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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Daredevils #5: Pancho's Garden

 
Daredevils #5: Pancho's Garden
Scroll down to see the two-page pattern for a 15" finished block.

Friendship Garden by Dorrie Emmer....
It looks like she followed the OFFICIAL pattern.

Becky Brown's block altered a bit.
Scroll down to see what her real block looks like.

Denniele Bohannon's block with future appliqued circles
drawn in.

BlockBase #3597

Another Laura Wheeler pattern, Friendship Garden, was the inspiration for the Daredevil series of blocks. I took that basic structure and adapted it to other blocks in EQ8.

Many quiltmakers took on the challenge in the 1930-1970 years.
 Here’s one with a lavender dot—-maybe from the 1940s-’50s.

The Block


Daredevils pattern for a 15" block.
Cut paper templates. Add seams to the fabric.
Below the center template D.

How to Print
Create a word file or a new empty JPG file that is 8-1/2" x 11".
Click on the image above.
Right click on it and save it to your file.
Print that file out 8-1/2" x 11". The small square should measure 1"
Adjust the printed page size if necessary.


Pancho Barnes
Our spokesmodel

See more about Florence Lowe Barnes here:

Becky Brown's actual block 
She added seams to that empty center, which is now a four patch.

Typical OCS newspaper clipping, this one from the Pottstown Mercury

I didn't realize this Quilt Along was going to be a Laura Wheeler fest.

The designers were clever and the company was quite prolific.

They definitely suggested some daredevil piecing. As Teddy P said in a block identification discussion:
"If it’s a nightmare to piece you can suspect Laura Wheeler. I often think that designer just drew segments that looked interesting but she had no clue how the sewing was done."
A starched Margaret Hamilton

Or perhaps the fictional Laura thought
you might learn something by taking on a challenge.

Georgia Broadwick preparing to parachute.
Notice ballet slippers

Our Facebook Group: DaredevilsQuiltAlong.
Ask to join whether you are sewing along or standing on the ground watching.

2 comments:

QuiltGranma said...

I've often had the same thoughts on quilt piecing instructions. LOL!

Dorry said...

This block looks very intimidating but I really liked it once I was done. I will have to remember to watch out for that Laura Wheeler - wonder if she also wore ballet slippers to make it look easy!