Thursday, September 17, 2020

Orphan Adoption #1--Fall 2020

One of my biggest projects over the past couple of months has been attempting to clean up and reorganize my sewing room. It has gotten to the point where I am overwhelmed by how much quilting stuff I have--books, magazines, fabric, scraps, UFOs, etc. Lucky for me, this week it's time for the Fall 2020 Quilty Orphan Adoption Event  hosted by Cynthia at Quilting is more fun than Housework.

The Orphan Adoption event is held twice a year to help quilters clear out some of the old projects that we will never finish. It's the perfect opportunity to pass along your orphan blocks/projects to someone else who will love and finish them! It's also a great time to acquire a new project or two for yourself.

I have multiple offerings up for adoption this fall, and I am going to list them each in a separate post. That makes it easier for me to keep track of who is interested in each item. My other posts can be viewed HERE and HERE.

One reason my sewing room is such a mess is because I'm not good about dealing with the leftovers after I finish a quilt. I generally end up with a box of extra or partial blocks, leftover strip sets and chunks of fabrics. The bigger fabric pieces might make it back into my stash, but I have a hard time deciding what to do with the rest. My first "orphan" came from one of those boxes.

This is the first bed-sized quilt I ever made. It was started in a class in 1995 and finished in 1997. The blocks start with a 9-patch in the center, then build log cabin strips around that. Here is the original pattern, which makes a quilt that finishes at 63" square. I used a different layout of the blocks for my quilt. The pattern will be included with the fabrics below.

1995 was my first year as a quilter, so I didn't have much of a fabric stash. I remember going to JoAnn Fabrics and buying a ton of 1/8 - 1/4 yard pieces of mostly floral prints. There are 3 completed 9-patch blocks, plus the makings for at least 30 - 40 more blocks, probably even more than that.

These are the strips for the log cabin part of the blocks. The three piles on the left are already cut to the needed lengths, all ready to start sewing. The other stacks are full or partial 1.5" strips.

That's my first "orphan" available for adoption--the pattern plus all the pieces and parts to make many blocks. 
I will ship to the winner anywhere in the U.S. only. One warning--there may be a delay in getting these in the mail. Don't count on receiving your "orphan" immediately. 

Leave a comment to let me know if you would like to adopt this orphan project. Shipping in the U.S. only. Please be sure to include your email address so I can contact the winner. I will choose a random winner next Tuesday, September 22Get your comment in by noon that day. Be sure to check out the rest of the quilty orphans over at Quilting is more fun than Housework. 

Julie in GA


  1. I love Log cabins. This would make a great one for one of the charities our quilt guild supports. Home of the Sparrow helps older women who are in a tough situation in their lives. They have a home that is available for them to help get them back on their feet. e-mail is

  2. Julie, I would love to adopt this project. I am an elderly woman and I am trying to make all of my kids and grandkids a quilt to have before I am gone. This one would make a beautiful quilt for one of them. Thank you so much for your generous giveaway.

  3. Dang I was trying to resist but I’m throwing my name in the hat. Love this quilt! Suzetteharris @

  4. I love this pattern, I made my first log Cabin quilt last month and would love to stake a stab at finishing this one.

  5. Your quilt is wonderful. It would be great to use your leftovers to make another version.

  6. The pattern and the colors grabbed me! I would be happy to finish this!

  7. These are pretty blocks and I love the pattern. I'm not signing up to receive the orphan blocks though, plenty of those here at my house. Happy stitching!

  8. It looks like your project will soon be off to a new home. Now you will have room for something new. Thanks for participating!

  9. I would like to adopt your orphan project to finish as a fundraiser for my group’s Fiber Arts Center building Project. We’ve been working on this project for 5 years. Hopefully this year it will become a reality. It’s our goal to have a space large enough to accommodate the group’s longarm as well as a generous classroom. We sew over 300 quilts each year and donate them to various charities and causes in Mesa, AZ.

  10. I promised myself that if I ever was luckiest to be chosen to adopt a quilt to finish that I would make a second quilt like it and donate them both to a cherity. I have lost my right arm (of course my predominate one) to cancer and although I can still sew, I have a hard time cutting fabric myself. Having a top pre-cut would be amazing.

  11. Thanks for offering up some really sweet projects. I coordinate a small rural quilt ministry and we're always on the lookout for new projects to complete and donate. This easy project would be erect for our newer quilters, and I recognize some of those fabrics!


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