I have seen a lot of tutorials on how to make pinwheel blocks from half square triangles from four 5'' charm squares (two pairs), but couldn't find one for a pinwheel block from only two 5'' charm squares. I have a lot of 5'' charm packs that have only one of each print, and if I wanted a block to only have two prints in it, I'd have to do it with 2 charm packs. So, I wracked my brain and figured out a way to make a smaller pinwheel block from just 2 charm squares. This finishes to just under 6'' when I sew it, but you might be able to get a full 6'' block with a scant 1/4'' seam allowance. I like to square mine to 5 1/2'' though (to get a 5'' finished block) so use a full 1/4'' seam allowance. I think one of the best parts is that it's not necessary to do any marking on the fabric like in the larger pinwheel blocks where you mark a diagonal line and sew 1/4'' on each side of that diagonal line. No marking necessary on this technique! Anyhow, here is my very first tutorial!
EDIT: Yes, the block edges end up on the bias. But, with such a small block, they really are not an issue. I did not have to starch my blocks to keep them from stretching. If it was a larger block, I might consider starching though to keep them under control.
Great Idea...It's something I might even get my 14 year old daughter to attempt.ReplyDelete
It certainly is an easy way to make pinwheels from charm squares but don't you find those bias edges a little tough to work with?ReplyDelete
Great way to do this and NO marking!ReplyDelete
the bias edges are so short on this little block, they don't seem to be much of an issue. When in doubt, use pins :)ReplyDelete
would never have thought to do it like that-impressive and clear instruction-thanks-Suzanne down in australiaReplyDelete
Nice job - a great idea I will be able to use! Thanks!ReplyDelete
Great idea. I think I will starch my squares before I cut them because of the bias edges.ReplyDelete
this is soo cool, thanksReplyDelete
Too cute & a great use of charm packs! Thanks for sharing. :)ReplyDelete
Nan in KS
Too cute & a great use of charm packs! :) Thanks very much for sharing!ReplyDelete
Nan in KS
OK, that is simply the coolest thing ever. I never in a million years would have thought of stitching around the outside.ReplyDelete
I've recently started starching the be-jesus out of my fabric to keep it from stretching and it should work great with the bias edges. Great tutorial Karin... Thanks, GailReplyDelete
Very clever. I'm glad you figured this out for the rest of us. Thank you for sharing.ReplyDelete
WOWOWOWOW...Karin, this should become the latest revolution in patchwork!!! Thank you for sharing!!!ReplyDelete
Great idea, Karin! Thanks for sharing your clear instructions.ReplyDelete
Wow I am so glad you wracked your brain to create this methodology and that it showed up in the message link for my quilt on sewforum. If I do another quilt like that I have a much better way to do pinwheels.ReplyDelete
Brilliant! Thank you!ReplyDelete
What a clever technique!! Thanks so much for sharing :)ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing this. I have tried this out and it works great. I used a light starch on it and the bias is not an issue at all. Your instructions are so clear and well thought out. Good job! I will tell all my friends about this method. Especially the ones that don't like pinwheels! Hugs, LindaReplyDelete
I BOOKMARKED YOUR PAGE, SO I WILL NEVER FORGET!ReplyDelete
Thanks for that tute! Love your blog!ReplyDelete
Brilliant! Found this googling for blocks from charm squares. I want to put pinwheels into the border of a quilt I'm making. I do have 2 of each charm square, but that would make the blocks to big. This method will let me get twice as many blocks, and no wastage.ReplyDelete
You can make you pinwheels as big or small as you want!! Check out the chart at Missouri Star Quilt Co. They added it to their tutorial on pinwheels----gives you the measurements you need to make a certain size block.Delete
Another quilter sent me a link to this and it's such a clear easy to understand tutorial. Thank You :).ReplyDelete
I want to do 12" blocks so I'll starch them and I'm starching all my blocks anyway as I've just started blockmaking and find it's easier to keep those bias threads under control.
Love the stripes and dots combination!
I learned this method from Jenny Doan/Missouri Star Quilt Co. and I love it. I made a pinwheel block quilt (almost queen size) from two shades of blue for the pinwheels and white for the other part of the pinwheel. I used 10" squares which ended up being 12 1/2" blocks. I used 3" sashing and added and 4" and 6" border. Made a nice looking quilt if I do say so myself. (LOL) I think it was four blocks across and five blocks down.I make a lot of quilts for charity (Comfort Quilters, Fairbanks, IN--we donate to relief efforts such as in Moore, OK and last year Joplin, MO) so I like fast and easy!ReplyDelete
great minds think alike - her tutorial was posted well over a year after mine, but I know there were probably others that thought of it before me too. I just hadn't seen any before the idea came to my mind and maybe Jenny had the same 'light go on' idea moment I had :)Delete