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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Make Perfect Pinwheels Every Time!

In this tutorial, I’ve illustrated instructions for making four Half Square Triangles (HST) needed for a pinwheel block. I also included the formula for creating any size pinwheel block you need.

make perfect pinwheel blocks
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I love the pinwheel block. It’s a timeless classic that can easily be incorporated into traditional as well as modern style quilt designs, but piecing all those little triangles would be a pain. With new rotary cutting techniques, however, making quilt blocks has become quick and easy. The pinwheel block is no exception.

make perfect pinwheel blocks tutorial

Now grab your calculator. This is the formula for making any pinwheel size you want.

[NOTE: The finished size DOES NOT include 1/4 inch seam allowance.]
  1. Determine the finished block size you need, e.g. 4 inches.
  2. Divide the finished block size by 1.41 (4 ÷ 1.41 = 2.82). 
  3. Add that result to 0.875 (2.82 + 0.875 = 3.70 ).
  4. Now round up this result to the nearest ⅛ inch to get your parent size block, which in this example would be 3.75 or 3¾ inch. So, to make one 4" x 4" pinwheel, you need two 3¾ inch squares.
Here are some measurements already done for you:
    Formula For Making Pinwheel Quilt Blocks

    Wednesday, 10 February 2016

    Wonky Beach House Mug Rug Pattern

    Wow! Mug rugs are just flying out of my studio these days. I have them all over the house and my husband is still not sure what the heck they are, ha! I love Wonky Beach House mug rug and the striped "ticking" fabric gives it a very casual "beachy" feel.

    Wonky Beach House Mug Rug Pattern

    wonky beach house quilted mug rug pattern

    wonky beach house mug rug - detail

    Sunday, 7 February 2016

    Purple Coneflower Mug Rug

    I think this is one of my prettiest mug rugs so far. The inspiration for this piece came from a photo I took of the Purple Coneflowers in our garden a few years ago. Purple is one of my favourite colours, so I really enjoyed designing and making this one.

    Purple Coneflower Mug Rug Pattern

    Purple Coneflower quilted Mug Rug pattern

    purple coneflower quilted mug rug pattern - detail 1

    purple coneflower quilted mug rug pattern - detail 2

    purple coneflower garden photo

    Monday, 1 February 2016

    Urban Pathway Table Runner Pattern

    Let's take a stroll down the avenue. This stylish Urban Pathway table runner pattern is simple and elegant. The clean lines showcase beautiful art deco inspired fabrics.

    urban pathway quilted table runner pattern

    I designed this table runner, Urban Pathway, for our new coffee table and finished it this weekend. The fabric, Modern Deco by Jane Spoler, has a sleek and modern art deco theme.

    modern deco collection by jane spolar

    Urban Pathway quilted table runner pattern detail

    I love the Art Deco period, so I immediately fell in love with this fabric and kept the block design simple to showcase it. What is Art Deco? Think of The Great Gatsby, the Empire State Building in New York, and the Roaring 20s.

    urban pathway table runner full view