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Nov 23, 2011

Charmed Prints QAL: Pinwheel or Right & Left Block

Nov 23, 2011
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To print this tutorial, go HERE to view the PDF file.


This pinwheel is a cute and simple version of the pinwheel with a perfect place to highlight a center print.  It is a little more challenging since you will be working with 2 triangles sewn together to form a third triangle.  Just remember not to pull or distort the triangles as you're sewing.  It looks gorgeous when it's done!


unfinished block size:  a charm - 5"
finished block size: 4 1/2"   


1.     **Use a scant ¼” seam allowance for all seams.**

To fussy cut is to target and cut a specific motif that's printed on fabric, rather than randomly cutting yardage as we normally do.  From About.com.


Fo1.  Following the table below, cut your selected charm square down to a 3 5/8” square, making sure to fussy cut the elements you would like to include in that reduced size.



Pinwheel Cutting Requirements
Fabric
Quantity
Dimensions
Charm
1
3 5/8” square
Frame Print
1
3 1/8” square
Sashing/Background
1
3 1/8” square




2.     2.  From the selected framing print and the sashing or background, cut one 3 1/8” square each.  Cut the 3 1/8” square across each diagonal to create four triangles.   

      3. Pair one sashing triangle with one print triangle, right sides together.  Sew along one of the legs using a 1/4" seam.  Open and press toward the print.  Make 4 units.


3.    4.  Fingerpress the center square in half to mark the center of each side of the square.  Then take 2 of the triangles for the right and left sides of the center square.  Place a triangle, wrong sides together, on top of the center square as shown, matching the centerlines.   The hypotenuse of the triangle  should be centered vertically over the center square.  There will be some overlap (dogears).  Stitch using a ¼” seam.  If you take the time to pin here, it will really improve your accuracy.



4.  5.   Open and press seams out.  You may trim the dogears here if you like.

5.     6.  Repeat step 3 and 4 with the remaining two sides of the center square.  Square up your blocks as necessary.


 That's it!  This is the last block tutorial for the quilt along.  Remember, it's up to you how many of each block tutorial you make, so try them all, and if you fall in love with one specific block, go back and make some more!

Don't forget to add photos of your completed blocks to the flickr group!
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3 comments:

  1. I've made 7 of these blocks, and 2 are close enough! A little sashing can fix anything, right?
    :)
    I increased all the sizes 1/8 inch and sewed with a scant 1/4 inch, and the last two I made were pretty close to 5" square. I will post pics tonight.

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  2. No idea what I'm doing wrong, but these blocks come out at 4.5 inches for me- I changed the frame print and background fabric to a 3 5/8 inch square, and now they're perfect.

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  3. So much fun! I made them a bit bigger since I had leftover fabrics. They all came out pretty nicely. I needed a nice exercise to practice making triangles because I'M in LOVE with your tea caddy! :-)

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