Orphan Blocks--- Who's got 'em?
The mysterious piles of blocks that seemingly come from nowhere and multiply rapidly could be lurking in every sewist's stitchery or closet. Perhaps they were a design you wanted to try out, a few blocks intended for a quilt back, the ones that got vetoed from the final layout, leftovers from a bee or swap, or just something that seemed like a good idea at the time.
So on my mission to de-clutter I started thinking about things to make and give away that could use some of these blocks. I will personally sew quilt blocks on anything and everything and call it style, but some of my friends and relations (and their kids) have a more refined approach. A few ideas I have done, for myself and others, are purses, skirts, shirts, tote bags, laptop and Ipad sleeves, pot holders, aprons, and the ever-useful throw pillow cover.
Using an orphan block to embellish or freshen up an existing tote bag is a quick project as well and can be a gift on its own or the reusable wrapping of something else.
Most of these can use up one or two blocks or a number together will make a trim. There are tons of ideas and tutorials out there. You could sew four 12 inch blocks into a tube, hook up a lining, attach a strap, and some lucky friend gets a new yoga mat bag. Or a sewing machine cover. Or a stand mixer cozy. Or slap one on the back of a denim shirt for a modern West look. Or, well, you get the idea.
Pull out the stacks of old blocks and the gift giving list and start creating!