I wanted to wait a few extra days before posting this in order to give everyone time to catch up. I’ve been visiting your blogs and your quilts are looking GREAT!!
The last step wasn’t the most fun, but this one sure is!
As you know, I’m making this up as I go. So my initial idea was to have the center of the quilt, created in this way: 4 pinwheels across, and 4 pinwheels down. So you’d have a 16-pinwheel quilt center. Something like this:
Do I like that? Sure! It works. It’s cute. It’s “Option 1.” And if you’d like to go ahead and sew those rows together, then you’re ready to go there and do that step. And it will be adorable.
But before you do….let me show you “Option 2.” (heehee) This option was one that I fell in love with once I turned my squares “on point.” See the difference this makes?
Now you may notice something right away — Option 2 only has 13 pinwheels. I had you make 16 pinwheels since I was first going to go with option 1. So if you are going with Option 2, choose your favorite 13 blocks and keep the extra 3 for pillows, other quilts, etc.
This tutorial is going to be a little longer, but I’m telling ya…IT WILL BE FUN!! (Plus, you just may learn something new, too!) Again, the following steps are for OPTION 2 ONLY.
Notice how there are missing triangles? No worries! I’ll show you how to put those in there. There’s a little trick to it, so you’ll want to follow closely so that your quilt top lays nicely. PART 7 will only show you how to do those SIDE TRIANGLES. The corner triangles will come in Part 8.
Step 1: Cut 2, 9×9 inch squares. I based the 9×9 inch measurement on the fact that my pinwheels finished as a 6 inch square. So if your finished square is 5 inches, cut 8×8 inch squares. There are many fancy math formulas out there for getting an exact size for cutting your side triangles, but I’m going to follow the advice of Rochelle from Cottage Quilts and simply add 3 inches to my finished block.
Step 2: You’ll be cutting 4 triangles out of this 9×9 inch square. Confused? Don’t be. Here’s what you do: With your ruler and rotary cutter, cut across at a diagonal.
Step 3: Cut across along the other diagonal.
Since your bias cuts are on the inside of the square, making your cuts like this prevents the border of your quilt from becoming “wavy.” Now you have 4 triangles that you can place on the sides of your quilt. Cutting your 2nd, 9×9″ square will give you 4 more triangles.
Step 4: Place your triangles along each side. The long side of the triangle will be on the outside border. *Note: If you want a more “scrappy” looking quilt, simply cut more 9×9 inch squares. You’ll have a few extra triangles that you won’t need, but you’ll get the amount of different fabric triangles you want.
Remember, don’t worry about those corner triangles right now. Those are cut differently and we’ll do that on another day.
Step 5: Now you’re going to sew these “diagonal” rows. Starting in the top left-hand corner, sew triangle 1 to block 2. Then sew block 2 to triangle 3. Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance. The photos below will help you “see” what is happening.
Step 6: Press your seams towards each triangle.
Step 7: Repeat steps 5 & 6 for the rest of the diagonal rows. Example:
OK, that’s all for today! Part 8 will include how to sew the rows together and adding on your corner triangles! Have fun! I’ll be watching for your updates!