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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 Ginger Anne Johnson on September 12, 2010 at 3:40pm
Isn't it great to be part of such a warm and sharing group? I appreciate the warm explanations that are shared. Thanks to all of you! Ginger
Comment by Sandy B /AUS on September 11, 2010 at 5:58pm
MaryAnn your quilt is beautiful and looks so good in just 2 colour ways. Clever girl.
Comment by Paullette Greeno on September 10, 2010 at 3:24pm
Thanks Cat Lady for the tips. I will try them
Comment by MaryAnn Bird/Texas on September 9, 2010 at 4:32am
Thank you all for you nice comments. I will be making more pinwheel blocks for other projects. When you look at them they just make me smile. The wallhanging is a 32" sq. I will donate it for our "Airing of the Quilts" held by the Tall Pines Quilt Guild in Huntsville Texas. We have an airing like Sister's , outdoors on the square. Quilts are hung all aroung the courthouse and all the steets and buildings. A grand event. Keep on stitching.....
Comment by Cat Lady--MO on September 8, 2010 at 2:43pm
MaryAnn, I like your quilt. How large is it?

Paullette, if you started with a 5 3/8-inch square then you should be getting the correct size result. When you are sewing the diagonal seams, try to sew a threads width toward the seam allowance side of the HST (often referred to as a scant quarter). Then measure your pressed HST blocks to make sure they each measure 4.5-inches before you sew them together to make your nine-inch finished (9.5" raw/unfinished) blocks.

To help with ruler slippage, you can purchase some small sand-paper dots that adhere to the bottom of your ruler to keep it from slipping. There are also some other products on the market to help with with slippage. Some of the newer rulers also claim to be non-slip.
--Also, make sure you are putting enough pressure on the ruler with your hand. If you place your small/pinky finger along the outer edge so that it touches the fabric, you can have more control. Try to keep your hand holding the ruler pretty close to the length you will be cutting, in other words, if I am cutting a long strip, I will move my hand up the ruler as I cut the long strip, trying not to over extend my reach.
Comment by Linda Richards/N. Ontario on September 8, 2010 at 2:04pm
MaryAnn, like your pinwheel wallhanging. How neat! Congratulations on accomplishing downloading pictures too.
Comment by Nancy/NC on September 8, 2010 at 10:40am
MaryAnn, see now, that wasn't so hard, was it, & what a cute quilt! Thanks for sharing!
Comment by Connecting Threads on September 8, 2010 at 8:42am
MaryAnn - congrats! You've mastered pinwheels and uploading photos all at once! I love the way you set the pinwheels apart with sashing!
Comment by MaryAnn Bird/Texas on September 8, 2010 at 6:07am
Pinwheels are the best
Comment by MaryAnn Bird/Texas on September 8, 2010 at 6:07am


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