Monday, September 26, 2011

Halloween Pinwheel Quilt

This is my Halloween Pinwheel Quilt so far.  I did some rearranging from the last photo I posted so the black sashing would line up.  I turned the orange border into a flange so that I could keep the orange color around the stitchery without adding to the measurement of the inside block.


Here is how I make my pinwheels:

I either use charm squares for the pinwheels or cut 5" squares of background fabric and focus fabric.

Take one square of background and one square of focus fabric and place right sides together.   

Sew all the way around the outside of the square with a 1/4" seam.  Here are several 5 inch squares sewn together.

Cut the square on the diagonal both directions.

Press the half square triangles open toward the darker fabric.


 I know making HSTs this way puts the bias on the outside of the block, but I feel that I can better match the midpoint of the pinwheels with this method.  Also when I am chaining a lot of HSTs through my machine I always get them tangled and have to spend time looking for 4 that are alike to make my pinwheel.  This way the 4 blocks are always together.  If you press your block carefully it won't be distorted.

 Here are more blocks ready to assemble.



Here are the blocks that are on my design wall this morning ready to go into the quilt.


Visit Judy's blog to see what others have on their design walls.

I hope you are all finding some time to stitch today. 

Thanks for stopping by!

29 comments:

Lee Prairie Designs said...

Darling and very festive quilt! Love the Holloween fabrics.

Carolyn :)

Connie said...

It's great!

Judy D in WA said...

Love, love the orange flange! It's perfect! I can't wait to see it all put together!

Love the quick and easy pinwheel blocks.

sunny said...

How cute! I'll try your method for making hst's and pinwheels.

Janet O. said...

If you are cutting your own squares, rather than using charms, you could cut them on the bias to start with and then you would have straight grain on the outside edges of you HST! I am intrigued by this method--I'll have to give it a try! Thanks!!

AnnieO said...

I like your quilt very much! The orange flange adds a great accent to your cute embroidery.

I've seen the HST method you're using and may just have to try it myself!

Linda said...

Your pinwheels are awesome! Love that method.

Rabid Quilter from CA said...

Thanks for the tutorial! Great method! And your Halloween quilt is precious.

Julie Kaye from KS said...

That is adorable. And thanks for the great tutorial.

Staci said...

This is just darling! I really love your quilt. Don't you love that method for making HST? So fast and perfect!!

Annemariesquilt said...

Thanks for showing this great way to make a pinewheel block, clever !!

scraphappy said...

Super cute fabric. What a fun way to use up charm squares.

Diane said...

Now th!at's just too dang cute. luv that skinny black sashing--cute, cute, cute!

Barb said...

I have done pinwheels this way before and it is so fast and fun...I love what you are doing with them. What a fun quilt this is going to be.

Brenda Kay said...

This looks wonderful. I am starting my Halloween wallhanging this week. I hope it turns out as well as yours.

Annie said...

What size do the HST blocks turn out to be with this method of sewing two 5 inch squares together?

Yvette said...

What an adorable blocks!

Quilter Kathy said...

That is one of my favorite methods! You have such fun Halloween fabrics!

Cyn ;-) said...

Darling blocks, LuAnn. So colorful and lively. Love 'em.
Great tute; your explanation is very clear -- not always easy to do. lol
/;-0

Sue said...

Lovely liitle quilt. I think the little ones are great - they get finished quicker!

Manoli C. said...

Very happy ... Fun ... Great!
Greetings!

Ellen said...

Very cute! Thanks for the hst tutorial. I will have to give it a try.

Pattilou said...

What a fun quilt for Halloween!

Dawn said...

Cute Project. Very colorful!

Karen said...

Very cute, I love pinwheels!

Kris said...

Clever technique. Seems like there are a lot of ways to skin the HST cat. I love your colorful Halloween fabrics. Isn't this a fun time of the year?

quilter74 said...

I like your quilt very much,thank you for your tutorial,I think it's a great method.
Claudia.

Vivian said...

Great prints, cute quilt, impressive tutorial. I haven't made HST that way before, and I'll definitely give it a try.

Teresa said...

Halloween is big around this house...cute,cute quilt. I love seeing new ways of doing boring things (I love the result of making pinwheel blocks, but have never been crazy about making them). Perhaps a new way will fool me into thinking they are fun again!

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