Quilting the Orphan Block Quilt

Picking up from the post on Sarah’s blog about using an orphan block, here is the finished flimsy after adding the squares, bars and border.  If you missed that post, click HERE to see the construction of the orphan block flimsy.

Orphan Block Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I loaded it on the longarm, auditioned threads, and once again settled on that muddy light brown that just goes with everything. I picked a simple floral design pantograph and began quilting away.

Orphan Block Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Going along nicely, it seemed.

Orphan Block Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

How delightful to get to the bottom and see it is still square! Putting borders on with the measure and cut method pays off again.

Orphan Block Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Then I went to check the back of the quilt, and found this.

Orphan Block Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

And another run in another spot of loopy top thread.

Orphan Block Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

This was monumentally frustrating! There is no good reason for this. The thread was the same, I didn’t run out of bobbin thread, these were just short runs of the tension being off, and then correcting itself without me ever knowing anything was amiss. Since this is going to be donated, I had to fix it.

I marked the beginning and end of the bad stitching with big pins so I could find the spots on the top. Doesn’t look like there is anything wrong here, but there was.

Orphan Block Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Here is the other section. You’d never know anything was off from the top side!

Orphan Block Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I clipped the thread on the backside and pulled the top thread out.

Orphan Block Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

From the top side, I can see the holes from the previous stitching.

Orphan Block Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I resewed the lines by freemotion from the front of the machine, tying off the threads at each end of the run.  There’s a wobble in it, but I don’t think the recipient will mind.

Orphan Block Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Both areas now fixed.  The quilt was removed from the frame and trimmed.

Orphan Block Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I like the overall quilting, and you really cannot tell where the bad stitching used to be.

Orphan Block Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I used a pansy pantograph, which shows up nicely in the white areas of the center block.

Orphan Block Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Binding by hand in red, another nice day of slow stitching, and it was done.

Orphan Block Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

It has already been mailed to Quilty Hugs for Happy Chemo sponsored by Em’s Scrap Bag and Hands2Help.

Update for the final linkup at Sarah’s blog – Em has received the quilt, and sent back the nicest thank you note!

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18 thoughts on “Quilting the Orphan Block Quilt

  1. The quilt turned out great! That was so nice of you to share your little hiccup in your quilting. You did a great job repairing it and no one will know but you (and those of us on the blog!). I like how you were able to make something out of that one orphan block.

  2. Lynne

    How did you secure the ends of the areas you redid? It would be so much easier to just repair a small section rather than picking out the entire row!

  3. Loris Mills

    It makes me crazy when that happens! I guess lint gets in the way and then clears out again but we’ll never know! This will be a loved quilt.

  4. Phyllis Smith

    Hello there,

    You are such a wonder woman to do all the wonderful things you do, I marvel at your determination to accomplish so much every day, you are an inspiration to all of us. I have gotten to

    Planning some things to do every day and get them done thanks to you. Thank you so much for your inspirations.


  5. wlbg149

    I could fill an orphanage! I’m now inspired to follow your simple design and finish a few. Don’t hold your breath, tho! CW

    1. Thanks to the readers who asked, here is what I did with the threads. For the part I pulled out, I clipped the bobbin thread and the top thread in the middle of the run, pulled out the threads back to good stitching, then tied them and buried them. For the new stitching, I brought up the bobbin thread at the beginning leaving a long tail on both bobbin and top threads. Then after I re-sewed the part following the holes, I again brought the bobbin to the top side and left long tails when I clipped the threads. Then, I tied knots with the two thread ends on each end, and buried the tails. Hope that helps!

  6. Melanie

    Any recipient would love that cheery quilt! Love your orphan block technique for making those into finished one-of-a-kind quilts.

  7. Hello Carole! Your quilt has turned out so adorable with all of your pretty fabrics on the quilt top surrounding the orphan block that is a lovely center and to add all of your special quilting, where as everyone else has noted…no one will know buy you and us where those darned little threads wobbled on the backside. You fixed perfectly. I do hope you share with everyone how you do start and end those threads! I am learning how to hand piece and all information, such as this, is very helpful to me. Boy am I ever slow, yet really enjoying it also. I did not end up accomplishing much yesterday, like I had hoped, my Mother ended up being admitted into the hospital due to her COPD. Really did not learn much about any of it yesterday, so hoping to today! I hope that you have a great day!

  8. What a cute project. Hearing how you managed this fix is helpful!! I have a friend who collects lots of the orphan blocks that get “donated to the guild via me”; and she does wonders with them, creating quilts for the various charities our guild supports. I remind her all the time that she does lovely work, and her quilting is improving with every quilt.

  9. smilesfromkate

    How annoying for you to find the tension problems, you did a great job of fixing it though and it ended up a lovely quilt which will make someone very happy. I hope you eventually get to the bottom of it.

  10. I like how the orphan block became the center and focal point of your finished quilt. It is very frustrating when the bobbin thread does odd things unexpectedly. I’m glad you caught the problem areas before you took the quilt off the frame and were able to quickly fix the areas.

  11. I really like the finish of the orphan block, I gotta couple orphans myself that I can use now. And thanks for showing how you fixed the loose thread, and your explanation in the comments. I almost always read the comments. I find them interesting and sometimes

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