Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Spinning pinwheels

A few weeks ago, I turned a pile of HST blue batik into pinwheels.

At first, I was randomly sewing them together reminiscent of a 'crazy quilt' pattern.  As much as I liked this looked, I wanted something small enough to quilt myself and this one was going to be too big.

I decided to set the 8 inch blocks inside a white border done somewhat 'wonky' so they would look like they were twisting and turning.

I put the first two blocks together and it created the look i wanted by setting them inside a wonky border.  Block still square but now at 9 1/2 inches.

A week went by before I had time to do 10 more of the squares.  The only problem was that I forgot how I did it the first time!  But of course I didn't notice I was doing it wrong until all ten were done.  You can see these are clearly not square.

Once I noticed my error, I had a few minutes debate on whether I should I bond with my seam ripper?

I decided to go with the quilting flow and just trim the blocks back to 8 1/2 inches square.

Eight have been sewn together so far.  I'm liking the way this looks - while it isn't quite as much spinning movement as I want, I've got some ideas that can still be incorporated.

More to come.  (About 12 more pinwheels to be precise.)

Happy Stitching!


  1. What you are trying to accomplish sounds very much like the X-Block concept. The ruler actually lets you cut the block so that it slants the design. You can check it out at www.x-blocks.com. Just thought I would mention. Judy C in NC - Happy Quilting

  2. You can't go wrong with batiks! It's going to be beautiful!


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