Tips & Hints
For November we are doing a block called Flutter Wheel. It's 1708 in Barbara Brackman's book. Use a 30's print fabric and the Moda Swirls Natural fabric. You will be making ONE block for November. The blocks this year are 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" unfinished.
Cutting directions for ONE block is below:
Make half-square triangle units by placing a 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square of Natural Swirls and 30's Print right sides together. Draw a light pencil line on the wrong side of the Natural and sew a scant 1/4" seam on either side of the line. Cut on the line and press toward the darker fabric. Trim to 2" x 2" with the seam going from one corner to the opposite corner. Make a total of 20 units.
Sew two half square triangle units together matching the placement of the triangles in the block graphic above. Press the seam open. Repeat. Sew these two units together to make a pinwheel (flutter wheel). Press the seam open. Repeat. You will have five pinwheel units. Sew a pinwheel unit on either side of a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" Natural Swirls square. Press seams toward the square. This is the first row. Repeat once more for the third row. Sew a pinwheel unit between two 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" Natural swirls squares. Press seams toward the squares. This is the second row.
Sew the three rows together, matching seams. Press the seams toward the center row. See block graphic above for correct placement.
We are making ONE block for November. The block is 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" unfinished. Do not trim your block. Let the winners of the blocks trim them as necessary when they set them into a quilt top. And remember to label your blocks (sticky address label is a good method). Send your blocks to Patty. The blocks should be mailed a week before the end of the month. Postage goes up every year in May and this year was no exception. If you have not won a set of blocks, please send Patty some extra postage. If your blocks are late, you won't be in the drawing for that month and you'll cause more expense and work for Patty. Another reminder, all blocks should be made with 100% cotton, quilt shop quality fabrics that have been washed, dried and pressed. If you are having trouble finding the common Moda Swirls Windsor and Natural background fabrics, please email Patty. This is the background fabric we're using this year, in order to have some consistency to the blocks. No other background fabric is acceptable.