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!