While rummaging for more scraps I found this old orphan block from 2013 hiding in a box. That year I designed this foundation paper piecing pattern called Dazzle and I tested the block in different fabric combinations. I don’t think this particular block ever made it to the blog that I had just started that year.
Back then I did not own a lot of quilting fabrics and my choice of fabric stores was limited. I had to make do with regular cottons which are a little bit thicker and coarser than quilting cotton.
I still adore the bright pink and purple colors, but wish I had put this block together a bit better and that I had used better quality fabrics. The centre of the block is just atrocious, if I say so myself! Because of the thickness of the fabric the centre seams didn’t want to twirl round and lay flat. They just bunched up. The top looks like a circus tent in the centre.
Oh boy, it is bad!
BUT, adding feathers in neon pink and some sparkling threads always do the trick!
I went around the flower with a back-and-forth line of about an inch, while ignoring the darker grey border.
I filled in the rest with a purple metallic with small stipple.
Maybe I should have done a different freemotion pattern around the star. The silver and the purple don’t stand out as much as I thought they would.
What would you do?
Add more silver around the star to lighten the area up?
Add more purple to darker the area on the edges?
Any other ideas??? I am not afraid to build up layers of pattern and thread on top of each other.
Please give me some advice on this!
I am planning a button for the centre of this orphan block.
The neon thread is a polyester thread called Polyneon by Madeira. The silver metallic thread is also by Madeira (article number 9846, color no.40). The purple metallic thread is by Wonderfil (color number 8896). My machine prefers the Madeira threads over the Wonderfil . I guess each machine has different preferences. When using the metallic threads I used a very thin thread by Wonderfil, called Invisafil as the bobbin thread. For the neon pink I used a Amann thread in the bobbin, which always works beautifully in my machine too. As a rule I use a Topstitch 90/14 needle when freemotion quilting. Sometimes I use a 100/16 needle if the thread is thicker.
I am still debating what to do with this block. Keep it as a mini for my sewing room or give it away as a pillow? I will think about it some more…
Please help me with this project!
p.s. I am linking up with:
– Confessions of a Fabric Addict for ‘Can I get a Whoop Whoop?’
– My Quilt Infatuation for ‘Needle and Thread Thursday‘.
– Crazy Mom Quilts for ‘Finish it Up Friday‘.