“Pinwheel Play” with Tarheel Quilters

6 02 2014

On Saturday, February 1, I taught my “Pinwheel Play” workshop to over 20 Tarheel Quilters. (I am a member of this guild in Fayetteville, NC).

DSCN5899

“Pinwheel Play” was published in McCall’s Quick Quilts, March 2010 under the title “Pinwheel Panache.” It is a Layer, Cut, Swap and Sew design.

DSCN5898

Each participant brought 4 fat quarters that coordinated yet contrasted in color, texture, or shade.

DSCN5893

All styles of fabric were represented: juvenile prints in primary colors, batiks, patriotic, floral, nautical, tonals, and pastels.

DSCN5892

After I gave a cutting and swapping demonstration, the workshop participants got to work.

DSCN5895

“What you see, is what you cut” is my slogan. Don’t worry about adding seam allowances to each piece. We will trim down the four quadrants of the “Pinwheel” before sewing them together; this compensates for the omisison of seam allowances.

DSCN5901

Saving time is a benefit of this cutting method. Since I layer the fat quarters, I can cut all 4 blocks in the amount of time it would have taken to cut 1 individual block.

DSCN5900

Four fat quarters yields four blocks, enough for a baby quilt or small lap quilt. This is perfect for the guilds’ two major charities, the NICU at Cape Fear Medical Center and the Veterans Administration Hospital.

DSCN5894

Some of the quilters purchased fabrics from newly released lines. Others selected fat quarters from stash, happy to have an excuse to use them.

DSCN5891

Quilters have an amazing attention span! We sewed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with a short break for lunch), and no one complained or wanted to leave early.

DSCN5897

Concentrated sewing for 6 hours can yield a completed quilt top. Hooray for Nancy!

DSCN5896

If you would like to try another four-block quilt made with the Layer, Cut, Swap and Sew method, check out “Monkey Shines” on my Patterns page. You really can make this quilt in a day!

DSCN5890

Advertisements

Actions

Information

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s




%d bloggers like this: