pinwheel sampler quilt along: block one.

20 February 2010

pinwheel sampler quilt along.

yayyy!!!
here are the instructions for block one!!!

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yall will need:
two 3 7/8" x 3 7/8" squares of focal print fabric {mine=red}
two 3 7/8" x 3 7/8" squares of secondary print fabric {mine=aqua}

four 3 7/8" x 3 7/8" squares of solid fabric {mine=cream}
four 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" squares of secondary print fabric {mine=aqua}

four 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" squares of solid fabric {mine=cream}

hst tut 6

using my hst tutorial, use your 3 7/8" squares to make 8 hst blocks.

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this is our block layout.
easy peasy.

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sew row one together, pressing seams to the right.
sew row two together, pressing seams to the left.
sew row three together, pressing seams to the right.
sew row four together, pressing seams to the left.
{this will ensure perfect seams.}

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sew all four rows together to construct your block.
cute huh???

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now make one more block in a completely different color scale.

my advice:
make one block in one of your fav color combos,
then make the next block in a combo that's just okay to you.
if yall start using all your fav fabrics from your layer cakes now,
i'm afraid you'll regret it come block 6.

so that's 2 blocks down. 14 to go.
& next week i'll teach yall a trick to reduce the bulk in your pinwheel seams.

i can't wait to start seeing all of yall's blocks show up in our flickr pool.

{pdf version of this tutorial can be found here.}

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50 comments:

jaybird said...

very nice job rach!!

Jeannie said...

LOVE THOSE!!!

Thimbleanna said...

Those little pinwheel blocks are adorable Rachel!

jabeybaby said...

I love them! I am so excited about this quilt!

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~melissa p. said...

love these blocks!! i'm going to pick out my colors now!! great job!!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Look at that perfect piecing! Great block!

Rita E said...

Love it! Thank you, thank you! Off to sew my blocks.

Jessica said...

Oh No! I haven't gotten my fabric yet! I was waiting my husband got his next check to order it... Crap.

Elizabeth said...

Squee! I'm so excited! When you posted the HST tutorial day-before-last, I knew it was soon! I just finished getting my fabrics yesterday and almost everything is washed and pressed -- running to finish up as we speak. I'm going to get sewing ASAP! Thanks for taking the time to put together this quilt-along. It is more fun to sew with friends!

Janelle said...

I cannot express how excited I am - my fabric is cut and I plan to sew it tomorrow. You make quilt making look so easy! I know it will not be easy but with your instruction I know I will end up with a great quilt! Thank you again for doing this tutorial!!! And congrats on #4 - so excited for you and your family! We think 4 is a great number!
Many Blessings!
Janelle

Candy said...

Ok, so this might sound dumb...my first time working with a layer cake. How do you get all of those cuts in the secondary fabric from one 10x10 cut?????

Chris said...

Yipeee!!!! I have been checking all day.*grin* And could hardly wait to see what we were going to do first. I'll get to them probably in a day or two...I have another project all over my bedroom I have to get cleaned up first. :) Thanks again Rachel!!!

Joanne said...

Thanks Rachel!! The blocks worked out great! ♥

iknitipurl said...

Thanks for posting this and the tutorial. I plan on working on my pinwheels this weekend. Sometime. I hope.

teresamnj said...

I'm so excited to get started! I love this first block.

Over40 said...

I am really excited about getting started, but I'm having trouble getting all the squares out of the secondary fabric (from a layer cake). Help!

Kristin said...

Hooray!! I'm so glad you're feeling better, and I'm so excited to get started on this beautiful quilt. Your blocks are beautiful. I'll do my best to replicate!

Mikol said...

Looks great, now I know hat I'll be working on Monday morning.

Sharon said...

Blocks look lovely! I am excited to get started.

veena krishnakumar said...

they look so good and perfect!!!!!

nicolette said...

Your blocks look lovely! Can’t wait to get started!

Madame Samm said...

Good Morning Rachel...great tut...I am in the NO peeking pledge next week,,, sew I am going to tackle this one too...you inspire us all..b
blessings madame samm

Rene' said...

Thanks Rachel. Can't wait to get started!

Katie said...

Thanks Rachel, they look fabulous! Hopefully my fabric will be here so's I can start this soon!

Isobel said...

Looks awesome! I have a silly question - is the solid you're using from the 3 yards you listed in the initial instructions post, or is it a solid from the layer cake?

Thanks,

Isobel

Muriel said...

Oh, this is great!! And I love your advice on using the not so favorite fabric.
I'll start on these blocks on Monday. Thanks for the first tutorial!!!!

Ladybelle said...

I agree with candy. I can't seem to get all the cuts out of my layer cake.

Pat V. said...

Yippee! Time to get started. Well, as soon as I get home from my week in Vancouver. This week is all things Olympic!

Alba said...

To those of you who are asking about cutting all the pieces from a layer cake, Rachel has already answered this on the flickr group. You have to either use a layer cake slice where you have two of the same fabric, or do a scrappy version with two different fabrics. Check out the photos in the flickr gallery as some people have already gone for the second option.

Karibou said...

Thanks! I have cut out my pieces and am getting ready to sew. Wheeeee!

Carolyn S. said...

I always love a good visual. Thanks for doing this. Can't wait for next week's lesson.

Dianne said...

Great job! Glad you're feeling better...at least it seems so! Great tutorial :)

KarrieLyne said...

Fabulous tutorial Rachel!! Easy peasy and so cute!!

SheilaC said...

great tutorial, thank you Rachel!

SheilaC

John'aLee said...

A great informative site!! Loved traveling through it!

Shawn said...

Oh my I think I will join you Rachel, thanks so much for the instruction to complete this adorable quilt! ~Blush~ Can't wait to start stitching....

Libby said...

Wonderful tutorial....can't wait to get started. Glad you are feeling better. Thanks to much.

Quilt Nut said...

love them! hope to get these squeezed in this week :)

John said...

I wasn't planning on it, but I think I am going to have to jump in on this one. I am picturing two matching quilts for my twin girls. And Fig Tree fabrics are calling my name ... ... ...

Rhonda said...

Canada is on board for this one...I can see my Moda Blush going beautifully here! thanks

luvinthemommyhood said...

Yipee!!!! Some more wonderful tutes for beginners like me to follow along with your genius...haha! This is fab and I couldn't resist adding this to our "link luv roundup" today, come by for a peek! http://www.luvinthemommyhood.com/2010/02/link-luv-roundup_24.html
Hope you're feeling good!

TexasRed said...

This worked out fantastically! Thanks!

Here are my pics: TexasRed Books

Jane said...

You mentioned this quilt pattern is taken from one you've already made...What date is the post on that so I may share it with a friend?

Anonymous said...

Hi Rachel

Congrats with baby number 4.

I just wanted to know how much backing I need to order for this quilt. Can't wait to get started.


Mandy

Dawn said...

Hi Rachel, I have just bought my layer cake and how can I get all the cuts from a 10" x 10" square for block one.
thnaks Dawn x x x

Not Waving but Drowning said...

I've some catching up to do, but I'm joining you too.

Thanks so much for this tutorial,

GG

Cecelia said...

Thank you for sharing! I love, love love your pictures and instructions!

Cecelia

Luv 2 Kreate said...

Rachel,
Thanks for the tutorial...can't figure out how to get all the cuts from the secondary fabric...HELP!

Kelly Irene said...

I really like this pinwheel! What is the finished size of the block using this tutorial and your measurements?? (I looked in both posts and didn't see it...sorry if I totally missed that piece of info!)

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