Russian Sunflower Alternate Block

Happy Birthday, Amy!!!  Good morning!  We have been playing along with Melva’s sew-along called Pieces From the Past since it began.  When was that anyway – March??  Oh no, it was January.  Pre-COVID-19 or PC19 is the acronym I’m going to start using.  It seems so long ago that it must have been at least a year ago, by I digress.  Melva releases a new block and shares fabulous historical letters every three weeks or so.  The latest block she shared is called Russian Sunflower.  I’ve shared the link directly to her post if you’d like to check it out!

Alternate Russian Sunflower

I love the pace of this sew-along as it doesn’t cause me any stress in order to keep up.  That’s a very good thing since every other facet of life offers up enough stress without adding to it.  The original Russian Sunflower block is paper pieced and it is beautiful.  All those lovely, perfect points . . . yeah.  As soon as I saw the loveliness my heart sank – oh, no, as Dominic would say.  But Melva offered up an alternative for those of us who didn’t want to PP for whatever reason.  It’s like she knew!  Yup, I’m taking the easy way out.

Russian pieces

Sue got the fabrics ready for me, just like she always does.  <gasp>  She didn’t even consult me .  .  . probably because I was muttering about a bobbin issue.

Alternate But NOT Easy

While no paper piecing was taking place on this block, no one ever said the alternate was going to be a cakewalk.  Y-seams were involved!  Well, only one so it should be in singular format there but you get the idea.  A y-seam is somehow easier and less stressful for me, especially since I knew about it going in.

Russian Star y-seam

Once the actual y-seam was behind me it was smooth sailing.  Setting out the layout before continuing to sew has saved me a few times from enjoying the services of Mr. Ripper.

Russian Star layout

Russian Sunflower Star is a Winner

Lickety-split and all the rows were together and I was giving the block a final pressing.  I love stars and this one is another good one even if it replaces a sunflower! 

Russian Star finish

We’re still loving these Laurel Burch Basics Prism fabrics so much – they are nice and bright and happy, don’t you agree?


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14 Responses

  1. I don’t blame you for going an alternate route. Your block turned out beautifully.

  2. Preeti says:

    Oh my goodness, this is so bright and yummy. I don’t know whether to stare at it or just eat it up :-p
    If this is a trailer, I cannot wait for the movie 🙂 Be safe and big hugs to you

  3. Dawn says:

    This is a pretty block and oh so bright! Love the colors!

  4. chrisknits says:

    So pretty!! Love it.

  5. I really love this block with its vibrant colors. I had to go into Melva’s site and download it for myself.

  6. PC13 – that term is a keeper!
    And the Russian sunflower is, too!

  7. Denise says:

    Yes, lovely colors. Looks great.

  8. quiltinggail says:

    Very pretty block! I looked and looked and looked for the Y seam … I saw the partial seam, is that also known as a Y seam?
    This beautiful block is going to make the quilt shine! (SUN-flower STAR // shine … get it?) (oh dear … that’s a sad pun!) 🙂

  9. Rochelle Summers says:

    This is a beautiful block and I love the colors so much. Is that called a Y-seam? Hmm. That wouldn’t bug me at all. What does bother me are those diagonal seams in Attic Window! LOL. You ladies will have one lovely quilt at the end.

  10. Melva Nolan says:

    Bright and cheery block. I look forward to seeing them all come together in the quilt.

  11. Love your block, so bright and cheery – just like a beautiful sunflower! I love stars too!

  12. karenfae says:

    I love those colors you chose!!

  13. That’s a pretty block, Roseanne! Love the fabric in the star points!

  14. Nice block – Sue picked some good fabrics, and you put it together beautifully!

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