This quilt seems in perfect theme right now with all the blustery days we have been having. Although I wouldn’t stand out in the gales of wind with a pinwheel 🙂 I had started this back in January, getting in a few hours here and there. But lets start at the beginning when it was just pieces of fabric…lovely pink batiks. I started cutting each colour in 5 1/2″ squares ( 13.5cm) then cutting the squares diagonally, then assembling those triangles with lights and darks
I’ll tell you what a pack rat I am lol I bought this fabric while we were still in Alberta and had intensions of making this quilt last spring… perseverance pays off 🙂 so if I run out of fabric … I’m in trouble …Yikes
Each pinwheel block is about 10″ square (25 -26cm)
There was a lot of this…trimming up the corners
And a lot of this… over 300 pieces..I stopped counting and kept sewing lol
This is basically the line up I had planned with the help of this great App, Quilt Wizard… its awesome… I took pics of the fabric I was using and created the blocks of the quilt.. I could arrange and rearrange these pieces. I have been using it with every quilt project for the last couple of years 🙂 …and if you can find a pic online of your fabric its even better.
Of course minus the dark border. I thought it was going to look ok..but once I had all the pieces together I didn’t like it at all 😦 for another project? ….On the top right of quilt I thought I would mix things up a little and turn dark triangle to dark triangle and then for the bottom left half I would assemble in proper pinwheel order.. the top right looks a little like an hour glass pattern is going on…
Once the real assembly started I could see the arrangement was going to work. After many more hours of sewing and attaching the 3″ (7cm) border I had a square quilt top… and since I had decided to leave off the larger border 😦 the finished measurements have been thrown off…. epic fail ???? not quite ….
Some help from my trusty seam riper and hocus pocus (and a few other words that I’ll leave out) lol …luckily I had lots of triangles…I kept cutting and sewing until I used it all……might as well use it up was my thinking…. but not always a good idea…right? .What I had left over wouldn’t have been enough for binding or a border so I’m not going to worry about it. I took the bottom border off and a few stitches from either side and added ..in sequence ..another row of pinwheels… now I don’t have so much left over…But I do have a dilemma … binding 😦 so much for well laid plans eh? I will come up with something, I already have been looking online for a batik the comes very closed to the mix of pinks ….. in the meantime I have some quilting to do. I have a couple of ideas on how I want to do the free motion quilting… I always practice on cheap broad cloth first. That will keep me busy while I decide what to do about binding.
Now the quilt top measures about 65″ X 74″ ( I think thats about 165.5cm X 191.5cm ? ) sorry I am old school with my measurements and my metric is a little off. All in all I am quite proud of this one…I took my time and got the corners right and matched the seams 🙂
I think there may be more pinwheels in the future lol
Sew…until I finished the Pink Pinwheels, Have a great week crafting at what makes you happy 🙂