|The square to the hourglass to the pinwheel ……..|
Welcome to week 3 of the ‘The Desperate Housewife’s Quilt’. Todays block is all about pinwheels and hourglass piecing. Remember, this is not a quilt-a-long. Just follow the blog every week and pick and choose which blocks you would like to make. I will be injecting some uniqueness into traditional blocks, applique, three dimensional, crazy and thread-art blocks. If you make a block you can post it on the Flickr group for everyone to enjoy. Also, I have this nifty button under each post that allows you to save the post as a PDF.
- Accuracy in cutting
- Joining multiple seams
- Calculating size of squares to make finished pinwheel and hour glass block.
Select a light and dark fabric. For the 3.5″ pinwheel I cut 4″ squares ( remember you can always trim back ). The 1/2″ for me seams to be enough to allow a little trim when finished and not too much waste
Place the two squares right side together and sew 1/4″ around edge.
|Left – 2.5″ pinwheel block using 3″ squares
Right – 3.5″ block using 4″ squares
Using a squaring ruler, cut once diagonally.
and without moving apart the cur fabric, make another diagonal cut in the opposite direction.
Press open all the seams and you will have four HST’ ready to be arranged for sewing.
Remove the ‘rabbit ears’ ready for sewing. Arrange the HST’s so they alternate dark / light.
Sew the top HST’s together being careful to match the points and repeat for the bottom HST’s.
Press open the seams. Join the top and bottom sections together. Press open the seam and then trim back to 3.5″.
Cut 2 x 3″ squares and lay them right sides together.
Draw a pencil line form corner to corner. Sew 1/4″ on either side of the line.
Cut on the pencil line and then make a another diagonal cut in the opposite direction.
This technique will yield 4 x HST. We only need two for this block. Remove the ‘rabbit ears’ and sew the two triangles together.
Trim back the hourglass block to 2.5″.
Now you should have 1 x 3.5″ pinwheel, 1 x 2.5′ hourglass, 1 x 1.5″ square and 1 x 2.5″ pinwheel.
Layout the finished blocks and brown pieces as per the diagram below
and then sew each row and join finished rows together.
You can have a lot of fun with this block. Try replacing some of the background pieces with different colours.
|Pattern 1 – Rotation and colour replacement|
|Pattern 2 – Rotation and colour replacement|
|Pattern 3 – Rotation and more colour adaption.|
|On point, no rotation
The following examples are all on-point settings with rotation of the blocks.
|This one reminds me of Stalactites and Stalagmites in a cave|
Out guest blogger for next week will be Deanna
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