Thursday, July 29, 2010

rainbow blocks

Someone else's UFO - if you're a thrifting junkie like me, you're bound to come across one. I don't know why, but I always feel compelled to DO something with them. Like I'm their last chance, and if I don't do it, nobody else will, and all that work will be wasted!! Sometimes, it only takes a couple finishing steps, like this one. Sometimes, it's starting almost from scratch, like this one. (Okay, that last one is STILL a UFO, but at least I got as far as two quilts, almost basted! and I have plans to have them quilted by the end of summer!). And there are so many more in my shelves, patiently waiting for me to fulfill their destiny...

In one of the stash sales I just posted about, there was this little pile of castoffs. I'm not sure it's an official UFO, maybe it was just some leftovers from a completed quilt. There were some loose half square triangles, some strips, some squares...

Some HSTs sewn into rows, some squares sewn in rows...

When I saw them, I immediately thought of Anna Maria Horner's Rainbow Around The Block project, which requested monochromatic blocks. You can't get much more monochromatic than this! So, I spent a day trimming and sewing and came up with 10 blocks to send.

There were 8 of these...

And one each of these other two random blocks.

I think they are pretty "granny" looking, and certainly not as lovely as the many others that have been donated. But I like to think that sampler charity quilts are better when they have a couple "homely" blocks thrown in! Kinda like a reminder that everyone can contribute in life, no matter what your skill level is. And I also like to think that this little UFO has finally fulfilled its destiny!


  1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who felt compelled to do *something* with a collection of sampler blocks that was part of a bigger Ebay lot. It took me forever, but I did finally manage to make them into a quilt top and an actual quilt. And it lays across the end of my bed and my dogs thank me for it. :-)

  2. Aw, they're great. I haven't found actual UFOs out thrifting yet, but do have a good size bag of random squares and other cuts. I too feel compelled to do *something* with them. I had seen the Rainbow Block project elsewhere, but hadn't yet put two and two together - thanks for that!

  3. You really brought life to some forgotten blocks. :o) And how special to know they will go to a good home. :o)
    Sincerely ~ Tricia