Blogger’s Quilt Festival

Amy's Creative Side

Spin it Like you Mean it

I have a thing for pinwheels. It started with an attempt to make a baby quilt featuring them for The Boy. I didn’t know how to make a pinwheel but I figured it couldn’t be hard. I drew a picture and tried to recreate the picture and had an epic fail. I was a newbie and didn’t understand how to work in a seam allowance.

Anyway, fast forward about ten years and I discovered this zippy way to make pinwheels where you put two squares together and sew all the edges shut, then cut it up corner-to-corner. Tada! Simple pinwheel quadrants (a.k.a, half-square triangles.) I used that technique to make this quilt (complete with tutorial!):

Pinwheels Aplenty

But the pinwheel itch still wasn’t scratched! I wanted to make another one. One with pinwheels of different sizes that looked way more complicated than it actually was. One that was uniquely me but could also be made with precuts. I wanted it to be fast and easy because it was originally intended to be a charity quilt. (Full disclosure: I liked it so much I had to keep it and made another quilt for charity instead.)

Here it is when I first finished the top, gracing our lawn:
Spin it like you mean it Quilt top

Then one day I got brave and sent a picture of it to Fat Quarterly and asked if they would like to put it in an issue. They did! Wowsa! I am so proud of my pinwheel baby. It appeared in issue 8 in January 2012.

I recently decided that the binding was not sewn on as well as I wanted. When I put on the binding I was just trying to finish it for magazine photos. I attempted applying the binding totally by machine – my first time trying that – and it didn’t work out so great. So I ripped it off and reapplied it by machine sewing it to the front and hand sewing it on the back.

The fabrics I used in this quilt are from an older layer cake I had in my stash – the Fresh Squeezed line, by Sandy Gervais. I also used Moda basic jelly rolls for the white sashing. The back of the quilt is a vintage sheet that I fell in love with. I bought it for a couple dollars at an estate liquidation store. Hmm, I should go back there and check again for more fun backings…

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11 Responses to Blogger’s Quilt Festival

  1. Bethany says:

    Wow! Your quilt looks awesome! Congrats on getting into a magazine, very cool.
    I just recently found the tutorial on sewing up 2 squares and then cutting them to make hst’s – so easy!
    I’ve been listening to your podcast for a while now, I love it! Makes me work day go by much faster.

  2. CitricSugar says:

    I thought it looked familiar! I’m an FQ subscriber…

    Very pretty – love the colours you chose.

  3. Karen says:

    What a beautiful quilt and such a great story! Congrats!!!

  4. Teje says:

    Your quilt is really beautiful! I love pinwheeles and you have used also so beautiful sunny colours! x Teje

  5. Janine Smith says:

    I love pinwheels too! Lovely quilt.

  6. Sally Nicol says:

    Wow – beautiful quilt and great tutorial

  7. Nonnie says:

    Love pinwheels and I see them all over the place. Our LQS just has a pinwheel marathon to make some charity quilt with… they were so cute. The ladies got into a challenge coming up with different pattern for the pinwheels … here is my link to the pattern I used.


    I got the pattern from PS I QUILT blog

    Have fun with the next pinwheel pattern you make… I think I will go and make some pinwheels.



  8. quelque soit la version des couleurs le r├ęsultat est superbe

  9. Sandy says:

    I love anything pinwheel. This one is pretty neat with all the different sizes. Great fabric, too. So excited for you to be published!

  10. eileen says:

    lovely! pinwheels are so fun and you’ve done such a beautiful job with them in various sizes. congratulations! thanks for sharing and have a great day

  11. Even your first one looks good. Congrats on your article! Lovely quilt.

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