Saturday, September 19, 2015

Fall 2015 Quilty Orphan Adoption

We all have them squirreled away in our quilting spaces--UFO projects that will never be finished, fabrics that we wonder why we bought them, orphan blocks and leftover pieces from past quilts. These orphans and UFOs are taking up valuable space, and in some cases lead to unnecessary guilt every time we unearth them from whatever box or bin they are hidden in.

Cynthia at Quilting is more fun than Housework is hosting an event to help all of us clear out some of those orphans and UFOs. It's time for the Fall 2015 Quilty Orphan Adoption Event. Each participant posts information and photos of the project/pieces they want to give away. Many are asking that the orphan project be finished and donated to charity.

I have two UFOs that I am offering up. Both were projects that were started in classes, and I just never went back to finish them up. I will ship to anywhere in the U.S.

#1 Envelopes: This project was a mystery class that my sister and I took together. We were told how many medium and dark fabrics to bring, and we did most of our cutting in advance. I was going for jewel tones, but ended up with a few blocks that don't fit in with the rest of the group very well (like that grey and red block near the center.) There are 24 blocks made, and they measure 8-1/2" finished.

This photo shows parts that have been cut for 9 more blocks.

Here are the parts for an additional 13 blocks, which are partially constructed.

Altogether you get 24 finished blocks and pieces to make 22 more. I will include the instructions for the pattern too. If you cut two more blocks from your stash, you will have 48 blocks total. That would make a nice size throw quilt measuring 51.5" x 68" without borders. I would love it if the person who get these blocks would donate the quilt to charity.

#2 Simple Symmetry: Another class project that just didn't hold my interest. The class was taught by Paula Nadelstern. She taught us how to use a symmetrical print to make beautiful kaleidoscopic effects. Here is the fabric I used and a photo of Paula's sample.

 I made enough blocks for two rows. The blocks have not been stitched together yet, and you can see the individual blocks at the right end. Each row when sewn together will measure approximately 7" x 21". 

In the next photo the top row of blocks have been rotated 180 degrees, completely changing the look of the row.

With the Simple Symmetry UFO, you would receive all the blocks shown, two additional yards of fabric, and the instructions brochure from the class.

Leave me a comment to let me know which "orphan" you would like to adopt. I will choose a recipient for each one next Wednesday, Sept. 23rd. Be sure to check out the rest of the quilty orphans over at Quilting is more fun than Housework.

Edited 9/23/15--This giveaway is now closed. The winners are Sherry and Kat, who have been emailed to get their mailing addresses. Congratulations on your adoptions!

Julie in GA


  1. Wow Julie! These are great blocks for the adoption. Thanks for joining in and linking up. I am sure someone will come along and offer to adopt them. They will make some great looking quilts!

  2. Sure I would take on this challenge and finish and donate the finished quilt! I have never done a kaleidoscope before so it would give me a good idea of how it is done :-)

  3. Wow Julie! those are to amazing giveaways. I am have a difficult time resisting temptation. But... since I am trying to pare down my stash, I must. So this is just a "cheering you on" comment. You'll be able to find a home for these, for sure. Vicki is awesome and i really admire the charity quilting she does!

  4. Hi, these are great projects! I'd love to have either one or both for my charity, Covered in Love. We provide quilts to the families of patients who pass away in the local hospital. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Julie these are fantastic orphans. If I didn't have so many of my own, I'd throw my hat in the ring. I make lots of quilts for charity and QOV, so I know you will find a good home for them. You are a very generous lady too.

  6. WOW! Both projects are wonderful. It would be a pleasure to complete either one of them. My guild was just discussing upping our charity program to include more groups yesterday. . . either of these would be a great addition to our cause.

  7. I'm really interested in the second one. I've been doing something similar with hexies. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  8. I'm intrigued with the envelope quilt. I'd finish it up and donate it. There's a silent auction and dinner event coming up later in October for a friend's son who just had his second liver transplant that this would be perfect for. I think I'm a reply commenter but since Google might change it's mind, I'll leave my email too. Karen


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