Merry Go Round has the greatest impact when worked up with a distinct light and dark fabric. The contrast between the two is the key to how bold a statement this block makes. A block consisting of white and a primary color, for example, creates a more dramatic effect than a block made from white and a soft pastel.
What size is it?Merry Go Round is a 20 inch block.
Although it looks like a time consuming block to piece, Merry Go Round is actually fairly straight-forward to construct. Rather than piecing by rows, this block works up as a four patch. Each section is exactly alike, only positioned differently by 90°. For this reason, the key to accurate piecing is to check each section's orientation before stitching.
Cutting - Merry Go Round is constructed from quarter triangles, squares and rectangles in two fabrics. Rotary cutting directions below include a seam allowance for all pieces.
Assembling triangle-pair units - Before assembling the four main patches of this block, all triangles must be paired. Use a quarter-inch seam allowance for all stitching.
Four-Patch Assembly - With the triangle-pair units complete, the next step is to piece the four sections which comprise the finished block. Not all triangle-pairs are positioned in the same manner, so it is important to compare your layout against this pattern before sewing.
Now that I have it, what can I do with it?
Pieced next to each other, blocks of Merry Go Round form a rambling feather design across the quilt face. With so much activity, a simple border, as used in this sample layout, works best.
Sashing works well with Merry Go Round blocks, and is probably the best layout choice for blocks worked up from different fabrics. In this example design, however, the blocks are uniform in color. Deep purple sashing provides a balancing contrast to the lighter purple fabrics in the blocks and border.
More options to think about!
The numerous angles of a Merry Go Round block provide an interesting contrast to more flowing quilting motifs, such as the feather wreath motif used in this example. In this layout, the blocks are primarily clustered in the center and move off diagonally toward the edges of the quilt, drawing the eye as it moves.
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