If you haven't quilted before you CAN do this... but learn from an expert and watch qnntv.com Quilty with Mary Fons or beg your local quilt guild to help you... you will find your style as you create quilts for those you love!
Okay... now onto the fun :)
Gather your supplies....
Iron & Board
Rotary cutter & Mat
Rulers of all kinds :)
Fabric & Thread made for machine quilting
(30 to 50 wt.. no lighter is recommended for a sturdy quilt)
And the supplies for this block....
fabric yardage is one main color for your background (mine is white)
fabric in 2 contrasting colors (mine is green and blue)
small ruler for rotary cutting
snip scissors (mine are baby ginghers and they are super sharp!
watch this vid to see how these half square triangles (hst's) come together :) just 5 minutes!
Let's put this block together!Cut your fabric to the desired size of the finished block... for mine my finished size is 9 1/2"... so my fabric squares wound up being...
4 1/2" square 1 background color and 1 small pinwheel color and 2 large pinwheel color = 4 squares
2 7/8" squares in background color = 8 squares
I played with scraps until I found a size I liked... then measured the hst pairs and cut my 8 squares a little larger to give the block a little room for moving.... thus the magic 7/8" measurement even though my square measured 3/4".
With your pieces cut it is time to sew together your large squares as I have them paired above so you end up with a small pinwheel and a larger pinwheel... put right sides together and sew 1/4" from the edge all the way around... then they will look like this...
Now lets get those hst's ready to work for us by prepping them :)
Now set out your pinwheels and bring in your 8 background fabric squares to make this arrangement... or another if you choose... you have lots of options playing around with the hst's you have made...
As per the vid start by laying sewing together these pieces....
Press the freshly sewn edges and open up the squares to make rectangles and close them right sides together on each other as in the vid like this....
Sew with a 1/4" seam and Press the freshly sewn seam...
Next trim all your strings from sewing and clip the joining thread where all the squares meet as outlined in the video... this is the BEST way I have found.
Now finally you can Press all your seams in the direction you sewed them. So they lay down nice and flat like this. Make sure you fluff out the center so it spreads out like a mini pinwheel or else the middle of your pinwheel will be standing up! lol
My Plan with this block is...To make 42 like in the group shot above and add a border to finish my quilt top... the quilt will measure 63" x 74 1/2" when complete :)
So this is my first quilting tutorial and I would appreciate feedback on how helpful or if it is too intense or not intense enough.
Thanks for reading and have a blessed day!