Thursday, October 10, 2013

Feed Sack Pinwheel Tutorial

I'm having fun making these blocks with feed sack squares left over from the Flying Squares Quilt.  I thought I'd share it in case anyone else would like to make one.

Here's a simple block to make with feed sacks and solid cottons.  It finishes 8 in. square.
For each block:
Cut 4 2.5 in. squares of print feed sacks, 2 of each print, and make a four patch.
Cut 4 rectangles from the white feed sacks, each measuring 2.5 in. x 4.5 in.
Make 4 triangle-squares that finish 2 in., using your favorite method, from white feed sacking and a solid color that goes with the print feed sacks.  I like to use the Easy Angle tool and cut the triangles from 2.5 in. strips.  Then I sew them together in pairs.

Here are all the pieces laid out, with the four patch sewn.

Now the triangles are sewn into squares.

Next, sew the triangle squares onto one end of the rectangles, as shown below.
Here's the block laid out, ready to sew.  As with the flying squares, the first seam is a partial seam, then all the other rectangles are added.  Finishing the partial seam is the last step in finishing the block.
And that's that!

It is so much fun choosing which solid color to use in each block.  I have a big scrap bag of solids to root around in.  The solid colors can really change the look of the block.

Have fun!

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