A clever block………..

Sometimes the simplest of blocks can be transformed into something that appears quite complex. I included this idea, when I posted here about my Monday quilt gathering. The photo below shows my friend, Carol’s, block…….S.G. Quilt 044    The finished block options (simple pinwheel, framed small pinwheel, and churn dash pinwheel) are the result of this process……………………….

First, take 2 contrasting 10” (layer cake?) squares of fabric Carol's slice-dice  tutorial square 001  and place them right sides together. Stitch around all 4 edges (I used a shorter stitch length…2.25) and a scant 1/4” seam allowance………………..Carol's slice-dice  tutorial square 002  Taking this to the cutting board, carefully rotary cut diagonally, in both directions, being careful not to move the pieces between cuts.Carol's slice-dice  tutorial square 005   Press the seams to the darker side remembering that all the outside edges of the hst (half square triangle) are bias and subject to stretching. I did not find this to be a major problem but I was gentle when handling the pieces. The resulting hst blocks should measure 6&3/4″ (seam allowances included).

Carol's slice-dice  tutorial square 006   Arrange these in a pinwheel pattern and stitch together. I “broke” my stitching at the center to allow the bulk of all the seam allowances, coming together at a single point, to press/flatten more completely after all the stitching is completed. The completed pinwheel block will measure 12&7/8″ (seam allowances included). Carol's slice-dice  tutorial square 007

Take this back to the cutting mat and measure 2”&1/8” either side of the center seam, both horizontally and vertically, and carefully cut. Do not move the fabric between cuts. A revolving/lazy Susan style mat is nice to have at this point. Carol's slice-dice  tutorial square 010

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And now it’s “play time”. Arrange and rearrange the pieces until you are happy with the placement, then stitch………. Option #1

Carol's slice-dice  tutorial square 012

Option #2……….Carol's slice-dice  tutorial square 013

And, I’m sure there are others…….. There’s the original, basic pinwheel, too! I chose this second arrangement………Carol's slice-dice  tutorial square 014

The unfinished block measures 11”&1/2”, which is a nice size to work with. I will be making more of these (from the “Gypsy” fabric), since I have some b’days coming up and table toppers are the gift of choice in this family!!!!!

Any questions about this tutorial, feel free to comment.

Til next time……………………………..

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About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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32 Responses to A clever block………..

  1. Very cool looking! Thanks for sharing the directions 🙂

  2. oh wow that is very clever

  3. That is the cleverest thing I have seen in quite a while!
    Esther

  4. jennyklyon says:

    Love this-very cool and clever! Thanks for the tut.

  5. Fiona says:

    I love it… really must try this out.. .thank yu so much for showing us…
    Hugz

  6. rosemarazzle says:

    Rosemary B here:
    This is wonderful.
    At first …. my head got a little dizzy, I thought you said “Simple Stock Options” haha
    I love these marvelous Block options, they look so easy. I could do this!
    Love the perky fabric!
    Thank you so much for sharing your brilliance!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Dear Friend, I’m not sure about the “brilliance” part, but I can totally relate to the “dizzy” part!!!!! LOL! It’s always fun to come across these creative piecings!!! So glad you stopped by….again!!! Hugs……………….

  7. mtetar says:

    Oh wow what an eye catcher. Very pretty. Blessings Always, Mtetar

  8. ruthiequilts says:

    That is brilliant my friend!!! I see a few of these in my future! LOL! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Amazing. Kind of like a puzzle with lots of creativity tossed in.

  10. catpatches says:

    Really cute. I love this idea.

  11. witchylin says:

    Thank you for the tutorial. I will be making some of these very soon. It is a simple idea that looks complicated when all sewn together.

  12. Teje says:

    Hi Doreen! This looks Super fun – have to play! Hugs! x Teje

  13. Great blocks and well written directions!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad the instructions came across clearly. I’m never sure if I would miss a point/step or not!! Have a great weekend!!!!! Hugs……………

  14. Thread crazy says:

    Can’t wait to try this Doreen…they can be so simple yet complex at the same time. All from one block! Neat. Thanks for giving us great instructions.

    • treadlemusic says:

      You are so welcome. I’m doing 2 table runners with this block at the moment. I’m using the leftover fabrics from the “Gypsy” quilt. I hope to post later. Have fun!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Debbierose says:

    lovely – nice twist on an old favourite

  16. ruthiequilts says:

    Reblogged this on Ruthie quilts! And quilts… and commented:
    I just wanted to reblog this great post that shows the awesome tutorial for the block I used in my doll quilt! Thanks Treadlemusic! You are awesome!!!

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