So recently I decided to make a pinwheel quilt with blue and white fabric. I love the block it is very pretty but my points in the middle don't match up well. I thought I cut them out alright but when I sew them together they don't match up. I was so upset about it I almost gave up on it, mind you I''m not selling it or giving it away it will be mine for me only but still. I want it to at least look pretty on my bed I have watched videos and seen pictures but should I have bought a ruler to do this project? I have trouble with counting the measurements so I try and eye it best I can when cutting with is probably a huge mistake but I am still new to do doing more then just a 9 patch quilt. Any advice you could share would great.
There are a couple of things I do to make the points match. When I make the half square triangle blocks I usually oversize them. If I want the block to be 4 inches when finished I add an inch rather than the 7/8ths. Then I square up the piece to be the 4.5 unfinished that I want it to be. I make sure to put the middle of the square where the white and blue come together on the diagonal of my ruler before I cut. That way if I've made mistakes while sewing I can cut off the excess and still have a block that will fit with the others.
Next I sew two of the squares together to make a rectangle. I make sure I press the seam toward the darker fabric. I make another two square rectangle and be sure to press the seam toward the dark fabric. Then I but the two seams together and pushing them together so there is no space between the seam lines. They should be right on top of each other. I pin both seams down and sew the two rectangles together. I then open the center seam where the squares all meet to make less bulk where the seams come together. It will look like a mini pinwheel right in the center of the wrong side of your block. I press one seam up and the other seam down.
I hope this is clear. If you need photos let me know. I'm going to cut out a pinwheel baby quilt this evening and I could take step by step pictures.
Sew from the points out. There will be less stretch. (those tips tend to be very stretchy.) Then to make them lie flat in the center when you are done, sew them in pairs first. When sewing the pairs together, match up the fabric where the seam will be and push the selvages away from the seam and start sewing where that seam would meet against the fold, (back stitch at the start since you wont be sewing to the selvages at the points.) Then sew the halves together. You will be able to press all the seams the same direction, clockwise or counter clockwise. After the sewing is done, when you press the seams, you will get a little star in the center, which will lie flat.
This sounds very confusing. When I have more time I will try and do a tutorial on this with photos. I just recently did a bunch of these and can now get them right most of the time.
But the main thing, is, start the sewing from the point.
Your pinwheels are going to look very nice. Learning a couple tricks is all you need.
Very pretty thanks for all the great help.
First sew triangle into pairs, starting at the point.
the previous two pictures did not come out, but I was trying to show that I take the pairs, with the opposing seams going different directions to try and snuggle them in place. but I do not sew it that way, once in place I take the seam on top and fold it over, so that the seams are going away from where I am going to sew. I think this next picture or two show that I don't sew from edge to edge but start at the top where the seam would meet, and sew out from the corner. I do back stitch at the beginning to keep the seams from coming apart when I open them up.
this is the two pairs sewn together, you can see that I did not sew from the edge.opoopen it up and this is what I get.
now I have two halves with the seams all going counter clockwise. If I had sewn the pair together edge to edge, I would not be able to do this. next I put the two halves together, matching the seams as best I can, then sew edge to edge.
open it up and press the seams all going counter clockwise and I get the star. Here is the finished pinwheel. not quite perfect.
yes please if you could.....so I understand better what your talking about.
Mimi:If you need photos let me know.
I couldn't have explained it better if I tried.That is exactly my method.
This project is hanging on the design board, just finished the top this week. It was a Lazy Mazy kit Marge P sent me. It was poorly cut and I didn't take the time to trim it down. I have two theories: The man on the galloping horse won't see the little bit some of the centers are off AND The rest will quilt out.
Close up of one center.
The little pinwheel on the back that forms after picking out the stitches to where all seams meet.
Hope these photos help.
Agnes in NW Ontario
Agnes:Hope these photos help.
Agnes, these are wonderful photos. It's exactly what I was trying to say with words. I just don't have the quilt cut yet but you beat me to it with the pictures. Patti's pictures are great too. Hope this helps answer your question, oklahomamom2. I'll also try and do step by step by the end of the weekend.
Patti--I use your method from the center out when i do diamonds, etc but the other way for HST. The trick, of course, in either method is to diffuse the bulk of all those seams.
Very good pictures and directions. I learned something today. I hated doing pinwills. I might try them again after this.
There are some great tips here for pinwheels.
Has anyone watched this video from Missouri Quilt? Pretty neat. She didn't touch on the center swirl we all do and we'd have to watch that bias but I still found it interesting.
Fons and porter always have good ways of doing pinwheels and other techniques. I miss that mag only because of their tips and techniques section.