Monday, December 22, 2014

Out of orphan blocks here, two different ways to finish your quilt.

Good evening,

I hope you are enjoying the holiday season. Trying to finish up things here, ready to start on new ones next year. I hope you are making good progress on your orphan block quilts. I have made quite a few of them and it is sad that I don't have enough orphan blocks left to do another one. I guess that is a good thing.

There are two different ways to finish your orphan block quilt, right now your quilt should measure 82 1/2 inches square. If you are out of orphan blocks like I am, it is time to add borders, if you have more orphan blocks, instructions are given on how to finish just using orphan blocks.

I added two borders to my orphan block quilt. First I added a 3 inch white border to frame the orphan blocks, then I added a 8 inch brown outer border. My quilt finished to 104 in.².

If you have more orphan blocks and you want to continue, you are going to add four more sections to your quilt. To each of the sides you were going to add a section of orphan blocks that measures 12.5" x 82.5". Your quilt will then measure 106 in.² by 82 1/2 in.².

Next you will add a section of orphan blocks to the top and the bottom of your quilt. This section will measure 12 1/2 inches by 106 1/2 inches. That will give you a final measurement of 106 in.².

I have enclosed photos of my orphan block quilt. I would love to see some photos of yours or post them on the Flickr page.

Have a wonderful holiday season and email me anytime.

Happy stitching,

Happy holidays and end-of-the-year sale

Good evening,

I hope this email finds you ready for the holidays and also finding a little bit of time to work on special projects. I certainly am ready to work on some new and different things next year.

For those of you that joined the list recently, as you can tell we do not really post much anymore but the list is open for instructions in the files. Right now I am having a buy one book get one free end of the year sale.

Right now if you purchase the Civil War Anniversary Quilt Book you will receive Quilts from the American Homefront book free. The same deal goes for the CDs, purchase one CD the other one is free. Only these two titles are included in the sale. Two books and two CDs will fit in one priority mail envelope. The offer will run until January 4, 2015.  

If you place your order through the website, I will send you a corrected PayPal notice or total if you're paying by check or money order.

Email me if you have any questions. 

Enjoy your holiday season, I look forward to sharing new  projects with you after the new year.

Happy stitching and happy holidays,

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Orphan block quilts I completed this past year

Next section, running out of orphan blocks here

Good evening,

Well we set some records for the most snowiest November that we've had here in Michigan in Grand Rapids. Not the record we were trying to set. This December we have had almost no snow. Not complaining as it has been nice to get out shopping and making holiday preparations without the snow.

I hope you're enjoying your holiday season and finding a little bit of time to work on your special projects.

 Instructions for your orphan block quilt  are simple.Your quilt right now should measure 68.5 x 82.5. The section you are going to construct next should measure 12.5" x 82.5". Have fun choosing different sizes of blocks to put together your unit.  After you add this section to the side of your quilt and it should measure 82.5 in.².

I have used up almost all of my orphan blocks, next month instructions will give you two choices, to continue adding orphan blocks or to add a border so you  can finish your quilt.

Enjoy your holiday season and if you have any questions at all, just email me. Below are pictures of some of the quilts I have made with my orphan blocks this past year.

Happy quilting,