Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Pinwheels quilt block
She said this pattern reminded her of the days of making paper pinwheels pinned to a stick. I remember doing this with my grandma. Nancy showed this block being made from only three colors because she thought "the uniformity of a standard color scheme adds distinction."
This is another of her 5 patch quilt blocks in which I refuse to figure out the math for a 6" block.
So, to make a 5" block-
1. Sew 9 four patch blocks using only two fabrics-a background and fabric #1-1 1/2" (1" finished) floral is the background and pink is my color #1 in my example. A quick way to do this is to make strip sets with each fabric being cut 1" wide to make a sewn strip 1 1/2" wide. Cut the sets into 1" pieces and sew these into 4 patch blocks. You need 18" total of strip sets.
2. Sew 12 half square triangle blocks-1 1/2" (1" finished) One side of the triangle is your background fabric and the other half is your color #2 or purple as used in mine above. Use 2" squares and make these 2 at a time by following the method of drawing a diagonal line, sewing on each side and cutting on the diagonal line to yield 2 half square triangles. Trim the new blocks to 1 1/2" or use triangles on a roll, no trimming necessary!
3. Cut 4) 1 1/2" squares of your background fabric.
4. Sew your units together following the diagram carefully. It's a little tricky!
I made the block at the right before I decided to do this sew along. It is made 6" finished. Very easy, the 4 patch blocks finish at 1 1/2" and so do the half square triangle blocks.