Pinwheels for Melissa

I spent today doing some “bee” sewing. In the Journal Round Robin Bee, Melissa asked for a pinwheel block. She has just moved into a new home and said she was in the mood for blocks of bright, cheerful colors to use in a new quilt for her home.

I am not a big fan of pinwheels. I know it is a well-loved traditional block but they remind me of daggers and knives. So I made a block for Melissa that was intended to soften the look of the pinwheel.

I put a light colored star behind it to draw your eye away from the red polka dot daggers. I love print and I love color, but this was a little too much for even me. So I tried again.

Same block, different color placement, highlighting just the star and the pinwheel. And there they are…the daggers…I mean the pinwheels. I like this less complex block better. I am going to have to get over the fear of pinwheels and move on!

Until next time,


2 thoughts on “Pinwheels for Melissa”

  1. Don’t worry, you’re not alone! I don’t like pinwheels too much either…I can’t help thinking they look like disguised swastikas…and that’s terrible…

    I like how you made yours, they look great! Nice job turning it into a really great block!

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