An orphan block tote bag

I made my first scrappy horizon block before I decided to base my 2015 BOM around that block idea. So it was made with a sashing fabric that I didn't have enough of for a whole quilt.

I also made 4 practice triangle blocks to show how the practice triangle block could look when you make multiples. None of these blocks were therefore destined to be in my 2015 BOM quilt. And as you can see my WIP hanging rack is full:

So I decided to make a quilted scrappy tote bag with them:

Fully lined with a fabric I had deemed not quilt quality but still useful and there's also a pocket

I adore this horizon block for a tote bag I think I'll enlarge the pattern especially for totes and make it a 12" x 12" block option.

The back is the 4 scrappy triangle pp practice blocks
The bag is about 16" square so it's a handy size but not too big. I'll probably use it for taking my hand pieced hexies and redwork embroidery to the monthly sit and sew day for quilt club.


  1. Pretty, that is a great idea for orphan blocks!

  2. That really is a great idea for a bag! Where did you get your WIP hanging rack? I'd like to have something like to use for the same thing!

    1. Bed bath and beyond is wher I got the over the door towel/WIP rack

  3. what a good way to use orphan blocks, the horizon block really caught my eye, looks rather complicated though

    1. The horizon block is actually easy but the many layers of fabric get quite thick at the point, So I may make an option with less colors sometime too. That block is in our 2015 BOM

  4. wonderful idea! Going to look at some of my orphans and consider how they might work as holiday gift totes!


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