Saturday, May 02, 2009

Maybe I'm Putting My Foot In

Here is my finished block for this week for the Friday Block Party. See sidebar. It is called 'Flyfoot'. I used up a whole lot of half square triangles that I had in my scrap bin (happy dance!) - only had to make a couple more. Because it is totally scrappy I don't think I got the image (so much) of the swastika that Carol spoke about. But I must admit I sort of thought of that too. Too bad that symbol has come to mean hatred, antisemitism, violence and murder! For centuries it used to be a symbol that meant good. I think the Chinese call it Wan, but I am not completely positive about that. Anybody know? It stands for life and sun and good luck! You know, happy stuff!

I thought my block sort of looked like the ribbons on a May pole. And since I made it on May 1st, I am going to rename this block too! I really don't like Flyfoot! I'm calling it Dancing Around the May Pole.

8 comments:

Annemariesquilt said...

Hi I love this block, so simpel and scrappy!!
I might have to make this one, he he..

*karendianne. said...

I think you did a fine job!

Shasta said...

I really like this block - and especially the colors - red and yellow are awesome together. I have a bunch of leftover HSTS, I might just have something to do with them now!

the dutch purple rabbit said...

I like the new name much more.

nynke

Reddirt Woman said...

I love this block and your new name for it. You were correct, in Chinese it is called wan. The symbol is reversed in Native American art, especially by the Navajo in weaving and also in pottery. The symbol was widely used in many cultures and meant good in all before the Nazi's venom changed the swastika to mean bad boys are in town. So you thinking it meant good in so may countries is correct. I just love google.

Anyway, I like the block and your name for it.

Helen

W. Latane Barton said...

Wow, I like that pattern. Gonna try it myself when I get some of these UFOs finished.

nicolette said...

Love the block, and the new name you invented!

Eileen said...

I'm always hoping that maybe over time this symbol will be less controversial. I like it, and in the Amish quilts it is used. Personally I would have no problem making a quilt with this block myself, but knowing how offensive it is to many.. I would always hesitate to show it.. so sad.