Monday, February 6, 2017

Boomerang Patches

Awhile back I mentioned that I had "adopted" some little 4-patches and swatches at my guild's orphan adoption event. Then I discovered that they were leftover bits from a project of my own from about ten years ago, that I had donated to a previous guild event. I still liked the colors, and I even still have some of these fabrics in my stash.

During my recent studio clean-up, I debated putting the box of patches away somewhere, or just using them right away. I ended up sewing them into nine-patches.

An on-point setting seems to be working. I added a green/blue stripe and some white-on-white to supplement the existing patches, so that I could use more of the white in the border and the stripe for the binding.

For setting triangles, I'm piecing together a few patches and framing them with a strip of that speckled dark blue, which is making a chevron border. I'll fill in the corners with the white-on-white. The cut strips of dark blue look a little heavy here, but they will finish the same width as the tiny four-patch squares, 1-1/4 inches.

My friend Cherie donated the box of patches to the orphan adoption event. Our late friend Darlene had adopted the patches years ago when I donated them and had started a baby quilt out of them. Cherie helped Darlene's husband to deal with Darlene's stash, and ended up taking the baby quilt WIP and the extra patches. She'll finish Darlene's baby quilt, and she challenged me to see who finishes first, or maybe we can both finish them and show them at guild show & tell at the same time.

So one of my goals this month is to get these Boomerang Patches sewn into a flimsy and off the design wall.

Linking up with Patchwork Times, Em's Scrapbag, and Cooking Up Quilts


  1. love this story -- you must be pretty consistent in what you like. I hope you both get your projects done about the same time.

  2. I love that they made their way right back to you and the way you're using them is fantastic. It's going to be gorgeous!

  3. The little squares with the bigger ones is really interesting and the bit of red spices it up, too. What a good idea the dark blue inner border. Love it.

  4. Had a good chuckle at your getting your own patches back. And yet, this idea probably wouldn't have occurred to you back when you donated them. Time out is sometimes a very good thing. I like the way it is looking. Claire aka knitnkwilt

  5. I love this story, and the name you've given these patches. What a great way to honor a friend.

  6. It's looking great! I like the addition of the dark zig zag border with the added patches for the setting triangles. I'm a couple of days from loading my top on the quilting machine ;-)

  7. What a great story! I love what you have done with the blocks. How great is it to use old things in a new, exciting way.

  8. Love the design elements you've added. This one doesn't look like an orphan block quilt at all. You've pulled all the elements together really well.

  9. I love your layout on these blocks. The dark border before the setting triangles is stunning.


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