November 8, 2011

Traditional Tuesday - Block 8

Pinwheel
Block 8 - Pinwheel
The fun thing about doing this quilt along is that I can experiment with things that I normally don't take the time to. Checks and stripes are an example. Stripes are the easiest way to get a lot of movement going in your block, but also can be frustrating. Since they only go one direction, in some blocks you have to really plan it out to get it to look right - and some blocks won't look good with stripes at all, so I usually avoid them altogether. But in one small 6" block, making a mistake doesn't really matter!

I chose two shirting fabrics (cut up from my husband's old dress shirts) - one check and the other stripe.

Cutting:
From each fabric, cut 2 - 4" squares. (If you don't want them over-sized, cut them 3 7/8".)
The cut fabrics.

First, draw a line from corner to corner diagonally on the back side of the lightest fabric. Then stack on top of the other fabric, right sides together. Sew 1/4" from the drawn line on both sides. Cut in half on the line and press to the dark. (For more detail with photos, click here.)
Trim units to 3 1/2".
Lay out the 4 units as they will look in the finished block. This is important because you want the fabrics all going in the right direction. Sew together in pairs, pressing to one side. Then join the pairs to finish the block. It will be 6 1/2" unfinished.

I pressed the seam joining the two pairs open to alleviate the bulk in the center.

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