  I decided to begin with the brights.

First Pass
The first thing I did was eliminate the diamonds on the far left, first because the shape was not compatible but also because the colors weren't really that bright.  Then there was this other bin of leftovers from 2016 projects.

From it I pulled a few more bright bits.  And then I remembered during my Great Reorganization Project last year I had bagged up yet more bits and bobs, complete with notes about possible ideas to use them.

I added a couple of card trick blocks, and a few monochromatic 9-patches, as well as a couple of pinwheels. 

Now I'm trying to find a suitable background in my stash that can bring all this together.  I think the next step is to come up with a basic layout of the different-sized blocks and THEN decide what it needs to pull it all together.

Honestly, I could spend the rest of 2017 doing nothing more than using up this mess treasure-trove of goodness!

Sew, Cynthia, Diann, and Nann, I hope you are happy!


  1. Welcome to the club Libby! There is so much goodness up on that wall - I know you will create something wonderful. Have fun!

  2. Looks like you're having fun with your spare parts! Can't wait to see how it ends up.

  3. Oh! Look at you calling out the offending parties. LOL I'm SEW jealous of the fun you are having with those spare parts!! Alas, no time for that kind of fun at the moment.

  4. Purple! Purple purple purple!
    (Psst...I think it needs purple...)
    I love seeing all the orphan blocks coming together everywhere. Inspiring me to pull out some blocks of my own!

  5. Am I X, Y, or Z? Happy to inspire (which sounds better than enable).

  6. I think your orphan blocks look like a lot of fun! I love the bright colors! Looking forward to seeing how they come together.

  7. You've got a great start on what looks to be a fun kitchen sink quilt.

  8. Not sure I have enough orphans to play this game, but I'll try to remember it for later. Can't wait to see your arrangement. That to me is the most enjoyable part.


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