Monday, February 18, 2013

Paper Piecing Pinwheels

This is one of those happy accidents. And it's February in the Northeast---a dark and wet time, so I am telling you---I can use all the happy accidents I can get!! 

In searching for a pinwheel pattern I liked for my latest round of Flickr quilting bees, I came upon this pattern by Peggy Miller.  Turns out it was included in a Craftsy class that Peggy had done. As I have mentioned before, I am a big fan of the Craftsy platform, so I hopped over there and got myself a whole class on paper piecing.  

Paper piecing by definition includes a LOT of paper! Each of these blocks comes with four quadrants.  So for 6 blocks I had to make 24 of these squares:

After I ripped off the paper---before assembling each block---my 5 year old decided to make a puzzle of the piles of paper on the dining room table and make me a Valentine! Love him.

The resulting block has two layout options: 

 I went with having more of the lighter layout and here is the finished result:

So the happy accident is this:  I meant this as a Bee block---I would do one for each person in the group.  However, I misread the pattern, thought I needed to resize it (which I didn't) and so this original block came out bigger than expected.  I liked it so much I decided to run with it and make a quilt I never intended to make.

What do you think?  Leave me a comment!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Eye of the Storm

In 2013, I am really looking forward to giving away some quilts.  I began this quilt the night that Hurricane Sandy rolled into the East Coast.  The devastation was massive.  

We were very lucky.  This tree fell AWAY from our house!

Many others were not so lucky. Many people in New York, in particular in Queens and Rockaway remain without power and heat---in the middle of February.  I finished this quilt top last week and I am calling it, "Eye of the Storm." I hope to quilt it this Friday with my guild and send it out into the world to warm someone still suffering the effects of the hurricane.