Friday, February 1, 2013

Pocket Patchwork ~ Orphans & Scraps ~ Part Five

Here we are at the end of our Sew~Along together.  Hopefully, we've used up some orphan units and lots of scraps to make something pretty and useful!  Here's what I did with my blocks.



I made mine into a small runner.  I cut (3) 1 1/4" x 4 1/2" sashing strips to set in between the blocks.  Frankly, I have lots of large table runners, but only one that was on the smaller side. 


My little runner measures 4" x 18 1/2" finished.   If you'd like, you can make your sashing strips wider or narrow to custom fit your runner for a special place in your home.  Or, even better yet, use up more orphan units....like a couple of 2 1/2" squares, quarter squares, or half squares for an interesting pieced sashing!  Perhaps you'll add a border or use up more scraps by piecing checkerboard sashing?  Needless to say, endless possibilities!


I quilted my little runner myself, stitching in the ditch here and there.  I used scraps of border fabric and batting from when I trimmed my last quilt!  Sometimes is really nice to make something small like this!


I had the perfect spot for this runner all picked out!  This old Clark's ONT spool cabinet sits next to my sewing machine in my studio.  It looked naked without a little patchwork to spruce things up, so I put these blocks together just for this purpose.  Don't you think it's a great way to make use of those orphan units and blocks?  With it sitting next to me, I can enjoy it everyday!  



Even on a slightly larger surface, it looks great!  It doesn't overwhelm this spool cabinet, just adds a bit of patchwork splash.

I encourage you to be creative in finishing your quilt.  Perhaps a table runner isn't what you'd like.  You can arrange the blocks two across and two down for a little square quilt....maybe add borders if you'd like....make it your own!  Anything goes!

I invite you to email me a photo of your completed quilt top (quilting not required!) for an.... 

"Airing of the Quilts"

(aka Show-n-Tell).  Email your photos to me no later than April 1st, 2014.  Please include your first name and the town where you live.  Send the digital photo to Pam@HeartspunQuilts.com

I can hardly wait to see what you've created!!  I sincerely hope you have enjoyed my Pocket Patchwork Orphan's & Scraps Sew~Along, and hope this has encouraged you to make use of those poor, lonely orphans to create something beautiful.   


I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the sew~along, and thank all of you for participating!  A special thank you to everyone who commented and emailed me along the way.  I know quilters from around the world have tuned in each week, and I'm excited and honored that you've all joined me!!

My apologies for the confusion with the photo of my Courthouse Steps block and the paper piecing template.  I used an orphan block and when I chose the template, it never occured to me to check to see how many rounds it had.  I was focusing on the size of the block and overlooked how many rounds there were.   You can rest assured I won't make that mistake again!  I'm so sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you!

I know I promised to post Part Two of my Camp Blanding retreat, but "life got in the way" yesterday, so I'll be sure to bring you that report in my next post....promise.  You won't want to miss it as I'll be showing you a sneak peek from two of your favorite design teams!!

Thank you all so much for sewing along with me!  

If you like my sew~along's,  you'll be happy to know that 
two more are in the planning stages!!

Wishing you many happy stitches.....

Pam





28 comments:

  1. Lovely result. Glad I joined in. Thank you.

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  2. Wow! That runner is gorgeous! Why don't you sell me that one because I'll never be able to make one... lol!

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  3. So darn cute!! I love it!! Need to run upstairs to my sewing room right now and make one!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

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    1. Glad you like it, Amanda!! I can't wait to see what you make!!

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  4. Beautiful. I am in love with the fabrics you chose, they look perfect on that aged wood surface.

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  5. I looked forward to Fridays during this QAL. Thanks so much for sharing your time and talents with us.

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  6. Beautiful runner! Excited to finish mine on this snowy day. Thank you for creating this fun project!

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  7. the bitty runner is adorable...I never thought to make a small one! thank you for the inspiration!

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    1. Thanks, Anna....I'm so glad you like it. Thanks for sewing along with me!

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  8. super mignon
    merci pour ce joli patch
    en attendant d'autres modeles....

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  9. I love it, Pam. Glad I did it now I can hardly wait to finish it up today!
    Barb

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  10. This is just as sweet as can be! I can't wait to finish mine~ thank you so much for the sew along. :-)

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  11. Pam it is adorable! I didn't finish due to the sizes but I have been working on another project with small pieces so I will be able to do this pretty soon. Yours is so cute and so pretty.

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  12. I have really enjoyed watching from over here in New Zealand. I have joined in, but simply watched. I LOVE LOVE the finished result.

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  13. Wow--that is so cool. My little blocks may go into a square if I can't find a place that could use a little runner. I have loved making these. Thanks for a fun little SAL!

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  14. These blocks look great as a table runner. Can't wait to get mine assembled!

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  15. You have found the PERFECT place to display this darling little quilt. Love it!

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  16. What a delightful runner! I am totally inspired to do this now. I have my last sew-along about half finished - when I get home from my latest stint away, I'm getting after these satisfying mini-projects. Thanks for your generous heart, Pam.

    Elizabeth

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  17. So happy to hear that you all like this project. I'm really loving the way it turned out and how it looks on my little spool cabinet. All of this would be a lot less fun without all of you guys!! Thanks for your kind comments....they keep me going!

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  18. I just finished my little table runner. I never thought of making a runner this small, it is so cute I love it. Thanks Pam.

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  19. I have just discovered this sew-along. Where can I find
    all the parts? I really like this.

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    1. You can easily locate all of the parts by looking for the "Labels" section on my right-hand sidebar. Under Labels, you'll find a tab called Pocket Patchwork Orphans & Scraps. When you click on that, all of the blog posts related to that subject will be linked together. You can print them from there.

      Also, all of my previous sew-along projects are linked the same way...in case you wanted to see those, too!

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  20. How is yours quilted? I am going to make one, but I'm concerned about so MANY seams!

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  21. I think I will make a Mug Mat. I have no place for a Little Runner. I do have a Thread Cabinet like yours, but it is on top of the Armoire. No one would see it there.

    Linda in IN

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  22. Dang that's cute - now i want to play and make it up. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Karen

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  23. I just love the little cross stitch houses in the picture. Who is it by? I'll be back to check out some of those quilting sew alongs. Such cute stuff....
    Jan

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  24. Finally finished mine (the top anyway). You can see it here:
    http://rainbowpincushion.blogspot.com/2013/03/orphans-scraps-top-finished.html

    Thanks again for hosting the sew-along, Pam.

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  25. I'm new to your blog and I love it! Where can I get the pattern to the Orphans and Scraps runner?

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