April 2, 2012

Modern Monday - Block 28

Block 28 - Modernistic Pansy
 I 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.

Cutting:
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.
I recommend making one of the 4 sections first to see how it goes, then continue on with the 3 remaining sections. First, trim off the four corners of the print square. Make the bottom (dark gray side) smaller than the top, and keep them both just slightly "off". For the 2 sides, cut them more sliver-like, angling them so they go out slightly.
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.

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