I have to specify the Pinwheel BABY quilt, because I’m also working on the pinwheel quilt for my daughter. Here’s the play by play of the baby quilt.
Ok, so I started this quilt a year ago…no wait, let me go back further. About 12 years ago, I made flannel rag quilts for a friend of mine’s triplets. They were in primary colors, very bold and bright. I had stacks of squares left over, which sat forever. Fast forward to just over a year ago… my daughter was expecting my first grandson, and I decided to take the stacks of squares, trim them down, and make HST (Half Square Triangles) with them. I won’t get into a specific tutorial here, since there are tons of good ones on the web, but here are some pictures of the process.
The second part is to sandwich your squares together, draw a line diagonally from one corner to the other. Then stitch 1/4′ on both sides of that line. Using a rotary cutter and ruler, then cut down the original line, separating the two halves.
I ended up with a stack of these:
Press! Press! Press!
The next part is kind of tricky, getting the HST to line up to make pinwheels. You want to see the red (or dark) touching. I’m a little off here, but corrected it before sewing.
Here I’m on my Pfaff Grand Quilter Hobby 1200.
Did I mention, Press! Press! Press!?!?!
What am I doing with that big red square do you ask?
Well, I used my new embroidery machine to put the baby’s name in there!
Here’s a shot of it before I put the binding on. It didn’t come out perfect, but I’m sure the baby won’t mind too much.
The last part of any quilt is the binding. Here I am pinning the heck out of the trifold bias tape (purchased),
and above is a picture of the corner finished. It came out perfect. LOVE when binding looks good.
In the coming weeks I’ll be opening my doors to accept quilts for binding. Since I know a lot of quilters out there dislike the binding part, and I find it rather relaxing.
I hand stitch the back of the binding, usually. It’s a much cleaner look on the front, I think. Anyway, that’s the story of my Pinwheel Baby Quilt. I’ll post a picture of it when it’s completely finished (if I remember).