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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
I like to lay out my block before I sew from here
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.
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.