Twas the Night Before Christmas – February February 1, 2013Posted by knitnoid in Uncategorized.
This month I’ve picked the pinwheels. We are making two 4″ (finished) pinwheels.
There are tons of ways to make Half Square Triangle (HST) squares, and you are welcome to make yours anyway you like. This is how I made mine.
I started with 8 – 3″ squares. Sure there is a bit of waste, but I’d rather trim to the correct size than fight to get a perfect 2 7/8″ square. Two light and two dark for each pinwheel. Since I’m not doing my sampler in all red, I found some Christmas prints in my stash – two with white backgrounds, a red and a green.
Next, I drew a line, corner-to-corner on the back of the light squares.
Stitched w/a scant 1/4″ on either side of the line. — That “scant 1/4″ is because with the advent of rotary cutters, mats and rulers we can get more precise.
Cut the along the drawn line. Now there are 8 pieces.
My favorite tool when making HST Squares with this method is the Quilt in a Day 6 1/2″ Triangle Square Up Ruler. (no affiliation)
I line the 2 1/2″ line on the ruler along the stitching line.
Then I trim along the edges of the ruler.
Repeat it for the rest of the triangles.
I pressed my seams toward the dark fabric.
Then trimmed the dog ears.
Then I laid the HST squares to form two pinwheels.
I flipped the squares on the right over onto the square on the left. I’ll stitch along the seam where the pencil is pointing.
Stitch with a scant 1/4″ seam.
Press the seam allowance to the dark fabric.
Lay the two sections together to prepare for stitching. Here I’m checking to make sure I’ve got the two sections orientated correctly.
Stitch with a scant 1/4″ seam. I didn’t pin because I could feel that the seams were nested together.
I like to pinwheel my seams. It makes the block lay flatter and when setting blocks together it allows the seams to lock together. The first step is to remove the stitching from the edge of the block to the seam. Since my pieces where chain stitched, I was able to easily “pop” the seam.
Press the seams toward the dark fabric.
Flip the block over and admire your new pinwheels.
This is all that has to be done for February. Naturally if you want to work faster you are welcome to. If you are participating in this quilt-a-long, leave a comment and tell us where we can see your progress.