Monday, December 14, 2020

Block of the Month

My local quilt guild donates quilts to the local hospital's pediatric sexual assault treatment team. All patients receiving treatment go home with a quilt. It's horrifying how many quilts they need each year.

One of the ways the guild generates the quilts is to post a block idea each month in the newsletter and the guild members make as many blocks as they want to donate. They collect the blocks and a committee of hard working folks put the quilts together. It takes a village!

The November block idea was the disappearing pinwheel. I've enjoyed making many variations of "disappearing blocks" but hadn't tried this one before. I watched 2 tutorials. 

The first video was Jenny Doan, but her cutting measurement did not work out for me and I made a cutting error so it wouldn't go together properly. Jenny did say to divide your block measurement by 3, but when she mentioned a specific measurement she used to trim from the middle - I cut what she cut. See how the blocks turned out to be different sizes? 

The second video from Teresa DownUnder also said to divide my  block size into 3 but didn't give an exact number. What is 12.5 divided by 3? It's not a measurement that is on the ruler! So anyway I made it up and the next block worked out better.

I did trim up all the 9 pieces of the problem block to the same measurements and ended up with a block 10.25". I guess this in  going in the block adoption bin!


Here are the 3 good blocks I made. I really love how they turned out! 

NO... wait... for heaven's sake what is going on with the top block?

Where's the seam ripper!?!

Are you having these kind of days in the sewing room? 

Or is your brain still firing on all pro-covid cylinders?

Linking up to Small Quilts Design Wall Monday

18 comments:

The Cozy Quilter said...

What a neat block! I agree on the difficult math!

Debbie M said...

I definitely had one of these days in the sewing room yesterday! It was like my brain went on vacation and I forgot how to cut directional fabric. I had to re-cut twice!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I like the block but hate math also!

Nann said...

LOL! Our guild's BOM a couple of years ago featured a different Missouri Star "disappearing' block. Though the concept is clever, the execution can indeed be tricky!

Chris said...

Can I donate some fabric to your guild for donation quilts?

sue s said...

I also had a re-cut day yesterday! My problem was I picked up a new ruler to use and wasn't familiar with the markings. Several sets of pieces cut wrong. It took forever to make those blocks! I haven't seen the disappearing pinwheel before; it's neat.

Sara said...

That is a wonderful idea for a guild activity! Thank you so much for sharing. And I love this arrow/pinwheel block.

Bonnie said...

That is one cool block. I have done disappearing 9 patches but haven't delved into other disappearing blocks yet. Now if I ever do I hope I remember to measure in thirds!

Florida Farm Girl said...

LOL We all have those days, dear girl! I don't think I've ever seen that block pattern before. I really like it. You may have just provided me with my next inspiration piece. Wouldn't that be lovely with all kinds and colors of batiks? Stay warm and be safe out there.

Linda Schiffer said...

I've never seen this version of Disappearing Pinwheel - thanks for sharing. :) I like it and might try piecing some. I do enjoy disappearing blocks. :)

I have sympathy with your covid-brain woes. Seems to be a common problem all around - certainly I am subject to it way, way too often!

:) Linda

Jenny said...

Good on you for persevering, I would have given up!

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

Oh, my goodness, I can't think of a more deserving place for these quilts. I've never tried a "disappearing" block. It's such a clever idea.

Janet O. said...

I have made one of Jenny Doan's disappearing pinwheel blocks, but I have never seen this layout! Very unique, and that is rare anymore. Seems like everything has been done before. :)
Definitely COVID brain here!!

Michelle Churchman said...

I love that block! Your quilt guild is doing a wonderful thing for these victims. I donate much of my work to Project Linus.

Michelle
https://mybijoulifeonline.com

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

What a wonderful project for your guild to take on! This made a most interesting block one I've not seen before. Thanks for sharing your ideas about making it.

Unknown said...

I have had similar issues. Saturday I did the same seam 3 times. Love the layout. I don't think I've seen it that before. Violet

scraphappy said...

What a fun pattern. Glad that you were able to play with a new design and contribute to a good cause at the same time.

QuiltGranma said...

I have had days like that way too often! So don't feel bad.