‘Here I am!’ says the car.

What can you do when your car looks like everyone else’s in the supermarket car-park?

Have you ever been in a very big shopping car-park, multiple rows, momentarily distracted, and the car is the same colour as a squillion others?

So far, there’s no app that gets the car to jump up and down to say ‘Here I am, here I am – over here!’

Solution, put a quilt in the back window. Wait, there’s more – it also stops the upholstery from fading (which greatly pleases DH) – well at least for those older cars without modern block-out windows!

So tried that – hand pieced some blocks from 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ blocks using an idea from ‘Successful Scrap Quilts’ by Judy Turner and Margaret Rolfe. Put it on the back window ledge, and hey presto! The car is spotted in the car park, but oh dear the fabric fades after a couple of years in the sun.

Car quilt - old blue one.

Car quilt – old blue one.

Now it’s time to replace it. Found some hand pieced ‘orphan blocks’ from years ago, buried deep in the pile of UFO’s, so along with this year’s goal of ‘improving my finish rate’, here’s the first finished for 2017.

'Orphan Sunscreen' by RobynsPatch

‘Orphan Sunscreen’ by RobynsPatch

To me the colours are now ‘yucky’ and dated, but DH likes it. Being brighter colours, it is easier to see in the supermarket car-park, but I don’t think these fabrics will stand up to long term use before they fade.

What do you do with your ‘orphan blocks’?


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