Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Many Works in Progress Wednesday

Lately I seem to be starting more and more projects and finishing well- none.  But I'm kind of enjoying having different projects in different stages, and I can just work on whatever I feel like working on in the moment.

That said, here are a few of my projects:

First, I'm quilting this one.  I'm using metallic gold thread on some of it, which is a challenge, but I'm thinking it's going to add a little something and be worth it.  But I'm going slowly on account of metallic thread is quite finicky and thus a little crazy-making...

My next WIP is this one.  Now I'm not usually one for making cutesy seasonal stuff (not that I'm against it, I just don't do it too often.  But I saw these fat quarters and they called my name.  I wanted to do something a little less traditional with them, and I gotta say I'm quite pleased with the way it turned out.  Had a bit of a hard time doing the "framing." It's much more difficult than it looks, especially when one is spatially challenged like myself.  

And last, the ubiquitous t-shirt quilt.  Except that this quilt is not a t-shirt quilt, it's a hockey jersey quilt for a young man that has been my son's friend since birth.  He's been playing hockey since he was in first grade and is completely obsessed with it still, at age eighteen.  His mom saved all his hockey jerseys and now I must say I'm having a great deal of fun creating a special quilt for him. The first photo is the layout and the second one is the only part I have complete so far.  

Naturally I can't do it the easy way - I have to make it complicated by doing this criss cross design. Plus I'm adding little decorative things here and there.  But it will be worth it in the end.   I'll blog more on this later, though.  Of course I'm still plugging away on my son's flyboy quilt, too although I've had to put it away because he's coming home this weekend, which makes me very very happy. ( I cannot believe how much I miss him.) 

 So I'm busy.  Happy, happy busy.  Can't wait to see the busy-ness of everyone else.  Linking up with Freshly Pieced and Sew Fresh Quilts to check you all out!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

WORK in Progress Wednesday

This weekend I decided that if I'm able to sew on Sundays, it's going to be a play day.  Meaning, I'm just going to play around with whatever strikes my fancy.  So I pulled some fabrics in colors that I rarely use and started to play with them. I wanted to try something low volume with pops of color, so I pulled some great fat quarters that I got at Quiltcon 2015 out, and then some aqua/green fabrics that I had gotten recently in  a basics bundle.  I even got an idea pretty fast for it, so I thought - hey, I'm gonna get this top finished this afternoon.  
It seemed like it was going to be so easy looking at the sketch, but SURPRISE! It wasn't.  Some of it is my fault, as I wanted the sewn pluses to be 2 1/2 inches wide sewn.  Why, you might ask?  Well, because 2 inches was too skinny and 3 was too fat.  I usually sketch any straight line designs I have on graph paper, but of course it's kinda hard to sketch 2 1/2 inches on graph paper, so I was sort of guessing on all the dimensions.  This of course led to problems later on because I was kind of guessing at the square dimensions and naturally I got it wrong.  
So like I said, it took me all day to figure out how to sew the thing together.  I knew I was going to have to sew some open pieces and leave quarter inch openings to get the overlapping bits connected but at first I didn't see the squares - I was too caught up in the design.  

Plus I kept screwing up. I literally had to pull out stitches after everything I sewed!  I got pretty frustrated, but darn it, I wanted to finish the thing.  But I had another problem.  It seemed like even though everything worked on the design wall, things weren't coming together evenly.  After some panic because I was out of some of the fabrics and couldn't cut anymore, I finally figured out that I had made the center squares half an inch too small and the low volume pluses were too long.  Okay, now it's after nine o'clock and I'm having to go to bed because I'm super tired. 
Monday I was absolutely determined to FINISH this top.  Surely it would only take the morning to sew this baby together, right?  Nope.  It took all day.  I finally finished at seven o'clock.  But hey - it's done and I actually like it a lot. 

The only thing is,  i wouldn't exactly call it 'play." :)

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Gear Up Your Brain or Getting Off the Idea Wagon

As the sun sets on a beautiful day, I'm a little irritable.

 Because Autumn is here and there simply aren't enough hours in the day for all the ideas rolling around in my head.  I want to make, make make, but I suppose there is a thing called balance. It just seems to intensify to an all new high frequency this time of year.

Being a teacher for many years is, I think, the reason my creative juices really go on hyper-drive in the fall.   For me, teaching could literally take every waking minute if I allowed it to - it's that compelling, creative, demanding, etc.  Summer meant nothing but a chance to work undisturbed in my classroom.  But in order to enjoy a relatively reasonable level of sanity, I finally had to force myself to take June completely off.  It wasn't easy,  I finally accomplished it by developing my own version of primal scream therapy I called it the "summer scream."    Every time my mind wandered to any kind of school related thought I would mentally yell "STOP!" and "NOOOOO!" really loudly at myself in a mean voice that I would never use on anyone else.   I did it to avoid burnout, because the truth is every time I got a good idea I simply had to develop it, no matter how much work it was or how much time it took.  This is not complaining though- I still love and adore teaching.  It is just an incredibly all-consuming job for me. (Hmmm - sort of like quilting!)  Anyway after forcedly taking all of June off, by July I was totally excited and ready to be back at school at least a couple of days a week - because I wanted to be - and I could still be relatively sane.  However in August and September after I met my students and was getting to know them  - that's when I seemed to be hijacked onto the idea wagon and it was just going too fast to even look out the window until Christmas break.

 Even though I'm no longer teaching, I believe it is now wired in my DNA to get lots and lots of ideas this time of year.  It's a hecka-good ride.  But it's also kind of crazy-making.  I sometimes feel like I could literally stay in my studio all day every day, talking to no one and doing absolutely NOTHING but creating for months and months.  I mean, I might stop for an hour or so here and there to look at my blogs, exercise, eat a little something...sleep - but call me crazy, it actually sounds rather appealing to me at the moment.

I love my family and friends, I really do.  But I am also so obsessed and idea-filled.  There's a (tiny) part of me that resents having only have so much energy and time to create before I have to stop and take care of stuff (you know, like having to go to the bathroom), not to mention all the responsibilities I have (such as you know- BEING A GROWN-UP)!   The other day on the Huffington Post I saw a little humorous spread about life with toddlers which showed hilarious and heart-warming photos of toddlers doing exactly as they pleased and throwing tantrums that I could laugh at fondly because it wasn't my kid - and I was a little jealous of those two-year-olds.  Because I wanted to be like that - I wanted to lie down on the floor kicking my arms and legs in the air and yell - I DON'T WANNA DO  - (fill in the blank) - I WANNA SEW!

Of course there's a lesson here.  In fact, it's one I already know, really.  (I just apparently need to remind myself of it publicly from time to time.) And, laundry, dirty house, cats and dog, family, friends, responsibilities and of course all of you, dear readers - I'm sending out a big fat universal hug, full of love and gratitude.  Because even though there is still a little weensy bit of that inner child in me that wants to do only what it wants, I know I can't and that it won't (as tantrums usually don't) lead to happiness.

What will?  Gratitude and love, of course.  I'm so grateful for all these ideas.  I'm grateful that I have any time at all to pursue art - it's not as though it's actually adding wealth to the family coffers. (In fact I can say with some certainty that it is possibly doing just the opposite...but that's for another blog, thank goodness.)  I'm grateful for the ability to develop ideas, explore, meet other people who share my obsession, and that I live in such a fabulous country that I am safe enough,  I have more than enough, and that it's a gift even to have one moment to spend creating.  Because what really matters is throwing love and gratitude out there no matter what one is doing, enjoying the moment, being present, simply BEING.

So - mental tantrum over, big girl panties squarely covering buttocks,  consider me properly aligned with the bigger purpose once again.  Ironically, once the panties are in place I know that all I have to do is sketch or write down my ideas - they will be there waiting for me to develop them - whenever.  Or not - it's all good.

I'd love to hear from you guys?  Do any of you feel that this time (or any other time of year) is particularly inspiring for you?  Or are there certain circumstances that seem to just explode your head with ideas?  And what do you do when this happens?

Friday, September 11, 2015

Ta Daa - A Finished it Up! (for Friday)

Yippee - I have a finish to share.  Finally!  I have put the binding on my “Prayer Kites” quilt. 

  I started it quite a while ago, got it to the finished top stage and then started something else because I needed to make a back for it…you know, just kind of lost interest.  Two weeks ago I got a little idea for the back so it was back on the front burner.  

I decided to quilt it in a kind of wonky grid, using different colored threads - a mistake; it took forever to quilt because I had to keep stopping and changing threads and while it looks great, it doesn’t look that great - you can’t see the threads that much and the background is pretty busy, too.  Oh well, live and learn, right?  Anyway, even though it was simple quilting it still took a long time to do, so here I am this Friday, finally done, done, done with it.  

And thrilled about it, too.  (So is my cat, Angus- he loves to lie on all my quilts. 

  They really like to be the center of attention, don’t they?)  Linking up with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it Up Friday.  Can’t wait to see what everyone else is doing…

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Work in Progess (WOES)

At the moment I’m working on a quilt for my son. You know, his high school graduation quilt…well - the one for his dorm room…okay, maybe it will be done by Christmas.  Heck, at this rate I’ll be lucky if I finish it before he graduates from collegeI  It took me a while to get an idea for it although I’ve had the fabrics for a while.  I wanted to reference his love for airplanes, but not too literally.  I finally got an idea a couple of months ago, which I sketched and had no time to develop.  

 I kind of wish at the moment that I hadn’t  gotten this idea at all- because man, it’s killin’ me!  I’m wondering if perhaps I have cut off more than I can sew.  

There are several reasons it’s so challenging. For one, I’m trying paper piecing, a technique which I know very little about. I mean, I get the general idea, but I am having so much trouble with it.  I thought the points would be perfect but it is not happening.  It seems perfect, but then when I sew it together,  it’s so - not.  So far I’ve had to pull stitches on every single square at least one time, but usually more than once.  I think partly that is because I’m probably doing something wrong (I just don’t know what!) and partly because of the other challenge - the dark background fabric.  It’s a beautiful fabric - Essex yarn-dyed cotton/linen blend.  While I really love the look of it, I hate sewing this piece with it - it’s way too stretchy for bias use despite my using buckets of starch on it. Too bad for me - it’s a done deal,  I’ve bought three yards of it and I’ve already made enough squares that I don’t want to start over, so I’ll have to stick with it - even if it does actually kill me(shoot a flaming arrow through me wrapped in a pile of gorgeous fabrics, please).

Originally I intended to buy Amy Garro’s Paper Pieced Modern before I began, but for the first time in a while I had some time to sew and I couldn’t stand waiting so I just went for it.  I’m right about now thinking that was a mistake.  I’m really hoping that it will get here soon, before my head explodes. (it’s way too late for my temper - that blew up the other day, unfortunately.) 

I’m planning to make forty 9 x 12 squares, and I’m at the moment  only 10% there even though I’ve been working on it for at least seven days!  Not in a row, but Yikes!  That’s slow going, isn’t it?  

Oh, this is only three completed squares!  Well, there's another one somewhere...

One entire day was spent on the whole project design.  

The patterns for the squares took one - no, two entire days (so far).  I've made eight different square designs.  I think I'll be able to mix and match them a little, so that should be enough variety.  

Then it took me another entire day to make (gulp) one practice square!  

I was deciding if I wanted one solid background or a mix and match - planes don't show up on these squares too well.
But hey, I had a lot of problems and kinks to work out with it.  One day I actually made two entire squares and re-drew several of the squares, so I think I’m getting better…let’s hope so if I want to finish it before Jonas has his first child!

I sure hope the finished product will turn out the way I have it drawn, because I like the sketch.  

But at this point I have no way of knowing for certain if it will.  Oh well - at least it’ll be made with lots of love (not to mention swearing and tears!)  I’ll keep you posted.

Today I'm going to finally spend some time on WIP Wednesday over at Sew Fresh and Freshly Pieced.  So fun, I love seeing what people are doing..

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Throwback Thursday is FUN!

I just discovered Throwback Thursday over at A Quarter Inch From the Edge and I decided it would be fun to join - I so like looking at all the work that people have done...

So my throwback is something I did about five years ago after a trip to Alaska to see my brother and his family.  I was so in love with the glaciers - the incredible blues against the pristine snow.  I wanted to use a bunch of different whites with different textures and then heavily quilt it, but that turned out to be a disaster.  I tried to add shadows with thread and frankly, did not know what I was doing.

It is, I think, the only quilt I have never finished!  Oh well, live and learn.  Painting with thread is at least not for me, something I can just "do."  It requires skills that I must learn from someone who knows what they are doing, apparently.

A little while later, I made a sketch for a piece using grays and color, but after I drew it, it hit me that it would be a perfect glacier quilt, so here is the result, called of course, Glacier.

I love this piece so much, even though I realize it's kind of seasonal, but the blues are so dead-on as far as the glaciers go.  I learned a ton while making this piece, as the white is whole cloth and the glaciers are inserted into it.  And I love the framing, too.  I elected not to quilt the frame because I liked it so much just the way it turned out.

So there is my throwback for this month.  Kind of fun to revisit, huh?  Good idea Jenn!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

New Blogger's New Block Blog Hop Tutorial - Mod Pinwheels

 Here is my finished square for the Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop.   I’m calling it MOD Pinwheels.

Mod Pinwheel, 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" square

        Before I start giving instructions for how to make the square, I want share with you that after I drew it, I realized there were several different ways that it might be constructed.  Being a scientific kind of gal, I decided to attempt to make it all three ways to determine which was the easiest.
      First I tried paper piecing.  That went well until I got to the last bit.  I don’t know paper piecing that well, and I couldn’t figure out how to “close” the square properly.  Guess that means I have a good excuse now to buy Amy Garro’s book - I think she is a paper piecing genius.  But for me, a novice at it, it wasn’t the best choice.

      The second way I tried to make the block was by making half-square triangles.  Normally I like a half-square triangle, but in working with squares of different sizes, I found this didn’t work so well either.  

      The last method I tried was flip and sew.  This turned out to be the one for me.  I tried it with exact sizes on the first pinwheel, then I decided to cut the white squares 1/2 inch larger and trim the squares  to the correct sizes and that worked much better although it took longer.  This is a time-consuming block but I think the result is well worth the effort.  Another disadvantage of flip and sew is that there is some fabric waste, which I don’t love, but there are people (Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts, I’m talkin’ about you!) that are masters of scrap use, so I learned that scraps are quite worthwhile to have around after all.  Plus, I admit that I really love this square and even plan to make my own bed quilt from it (someday after I get all my other obligations finished…)  It has a LOT of versatility, and works great with prints, solids or a combination of both.  

      MOD Pinwheels Tutorial:  

This square is actually composed of four separate pinwheel shapes which I am calling Blocks 1 - 4..  You will construct all four and sew them together to make the completed 12 1/2  x 12 1/2 inch square.  Here are the different blocks that compose the Mod Pinwheel. (I also have them further down for your reference.)

The first step in this process is to starch the fabric.  Use a lot of starch as it really helps when dealing with bias edges.  

Cutting Instructions:
(All measurements are in inches.)

White Fabric

  • Five 3 x 5 rectangles
  • Two 4 x 5 rectangles
  • Three 3 x 3 squares
  • Three 3 x 4 rectangles
  • One 4 x 6 rectangle
  • Two 5 x 5 squares

You will have a total sixteen white squares.

For the colored parts of the pinwheel you don’t need exact pieces cut, but in the interest of making it a little easier, I’m going to give you the relative sizes of rectangles for each size of block: (These are generous sizes, so as you get comfortable with the flip and sew, you may be able to cut the strips a little smaller, just always measure against your white squares diagonally with a quarter inch over to make sure they will cover the corners when you flip them.  

Light blue 

  • One 3 1/2 x 6 rectangle
  • One 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 square, cut in half down the middle
  • One 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 square cut in half down the middle
  • One 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 rectangle

Medium Blue

  • One 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 square, cut in half down the middle ( you will use both halves so keep them handy)
  • One 3 1/2 x 6 1/2 rectangle
  • One 4 1/2 x 7 1/2 rectangle

Dark Blue

  • Two 3 1/2 x 6 1/2 rectangles
  • One 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 square, cut in half down the middle
  • 1 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 rectangle


  • Two 3 1/2 x 6 1/2 rectangles
  • One 3 1/2 x 5 rectangle
  • One 4 1/2 x 7 rectangle

Coral Fabric

One 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 rectangle

Diagram 1  - Mod Pinwheels Blocks

Sewing Instructions

The main thing to remember is to pay attention to the direction of the diagonal in the diagram and place your fabric right sides together so that when you flip it when it is sewn, it will be going in the correct diagonal direction.  I have denoted in parentheses the correct direction, but using the diagram is best for this.  I also think it is good to read through the entire tutorial before you do any sewing.  A lot of this stuff you probably already know how to do, so don't be insulted that I'm going through each of the steps in detail.  An experienced piecer will probably be able to just look at the blocks and make the squares; in which case I say, go for it!

      I am giving the directions with diagrams and in great detail for Block 1 only; you just follow the same directions for each of the four blocks.

A Little Tip:  I laid all the white squares of the same size and all the different colored squares of the same size together in piles next to my sewing machine - you can even label the sizes with a sticky note.  It makes it easier to just pick up what you need for each unit.

Please Note: I’m showing pictures of the sewing using a green rectangle because I didn’t take pictures of every HST as I made it.    

IMPORTANT TIP:  Do NOT do any trimming at all until the directions tell you to do so.  You will be using the entire white rectangle as a template to trim the excess colored fabric!

 Block 1:

Diagram 2
Unit 1 /Light Blue: Finished HST should be 2 1/2 x 4 1/2

1.Take one white 3 x 5 rectangle and one 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 light blue rectangle.  Starting with right sides together, place the long edge of the rectangle at least 1/4 inch past the middle diagonal of the white square. (\)

Diagram 3

2. Holding both squares in place, flip the unit so that the back of the white fabric is now on top and you can see the blue fabric underneath. (Diagram 4)

Diagram 4

3. Mark down the exact center diagonal of the white rectangle in the same direction as the blue fabric underneath. (Diagram 6)

Diagram 5

4.  Make sure that the blue fabric underneath is at least 1/4 inch past the sewing line before you sew along the line. Set aside.

Unit 2/Medium Blue: Finished HST should be 2 1/2 x 2 1/2

1. Take one white 3 x 3 square and one medium blue 4 1/2 inch half square.  Right sides together, place the medium blue rectangle at least 1/4 inch past the middle diagonal of the white square.  Direction does not matter as you can turn the square to the correct direction after it is sewn.

2. Flip the entire unit over so that the back of the white rectangle is face up.  You should be able to see the blue fabric underneath.

3.  Mark down the exact center diagonal of the white rectangle in the same direction as the blue fabric underneath.  Make sure the blue fabric is at least 1/4 inch past the pencil line before you sew down the marked line.  Set aside.

Unit 3/Green:  Finished HST should be 3 1/2 x 4 1/2

1. Take one 4 x 5 white rectangle and one 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 green rectangle.  Right sides together, place the edge of the dark blue rectangle at least 1/4 inch past the center diagonal of the white so that when you flip it up after it is sewn, it will go in the same direction as the diagram shows (/).

2.  Flip the entire unit over so that the back of the white side of the white rectangle is facing up.  You should be able to see the green fabric underneath.

3. Mark down the exact center diagonal of the white rectangle lightly with a pencil in the same direction as the green fabric underneath.  Make sure the green fabric is at least 1/4 inch past the pencil line before sewing down the marked line. Set aside.

Unit 4/Dark Blue: Finished HST should be 2 1/2 x 3 1/2

1. Take one white 3 x 4 inch rectangle and one dark blue 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch rectangle.  Right sides together, place the edge of the dark blue rectangle at least 1/4 inch past the middle diagonal of the white rectangle so that when you flip it up after it is sewn, it will go in the same direction as the diagram shows (\).

2.  Flip the entire unit over so that the back of the white rectangle is face up.  You should be able to see the blue fabric underneath.

3.  Mark down the exact center diagonal of the white rectangle lightly with a pencil in the same direction as the blue fabric underneath.  Make sure the blue fabric is at least 1/4 inch past the pencil line before sewing down the marked line. Set aside.

Trimming the HSTS

1. Take each untrimmed square and first iron to set the seams on the back and then with the colored fabric on top, flip it over and iron flat.

1.  Take the green HST over to your cutting board and place it so the white rectangle is face up.  Lay the corner of a ruler (I used a 6 1/2 x 6 12 inch one but any square edge ruler will do) exactly on top of the edge of the white square as shown and trim off excess colored fabric. (Diagram 6)  Now you may trim the excess white fabric off to 1/4 inch.  (Make sure you are trimming the excess that is underneath/against the colored fabric.)

Diagram 6

Diagram 7
3. Next, take the rectangle and flip it over.  It should be about 4 x 5 inches. Fit the ruler exactly over the rectangle so one edge of the ruler is exactly aligned with one side of the rectangle as shown and so that the inch marks align exactly, using the bottom of the white side as your straight edge.

Diagram 8
4. Move the ruler over to the 3 3/4 mark so that about 1/4 inch of fabric sticks out on one side and trim it off. (It may not be exactly 1/4 inch but that is okay, just make sure the other side is at 3 3/4 inches.)       (Diagrams 8 and 9)        

Diagram 9

Diagram 10

5. Now move your ruler so that the edge of it is on the other (left) side of your HST.  (Diagram 10)  Make sure the inches are aligned with the rectangle, which is now approximately 3 3/4 x 5 inches.  Move the ruler about 1/4 inch until the right edge of your HST is exactly at 3 1/2 inch mark and there is about 1/4 inch of fabric sticking out on the left side.

Diagram 11
6. Lay a second ruler against the left edge of the ruler and with your hand firmly on the second ruler, move the first one and trim. (Diagram 11)

Now your square is the right width and you must trim the top and bottom in the same way to make it the right height.

Diagram 12
7.  Flip the rectangle on its side, white triangle down.  Lay your ruler so that the right edge of it is aligned with the right edge of the HST, the left side is aligned with 5 inches, and the bottom is exactly aligned with the inch marks as shown. (Diagram 12)

Diagram 13
Carefully move the ruler 1/4 inch to the left until the left side is at the 4 3/4 mark and about 1/4 inch sticks out.  Trim off excess.  Remember it may not be exactly 1/4 inch that you are trimming off, it doesn't matter as long as the left side is at 4 3/4 inches. (Diagram 13)

Diagram 14

Now move the ruler so that the left edge is aligned with the left edge of the HST and the inch marks are all aligned.  The right edge should be at 4 3/4 inches. (Diagram 14)

Diagram 15
 Carefully slide the ruler over about 1/4 inch until the right edge of the fabric is aligned with the 4 1/2 inch mark.  Place a second ruler against the left edge (as in Diagram 11 above) of the ruler and holding your hand on the left ruler, move the right ruler and there will be about 1/4 inch excess which you trim.  Now your green HST is 3 1/2 x 4 1/2, it’s finished size. (Diagram 15)

Trimmed and finished unit

Repeat these steps for the remaining HST’S in Unit 1, trimming them to finished sizes denoted above.  

Diagram 16
When you have trimmed all the HST’s, iron all seams open.  I try to trim the corners at an angle 

Sewing the HST’s

This is the easier part, but I will warn you that it is not easy to get a square perfectly aligned with a rectangle so that the points meet perfectly.  I had to do them over and over and I still could not make the points meet perfectly.  I decided this was okay as I like the finished product VERY much and these are wonky pinwheels anyway.

1.  Using the diagram for block one, sew Unit 1 to Unit 2, carefully matching the seam lines.

Diagram 17
2.  Here are the seams, lined up and nested against each other.

Here is the unit sewn.  You will want to trim off the excess and then iron it flat.  There should be a quarter inch space for sewing above the point.

Diagram 18
Diagram 19

3.  Sew Unit 3 to Unit 4. Then sew the two units together, with Unit 1/2 on the left and Unit 3/4 on the right.  The center will be quite bulky; turn it to the back and trim only the extra bits of fabric on the outsides of the center.  You now have completed 1/4 of the square!  (I'm so sorry, I did not take a picture, but it will look exactly like the diagram above, only in fabric.)

4.  Go back and repeat above steps using the diagrams below for the remaining three blocks.  The unit sizes are the sizes after you trim each unit.  I suggest sewing all the units for one block at a time, then trimming them all to the sizes shown on the diagrams, then sewing the entire block together before moving on to the next block.

Diagram 20


Unit 1:  Take one white 4 x 6 rectangle and one medium blue 3 1/2 x 6 1/2 rectangle.  Sew (\) and trim to 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 as instructed above in diagrams 3 - 19)

Unit 2: Take one white 4 x 5 rectangle, one dark blue 3 1/2 x 6 1/2 rectangle and the 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch strip of coral.  Sew (/) and trim to 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 as instructed above in Diagrams 3 - 19.  Then add the strip of coral to the left side of the HST as show above in Diagram 20.

Unit 3: Take one 3 x 4 white rectangle and one 3 x 4 inch green rectangle.  Sew (/) and trim to 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 as instructed above in diagrams 3 - 19)

Unit 4: Take one 3 x 4 white rectangle and one 3 x 4  light blue rectangle. Sew (\) and trim to 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 as instructed above in diagrams 3 - 19)

Diagram 21

Unit 1:  Take one 3 x 5  white rectangle and one 3 1/2 x 5 in green rectangle. Sew (\) and trim  to 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 as instructed above in diagrams 3 - 19)

Unit 2: Take one 5 x 5 white and one 6 1/2 half-square piece. Sew and trim to 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 as instructed above in diagrams 3 - 19)

Unit 3:  Take one 3 x 3 white square and one 4 1/2 half-square piece. Sew and trim to 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 as instructed above in diagrams 3 - 19)

Unit 4:  Take one 3 x 5 white rectangle and one 3 31/2 x 6 1/2 medium blue rectangle. Sew (\) and trim to 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 as instructed above in diagrams 3 - 19)

Diagram 22

Unit 1:  Take one 3 x 5 white rectangle and one 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 green. Sew (\) and trim to 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 as instructed above in diagrams 3 - 19)

Unit 2:  Take one 3 x 3 white square and one 4 1/2 medium blue half-square. Sew and trim to 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 as instructed above in diagrams 3 - 19)

Unit 3:  Take one 5 x 5 white square and one 6 1/2 light blue half-square.  Sew and trim 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 as instructed above in diagrams 3 - 19)

Unit 4: Take one 3 x 5 white rectangle and one 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 dark blue rectangle. Sew (\) and trim to 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 as instructed above in diagrams 3 - 19)

Sewing the block together

 Once all the blocks are complete, you can complete the square.  Sew Blocks 1 and 2 together across and Blocks 3 and 4 together across.  Then sew Block 1/2 to Block 3/4, remembering that they will not meet up in the middle because they are different sizes, but they will be the same length.  

You have now finished your 12 1/2 inch Fabri-Quilt New Block, MOD Pinwheels!  Please let me know if you have any questions or if something is unclear.  This is a long tutorial, but once you finish one block and understand what you are doing you'll get the hand of it and it's a fun challenge, I think.

What I love about this block is its versatility - you con't have to sew them the same way I did, you can move them around and get lots of different arrangements.  Here is a pillow I made, using my second practice block and another arrangement:

And here are some potholders that I made with printed fabrics when I was experimenting:

Hope you have fun with the MOD Pinwheel Block.  Please let me know and share photos if you make it.  And be sure to check out the other bloggers' new blocks, too.   Below is a list for the New Blogger's New Block Blog Hop (Quite a mouthful, I know).  It runs from Monday to Thursday this week but of course the tutorials will probably be on everyone's websites for - well,  EVER!  I for one can't wait to see what everyone came up with...

Also, thanks so much to Yvonne, Cheryl, Stephanie and Terri Ann for coming up with this FAB idea. I had so much fun with it, and I'm guessing I'll have even more fun making all the new blocks on the blog hop.  (I may not finish 'till I'm 80 or so...)

Monday's Group:

Host – Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
Kelly @Quilting it Out
Martha @Once a Wingnut
Irene @Patchwork and Pastry
Cassandra @The (not so) Dramatic Life
Andrea @The Sewing Fools
Bernie @Needle and Foot
Silvia @A Stranger View
Wanda @Wanda’s Life Sampler
Sandra @Musings of a Menopausal Melon
Vicki @Orchid Owl Quilts
Jess @Quilty Habit
Diana @Red Delicious Life
Chelsea @Patch the Giraffe
Margo @Shadow Lane Quilts
Renee @Quilts of a Feather

Tuesday's Group:

Host – Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs
Wednesday's Group:

Thursday's Group: