Saturday, October 28, 2017

Taking pictures can help with balance of value...

I had to laugh when I looked at this photo.  How did I put both of those darker valued four patches in the upper left and not notice?!
Something so clear in the photo completely escaped me while sewing this top together.
This top was made from a collection of orphan blocks some of which were pretty old.  I guess I was to focused on just getting them all to fit together.
I have a large amount of various shades of chocolate / tan / brown calico orphan blocks.  I guess this was a popular color back in the 70"s?!
Well I'm always looking for more masculine color schemes for my vet quilts so I dredged these out of the brown stash of Orphan blocks and I think it's OK but the upper left corner did give me a moment of pause!  LOL
On to other orphan blocks...a little more contemporaneous.
I think these maple leave blocks (about 12" square) are maybe from the 90's?!
They made a nice quick thank you gift (table runner) for a friend who hosted us recently. 
It's funny how styles change.  Big 12" blocks like these use to be the standard size,  now it seems like blocks are smaller.  Is that a Dear Jane / Farmers Wife influence, I wonder? 
Orphan blocks are a great way to whip up a quick top or gift without going to too much effort and you can smile because squishy gifts are always appreciated and you repurposed something that might otherwise have been thrown away!
May all your orphan blocks find homes!
Happy weekend!
Cheers, CW


  1. Thank god for ipads and instant photos. Another good tool is a reduction glass, or looking through a pair of binoculars the wrong way, for the same reducing effect. As for your quilt, I think it looks just fine!

  2. I am not bothered by the extra dark brown squares in the left corner. I don't think it's an issue and I hope you haven't been so disturbed by it that you ripped it out. It'll be an awesome vet lap quilt!
    You are just the most amazing quilter/person!! All these gifts/donations for others!!