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? 🙂


Good Folks Scrappy

Good Folks Strip Hanging

It’s amazing what you can make with scraps, isn’t it? I received a fat quarter set of Anna Maria Horner’s Good Folks line for my birthday. Two birthday’s ago. And although I still haven’t made the quilt I originally planned with the fabric, I have cut out the pieces. And I had a lot of scraps left over. I really, really, really love this fabric and there was no way I was going to let the scraps go to waste.

Good Folks Strip

I am finding it hard to take photos of finished quilts lately. There is snow everywhere! And it seems we don’t have much daylight this time of year, so my husband isn’t around during the light hours to hold the quilts for me. So today I decided to drive to the Morton Arboretum to take photos with the camera balanced on top of the car. It actually worked (somewhat!)

Back to the quilt though! I pieced together all my left over strips. This small quilt measures 39″ x 43″. I quilted straight lines vertically down it, 1/4″ on each side of the seams. It has a bit of loft to it and just looks so soft.

Good Folks Strip Back

The back is a wider piece of fabric from the same line, with Kona artichoke on top and Kona espresso on the bottom. The binding is also Kona espresso. Even though the color always photographs looking black, I just love the deep brown in real life and find myself using it often.

Good Folks Strip Birch

Next I am going to be finishing up an Echino quilt I started last summer. The blocks are finished and I plan on sewing the top together today!

ETA: Interested in this quilt? It will be auctioned off by the Katy Kidney Beans sometime in March to raise money for the National Kidney Foundation. I will post a blog post with the details when I know more.