Friday, May 29, 2015

The Last Block in the Charm Square QAL

Hello everyone!  I'm back.  Thank you for all of your patience.  Nope, our life's trials are not over yet, but at least I have sewed a quilt block so we can finish all our blocks in our QAL.

This is block number 9!

It is a spinning Pinwheel Star and is very similar to block #7.  In fact, all of the tricks we used on that block will be used here.

STEP ONE:  As usual, lay out all of your pieces according to the layout diagram.  I wanted the diamond shapes to "pop"--to create a visual difference from block number 7 where the outer corners face a different direction -- so I chose coordinating HST colors to match the diamonds (e.g. green with green, brown with brown...etc.)

STEP TWO: Sew into columns.  (These steps have been shown in previous posts.)

STEP THREE: Press columns in opposite directions

STEP FOUR: Nest seams and sew rows together.

STEP FIVE: Trim a little nick in the center of the pinwheel, then place your thumb on it and spin the block.  This way your block center will splay out like a fan and lie flat.

STEP SIX:  Enjoy!  Use these blocks in your favorite setting.

I'll be back soon with the sashing instructions for the setting I used.

Until next time, Happy Sewing!