Pinwheels! a tutorial and giveaway
So I had this yummy bundle of 6 fat quarters burning a hole in my sewing room table. I came up with this simple, kinda wild and sweet baby quilt that exactly uses these fat quarters, nothing more, nothing less.
The quilt top finishes at about 37"x41", just perfect for a baby quilt. I had originally planned to make just pinwheel blocks, but to maximize these 6 fat quarters, I decided to add a strippy border to the right hand side with the left over pieces.
And, I've made up a simple tutorial for you to make this same quilt!
Before I go farther, I just want to share that this bundle below, which is just the right amount of fat quarters, would be stunning in this pattern! Edited to add: it's actually 8 fat quarters, which means you could make the quilt a bit bigger.
Tutorial for Pinwheel Quilt
Cut each of your six fat quarters exactly like the diagram above. Depending on the exact width of your fat quarters, you will need the whole 18", so cut carefully. The pieces labeled 'Side Border' can be set aside for now.
a.) Layer two squares together, one of each print, right sides together.
b.) With a fabric marker, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the top piece.
c.) Now sew along both sides of this line with a 1/4" seam.
d.) Do this for both blocks sets.
e.) Cut carefully right along your marked line.
f.) Press seams open.
g.) Trim those little ears off the corner. (or don't if you're lazy!)
Press seams open.
Make all 12 pinwheel blocks like this.
Arrange your pinwheel blocks in a way that pleases you, and sew them together in a grid that is 3 blocks across and 4 blocks down.
Take all those extra pieces that are 6" wide. You can make them as skinny or as thick as you like, just leave their width at 6". I cut mine assorted from 2.5"-4".
Sew them all together in one long row, with their 6" sides together. Keep sewing till you have the same length as the length of your pinwheel top.
After you've pressed all the seams, sew this long strip on to the right hand side of your pinwheels.
Your quilt top is complete!
Oh! One more thing! Fabric Spark is offering to send one of you a fat quarter bundle just like mine above. Here's what you need to do to enter:
Visit Fabric Spark and look in the Precuts Section. Come back here and tell me which bundle you would choose. (it doesn't have to be mine!)
On Monday I'll randomly choose one of you to receive this bundle.