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Candy Pinwheel Quilt

Candy Pinwheel

My daughter trying her hardest to hold up the quilt

As promised, today I’m sharing the finished Candy Pinwheel quilt, made from my Candy Pinwheel block of the Festival of Half Square Triangles. (To see more on the block and quilt assembly, check out my Candy Pinwheel tutorial.) A few of you asked how I was planning on starting and ending my rows. As you can see, I decided to use a solid turquoise fabric. I really love this color, it’s probably one of my current favorites – FreeSpirit Designer Solid in Light Jade.

Candy Pinwheel Corners

For the corners, I left off one half square triangle to give this angled look. I thought that was pretty cool…my daughter (the recipient of the quilt) almost starting crying because “my quilt is missing the corners!” Well, I still like it.

Candy Pinwheel 1

As I mentioned on Wednesday, I decided to make the Candy Pinwheel blocks either all warm or all cool colors. Mostly…there are always exceptions to the rule and I do have a few that used a warm/cool combination.

Candy Pinwheel Detail

I quilted this with straight lines, 1/4″ down each side of the diagonal seams. I was actually a bit nervous to quilt this, because my daughter wanted minky on the back. I followed many people’s advice to just use a lot of pins and my walking foot (which I already use anyway) and really, the quilting proved to be a non-event. No issues whatsoever. And the end result gives a nice, poofy look to the quilted squares.

Candy Pinwheel Back

The quilt measures 39-1/2″ x 47″. It is bright, happy, super cuddly, and already much loved. And on a very random side note, does anyone know what kind of daffodils these beautiful flowers are? :)

Daffodils

April 6, 2012   63 Comments

Festival of HST ~ Candy Pinwheel

I’m happy to have you visit my blog today as part of the Festival of Half Square Triangles! Today I’m going to share a tutorial for a new quilt block and then talk about some ideas for what you can do with it.

I almost titled this post “When a Square isn’t a Square”. Because those are the words that were constantly in my mind as I was creating this quilt block and the quilt that will follow it on Friday. When I’m designing quilts, I think I tend to fall into the mindset that I have to make blocks that are square. But when I sit down and really think about quilts that catch my eye, a lot of the time they are quilts don’t use basic squares – whether it be stars or hexies or any number of things.

So today’s block is a rectangular hexagon. This block can be used on it’s own – I actually think it would make an adorable pillow. I could see a bunch of them in different colors all over my daughter’s bed. Or it can be combined with many more blocks to make a quilt. I will share tips for making it into a quilt at the end of the block tutorial.

Let’s get started on the single block tutorial!


Candy Pinwheel Quilt Block Tutorial

All seam allowances are 1/4″

Step 1. Cut your fabric.

Color/Print 1 Cut 3 5″ x 5″
Color/Print 2 Cut 3 5″ x 5″
 

Step 2. Cut all 6 squares along the diagonal, resulting in 12 half square triangles (HST).

Step 3. Pair 8 of your HSTs together as shown. Sew together along the diagonal creating 4 squares.

Step 4. Trim your squares to 4.5″ x 4.5″.

Step 5. Sew your 4 squares together to form a pinwheel.

Step 6. Take your 4 remaining HST. Lay out as shown below.

Step 7. Sew together along the short edge, forming a larger triangle as shown below.

Step 8. Place these larger triangles on each side of your pinwheel square. Line up the middle seams and sew together.

Step 9. Using a quilting ruler, trim the sides of the resulting block if necessary, so they line up with the edges of the pinwheel section of the block.

Congratulations! You’ve made a Candy Pinwheel quilt block!

As I mentioned earlier, I think a block like this would make an adorable pillow. But what if you want a quilt? There are a few options. First, let’s talk color and layout. These blocks are staggered to “fit” together.

I followed a few color rules when designing this quilt mockup. Almost all my blocks were made using all warm (pink, red, orange, yellow) or all cool (blue, turquoise, green, purple) colors. I think this gives a bit of order to a quilt that is actually scrappy.

As for quilt top assembly, there are a couple options. First, you could make individual blocks (rectangular hexagons) and sew them together using the Y-Seam method. I’m sure most people just fainted. :)

But there is another easier option. If you plan your quilt ahead, you can actually sew your quilt together in rows. Simply lay out your entire quilt top on the floor or design wall, and rather than making one block at a time, you make one row at a time.

You will need some space to make your quilt this way, but I found it to be very easy. I hope that gives you some ideas for making an eye catching half square triangle quilt. I will post my finished Candy Pinwheel quilt on Friday. Here’s a sneak peek!

April 4, 2012   29 Comments

A Couple Fun Shares


Photo from Vanessa’s Instagram

I must say I had a wonderful weekend! I drove 3 1/2 hours Friday evening to the unchartered (for me!) land of Iowa to spend about 24 hours with some fellow sewers and bloggers – Vanessa, Anna, Deedrie, Jeni and Megan. I had met everyone except for Anna at the Sewing Summit last year. We did lots of sewing, talking, eating…ok, mostly talking and eating. I think we went to sleep at 3am on Friday night and woke up at 7:30…I haven’t done that since my kids were newborns. It was so much fun, just reinvigorating to be around people “like me” that love fabric and creating. I drove home Saturday evening and you would have thought I had been gone a month, my kids were SO happy to see me. It’s always nice to feel loved.

Today I have a couple shares for you. First, I am going to be participating in Megan at Canoe Ridge Creation’s Festival of Half Square Triangles!


Starting Monday, April 2, there will be a two weeks blog hop full of half square triangle tutorials and projects. At the end of the blog hop, you are invited to link up a HST sewing project of your own – bags, mini quilts, home decor, anything you can come up with. Then the blog hop group of bloggers will choose 10 finalists, at which point it’s all up to YOU to choose a winner! There will be lots of great prizes that Megan will announce soon.


Here’s the schedule:
Monday, April 2 — Sara from Sew Sweetness
Tuesday, April 3 — Amy from Amy’s Creative Side
Wednesday, April 4 — Faith from Fresh Lemons Quilts
Thursday, April 5 — Holly from Bijou Lovely
Friday, April 6 — Katie from Swim, Bike, Quilt
Monday, April 9 — Erin from Two More Seconds
Tuesday, April 10 — Megan from Canoe Ridge Creations
Wednesday, April 11 — Jeni from In Color Order
Thursday, April 12 — Heather and Megan from Quilt Story
Friday, April 13 — Katy from I’m a Ginger Monkey
Monday, April 16 to Sunday, April 22 – Linky Party featuring all of YOU over at Canoe Ridge Creations!
Monday, April 23 to Wednesday, April 25 — Viewers Choice Voting
Friday, April 27 — Winners Announced!

So head on over to Megan’s site to grab a button, check out the Flick group, and join us for the Festival of Half Square Triangles starting Monday, April 2!

I am also the feature today on Quilt Story, so definitely go check that out!

Fresh Poppy Design

Off to work more on my Liberated Sampler! It’s coming right along!

*Edited to add a little photo of my progress*

Liberated Sampler Progress

March 26, 2012   16 Comments

Colorful Life Mini Quilt

What's Cookin'

A few months ago I bought my first (and only) quilting die for my Big Shot Sizzix die cutter. Sizzix is getting into the quilting die game now which is quite handy since I already had the cutting machine. The half square triangle seemed a good place to start because exact size really matters. It made quick work of the cutting pieces for this mini quilt.

Colorful Life Front

I am always inspired by the colorful quilts made by Rita of Red Pepper Quilts so I just picked some random bright colors from my fabric stash. Initially I just had a white border, but when I was auditioning fabrics for the back, I realized the additional turquoise border would really frame out the quilt nicely.

Colorful Life

To offset the brights on the front, I chose Kona Ash and White for the back. The binding is a wonderful Tula Nest print.

Colorful Life Back

I quilted this one free motion and it measures 26″ x 30″. I’ve put it up in the shop, but if it doesn’t sell it may find it’s way on my wall in my sewing room. :)

ETA: I forgot to mention I now have a Facebook page for Fresh Lemons Quilts. Come on over and join if you are a Facebook user. It will keep you updated on new blog entries, shop sales, and just all around fun things I find to share!

November 17, 2010   11 Comments