August 29th - Pinwheel Star Block (That's Today!!)
September 5th - Improv Star Block
September 12th - Basic Star Block
September 19th - Applique Star Block
September 26th - Piecing Top and Grand Prize Linky
October 17th- Seeing Stars Parade and Grand Prize Winners
The Curvy Star Block assignment winner who gets a Acorn Love Table Runner Kit from Shabby Fabrics is
#33 - nbholley!!! - Congrats :)
And just like that, we are on to our third set of blocks , so let's get going :) If you are just finding this QAL, it's never to late to join in the fun :)
THE PINWHEEL STAR BLOCK
STEP 1 - CUTTING
We will be making 4 Pinwheel Star Blocks. I will give the cutting directions for 1 Pinwheel Star Block (for those that are making alternate layouts). Then I will give the cutting directions for the Total Pieces needed for all Pinwheel Star Blocks. Each Print Fabric listed represents a different part of the star block. Below the initial single block cutting list is an image of the Pinwheel Star Block just to clarify where each fabric is placed in the block.
Pinwheel Star Block - For Each Block cut:
Print Fabric A - (4) 5" x 5" squares
Print Fabric B - (4) 5" x 5" squares
Background Fabric - (4) 5" x 5" squares
(4) 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares
Print Fabric A - (16) 5" x 5" squares - 4 squares each of 4 different prints
Print Fabric B - (16) 5" x 5" squares - 4 squares each of 4 different prints
Background Fabric - (16) 5" x 5" squares
(16) 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares
STEP 2 - MAKING THE HALF SQUARE TRIANGLE UNITS
Half Square triangles are fun and fast and probably the most versatile building block in all of the piecing units you can make. (At least in my opinion :)
We will start by gathering all our 5" squares for making HST units and pairing them. So Gather 2 Print squares of each of your A Fabrics and pair them with 2 other Print squares of each of your B Fabrics as shown below on the left. You will now have 2 Print Squares of each of your 8 Fabrics (A & B) remaining, and those are paired with your 16 Background 5" Fabric squares.
Start by using a ruler to draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of all your B Fabric Squares in the A/B Pairings. And then draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of all our Print Squares in the Print/Background Pairings. **Note - If you have a marked 1/4" line on your machine (like I explained at the beginning of this QAL Tutorial) lots of times you can skip the drawing step, just to let you know ;)
And of course, to save time and thread, we want to chain stitch these. Start by stitching a 1/4" seam on the left hand side of the drawn line. Chain stitched all your Print/Background unit pairs and then continue on with your PrintA/PrintB unit pairs. There will be 24 units total.
Begin by aligning the 45 degree line on your square ruler with the seam line on your half square triangle. Make sure that the raw edges of the half square triangle are over the 4 1/2" line's on your ruler. Trim the 2 sides along the edge of the ruler. There won't be a whole lot to trim.
And this is just a side note, but if you do a lot of Half Square Triangles in your quilting, I find the best tools to really speed up trimming is a Rotating Cutting Mat ( I use the Matilda's Own Rotating Cutting mat ) and the HST Bloc-Loc Rulers. And if you have the same size ruler as the trimming size, you can simply loc the ruler on the seam allowance and trim all 4 sides while you turn your mat. It's super slick and super fast!!! These tools are a little pricey, but I find they are worth their weight in gold, especially since I do a lot of HST's :)
And with your units all done you can now make your Pinwheel Star Block. Layout 4 Matching PrintA/PrintB Half Square Triangle Units as shown below. Just like with previous stars, I like to stack up all 4 of my block sets on top of one another so I can Chain Stitch each of the following steps. You can choose to do this or just make 1 block at a time, whatever you are comfortable with. The tutorial will just go over making 1 block so it is less confusing.
Here's how to do it. With right sides together, place the pin through the bottom of the Print Fabric V in the top seam, and then through the top of the HST Point in the bottom seam as shown below.
Then straighten the pin so it is standing straight up and the two points you pinned through are aligned. Then simply add pin to the side of the seam allowance to hold the points in place. Then remove the standing pin. This Pin trick can be used whenever you are matching two points.
And now, you points are perfectly aligned. So to finish the perfect point, when sewing the 1/4" seam be sure to sew directly along the bottom of the little V that the print fabrics make as shown below.
Now we need to sew those Star Points together. Place the right hand unit onto the left hand unit with right sides together. Align and pin the squares and then chain stitch a 1/4" seam on all the pinned pairs.
Press the seam allowances open, again to avoid bulk and to let us see the fabric V guide that we will use when sewing the rest of the block together.
The Weekly Prize is sponsored by The Scarlet Thread Quilt Co. and a huge thanks goes out to them for their support of the Seeing Stars Quilt-Along.
$25.00 Gift Certificate to The Scarlet Thread Quilt Co. Someone is going to get to do some fun shopping after they make their Pinwheel Stars!!! And what better than to get just what you have had your heart set on ;)
So what do you have to do for a chance to win the gift certificate? Simple . . . Just link up your Pinwheel Star Blocks at the end of this post :) You can link to a blog post or a social media picture, or whatever. If you are struggling with linking up, I wrote a little Linky Tutorial over here, that might help ;) Just make sure to link up by the early morning of September 5th as I will be announcing a winner in next quilt-a-long post :)
If you don't get your Pinwheel Star Blocks done by next week you can still link it up :) (just not in time for the prize :) The linky will remain open until the end of the Quilt-Along.
And Don't forget to add your beautiful Pinwheel Star Blocks to #seeingstarsquiltalong on social media or at the Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long Flickr group. I am so excited to see all of your amazing Pinwheel Star Blocks ;) Let the HST sewing begin!!!!
Have a Happy Quilting Day!!
And remember, any questions, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org ;)