Thursday, October 18, 2007

Pinwheel crazy

Tonight I completed the last of the 24 quilt blocks I need for my current project. I absolutely love this block pattern. It's from Nickel Quilts, one of the first quilting books I purchased when I started quilting four years ago. The pattern is called "Labor Day Madness" -- here's a photo from the author's web site of a finished version.

I chose dusty blues and a range of deep reds on cream background for these blocks, and hope to get them joined with vintage blue sashing strips and a gorgeous striped border this weekend.

I thought the block might be a little tricky with its partial-seam construction, but it really went together quite nicely. I did find, though, that even after doing 24 blocks, I still had to consult the instructions each and every time.

Something about this pattern just really grabbed me. It seemed to have a bit more motion and panache than traditional pinwheels where all the points meet in the middle.

This pattern comes with an added bonus -- leftover combination units that can be used in another project. I ended up with eight dozen of these little jewels that, once trimmed, will be great in yet another pinwheel project. I'm almost getting dizzy already!


Wool Winder said...

The blocks are gorgeous! And it's great that the leftovers can be used for something else...maybe another creation for next year's silent auction.

Karen said...

Yes, Anne, these do have a lot of motion! They are beautiful and clearly you loved making them! Nice job.

Your sister, Karen

Ruth said...

They are beautiful blocks!

Stephanie said...

My mom is a quilter and does a lot of those quilt squares. Yours are really nice!