Forsaken & Forgotten No More: A Rescue Project for Quilt Blocks!


Do you have a pile of leftover quilt blocks? How about experimental blocks from trying new techniques? Or that one block that you redid five times, threw in the back of the closet, and shut the door so it would never escape? Through the years they add up. Turn those forsaken and forgotten blocks into a keepsake with a Forsaken & Forgotten Quilt.

This quilt is great because it shows off the quilt blocks, without having to apologize for the fact that they are two inches larger on one end than the other (or whatever imperfection they may sport).

Forsaken & Forgotten Quilt

To begin, collect your spare quilt blocks.

Cutting Instructions:

Using a 4 1/2″ ruler, fussy cut a section (or several if the block is large) from the block.

Sashing – Select a sashing that will bring all the blocks together. The sashing cornerstones make a great spot for a unifying accent color.

  • Cut (2) 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ and a 1 1/2″ cornerstone square per block. Additional sashing strips and cornerstones will be needed to go around the top and left side of the quilt depending on how many blocks are in the quilt.

Assembly Instructions:

Sew a 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ strip to the right side of the block.

Sew a 1 1/2″ square to one end of a 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ strip to create a sashing unit.

Sew the sashing unit to the bottom of the block.

Continue creating blocks.

Sew the blocks together into rows and add sashing pieces to the tops or sides as needed.


My Quilt Story Project

Forsaken and forgotten blocks can also find a home in your Quilt Story Project. What a great way to commemorate these treasures.

The blocks don’t have to be ones you made. They can be inherited from another piecer or relative or even picked up at a garage sale.

Size them to a convenient size to fit in your quilt. Remember to add the 1/2″ seam allowance when sizing them down.


Want to catch up on the rest of the project? Here are the details:

Between now and Fall Paducah in September, we invite you on a special creative adventure. Each week we will offer you ideas, techniques, blocks, and embellishments to help you tell your quilt story in stitches. 

If you didn’t catch the beginning of the project, visit here for the quilt story worksheet.

Did you remake your first block? You can find some help here.

Have you decided on the monuments representing the moments that changed your quilt story? Here’s a look at how to start.

Are you building your town? See how we built a building.

Have you created a quilting garden? See some sample blocks here.

What quilt construction techniques have you learned along your journey? Take a look at our list.

Want to add some memorabilia? Take a look at our quilt blocks great for showing off your favorite quilting pins.

Do you have special people who filled your quilting heart through the years? Here’s an idea to include them in your quilt.

Do you have special fabrics you’ve been saving for years and want to include with a special commemorative block? Take a look at our Original Memory Collage Block!

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I love this idea! I have saved a block from every quilt I’ve made so far and was waiting to find someway of putting them together for a special quilt! Thank you! I can’t wait to get it started!

joellen dunlap

Being a complete newbie, this idea makes sense and I can’t wait to see what other ideas seasoned quilters have to share.


What a great idea. I will begin to collect those extra blocks (and pull out those hiding in the closet). Thanks again for the great idea.


Would love to see a picture for inspiration

cindy greenwell

Boy oh boy do I have the blocks. This is a great idea. I’m gonna get started, this one sounds fun.