Today’s paper piecing block is a tiny bit different. At last month’s Portland Modern Quilting Guild we were given a sampling of Michael Miller’s fabulous new Neon range. It was love at first sight. The fabric came with the challenge to make a 12 1/2 block or a sewn item out of just the Neon line and Couture cotton bits we were given. After pre-washing the solid fabrics I lay out my Neon bits and played. I do not usually wash my fabric before I use it, but the intensity of the dye to get the neon colours means that pre-washing is a necessity for the solids in this line.
After lots of arranging and re-arranging I came up with this block.
The pattern is the Connecticut star from Carol Doak’s “50 Fabulous Paper Pieced Stars” (my favorite book at the moment but I promise I will move on soon!). I played with the pattern in the book a little, to get the effect I wanted. I am relishing the freedom that these paper piecing patterns encourage.
I LOVE THIS BLOCK!
I have such fond memories of the 1980’s, they were pretty good years for me, bad hair and questionable dress sense aside. I swear I had a shirt back then that was in the same fabric as the center part of the star!
I had so much fun with this fabric line that I just ordered more Neon from Fabric.com. Please don’t tell my husband!