Julia of The Hexie Blog released her March block and it is as I suspected a shamrock! I had been sorting through my fabrics looking for blue with a hint of green in the print. I couldn't find what I wanted so instead I just went with an ombred blue print and used a shamrock print fabric for the centers of the hexagon flowers. I also wanted to use my foundation pieced English paper piecing (EPP) technique so I added a darker blue to surround the shamrocks. Here is my shamrock block which is made of 1" hexagons.
Notice how the points in the center form a four pointed star. I may fill in that space with an appliqued shamrock fussy cut from the fabric. This is a free block of the month and there's plenty of room for creativity so if you are interested pop on over to The Hexie Blog for a visit. You'll also be able to join the Yahoo group Julia has set up so you can see what others are doing. January was a snowflake and February was a heart. All of my blocks will be made in shades of blue with little pops of colour that reflect the theme of the month. I wonder what she has planned for April!
This is a close-up of one of the lobes of the shamrock and the foundation pieced EPP hexies.
This is the hexagon template I used to make the lobes. Only two pieces of fabric are needed to make this versatile hexagon. My light blue fabric is directional so I had to make sure that my hexagon was placed correctly on the stripes so I drew pencil lines on my hexagons so I was sure to line them up correctly.
I used this same template to make this star in my quilt Loopers in the Sky with Diamonds. It reminds me of a ninja star!
Until I post again, happy sewing!