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Saturday, 18 August 2012

3D pin wheel Tutorial

In my last post I showed you the pin wheels that I was going to use in my quilt swap.  Well, a friend on flickr asked me to show her how to make them.  There is a minor problem with me showing her, she lives far away from my house, so I have decided to try to make a tutorial for them.  I am no expert on this, so you will have to bear with me and if you have a problem understanding you will have to make a comment or send me an email and I will try to help.  That sound OK?

Firstly choose the size of your finished block, mine was going to be 4" finished, so I cut 4 x 2.5" squares in background fabric.  I wanted my pin wheels to (sort of) float, so I cut my pin wheel fabric 2" square which would give me my 1/4" seam allowance, and 1/4" of background fabric before the point of the pin wheel.  Trust me it did work. 

pinwheel fabric folded and pressed

Fold your pin wheel fabric into a triangle and finger press.  Place them into a corner of your background fabric.



Now fold again as shown below



Make sure you have all points together.

I tried to pin this all in place and then to sew, but I found that the fabrics moved no matter how carefully I worked.

You can see the pin does distort the fabric

Now I don't usually pin things, so it might be that I am not so good with pins, but I wanted these to be the best I could manage, so I decided to sit and 'tack' them........ goodness I haven't 'tacked' since I was at school.
Nice and flat now, ready to sew
 As I have been so fussy with the pin wheel spokes I thought it best to 'tack' my two halves together.  The corners have a number of layers of fabrics, so I didn't want them to move under the pressure foot of the machine.

Tacked ready for the machine
 I "chain pieced" all the halves together.

 As there are a number of layers of fabric, I have pressed the seams open

Reminder...must recover my ironing block, it looks terrible
 I forgot to take a photo of the next step which was joining two halves together to make a whole.  I didn't tack this bit, just placed seams together and went for it,  Voil√†!!

Not bad piecing
 You can see that my pin wheels will float in the middle of the background square.

I love them 
This is where all mine are headed.

Hope this helps Nichol.  Good luck to you all.

7 comments:

  1. Those are so cute. Wouldn't that look cool across the top of a purse or little zippy pouch?!:)

    Thanks for the tut Jo!

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  2. brilliant Jo. Will have to give it a try

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  3. that looks really sweet, and easy?!? I am making (another) baby quilt. I think that I may give those a go.

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  4. Thank you for the tutorial Jo ,it ties in beautifully with the HP allday with Helen Spence.

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