Block 28 - Modernistic PansyI saw this block in The Collector's Dictionary of Quilt Names and Patterns by Yvonne M. Khin - a book I got from my Mom. I think she got it in the early 80s when she was a quilter. (Sadly, quilting didn't "take" with her, but she made some nice quilts that I own today!) It's a great block identifier/inspiration maker that predates Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. Both are great resources.
Mrs. Khin attributes this "Modernistic Pansy" to Nancy Cabot, a popular quilt designer in the 30s. I saw this and immediately thought "Modern" - and not because of the name! It's quirky wonkiness makes it fit in with today's Modern aesthetic but yet maintains a delightful 1930s art deco feel.
I chose my new orange dotted print, a dark gray and a light gray for my pansy.
I started with 4 - 3 1/2" squares cut from the orange print. I suggest you cut yours slightly larger - possibly 3 5/8" square or so. Mine shrunk up a smidge as I was piecing. For the grays, we'll use scraps as we go...
|The fabrics. I really am liking this dark gray in place of black. I used black for so long, I'm ready for a change.|
|Sew the dark gray on and press to the gray.|
|Trim the overhang off flush with the orange square.|
|Then add the light gray sides. Make sure you have enough so the square will be 3 1/2".|
|Last, add the top.|
|Trim to 3 1/2"|
|And you're done with one of the units. Repeat to make 4 total. You might find it's easier to cut and sew one side at a time. I found myself getting confused as to which side was which!|
|Lay out the 4 units and sew together. Your block will measure 6 1/2".|
|Be sure to look at the center of your block before you sew the units together. I didn't and wasn't happy with this configuration, so I took it apart and resewed.|