Ready for Lesson #4 in Class #1?
Pinwheels and 4-Patch blocks couldn’t be easier! Remember, the Pinwheels are our little “action blocks”. They draw the eye in and spin it around, the 4-Patches are jealous of the Pinwheels as the 4-Patch blocks are just a very good way to add a little color, use up bits and pieces and provide a hint of interest.
The 4-Patch blocks measure 6″ square when finished, so they will measure 6 1/2″ square before you sew them to other blocks. Each of the 4 pieces for your 4-Patch will be cut 3 1/2″. When sewn together, your unfinished block will measure 6 1/2″. That is all there is to a 4-Patch! Whew!
The Pinwheel blocks look at bit intimidating what with that bias seam running diagonal down the center of each of the 4 quadrants. The Pinwheel block is made up of four Half Square Triangle blocks and are also known as “HST’s”.
Introducing the Magic 8 method of HST’s:
If you have not made “8 at a time” half square triangles, you are in for a treat! Either of these excellent tutorials will take you step by step through the process of sewing 4 long diagonal seams, making 4 long cuts resulting in 8 beautiful half square triangles.
If you bought the Slotted Trimmer(s), this is where it come in handy.
What if you do not care for 4-Patch blocks? Make something else, just remember that your unfinished block needs to measure 6 1/2″ square.
What if you do not care for Pinwheel blocks? Same as above, just remember your unfinished measurement requirements and create something else.
The Blue numbers are in the 4-Patch blocks, the Red in the Pinwheels.
Once these additional 8 blocks are complete, it is time to lay out all your blocks and begin to make some serious decisions about what goes where. If you are keeping with the diagram design, lay out your Stars and your Dresden block and begin to fill around them with everything else.
Feel free to change things up, you do not have to place your blocks as I have diagramed the quilt top…you remember my mantra: Make yourself happy! It is your quilt!
We are close to the end!
Have you realized that after this step all your blocks will have been made? The only thing remaining are the super easy sashing strips and the little cornerstone blocks! Wow! You are well on your way to a finished Vintage Linens Quilt Top! Bravo!
Happy quilting and blessings, Rhonda