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A Village and Forest of Orphans

I pulled out my bin of orphan blocks the other day thinking I would make another Plan B quilt. I started pulling out blocks I felt would go together. At first I was just slapping them up on the design wall. Before long I started to see houses and trees forming from those random blocks. So I started pairing flying geese and triangles with square and rectangle blocks. I even found a group of leftovers from my Heartbeat of Paris quilt that would work for some mountains. Before I knew it I had a design wall full of random blocks.

 Next I started sewing those geese to squares. I sewed two half square triangles together to form the roof for another house.

 Then I started adding sides to some 60* triangles to make trees and adding sides to random pieced parts for the trunks.

Slowly I’m forming a scrappy village and forest of these former orphans.


  • Heather says:

    this looks like a fun process. just last night I was thinking of going through projects that never made it past the first block or two phase and seeing if I had pieces that would work together. Seeing what you are doing, has given me encouragement. thanks.

  • Cynthia Brunz Designs says:

    It is looking great! I can no longer close my orphan block suitcase so an orphan block quilt is in my future too. It will be fun to see how yours comes together.

  • Kat says:

    Great idea! I was just recently playing with orphan blocks. I need to do something with them ASAP!

  • audrey says:

    Se cute! Your little village is looking wonderful already!

  • Helen in the UK says:

    What a fun project, look forward to seeing the finished results 🙂

  • Shasta Matova says:

    I love how you are taking random blocks and adding a coherence to them to tell a story. Looks like a really fun project.

  • April says:

    Oh fun! This is going to turn into an adorable quilt! can't wait to see what happens.

  • Julierose says:

    Oh what a cute village this will become…great use of orphans…hugs, Julierose

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