I’d like to draw your attention to the “Patterns” tab in my blog header. If you have a few minutes, take a look at the free patterns offered there. If you need to make a quilted gift, perhaps you’ll find an idea for a pretty or quick project that suits your budget, time constraints or fabric/color preferences.
“Simple Pinwheels,” listed on the Patterns page is a quick quilt easily accomplished with strip piecing. Here’s a picture of Marjorie’s scrappy Pinwheels quilt. What a fun way to utilize random 2 1/2″ strips. Notice that each block is composed of 2 colorful strips. I love the contrasting white sashing and blue cornerstones!
FYI- one strip of colored fabric (2 1/2″ x 40″) plus one strip of background fabric yields two “Simple Pinwheel” blocks that measure 8 1/2″ unfinished. If you are working with fat quarters, one 20″ colored strip plus a 20″ background strips yields 1 “Pinwheel” block.
On a recent shopping trip to JoAnn’s Fabric andCraft store, the peppermint fabric caught my eye. I imagined a “Simple Pinwheel” table runner made with white, red, and peppermint fabric. If you’d like to make one, too, you need 1/2 yd. white, 1/4 yd. red, 1/2 yd. peppermit, and 1/2 yd. backing fabric. Cut 3 strips each of the red and peppermint fabrics; cut 6 strips of the white fabric. This yields 12 blocks.
I made two rows of five blocks each for my runner because I wanted the top to fit onto a 42″ width of backing fabric.
You could make a longer runner by using all 12 blocks, or you could make two potholders to coordinate with the runner.