Saturday, May 24, 2014

Rainbow Scrap Challenge Sampler - Framed Pinwheel

This one is a derivation from the basic grid! Shocking right? Most blocks are four patches nine patches or sixteen patches.  I love that those can all come from a single strip size.  Variety is the spice of life though, so here is something different.
I used a light and dark green.
For the center pinwheel you will need 2.5 inch strips of both greens.
Sandwich them light sides together and use the easy angle ruler to cut 4 HST units.
From the dark fabric, cut 4 rectangles that are 1.5 by 4.5 inches
From the light fabric, cut 4 squares that are 1.5 inches
Sew the HST units together, press and trim the dog ears.
Arrange and sew them into a pinwheel as shown.  Twirl the seams and press.
Next sew a dark rectangle to the top and bottom of the pinwheel
At the same time, sew a light square to each end of the other two green rectangles.
A note about pressing.  First, notice the "twirled" pinwheel in the center.  This really does reduce bulk and help everything to stay flat.  Next look at the center section with the seams going away from the center and the the two edges pressed with seams going toward the center.  This will again help minimize bulk and allow the block to stay flat.
Here is the finished block.  You could easily use different colors for the center block, especially because the base strips are not all the same size.  I think it would be cute with 3 or 4 fabrics, don't you?  This one would be cute as a full quilt.  It would give a nice four patch where the blocks come together in the corners.  

1 comment:

Kate said...

I like these nice and easy blocks. The sampler has been so much fun, thanks for putting together all the instructions.