Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Pinwheel quilt

HI!  Well, I am progressing on my pinwheel quilt, and I finally have time to post a few pics of my journey.  So here we go!
Here is how I came up with my pinwheels:
Take 2 charms - they should be light/dark combos.

Place the 2 squares face to face:

Sew around all four sides of the square:

Now, you want to cut the square, corner to corner - top left to bottom right, and top right to bottom left - cut an X

Now, iron the triangles open - always to the dark side!

So now we have our 4 half square triangles!

Place the squares in the proper order - I had to keep looking at the first one I did so that I could get it right!

Time to sew.............when I first started, I was doing one at a time

But then I got the hang of it, and more confidence, and I started chaining them:

This is my little pile of chained pieces.

Gotta snip all the little pieces apart:

So now, you have the left side and right side, which must now be matched up and sewn together.  Notice - the corners with the 1/4 inch difference - outside corners are pointed, inside corners do NOT match on corners - this is how you know which sides to attach.

Finished pinwheel!  :-)

Many finished pinwheels!!!

I've sewn them all together.  They now have 2 borders on them - no photos - will get those photographed and up tomorrow.  Hopefully, tomorrow I will be able to get it sandwiched and quilted.  :-)

Hope you enjoyed my journey of the pinwheels. 
Any comments welcomed.


Amy B said...

Yep-That's how I did it-they are so fast that way! I was making 1/2 square triangles, but this is so much faster!! Can't wait to see the blocks with their borders :)

theodora said...

that I have never thought of it makes it easy , I love your idea and I never have seen it before thank you ,stop by and visit me martha ,when you have a second.

Quiet Quilter said...

Sewing on the outside borders of your block! Clever idea. I have been debating on trying pinwheels and was dreading all the cutting and matching..not really, but usually you have to do a humungus number of pinwheels...this will help speed things along. Thanks!

MarthaVA said...

Thanks for the comments everyone! If you go to YouTube, and search Missouri Star Quilt Co, they have a tutorial on the pinwheels. I probably should have put the link in my post, but I was tired last night when I was trying to upload all those pics.
Can anyone tell me, why, when I post, my post is all in order, no spaces or big gaps in between the photos and posts, but when I publish it, it looks so terrible? I can't seem to get this blogging thing down very well! I apologize for the spacing and all.

mareshavefun said...

Very nice job Martha! Can't wait to see it with the borders on and the quilting done. Simple... gotta love it! ;-)

mainer said...

Good job,cuz! As for the blogging question, do you have a preview button? That will show you what you will have and you can go back and change what needs to be changed.