Once again the temptation to add fussy-cut arc background pieces to what is already a complex block overcame me. It was worth the extra “fuss,” but is probably a good thing for my sanity that most of the fabrics I am using do not lend themselves to this treatment. I’m sure I’ll do it again a time or two. My planned layout will use 4 of this block, and with this one all my “Block A”s are done!
Another recent finish is this spiky one:
Doesn’t that aqua batik make a great arc background here? I love that fabric more every time I use it. These tall skinny spires are my favorites in terms of construction ease. For some reason the short, fat arc pieces give me a lot more trouble, and have a much higher ratio of oops-ripout-redo moments.
This one got a little extra attention as well. I added lines to the original template (the darkest blue strips), just for fun:
It may seem a weird kind of fun to a non-quilter to make this kind of work even more fiddly and time-consuming, but when you are well into Year 3 of a hand-pieced Grandmother’s Flower Garden project, with thousands of 3/4″ hexies, a few extra strips on a machine pieced block aren’t such a big deal.
Feels good to get a few more of these done! Official count is now at 12 completed blocks, which means I only need to make 24 more if I’m going to stick with my planned layout.
Anyone who is just tuning in (or would like a recap) can find pictures of all the blocks for this project — plus others — in my New York Beauty Flickr set.