Block 8 - Sugar Bowl (really it's a Pinwheel)I knew I'd have to get around to the Pinwheel block eventually. It's so simple, but yet the movement it creates makes it a fun block to add to a quilt. But how do you make it Modern? My first idea was to use Modern fabrics and call it good until I found this obscure little block in a pattern identifying book I have called: The Collector's Dictionary of Quilt Names and Patterns by Yvonne Khin. Called Sugar Bowl, it's just a pinwheel that has been cut wrong! Looks Modern to me, so we're doing it!
I chose an orange print and robin egg's blue solid for my 2-color block.
From each fabric, cut 2 - 8 1/2" squares. (You will get a bonus block or a lot of scraps with this block!)
|The cut fabric. (Oops, the picture is on its side.)|
|First, stack both fabrics evenly and cut in half both horizontally and vertically. You'll have 4 equal squares. Then lay your ruler diagonally but not perfectly from corner to corner. You want it to cross the exact center, though. Make your cut.|
|Repeat on the other diagonal.|
|Separate the fabrics into two reverse image blocks.|
|Then sew the units into pairs. For some reason, I had too much seam allowance after sewing into pairs. I just trimmed it off to 1/4" making sure the unit was larger than 3 1/2" wide. This is important to get the center points to line up.|
|Sew the pairs together and trim to 6 1/2".|
|Do you want to see my first attempt? It looks worse in real life than it does here. I didn't trim the seam allowance to 1/4" and I lost one point by a mile!|