Monday, December 22, 2014

Pinwheel Squared Tutorial

Here it is, my first tutorial. I hope I will be able to convey my vision in an easy to understand way. If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask in the comments section or by e-mail.

I am a part of a modern quilt guild and I am mostly making this tutorial for my month of the quilt bee, I can't wait to see all of the pieces come together!

This is what one quilt block looks like.  The directions are to make two blocks.

First, you will need nine 5 by 5 blocks (charms) and one 12 7/8th square block.

The goal is to make a square of 6 blocks by 6 blocks, with each block measuring 2 inches square (finished). You can do this my cutting the charms in four and then piecing them together in a grid. However, since I dislike piecing little blocks and try to keep them straight, I use a different method. Either way should yield similar results, and it's up to you which method you use. Here is the method I use.
First, but the charms in half. This will yield 5 inch by 2 1/2 inch rectangles.
Second, mix the rectangles so no two the same are together and piece them in pairs, sewing on the long edge.

Third, press the seams open. I am not a fan of open seams, however, this will make piecing easier later.

After this, you will end up with nine pieces as seen below. Plan them out in three columns as you would like to piece them. making sure that no two of the same are together.

Sew the blocks in columns, then cut them in half. You will then have six rows of six squares.
 Rearrange the rows and sew them together.

Now, you have it, a 6 by 6 grid. Take your solid fabric and cut it in half diagonally. Do the same with the patchwork piece.
Sew the triangles of one piece or patwork and one piece of solid together to recreate a square.
My goal when I get the blocks back will be to set them up as a pinwheel. I will have four pinwheels that I plan on sashing for a nice summer lap quilt.

I can't wait to show you the finished top, in a  month or so from now!

P.S. If you'd like to see another finished block, visit my fellow quilter M-R at Quilt Matters

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Patchwork Ball

My son's teacher is having a baby, but they kept the gender a surprise.

So on to the dilemna I recently had. Since my son wanted to give a gift to the baby, but I didn't want to give anything in the traditional green/yellow/brown color way, I had to figure out what to make.

I came across this tutorial by Abby over at While She Naps. The tutorial is so well written. Or at least it was for me since I do have some English paper experience. So with my template printed on cardstock in hand, I went on the hunt for fabric.

I ended up deciding to use the Mixed Bag Studio line by Moda. So gender neutral and bright!
I added some washed cereal bag to the Inside to make that crinkly sound, and this is how it came out.

Though now I have to learn how to make it on the sewing machine. I would love to stock up on these for upcoming babies!
Does anyone know how well cereal bags fare in the wash? If not, I'll have to experiment a little... Off to test washing methods!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

What!? Wednesday (2)

I made another bow-tie and just wanted to show it to you... Isn't it great for the holidays!

The dog I made it for already has a red collar, so I just put elastics on the back like I had done for the bow-ties of a friend's cat.

Don't forget it's What!? Wednesday... So the question of the day is.... Do you have a pet? And if so, what would you like it to wear?
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