Pushing Myself With Pinwheels

I finally finished piecing this quilt top of pinwheels with lots of inner borders and sashing!

I used a pattern I got from Anina last summer. I cut the fabrics right away, and started piecing it at a quilt retreat earlier this summer. Then I grew a little tired of it, and I got distracted with other inspiration. I pushed myself to finish the piecing recently – yippee! Now that makes three finished quilt tops in my pile that need quilting.

More pinwheels? Yes, remember these? Since I was playing with scraps, these 48 blocks were much smaller than I realized (5 inches each), so they make for a small quilt (about 22 inches wide by 31 inches tall) that could be used as a wallhanging, table runner, play mat or doll quilt.

Here is my current layout, organized with same-color pinwheels arranged to make a 4-patch. I like this layout, but it didn’t feel quite right yet to me, so I am pushing myself to take it farther.

I thought each colored 4-patch section could use sashing around it, which would enlarge each block and hence the entire quilt. I didn’t want to use white sashing, so I dug deep into my stash to come up with something bright and cheerful.

Now that feels much better to me! I love how the block really glows, and I love a bigger size of 11 inches. So I’m off to continuing framing each pinwheel block. I hope to have another update for you next week, or maybe even a finished quilt top.

For both of these quilt projects, I have been utilizing my design wall quite a bit lately. It’s very high-tech: start with a laminated table cloth with flannel on the back and add three evenly-spaced grommets to one end. Put three equally evenly-spaced nails high up on the wall to hang the design wall when you need it. Since those nails are high up, they won’t be noticed when the design wall is tucked away in the linen closet. Use the flannel side to stick fabrics and blocks to play with your design.

Having these projects in-the-works hanging on the wall has kept me focused and pushing myself forward before getting sidetracked with another. When inspiration strikes, I try to capture it in a sketchbook until the design wall is free again.

Pinwheel Options

Ever have too many options, and get paralyzed in making a decision? I have been working away little by little on my pinwheel play.

I made this variety of pinwheel blocks using scrap squares of these fabrics by Jennifer Paganelli and adding white squares to some and solid squares to others.

They look cheerful and colorful hanging on my design wall, but beyond that, I’m not sure which direction to go next.

Depending on the layout, I could easily make more blocks, but I don’t really feel like it. I could also add sashing, but I’m not a fan of  doing sashing. I might end up making a set of cute mini quilts like Vicki did.

I find it humorous that my 15 minutes of play with scrap squares left me with a UFO, darn it! Suggestions welcome!

15 Minutes of Play – Pinwheels

Got 15 minutes to work on a new idea (or an old idea), try a new technique, or just mess around with your fabrics or scraps? I don’t take time to do this, so I am going to try it.

I am starting to notice my scraps more these days! So when I have pieces left over from a quilting or bag project, I cut some of those pieces into manageable sizes, such as these 2-1/2 inch squares. I have noticed lots of the cool pinwheel projects being made this year, so I spent 15 minutes making a stack of half-square triangles to be arranged into pinwheels.

I love the tone-on-tone colors of these fabrics, so I think I’m going to keep going with this pinwheel play.

I’m not sure where this will end up, but for now, I don’t care. Just playing.