The Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild is trying something new to help raise money towards dues for joining the national Modern Quilt Guild - a block lottery! A block design and color scheme are chosen for the group. If you feel like making a block, go for it - for each block you make, you donate $1 (a real bargain). Each block is one entry into the lottery. The winner gets all the blocks!
Samantha chose Greenleaf Goods' wonky pinwheel design with this gorgeous color scheme:
(Have you heard of this site Design Seeds? It was a revelation to me and I instantly fell in love and lined up colors for countless potential quilts!)
I love this color scheme. LOVE. Needless to say, I wanted to make more than one block to increase my chances of winning in the lottery, so I chose more than enough fabric for 2-3 blocks. All my fabrics lined up and looking lovely...
Instead of mass producing blocks, I wanted to go ahead and make just enough for one block and it moved along pretty quickly. I ended up referring a lot to this layout grid within the tutorial. This was a mistake because the grid is actually slightly different than what the finished block looks like.
So my finished block looked like this:
When it should have looked like this:
(Don't immediately see the difference? Hint: mine has 5 wonky pinwheels total and the correct block should have 4)
Some of the SMQG ladies suggested that I just move the last row to the top. I looked pretty carefully at it and was going to do it because that would make the block have only 4 pinwheels. But look at the direction of the neutral triangles. They would still be pointing in the opposite direction and when my block is joined with everyone else's, the half pinwheels along the edges won't match up.
Oh well. I'm going to take the glass half full approach - I can easily make this block into a pillow if I don't feel like sitting down for a long visit with the seam ripper. Plus, I think that my lightest shade of green didn't provide nearly enough contrast with the neutrals, so I'm diving back into the stash for a proper replacement. And I might nix the darkest shade of purple.
So there are things to improve...but I still made something pretty. And I did end up feeling better.