Everday Best Quilt Block

This is a block that I have been wanting to try for awhile.  When Gretchen asked for “beachy” blocks using blues/greens for the Sew New to Me VQB I thought it was a perfect time to try this block out.  The block is a large block–finished out at 15.5″(so, too large for many bee swaps) which is what Gretchen wanted  & to me it looks like a beach ball or looking down on the top of a beach umbrella.  So, I decided to dive right in.
This block is a paper pieced block from the book Quilts With A Spin.  I had originally checked this book out from my library but ended up purchasing it for myself–it’s got a lot of cool designs.  It is a super easy paper pieced block in my opinion but, with 108 pieces(yikes) it was quite time consuming.  I used wax paper to paper piece this one–it worked well and I think I might like it better than regular copy paper and definitely better than freezer paper(I think this is the most difficult to use).
The circles were quite easy to piece and I think the block came together beautifully.
Gretchen has received a lot of really neat blocks for her quilt.  I think it is going to be such a great quilt!

Comments (16)

  • it's fantastic! (and it does look like it took a long time to make… but so worth it!) ~Jessica

  • All I can say is WOW! The block is beautiful and I can only imagine the number of hours it took to create. That's one lucky bee member!

  • Fabulous block!! It reminds me of my Christmas tree skirt which is very similar, but larger.

  • so pretty and I love the separate rows of strips. the fabrics are great too.

  • So many seams! It's a gorgeous blocks. All the blocks are going to be so pretty together.

  • It's Beautiful!

  • that block is so pretty, the back looks like stained glass, well done!

  • this is really impressive – and i'm so grateful that it's for me!! thanks!

  • Gorgeous!! And you did an amazing job on it


  • That is a really stunning block. Love the beachy colors together!

  • Such a beauty. The picture of the back is so cool.

  • It's a stunner! Everything about this block is fabulous. Ann πŸ™‚

  • Wow! I love it. Especially the one that is back lite! πŸ™‚ If only the quilt could take on that light all the time. πŸ™‚ Great job.

  • This block is absolutely stunning! And don't let anyone tell you having wisdom teeth out is no big deal……they lie! Hope you have a sufficient amount of painkiller on board and that you wake tomorrow feeling much better. Remember to use ice!

  • Wow! That is a really pretty block! I love the colors and it totally looks like a beach umbrella. I like to use vellum paper (17 lb. weight, not the heavier vellum card stock) for paper piecing. It is a nice weight and holds up through the process.

    xo -E

  • I spent way too long trying to figure out why the bottom picture looked like stained glass & then realized it was the wrong side, haha!! Gorgeous work!

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