May 1, 2012

Traditional Tuesday - Block 32

Double Pinwheel
Block 32 - Double Pinwheel
It's May Day! Happy May Day! A new month means a new color and for May I chose yellow and orange. I'm notably lacking on the hot colors, so I thought I'd work on that now. This block is another one with a lot of points coming together in the middle - 8 to be exact. It's really not hard to get them to match, (although mine are a little off! Look at yesterday's to see a good block!) Just take your time, sew accurately and press those seams open and it should go well for you.

Cutting:
  • From the orange check, cut 2 - 3 7/8"* squares. Cut each in half on the diagonal to make 4 triangles.
  • From the orange AND yellow, cut 1 - 4 1/4"* squares. Cut each in half on the diagonal with an X to make 4 triangles each.
*I cut mine 4" and 4 1/2" so I had wiggle room at the end to make them the exact right size.

I love this orange check. I've had it in my stash for years! I matched it with a Moda Marble for the yellow and a Fossil Fern (I think) for the orange.
Cut your squares.
Layer the large 2 squares right-sides together. This is so the pairs will be ready to sew without having to re-match them.

Cut in half on the diagonal both ways to get 4 triangles each. Cutting the triangles like this keeps all the bias on the short edges. When sewn in the block, the long edge will be on the outside of the block, minimizing stretch when you sew it together with the sashing. It's a nice trick to keep everything going smoothly as you sew.

Cut the remaining 2 small squares only once on the diagonal.

This is one unit. Sew the small triangles together, pressing to the dark. Then sew the triangles together pressing to the large triangle. Trim to 3 1/2" if you cut your pieces larger. Just trim the dog ears off if you didn't.
Make 4 of these identical 3 1/2" units. Make sure you keep the dark and light small triangles consistent on all 4 units.
Lay out the 4 units and sew together in pairs. Press the seams open. Make sure the placement is correct to get the double pinwheel effect.

When pinning the two halves of the block together, make sure to line up the two perfectly and pin. I think pressing the seams open makes this easier to do. You can see a little triangle that is easy to match with the other one. Sew the halves together to get your 6 1/2" block.





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