I learned a cool new quilting trick recently. I think you’ll like it.
If you’ve ever made a quilt with pinwheels, you know that they’re not really that hard – but they can get quite monotonous!
Here’s the standard way to make a pinwheel block:
Voila! You now have 2 squares made up of 2 contrasting triangles.
You sew 2 sets of 2 of those squares and attach them together to make a pinwheel.
Not so bad, right? But rest assured, you do that 180 times and you’ll want to smack yourself for deciding on that particular quilt design! My quilt that I’m doing now has pinwheels along with the star blocks. I can’t remember what I was looking up one day but I came across this video from the Missouri Star Company on an easier way to do pinwheels.
Well, it sure got my attention as I have a lot of pinwheels ahead of me and I thought I’d share the “Aha!” moment with you in pictures in case you’re not in the mood for a video.
Here is the easier way to make pinwheels:
If you have a quilt pattern that directs you to make pinwheels the standard way, you’ll have to start with a little math. You need to measure the length of the center diagonal line. (For example, my quilt pattern calls for you to cut 2-3/8″ squares for the standard way to make pinwheels. When I measure down the diagonal, it measures out to 3-3/8″.)
Cut squares out of your 2 contrasting fabrics with sides that equal the measurement of that center diagonal line. (I cut squares that are 3-3/8″.) Place them together with the right sides together.
Sew 2 blocks together thusly with a 1/4″ seam allowance:
What to do with these pinwheels???
Here’s an easy block you can make with two pinwheels and two 3.5″ squares of contrasting fabric: