Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Pinwheel Quilt Pattern

Last week I told you about my trip to Jo Ann's to buy the tools necessary to learn to quilt.  I'm happy to report that so far, it's been a success!  I saw really great YouTube video with instructions on how to make a pinwheel, so I decided to start with that design.  My first project is going to be a bag (to hold my quilting supplies), so I think I'll just need 8 pinwheels.  So far I've made 4, so I'm well on my way!

Here's how I did it.

First, cut two colors of fabric (I used white and blue) into 5" squares.
Lay one of each color on top of the other with the "pretty" sides facing in.  Pin around the edge.

Sew all the way around the square, removing the pins as you go.  You can do this with a sewing machine, but since I don't have one, I just did tiny stitches by hand all the way around.

Once you've sewn the two pieces together, cut your square into 4 triangles on each diagonal using your ruler and rotary cutter.

Once cut, open the triangles (you should now have squares) and iron them so they stay flat.  Make sure the back seam stays to the darker color's side so it can't be seen through the white.

Now that you've got your two-tone squares, rearrange them so they form a pinwheel.

Now it's time to sew the pinwheel together!

Take one square, and "fold" it on top of the one beside it so it's facing down.  Line up your seams on the side  that should touch and pin along the edge. Once you've sewn along the pinned edge, open it up and iron so it stays flat.  Do this with each half of your soon-to-be pinwheel.

Just one more piece to sew!  Now lay one side on top of the other, line up the seams, and pin along the edge again.  Once this is sewn and ironed, you'll have completed your first pinwheel!

Not bad for my first go, if I do say so myself!


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    1. Thanks! Now I just have to figure out how to put it all together...

  2. You are so talented. I wish I could quilt. I haven't tried yet but I think I might. xx. McKenna Lou

    1. You totally can! It's just cutting and sewing (or at least this pattern is). So far, I've learned the key is to just go slowly so you don't mess up.

  3. Ohhhhh Lauren, SO MANY TALENTS. ;)


  4. Always something I have longed to do. You know when you see those beautiful quilts on display at the Fairs, I wish. They say it really isn't overly expensive to quilt?
    Nice job, and wow doing the sewing by hand - girl you need to buy yourself a sewing machine for sure.

    1. I know - I love to look at the super-intricate ones. It amazes me! I DO need a sewing machine

  5. I love to quilt! Thanks showing me how to make a pinwheel square, it will come in handy!