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Pinwheels! - Techniques 2010


Pinwheels! - Techniques 2010

Welcome to our 2010 Techniques Series. Each month, I'll host a new technique, broken down into 4 weekly segments. You'll see step by step photos, learn shortcuts, find out how to use those tools that have been collecting dust.

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Lesson 1 - an introduction to pinwheels and the half square triangles that form them

Started by Connecting Threads. Last reply by Karen Aubertin Jul 5, 2012. 42 Replies

The Pinwheel Block is comprised of Half Square Triangles (HSTs). Thisweek, we’ll start with the simplest form, using just four completedHSTs. There are so many techniques for creating a HST, but this…Continue

Lesson 2 - Specialty Rulers

Started by Connecting Threads. Last reply by Connecting Threads Jun 17, 2010. 48 Replies

I know you all have rulers galore in your sewing stuff.  How often do you use them?  It's time to dust them off and give them another try.  I know I have many...mostly purchased at quilt shows when…Continue

Lesson 4 - Inspiration

Started by Connecting Threads. Last reply by Connecting Threads Mar 19, 2010. 9 Replies

Here's the link to week 4.Okay, so that's not really a lesson.  Well, maybe it is. There are so many quilters…Continue

Lesson 3 - More Specialty Rulers

Started by Connecting Threads. Last reply by Connecting Threads Mar 10, 2010. 19 Replies

Here's the link to Lesson 3.We're continuing the demonstration of specialty tools that help speed…Continue

Tags: triangles, hst, square, half, intermediate

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Comment by MsDesigns on September 22, 2020 at 8:06am

I am a long time member of "Quilting With Us" (QWU). I used to give virtual workshops here. Like many others, I have ventured out as QWU became more quiet.

We are getting the warning that QWU is at risk of being disabled. I fear this is a sign that QWU will one day be no more.

It has become like family here and the thought of losing the friendships we have developed has giving me a sad heart. Like many dark clouds, there is a silver lining. When I ventured out, I created a quilters social network, much like QWU. I never mentioned it, for it was a conflict of interest. However, in this dark hour, it is time to let others know there is an alternative. It does not have to end here.

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Comment by Kay G. on August 15, 2014 at 7:53pm

Hi,  I just joined Pinwheels and if you go and look at my page you'll see a picture of a Pinwheel quilt I just made for my nephew and his wife.  They are due any day now for their first baby!   I love making these pinwheel quilts....... have a great weekend.

Comment by Nancy Alberts on October 11, 2013 at 11:37am

Hi there, it seems no one has been on for awhile. Thought I would put on here that I have 2 new grandbabies due next year so I am starting some baby quilts. YAY!! I hope whoever reads this has a productive and wonderful year. :)

Comment by Carol Wadkins on September 5, 2012 at 7:20am

Wow, where is the year going........... I didn't realize that it has been so long since I have been on this group site. I am shamed to say that I have been very lax indeed! Hope everyone here is having a wonderful year and have been doing lts of sewing and quilting!! I wasn't able to do anything for almost three months, as I had shoulder surgery, but am back at it now.... Missed it terribly............. and so happy to be able to sew again!

In fact I have two classes coming up this month and I am looking forward to also!

Have a great day and a super rest of the year.......



Comment by Renee Eudaley on August 17, 2012 at 2:14pm

Hello everyone. I have been busy entering a contest at Havel Sewing. Please go to the link below and vote for me and my quilt "Summer Shade" I and #6. I have changed my profile pic to my quilt for now. Thanks and happy quilting.


Comment by Cat Lady--MO on January 3, 2012 at 1:14pm

Hi ptracker.  Pinwheels are pretty easy once you remember to press all of your seam allowances in the same direction.

Karen did and excellent tutorial here: http://www.connectingthreads.com/tutorials/Intro_to_Half_Square_Tri...

If you have questions, just holler, and someone will help out.

Comment by Lisa F. ptracker on January 3, 2012 at 11:29am

happy 2012 top all. hope there are people still here.. well this year going to get some ufos finished that i started and try to get 6 quilts done by next xmas...i want to make one for my son and use pinwheels but i have never made a pinwheel block yet so i am learning

Comment by Sandy B /AUS on March 13, 2011 at 11:18pm
Welcome Anna Maria - the instructions are so clear I agree. Have fun.
Comment by Connecting Threads on September 13, 2010 at 7:11am
Hi Ana Maria - so glad our group has helped you!
Comment by Ana Maria Perna on September 13, 2010 at 12:34am
I'm working on pinwheels and I find your instructions, inspiration (photos, ideas...) and tips most useful. Being in Spain, I did not know what a scant quarter was, now I know it and keep perfecting my techniques. Thanks to you all, again. I'll post a picture of the 2 quilts I'm making right now (both pinwheels) when they are finished.

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