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The Last Blocks (almost)


OK, this is what I was supposed to make and was planning to make until a few days ago: the dreaded sunflower block.


I drafted it out and started thinking about all those small triangles.  I could make the block but I decided that I really don't want to.  Even if I paper pieced it's still very intimidating. I've been working on these quilts for almost a year now and I really want to get back to fun piecing and finish the quilt.

This is what I made instead.  It's called Grecian Square and I found pictures of it in several vintage quilts so it should go nicely with the other blocks.  I used the blue background fabric for the corner squared to give the feel of a circle.  For the rest of the fabrics, I matched as closely as I could.  It was easy to put together and I really enjoyed it after working on the Lone Stars.



For my more modern quilt I chose a Delectable Flower block.  I've admired it since I've seen it on a few quilts.  It was deceptively difficult to piece but still a lot easier than the sunflower.



So, with those 2 blocks done I've been able to start assembling.




I've got 2 more rows of blocks on the top, an extra tall row on the bottom and then a column on either side.  I still have to go slowly and carefully as the sashing is not the same size on all blocks.  So far the blocks are going together well and faster than I expected.  I'm beginning to think about how I'll be quilting once the top is all together.


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