Dervish–Everything Old Is New Again Block Challenge

The inspiration for this months Modern Quilts Unlimited “Everything Old is New Again” Block Challenge was the Lemoyne Star.

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I have a secret to share with you … I’m super competitive. I love to win things and I try really hard to win them.  I do “try” to hide my competitiveness because I don’t want to be like that … but I am.  If you look back at the winners so far in the challenge most of them have been amazingly intricate pieced block … which likely requires paper piecing and/or lots of patience.  If I was going to paper piece I knew I’d have to head over to EQ7 and get to work.

Wonky Lemoyne Star Block

This was my first design … a wonky, off-balance Lemoyne Star.  While I think it’s cool and would really highlight the panel print I’ve been using I knew it wouldn’t even contend with the top blocks this month.

Back to EQ7

Dervish Planned Quilt Block

And then this is what I came up with!  I think this design has at least a chance to compete for the top spot.  I knew my colors weren’t quite matching the ones I’d actually be using but this gave me a good place to start from … and a paper piecing pattern.

While this design looks complicated (I think anyway) there’s really only eight blocks that need paper piecing.  lemoyne analysis block

I outlined the eight blocks in the image above in a thicker black line.  The little notch of fabric coming into the block makes this one tricky to piece traditionally so I printed out the paper piecing templates from EQ7 to help me get these perfect.  I was able to traditionally piece the other eight sections of this block even though there are some teeny tiny pieces in there. 

I’ll admit … I learned a few things from this block.  First – you really have to pay attention to what size block you put into EQ7 as your finished block size before you print out templates.  I may have entered that my block was finishing at 10” instead of 12”. 

Dervish Quilt Block Progress

Of course – I was working on multiple projects at the same time in an attempt to be efficient with my limited time at the sewing machine so I finished all eight of my blocks before I realized that they were a half of an inch too small.  Crap!  To add to that … I had the coloring wrong in the blocks and put the lime green/marine combo on the blocks that should have been Asian tea time panel/taupe.  But – instead of throwing them away and starting over I figured that this was meant to happen and I should just role with it.

Dervish Quilt Block

And here is my final block … obviously not the same as the initial design … but I think pretty sweet anyway.  To fix the problem I added a 2” x 3” plum fabric strip between the paper pieced blocks.  I put on little corners just to add interest and keep with the edgy design I had going.  I added another strip of plum to the top of the smaller blocks and before I knew it all the pieces fit together nicely. 

Hopefully you enjoyed the story of how my block “Dervish” came to be and if you could take a few minutes between May 11th and May 14th to vote for it I would really appreciate it!  Just click HERE to do so!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing your process behind your gorgeous block. I am glad I wasn't the only one that accidentally printed out my foundations too small...but love your ingenious fix! Good luck!!


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