Wednesday, April 19, 2017

P is for Peace and Plenty

This month I'm participating in A to Z Challenge, where 100's of bloggers around the world challenge themselves to write every day for the month of April, working their way through the alphabet.  I'm sewing a patchwork block for each letter of the alphabet. Each day I will share that block and a little about the block and direct you to where you can find a tutorial for that block on the Web.

Once again the pattern for this block comes from Quilter's Cache and can be found here. It's centre is a pinwheel, one of my favourite block units. Its probably the kid in me. I always loved pinwheels! In a quilt block I love the sense of movement that a pinwheel can create. The whole block is made up of half square triangles - 16 of them in all. - 4 for the pinwheels and 12 for the flying geese units and side units. It would be possible to make the flying geese looking units as flying geese rather than 2 half square triangles but it would use more fabric. 

An internet search found lots of examples of the block in a variety of fabric

I wasn't able to find any examples of quilts made apart from diagram on Quilt Cache. I actually don't like it. Its very messy when put together in the quilt. I feel it is a block that looks great in sample quilt or sashed blocks but not so great on its own


  1. The warmer brown tones in the middle are interesting. It is a more subtle color change than the other patterns you've introduced thus far.

  2. it is a little bit overwhelming all together isn't it- feels a bit like its meant to be an optical illusion.
    Seasons of the heart

    1. yes its overwhelming but if the colours were a bit more contrasting it might show up an alternative pattern.. I think I can see pinwheels in 2 colours

  3. The design of Peace and Plenty, although simple, can be so different depending on the colors and pattern used. There's a Peace and Plenty barn quilt on the Washington County Barn Quilt Trail that is done in red, black, gold, white, and orange. It's on a historic building that was the home of Swedish settlers in this area. Here's the link if you'd like to see it: . You have to scroll down the page a bit.

  4. It is a beautiful pattern! I loved the geometric diagonal symmetry.
    Thanks for sharing
    Best Wishes!

    1. thankyou ... its is rather nice. I liked my block colours better than the one they had in their diagram

  5. I nearly did this block. I will be wondering if we pick identical blocks sometime through this challenge lol After all great minds think alike right?! Trying to catch up on viewing your posts.
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