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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 Sandy B /AUS on August 26, 2010 at 6:51pm
Hi Everyone, I have just joined your group. I live in Canberra Australia. Are there any other Canberrans in this group? I am a newbie and have never made a pinwheel block and am justing fascinated to try.
Comment by MaryAnn Bird/Texas on August 23, 2010 at 3:01pm
Thank you Cat Lady.. I will go and make a sample. I tried it with charm sqs and it is great.
Comment by Margo in Maine on August 23, 2010 at 2:58pm
Loved the tutorial....had seen demo before but forgot about it...
Comment by Cat Lady--MO on August 23, 2010 at 2:47pm
Maryann, have you watched the video by Missouri Quilt Company that I mentioned below. I will also give it to you here

I am not sure, but since you are in affect cutting your square to make quarter-square triangles, you would need to make the large squares your desired finished size, plus 1.25 inches. I would try it once just to make sure.

Just remember when you make your HST units this way that you will have bias edges on all four outer sides. So be carefully when handling them.
Comment by MaryAnn Bird/Texas on August 23, 2010 at 2:12pm
Could I find out about the technique of sewing two sqs all the way around to form 1/2 sq triangles. How do you determine what size sqs to start with to make a certain size 1/2 sq triangle. Your help will be appreciated.
Comment by Connecting Threads on August 9, 2010 at 10:26am
Welcome Sharla, thanks for joining us. I hope you'll find some useful tips here.
Comment by Ginger Anne Johnson on August 7, 2010 at 5:16pm
Welcome Sharla! I just watched the video on You Tube on pinwheels. It looks really slick! There are other videos on quilting techniques by the same company. Thanks for mentioning it, Cat Lady!
Comment by Linda Richards/N. Ontario on August 7, 2010 at 2:56pm
Sharla, glad you joined us here too.
Comment by Cat Lady--MO on July 6, 2010 at 5:43am
This You Tube video by the Missouri Star Quilt Company demonstrates the method Nanny Gayle mentions. It even addresses the fact that there are exposed bias edges on the finished block.
http://www.youtube.com/user/MissouriQuiltCo#p/u/0/ekYpJzHoW6E
Comment by Ginger Anne Johnson on June 23, 2010 at 8:24pm
I just read through the directions for a three color pinwheel by Karen and will work on doing one this weekend. Nany Gayle, how would I adapt your directions to doing a three color pinwheel?
 

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