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I've been practicing my ladder stitch. It's a sewing method used to repair seams invisibly. I have used this stitch many times on qu...

Friday, April 29, 2016

About 15 years ago I found four beautifully pieced 16 inch blocks scrunched into a plastic bag at an antique store in Ironwood, Michigan. Every so often, I would take them out to admire the colors and the work"woman"ship. Because I was doing a couple of open studio sessions at IQF in Chicago a few weeks ago, I was compelled to make something from these blocks that would show them off, make them useful and, in some way, honor the unknown maker. So I sorted the blocks, rather arbitrarily by color of the corner pieces. Three blocks all had red and white stripes or checks in the outer corners. These three I made into a table runner, choosing blue for backing and border. The fourth block, with red and black checked pieces in the outer corners, became a pillow with blue piping and a zipper in back. I did simple machine quilting on both projects, adding diagonal lines by using the squares in the design as a guide. I love both the pillow and the runner. If you find nicely made and/or vibrantly colored orphan blocks, consider using them!

Thursday, April 28, 2016


I have finally begun to share the work of quilt repair and rescue! I'm working on some great projects and will photograph and share pictures of quilt tops I am renewing, repairs I make and ideas for using orphan blocks in decorative ways. Stay tuned!