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Hope you’re having a lovely summertime - It’s been quite a breezy one here, just the weather for spinning pinwheels! Our fourth block before piecing and quilting is one of my favourites, it reminds me of happy seaside holidays - pinwheels spinning in the sea breeze, bright and colourful in the sunshine.
In total 4 pinwheels are needed for our Skinny Dippin’ Quilt, each one is made up from 4 very easy to make “ flying geese” units and 4 plain rectangles. Taking a little extra care early on to cut out pieces to precise measurements, and checking a ¼” seam allowance is used when joining pieces together, makes it easier to match the centre points of the pinwheel in the final step.
In the completed quilt the pinwheels can be used in the side borders, or even an extra row if you'd like to make a longer Skinny Dippin' Quilt.
For each Pinwheel cut:
You’ll need 2 patterned fabrics and some plain white fabric.
4 - 2” x 3 ½” fabric a (stripy in the photos)
4- 2” x 2” fabric b (ditsy in the photos)
4 - 2” x 2” Plain white
4 - 2” x 3 ½” Plain white
Each completed pinwheel block measures 6 ½” x 6 ½”
2. Place a plain white square on top of fabric a rectangle (see pic.) Sew along the diagonal line, fold back white triangle and press. Click on picture to enlarge
3. Place fabric b square on top of fabric a rectangle (right sides together). Sew along the diagonal line. Fold back fabric a triangle and press.
4. Place the white rectangle on top of the flying goose unit right sides together. Sew along long edge as shown in photo. Press seams towards white rectangle.
Making the Flying geese units
1. On the wrong side of each 2” square, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.
Putting the pinwheel units together
Place two pinwheel units as shown in photo, with the little white triangle outermost on each. Place right sides together, and sew leaving 1/4" seam allowance. Repeat for the remaining two units.
Place both halves of the pinwheel as shown in photo below. Then put one on top of the other, right sides together, so the centres match. Jut the seams of both halves up close together, then pin through the point where the tips of the triangles touch.
To make double certain the points touch tack 2cm either side of the centrepoint, checking that both halves meet in the right place. Machine sew leaving a ¼” seam allowance.
Press the seam towards the stripy triangle (flying goose) - this will make it easier for the seams to jut up close to each other, when you join both halves in the next step
Your pinwheel is nearly there! Turn to the wrong side and press the seams in the direction of the stripy "flying goose".
Happy sewing x
Your pinwheel is complete!....