Sunday, March 30, 2014

New Moon, New Stuff

I truly thought that it was me. My old computer mouse kept skipping, or worse, doubling my clicks!

And my mouse-pad was for shame it was so worn and dirty. Felix got online and did way too much research to solve the problem, LOL! But this new one works wonderfully!

Is it good luck to buy and install a new mouse on the new moon? Must be!

Additionally, Felix and Matthew went down to a private seller from Craig's List yesterday and bought a used 1500 Sierra GMC 1999 (I think) to replace Matthew's dying pick up truck.

As for me, there was no Sunshine Club on Friday due to some freezing rain. I worked some more on those new blocks, the pretty red and cream disappearing pinwheels.

Step 1. Sew all the way around two right-sides-together 10" squares with your 1/4" seam.

Step 2. Cut the two diagonals with your rotary cutter.

Step 3. Iron them open to the dark side.

Step 4. Arrange the four pieces into a large pinwheel.

Step 5. Sew the pinwheel, press, and, when done, measure it carefully to find the division of thirds of the width. Mine was 2 and an eighth inches from the center seam. (The pinwheel block now measured 13", so 4 1/4" was pretty close to one third)

Step 6. Cut the two verticals of the thirds.

Step 7. Carefully turn the pieces on the mat and cut the horizontal one-third marks. (Actually, you are cutting them vertically for safety).

Step 8. Now rearrange the units around the center's smaller pinwheel and sew the block as if it were a nine patch.

I'm loving the way these look! But you can also do churn dashes and reversals of the darks and lights.

Here are some alternatives that I tried out.

If some of these blocks were put together they would start creating some secondary patterns, too. This is still my personal favorite!

As it continues to rain, we begin the fifth season; "mud season."

Too dreary to be outdoors, must stay in and quilt.

"Please don't throw me in that briar patch, Bre'r Fox!", said Bre'r Rabbit.

Happy quilting!


cityquilter grace said...

what a nifty block! thanks for daydreams came and hoping to play later today!

Janet O. said...

Love that block and all of the options it allows.
Oh, I remember that story--I used to love reading that as a child!

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