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« on: October 27, 2012 11:31:18 AM »

Greetings Everyone,

Am a pretty new quilter, and find I have lots of problems with angles and using template.

With that said. I will go on to why I am writting this.  I signed up for a quilt block swap. Wanting to learn more and grow as a quilter.

The first block from my group I picked to work on was the one I knew would give me fits. A pinwheel. I tried a few times working with the template.

I would get frustrated trying to get it the right size and cutting out the triangles even and straight.

So I looked in some of my magazines and found the pinwheel, using a different style of cutting. Using the sizes needed for the requested block. And well to make a very long story short.  It worked.  

Thought I would share, *****This will work with pretty much any size, just change the size of the squares as needed to get the size of the triangles you need****

Well and wonderment
carol

Mare's Pinwheel
10.5 inch block

General Items: 1/4inch seam allowance
      I pressed to the fabric on top at all times

Step one: You will need to cut the following
   2  4 3/8 square color of your choice fabric (for pinwheels)
   2  6 1/4 sqare color of your fabric (for pinwheels)
   1 6 1/4 square color of your choice fabric (background)
    4  2x6 strips of background fabric


Step 2:
I use spray Startch when I am working with angles, just helps me not stretch them when sewing and keeps everything nice and even. Use if you wish or not


Step 3:
Note: you can draw lines and cut on on those or simply line up your ruler and cut the choie is yours, whichever you are more comfortable with.
Cut the larger Square (6 1/4) in to quarter triangles
Cut the smaller Square (4 3/8) into triangles.
Cut the background Square (6 1/4) into triangles.
6 1/4 square cut into quarter triangles, your background fabric will look like this too.

4 3/8 cut into half square triangles.




Step 4:
Lay A strip face up then one of the half square triangle on the top, line up the bottom edge at the right hand side. You will be sewing a long a shortside, make sure the long side of the triangle is facing to the left.
Sew All four of your strips to Alternating colors, you will have two of each triangles left over.
Next line up the ruler a long the joining edge and cut to reform the triangle.

Step 5:
Sew the Quarter square triangles together placing a pinwheel fabric on top of a background fabric. This does two things. First it makes sure the pinwheels turn the correct way and second it has you pressing to the darker color.
You will again be sewing on the right side down a shorter side of the triangle.

Step 6:
I like to lay out my block before I sew from here

Step 7:

Sew with the middle seamed block on top for the sections here, just makes it a little easier to line it up. When I pin this one I start at the center seam lining up it up, just helps me keep it nice and straight.

Step 8:
Now sew the sections together, joining the two top and the two bottom then sew across the center, I like to make sure the center of the block is matching and work out. I have also found making sure I press to the top makes the seams line up better.
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« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2012 12:36:57 PM »

Thanks for posting!
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« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2012 01:14:55 PM »

Ya most welcome, All for passing on info and sharing, helping and taking a way the frustration and making it all good

well and wonderment
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« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2012 02:12:55 PM »

I love pinwheels but I was afraid to tackle them...thanks for the tutorial and your tips...I can't wait to start maremare's blocks.
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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2012 07:52:43 AM »

THANK YOU!!!!!   I was about to get started on this and I knew there had to be an easier way to cut the pieces but I wasn't quite to the point of figuring it out.  You've saved me an enormous amount of time... and probably kept some hair on my head as well. 
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« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2012 01:29:41 PM »

most welcome, if it helps and keeps the stress down
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« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2012 05:57:27 AM »

Carol--a couple of questions:

I started these this morning and found a few things confusing.

In step 1, you have that you need a background piece 4-3/8.  But in step 5, you say to cut the 6-1/4 piece background fabric in quarters...I am assuming that the background piece to cut really should be the 6-1/4 size?

In step 4:  do you have to trim the white strip after it is sewn?

Thanks...I have my prints cut out and my strips, so I will wait to be sure to cut my background square.
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« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2012 02:34:49 AM »

Carol--a couple of questions:

I started these this morning and found a few things confusing.

In step 1, you have that you need a background piece 4-3/8.  But in step 5, you say to cut the 6-1/4 piece background fabric in quarters...I am assuming that the background piece to cut really should be the 6-1/4 size?

In step 4:  do you have to trim the white strip after it is sewn?

Thanks...I have my prints cut out and my strips, so I will wait to be sure to cut my background square.

Thanks for pointing out  my errors,

 Step 3: (not 5)and you are correct the background is only a half square triangle so its only cut in half, not quarters. sorry for that was trying to type and run through at the same time.

Step 4: yes you cut on the angle to form the triangle once you have sewn the stripe to the triangle, I thought I had typed that end, but it doenst seem to be there, sorry once again.

I will edit the whole thing so it is easier to understand

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« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2012 05:36:52 AM »

Step 3: (not 5)and you are correct the background is only a half square triangle so its only cut in half, not quarters. sorry for that was trying to type and run through at the same time.

In this case, you would need TWO(2) of the background squares cut into half triangles, to make 4 half triangles. If you wanted, you could use ONE 6-1/2 background, and cut it into 4 triangles and it would be the same.


carol--thanks for the clarification.  I accidentally discovered that a 6-1/4 square cut into quarters is the same as a 4-3/8 square cut in half...all the prints are exactly the same size, so if you wanted, you can cut 4 of the 4-3/8 sized squares, cut them all in half, and skip the 6-/1/4 square part...I did the math on my calculator and also tested it...it would make mass cutting a lot easier if you were making a lot of blocks Cheesy

I appreciate your tutorial as I am not a template quilter! Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2012 03:07:30 AM »

Greetings Alwaysinmyroom:

I had measured them as well and noted the same size, but I didn't know if it matter on the sewing and direction of the cutting so i left it.

Seeing how I am a pretty new quilter.  I wasn't sure if the fact of cutting half or quarters would matter in the sewing. 

I took the long size of the triangles from templates and went from them to make the squares.

Whichever way works for others

Like you I don't do templates well. I seem to mess up when I use them, so If I can turn it into a simple cut and stitch format I am so much happier
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