Block 28 - Modernistic PansyThis block is backwards from the way I have been doing MM/TT. The Traditional version (meaning the original from the 1930s) was very Modern looking by today's definition of Modern, so I had to create this version to look more Traditional! And I love the results! I ended up paper piecing the 4 units to get the points and the center to match up perfectly.
Since it's a new month, it's time to pick a new color scheme. I have all my blocks on the design wall so I can see them as a group. Looking at them, it dawned on me that I have absolutely NO PURPLE anywhere in any block! That doesn't surprise me because purple isn't my favorite, but still - I want all the colors represented, so it looks like April will be a purple month!
Since we're paper piecing, you get to choose how you precut your fabrics. I started with 4" purple squares for the flower petals and I cut triangles from about 3 1/2" squares of the black and yellow. You can figure out how much or little waste you want when paper piecing your units.
|Other than solids and hand dyes, this is the extent of my purple stash. Yep, it's not much!|
|I chose this fabulous purple paisley to go along with a yellow near solid for the background and black for the center.|
|Click here for the pattern. Remember to shorten your stitch length when sewing so the paper comes out easier after sewing.|
|If you don't know how to paper piece, search for a tutorial. there are many good ones out there. Here's my first round. I followed the numbers on the pattern. (#2 is the center of the flower and the rest are the background.)|
|#2 sewn to #1|
|#3 sewn to #1|
|#4 sewn to #1|
|#5 sewn to #1. Trim each unit to 3 1/2" when done paper piecing.|
|The four units completed. Remove the paper and sew together to finish your 6 1/2" block.|