“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).


“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.


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


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


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


“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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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!





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