Magic Scrappy Pinwheel
Tips & Hints
For August we're going really scrappy and "magic". Magic fabrics are fabrics that make a quilt look old (see the Little Quilt books for more information). Magic fabrics are tan, brown (all shades), black, plaids and stripes, mustard gold, bubble gum pink and purple. Putting these colors with other fabrics will make your scrappy blocks really sparkle and look antique!! We will be making TWO blocks for August.
Below is a table with the cutting information - number of patches to cut, size of the patches and the fabric for the patch for EACH block.
The hardest part of this block is sewing the unit with the diagonal seam and I have a really easy and foolproof was to do this. Place a tan 4" x 2" and a scrappy 4" x 2" rectangle right sides together, their ends perpendicular to eachother. Draw a line diagonally and sew along it. Trim 1/4" from the seam and press toward the darker fabric. Your unit should measure about 6" long. Trim equal amounts from each end so your unit measures 5" long. See the diagram below. Repeat three more times.
Sew a scrappy 5" x 2" rectangle to the side with less of the inner scrappy fabric and a tan 5" x 2" rectangle to the side with less of the tan fabric. See the block graphic above for correct placement. Press seams away from the inner unit. Repeat three more times.
Sew two units together, rotating one. (See block graphic above.) Press away from the side with more seams. Be sure your scrappy points go out and your tan points go in. Repeat. Sew the two rows together, matching the placement in the block graphic above. Press seams as before, carefully releasing the previous seam within the 1/4" seam allowance. You will have a small four patch on the wrong side when you're done. Repeat all steps for your second block.
Your block should measure 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" (unfinished). Click here to see a scan of the front of the test block I made. Click here to see the back. For those of you who prefer templates click here. And if you like to paper piece, here's a foundation pattern here.
Remember to label your blocks with at least your name (city, state, and email address are optional) on the BACK of your block. This may be a piece of paper tacked or pinned on, a sticky label or pigma pen in the seams. Just be sure to label them in some way. This ensures that you get credit for your blocks and lets the winner know who made each block.
If you have questions or comments, post a note on the MSN Club or email Squirrel (Patty) or AzPatch (Margo). You will be making TWO blocks for August. Please do NOT trim your blocks. Blocks will be due to Patty by the end of August. Patty and I will be getting together to open "squishies" September 7th so please get your blocks to her at least a week before then.
If you have Electric Quilt 5, the zipped file is available for download here.