Thursday, March 17, 2011

bloggers block-a-palooza block #16: pinwheel parade

hey there! it's my turn for the block a palooza that quilt dad has put on. make sure you visit all the other bloggers who have already created a block!

with the weather we've been having it actually does feel like spring! (high 50's). the kiddos have been outside every day after school, and can i just say, what a difference it makes to get a little vitamin D in the system and some fresh air? once again dreaming of summer. but lets talk about spring first.
i named my block pinwheel parade because when i looked at the block i thought of spring and lots of kids having their own pinwheel blowing in the wind. so lot's of kids running around with pinwheels = a parade of pinwheels hence the name.
but enough talking lets start cutting

okay here's your cutting:

cut 4 white squares 4.5" x 4.5" - solid areas
cut 10 white square 3" x 3"
cut 10 print squares 3" x 3"

take your 3" squares of whites and your 3" squares of pattern fabric (2 white and 2 pattern will make one pinwheel)
take a ruler and draw a line down the middle from one corner to the other diagonal
place right sides together, with the white facing out towards you.
sew 1/4 seam from your line.
then do it again on the other side of the line.
cut your two halves. open and press with an iron.
**cut your blocks down to 2.5 (all 20 of them)
place 4 squares like the picture above. do this for all 5 pinwheel blocks
take your right block and place it on top of your left block like the picture shown above.
with a 1/4" seam sew your two blocks.
repeat to the top 2 blocks.
open and press your blocks.
right sides together, place the top block on top of the bottom block
sew your two blocks together.
press open.
do this for all 5 pinwheels
next take your solid white blocks and place them like so:

pinwheel-solid-pinwheel
solid-pinwheel-solid
pinwheel solid pinwheel

with a 1/4" seam allowance sew your strips together to make your final block.

done.
PDF VERSION HERE

**now if you have been watching the news you know of the devastation that japan is going through. there are many places to donate, i have a friend who is from the area that the tsunami hit hard, please visit her blog to find out how to donate help. even the littlest amount can help.
then hug and call your family.
and pray for all those not being able to do just that right now.

17 comments:

Q said...

that block is too adorable for words! and i echo your sentiments on the situation in Japan, thinking about it is quite overwhelming.

Muriƫl said...

That's a fun and happy block! Thank you for publishing it so early!

goochland realty said...

Great blog. You give best method of make pinwheel parede block. You shared best images. Thanks for images and information.

Kwilt Noob said...

Ohhhhhhhhh mgosh! LOVE IT!! A 9 patch pinnie! WOOT WOOT! Thanks, Vanessa!

Brianne Duncan said...

Thanks for a great looking block! A nine patch pinwheel! Very neat!!! I can't believe this is the last block already!

notes of sincerity said...

I really love your play on pinwheels! So cute and brings back fond childhood memories. :o)
You are right, we need to hug our family a bit more and give thanks for our safety! My heart aches for those who were hit in the tsunami. And my prayers continue.
Have a great rest of your week V!! :o)
Sincerely, Trish

Karen Linton said...

Cute, cute, cute.

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

Love pinwheels! Thanks for the fun block
:)

Lee Ann said...

I love this block. Is there a PDF version? It makes for easier printing. I don't have the computer in my sewing room and printing off a blog post isn't all that great. But, I'll do it if there is no PDF instructions. :-)

Evelene S said...

Cute block thanks for the detailed instructions.

Carol T said...

Your block is oh so cute :) I want to make an entire quilt out of your block.

Dottie said...

Hope you can produce a PDF file of your beautiful block. Thanks.

Quilter in the Gap said...

I too would appreciate a PDF thank you for such a great block.

Kathy said...

The hyperlink was not working on Quilt Dad but I Googled your site and found it. It's pretty.

V and Co. said...

hi guys,the pdf version is now up and running. it took me a minute to get it done, but hopefully it's good! let me know if there are any problems with the link or the download!

Patti said...

Thank you so much. I finally have found our block and I have to admit I love it the best me thinks and it was certainly worth waiting for. Thank you again.
Patti xxx

bethanndodd said...

I am FINALLY finishing up my last 4 blocks...life sure has gotten busy over the past 4 months! Anyway, your block makes the last one (hooray!). I absolutely LOVE it...it makes me smile. Thanks for sharing. Smiles~Beth

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