Yesterday, I talked about the confusing nature of pinwheel blocks. Today I want to continue a bit further down the road of this journey.
Now I was ready to sew my first 4 pinwheel blocks together.
At QuiltCon I had listened to a lecture by May Chappell called “Tips of the Trade – Perfecting Piecing”. It was RAPID fire tips for the first 40 minutes followed by 20 minutes of Q&A.
One of the tips that she shared was “pre-sewing” certain areas of the blocks where the matching of seams was important but tricky…. ie….the center of the pinwheel…..
So, following her suggestion, I lined up the blocks and sewed about 1/2-inch on each side of the seam….
I opened the block up and discovered that I had MISSED the point…..
So I unpicked that small amount of stitching (rather than the entire seam) and re-sewed. The results were infinitely better…..
Now I could sew the entire seam from top to bottom and be sure that my points would match….as long as I stayed on the original stitching line. I did match the seams opposite to my stitching line just for better alignment at the end of the seam…….
The result was two nicely pieced blocks…..
Next I started working on two blue pinwheels and two pink/orange pinwheels……
One other tip that I had learned was, when you are drawing the line down a block, first hold the pencil in the exact corner and then butt the ruler up against it. I am not sure if it helped but it probably did……
So, at the end of the session, I had 6 pinwheel blocks finished…..
In the next session I will make more and start thinking about how to lay them out!!
Come back for the next installment!!