Thursday, March 11, 2010

Pinwheel quilt - Day 3




Once you've begun your pinwheel construction it is easy to do them assembly line style.




And before long you've got a ton of pinwheel blocks. In the case of this particular quilt, I made 64 pinwheel blocks. The final quilt will be eight blocks wide by eight blocks long. (And you'll recall I chose to make 8.5" square pinwheel blocks.)





I forgot to mention something in the Day 2 instructions (but have since gone back and corrected) and it was brought up by flickr member boutiqueginabeana. Pinwheels are directional.

::Say what?::

Remember the whole light and dark fabric discussion from Day 1? Contrast? You need contrast in order to have your pinwheel spin? Ringing any bells?

Well, always put your light fabric in the same position and your dark fabric in the same position in each and every pinwheel block you make. Then when you put them all together they are all spinning the same way.







I know. Hard to visualize. So study the picture.





That being said, I don't really mind them spinning different directions. But some of you do and will. So, there you go.


So that is it people. Finish making your pinwheel blocks and then assemble them together into a quilt top. I like mine all smooshed together but you may prefer sashing in between each pinwheel. Or maybe you want to set yours on point.

Totally and completely up to you.

But no matter what, they will be beautiful I'm sure.

-dana

19 comments:

Letti said...

This quilt is beautiful. Great work.

Amber said...

I totally did a few of mine wrong (as in going the wrong way) - but I'm not changing them :-)

Shorty said...

Your quilt looks gorgeous, my friend! One of these days I'm going to get to complete one with you!

Gail :) said...

I am changing mine :) I LOVE they way your quilt is turning out!!! I love mine too. If the weather here wasn't so phenomenal I would have it fixed and would be further along! Thanks again for the tutorial :)

Kimberly said...

It's beautiful! And I just remembered that I have an unquilted pinwheel number from last summer that I really should finish up now that my current sampler is almost finished. Come see... I posted about it this morning!
Take care, Kimberly

Terri said...

Very pretty! I will try very hard to remember the directional thing. No promises, though!

allsewnup said...

It's gorgeous. I really like the fab fabs you used.

Carolyn

Scottish Nanna said...

I love your quilt it is nice and bright and cheery.
Hugs Mary.

Lara said...

Proposition Dana: You think you and I could come to a time share arrangement of this quilt? To say I love it is an understatement. Your fabric choice (as always) is perfect... xx

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amylouwho said...

love love love it! This is such a great line of fabric. I wish I had gotten my hands on some. I was thinking of doing my pinwheels will all white, but I like how you've mixed it all up here. So pretty!

Elissa said...

i love it dana. you are so inspiring to me. i wish i could even get the time to cut out my pieces for ellie's quilts. my life just doesn't go that way of late. supposed to do it this weekend while my hubby is gone for work and the kids were at nana and papa's. nope. kids are sick and not going and therefore i will get even LESS done than i thought.

one of these days i DO need to stop doing for other people and do something for myself. but i so LOVE to do for other people.... SIGH.

Sandra said...

This quilt is going to be a beauty. Great job on explaining the details in your tutorial. I really need to add this to my future wish list.

Lexilooo said...

I've been seeing a lot of pinwheels out there lately...I'm thinking that I need to try making one! A good friend is expecting a baby this summer...maybe I can make it for the baby!

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Lexilooo said...

(my comment posted twice, so I deleted one...sorry about that!)

WhiteStone said...

Your pinwheel Q is definitely lookin' good!

free indeed said...

I didn't join the quiltalong this time, but I have made a simple pinwheel quilt queen size before for one of the kids' wedding gifts...they take alonggggg time! :)

Lizzerd said...

March 2010 ... October 2011 ... whatever happened to Day 4 ?!?!