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Nov 8, 2010

Dutch Pinwheel Block Tutorial

Nov 8, 2010
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Ok, so now I'm on a little mission to create some tutes for blocks I love that I haven't found blog links for.  Here's my first! 

The Dutch Pinwheel. 

I found myself in love with this photo over at Angela's.  This is where I found inspiration and new life for some fabric I've had in my stash for years.  I thought I didn't like the fabric, but it turns out, you just have to find the right block for it!  I love it!  Hope you like the tute!



This block is made with 16 HST (Half-Square Triangle) units.  You will need to cut 16 - color/print 2.5" squares and 16 - white 2.5" squares.  You may use charms if you like, or also cutting 2.5" strips into squares will also work.

I used 5" x 5" charm squares for the prints and leftover strips for the white.

1.  Stack the four charm squares on top of each other.  Cut charm squares in half both vertically and horizontally to create 16 - 2.5" squares.  Also, cut 16 - 2.5" squares of white.


2.  Draw a line diagonally across the block from one corner to the opposing corner on all 16 print 2.5" squares.



3.Sew a print 2.5" square right sides together with a white 2.5" square along the drawn line.  Using chain piecing here will get these done in no time! 

Note:  I purposely didn't sew 1/4" away from the drawn line to make 2 blocks from these squares because I felt the resulting HST unit would be too small.



4.  Trim the excess material from the sewn blocks, making sure to cut 1/4" away from the sewn seam.



5.  Press open all blocks, with the seam allowance pressed toward the print.



6.   Arrange your blocks as shown below until you are happy with the fabric placements.



7.  Sew units together to make 4 rows.  Then sew the rows together.  There you go!  All done!


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10 comments:

  1. AnneMarie, wow, that's fantastic - thanks for that tute! I think you must be right about fabric we don't really like - I have some I keep setting aside - I'll have to try it. And I love your green block and your bicycle block in your header.

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  2. I like this block - going to have to try it. Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  3. That's beautiful and thank you for the tutorial!

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  4. Very nice! I could see using this block and thanks for the tutorial -- very helpful!!!

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  5. I love this block! There is so much you can do with the simple half square triangle :)

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  6. Hi, I really love this block and would like to make it for a bee I'm in. Could you tell me what size is the finished block? Mine needs to be 12.5" finished. Jxo

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  7. Hi thanks to your picture and instructions along with another one - I've just completed a dutch pinwheel cushion cover as a gift for a dutch grandmother! Love your work!

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  8. I saw this block SOMEWHERE and couldn't find a tutorial so...I did it almost like yours but I paired a charm with a background square and just sewed 1/4" in on the edges all the way around. Then sliced on the diagonal. It made 4 3" HSTS...isn't this a FABULOUS block?

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  9. I love it, and since I'm from the netherlands I think this will be my contribution to the 4x5 modern quiltbee this winterquarter. Since it has to be 12,5x12,5 I think I wil make the squares 6 inch. That will make my hst's slightly bigger, let's try!

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  10. Hi Thanks for the tutorial even 4 years later it is still helpfull...
    hope you can visit and see what i ve done with it. And also i add it as link in my Hebrew blog. Thanks
    http://northernex.blogspot.co.il/2014/07/dutch-pinwheel-quilt.html

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