Fast and Easy Pinwheels!!!

Uploaded by MissouriQuiltCo on 08.06.2010

Hi, itís Jenny, from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. We have another fun tutorial for
you today! There was a gal and she came into our shop and she wanted to make a baby quilt,
and she wanted to do pinwheels. And I was watching her, and all of a sudden that light
went on! Usually it goes on in the middle of the night, but it went on in the daytime
today! So, thatís a good thing.
Anyway, itís an easy way to make pinwheels. And Moda, wonderful Moda, is making these
fabulous solid colored Charm Packs. So, hereís how weíre going to make pinwheels fast and
easy! Youíre just not going to believe this.
So, you take a Charm Pack and you take your pinwheels and youíre going to put them right
sides together. Now normally, when we make a pinwheel itís made with half-square triangles.
What you do is you draw a line and you sew on either side. We are not going to do that.
Donít pay any attention to that. What weíre going to do is go over to the sewing machine
and sew ºî all around the outside edge. So, letís go do that right now.
OK, so here we are at the machine, and weíre going to sew 1/4î all the way around these
two squares. Theyíve been placed right sides together, and weíre going to sew ºî all
the way around the edge. So, here we go.
Hereís one side, I know this is going to crack you up when we do it! Itís so easy!
So much fun! Thereís the second side. And I generally stop just about ºî and pivot.
Lift up my foot, leave the needle down, and pivot.
So there, I just turn it and I go. That was fast and quick and now Iím going to show
you how weíre going to have all the pieces ready for our pinwheel, just like that!
So, follow me over to the cutting table. OK, so here we have our piece thatís sewn together,
and weíre going to take our ruler and weíre going to line it up diagonally, side to side.
And weíre just going to go ahead and cut that and weíre going to leave these together.
OK, there we go, take our ruler turn it the other way, and cut it the other direction.
There we go. Now what we get is look at this. You get all your half-square triangles are
perfect, and then, weíll just put it together as a pinwheel. Letís go press these open
so they stay down and you can see what Iím doing a little better.
OK, so what weíre going to do on these is weíre going to set these seams. Hold our
iron down on our pieces. Weíre just going to set those seams and then weíre going to
lift up. When we lift up this corner, this will put the seam to the dark side. Which
is what we want, and we want them all to be the same. So weíre just going to press on
Alright, now letís put these together so they make a pinwheel. All your centers are
going to meet. You put opposite colors next to. This way so here we go. See, how cute
that is? Now letís go sew that together.
When you sew a pinwheel together itís kind of best to leave it sitting where you are,
so that you can see it because itís real easy to get confused on a pinwheel. And so
you want to make sure that all your triangles are going in the right direction, and then
weíre just going to take this because itís sitting right
here. Weíre going to fold this over, weíre going to start at this top corner and stitch
ºî down, and then weíre going to do that with the bottom side as well I like to start
from this side of the fabric where thereís no seams that youíre dealing with. Make sure
your two diagonal seams nest together. Then we have these two pieces we kind of chain-pieced.
Weíre going to open them up. You can see how that leaves you enough edge there
so that you wonít lose your point. Weíre going to put these together. Weíll match
up our middle seams.
Nest them together, fold one of your seams to one side and one to the other. Then weíre
going to sew right down that seam. Now when you finish these it makes about a 5 Ωî or
6î depending upon the size of your foot square. And so thatís kind of a nice size for a pinwheel.
There we have it! Weíll go press that open and head back to the table.
Iíve been having some fun with this Charm Pack. This ìLoveî Charm Pack by Amy Butler.
Itís got such fun colors in it and I just keep making pinwheels and making pinwheels.
So, you can see how quick and easy this is and how fun.
What a fun little quilt this is going to make. Literally, this gal put her baby quilt together
in one evening. It was just so quick this way, where you just sew that ºî around the
outside, and if you have any concern about it being cut on the bias. I heard a little
tip that if you spray with this ìBest Pressî and iron it on, that it doesnít stretch at
all. I donít seem to have any trouble, but some people might, and they might be worried
about it, but we hope you enjoy this tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.