Sunday, March 21, 2010

Busy Sewing

I finished this week's Pinwheel Sampler Quilt Along blocks.

Sewing blocks, I love it when the fabric piles up.

Week 5, finished blocks.

I didn't like the way week 4's blocks were made (with half square triangles) so I chose to do them with flying geese blocks - with the easy method of sewing squares together.

To make the required FG blocks, the squares needed are one 7¼" square of the main fabric and four 3 7/8" squares of the background fabric (to make a 12" block). Line up 2 squares of the background on the main fabric, draw a diagonal line and sew ¼" on each side.

Cut the square in half and iron open.

Line up the remaining two background squares, draw a diagonal line and sew ¼" on each side.

Cut in half and iron open. Results in four flying geese to make the pinwheel or whirligig block needed for week 4.
I found this block too plain, so I am waiting to sew it together.

All the blocks together. The middle, bottom shows what week 4's block are supposed to look like, but I think I would prefer to have another set of flying geese blocks added.

This shows what it would look like (I added the second block's set of FG to see, in the middle, bottom row). I will wait until the end of the quilt along to see if I have enough squares of the layer cake fabric left to add the extra FG.

I also finished sewing the Pinwheel in My Garden mini quilt together. It is all ready to be machine quilted. This week's project/focus!

Have a great day!!


GerryART said...

Pinwheel in My Garden
Very nice.
Great looking appliqué!

joan said...

WOW~ those projects are gorgeous! I have Lori Smith's book and "Pinwheel In My Garden" is one I have on my to-do list.

SheilaC said...

LOVE all of your pin wheel blocks.... They look beautiful together!
And I don't know enough about different techniques to figure out that flying geese are the same as the block we made last week! hehehe

I like the look with the extra geese though.

AND I can't believe your Pinwheel/Garden quilt is pieced already. wOw! It is gorgeous.


Anonymous said...

Pinwheels, pinwheels, everywhere and all looking soo good. Love your Pinwheel in My Garden mini quilt.

GailM. said...

Your Garden Mini is darling. I love that method of making flying geese. I've done it before on a a Holly Goose Chase quilt from a Thimbleberries book. That is one slick method.

Kristine said...

I'm so glad I looked at the comment under your photo and found your blog because I really wanted to use flying geese for this week's block! Now I don't have to figure out what size to cut the blocks! Thanks!

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