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TOPIC: March Pinwheels

March Pinwheels 04 Mar 2009 16:18 #33023

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Hi all -- I did not use paper piecing this time. I wanted more variety with the colors. I cut the squares 3" and drew a line from corner to corner. It went fast, but I had to cut more pieces and also had to square them up when finished. But I was able to chain stitch and peddle to metal. I will post a pix later.

Sharon in Warm Colorado
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04 Mar 2009 16:05 #33022

Well gals, I'm not doing this BOM (yet...) b/c I've got 2 graduation quilts to finish, but lucky me, I was JUST about to do some pinwheels for one of them when I printed the BOM! I didn't need 18 of them but I only needed 2 color-ways so I thought it looked easier, and less wasteful than the Paper-pieced method I was planning. It was a breeze!
Florence
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04 Mar 2009 15:23 #33021

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Maggie, your quilt is looking great! :D
I know that not everyone will want to use starch....I just hope everyone finds techniques that work for them, and enjoys the process!


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04 Mar 2009 09:57 #33015

Someone had asked if I did the paper piecing for the pinwheels, and the answer is yes. What I did was chose one light (white with black flowers) for my background, then chose 9 reds, and 9 greys/blacks. When I assembled the blocks, I first sewed a red and a grey/black together, making sure that red was always on the same side. I made a little system to insure that no two were the same. Then I made the pinwheels. The pinwheels went to together very nicely with little fussing. Just snug the seams from the half square triangles together and the center seam fell into place. The only one that didn't was when I didn't do this. Then when I put the strips together, my grey/blacks were in the center, and my reds were on the edges. So it looks like I have a series of dark bowties. I felt it they were more random, it was be too busy. Just my humble opinion!

Also, Margo has made a starch convert out of me! I used a spritz of starch water with every press. And I pressed open as Sue suggested in her video.

Maggie in E. Central Illinois
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Maggie's pinwheels 04 Mar 2009 08:46 #33012

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Maggie, I LOVE your pinwheels. The color scheme on your BOM so far is really striking!

I'm using more colors on mine and decided I wanted to lay out all my units for my pinwheels first before I started to sew them together, to try to get a better balance and "random" arrangement. That's fine and dandy but now I'm afraid to chain-piece for fear I'll lose my arrangement, so I'm slugging through one blocks at a time. :wink: I'll get there, though. I've already done my stars for this month, so I have plenty of time.
Retired and loving it,
in the foothills of northwest Georgia, USA

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pinwheels 04 Mar 2009 05:24 #33007

I am glad to know these went together quickly. I was wondering if I wanted another month of "detail oriented" sewing. I am planning on getting this out of the way this weekend. Wish me luck!
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03 Mar 2009 23:09 #33001

Holy crap girls! Very quick! I got my foundations and fabric ready to sew today. I'll hit the pinwheels in the morning. I've got the week off from work so I'm able to spend some real quality time in my itty studio! This is me being happy! :D
Sherry
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March Pinwheels 03 Mar 2009 20:15 #32999

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Maggie -- I am finished too! I couldn't believe how nicely it went together after the 4-patch difficulties I had. I only had to unsew twice. LOL I will post a pix later this week.

Sharon in warm - we broke a 108 year old record - 74 degrees - Colorado
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March Pinwheels 03 Mar 2009 20:07 #32998

I'm done with March! I spent the day making the pinwheels. I am so impressed at how well they went together with little fussing. My strips were the stated size and everything went together with no teasing or torturing.


Maggie in E. Central Illinois
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