Inspired by Cynthia, and her quest to make orphan blocks into scrappy quilts the last few weeks, I decided to pull out some orphan blocks of my own and see what I could come up with. Last year, for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I stitched up a bunch of Double Four Patch blocks using 2 1/2 inch squares and 4 inch squares.
I really struggled with what to do with these blocks, and tried lots of different layouts, but never really found anything I was happy with, and ended up just putting the blocks away again each time.
After reading some of Cynthia's posts about her orphan blocks, I got my pile out and sorted these blocks into warm and cool colors. I decided to keep working with the cool colors, and set the warm colors aside.
Earlier this week, I put these blocks up on my design wall. I also added some 8 1/2 inch squares of light blue Pearl Bracelets, to make the layout 4 x 5.
So far, this measured only about 32 x 40, and I knew that just wouldn't be big enough for anyone to get any use out of. So then I thought about my big collection of orange peel blocks, and wondered if they could become a border for this set of center blocks.
This was starting to look like something! What about adding some sashing to that left side and bottom?
Trying not to overthink this whole project, I just started sewing, with the 4 patch blocks first, and then the orange peel borders.
Now it looks like I will just need to add something in that one empty space on the left. A chunk of navy blue, perhaps?
I'm just going to keep stitching, and I'll show you how it all ends up next week! Meanwhile, I'm linking up with Oh Scrap! at Cynthia's blog, Quilting is More Fun than Housework.