Thursday, October 11, 2012

An Unplanned Pinwheel Quilt

Better an unplanned pinwheel quilt than some other unplanned things I can think of:).

Anyways, I had intended to try an hourglass quilt with this fabric and I had read about a technique to make half-square triangles by sewing around the edges of the squares instead of diagonal down the center.  It seemed easier and quicker than marking the center line, sewing to each side and then cutting.   It was but then the finished HST don't make nice easy hourglasses.  They make wonderful HST or pinwheels so I just went with pinwheels again.  I'll save the hourglasses for another time.

Here are the blocks all laid out on the floor to arrange them.

The fabrics are Tea Garden by Dena Designs and then of course my favorite Kona White that I used in the blocks and the back.

I made this into a lap size.  Lap size seems to work great for using up a handful of fat quarters.

I did straight line quilting outlining the blocks.  I didn't do any diagonal stitching this time because I made the triangles smaller and it just didn't seem to need the extra quilting.  What a difference having the walking foot has made when I am quilting.  Seriously, you need one if you don't have one.

Of course, I made a pillow cover with the scraps.  The front is quilted and the back is the plain white with an envelope close.

I wanted to try out some prairie points so I thought a small pillow would be good place to start.  This pillow ended up at 18" square.

I used a leftover pinwheel block for the center and then just added some borders using scraps and made the prairie points from scraps.  I don't love the look of prairie points on the edge of the pillow like this but they are neat.  I will definitely be using them on something else in the future. 

Right now I am off to finish some kitchen painting and maybe start another fall project.  Just maybe not in that exact order:).

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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