Thursday, November 24, 2011

Guest Blocker.....Jennie with a Pinwheel Toss ( Clover & Violet)

First, I'd like to thank Madame Samm for inviting me to share a tutorial for the November Block Party.  I'm Jennie and I blog over at Clover & Violet about all sorts of quilty and sewing things and the little pattern shop I have with my mom.  I'm excited to share a quilt block with all of you, I'm calling this one Pinwheel Toss because it's a combination of pinwheels {one of my favorites!} and a Disappearing Nine Patch.

This is a fun and easy block that measures 13" {finished} and has lots of options to mix and match prints and solids.  I made mine out of leftover charm squares, but the size could easily be adjusted by using different size squares.  You'll need:

I made my pinwheels first.  Pair one printed square with one white square, right sides together, and sew 1/4" from the edge all the way around the square {1}, cut the square diagonally into four half-square-triangles {2}, press the half-square-triangles open and trim to 3" square {3}, sew all four together to make a pinwheel and trim to 5" square {4}.  Repeat for a second pinwheel.


Arrange the two 5" pinwheels and the seven remaining printed squares into a nine patch with the pinwheels in opposite corners.


Sew the nine squares together {I sewed three rows of three, then sewed the rows together}.


Then, cut your large nine patch down the center both vertically and horizontally, into four equal squares.


Leave the pinwheel squares in place, but swap and rotate the remaining squares so that the small center square is pointing to the outside corner,


Then simply sew the four squares back together and your block is complete!


And, just in case you wanted to see a plain version, here is the outline for the block:


And a diagram of a 3 x 3 quilt:


Happy sewing and quilting!

46 comments:

  1. This is a really cute block. Well, I should have known, anything coming from you all is cute!

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  2. This is such a quick way to make pinwheels - just need to starch the patooties out of them because all bias edges. But I love the idea of turning them into a disappearing 9 patch - will certainly note this for a quick baby quilt next time.

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  3. Jennie, This is something I really want to try. Your tutorial is so well done and easy to follow. I've seen patterns that call for cutting a finished quilt and resewing, but haven't seen anything like this one. Have got to try it! Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving!

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  4. What a fabulous block! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. What a cute block! I love pattern that it makes up once cut up & re-sewn!

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  6. Great idea, congratulation.


    Wishes for a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving.
    Send love and hugs and wish for your family on this special occasion.

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  7. Happy Thanksgiving Samm!Blessings for a lovely day!

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  8. Thanks for the really neat block ,I want to try this out:-0

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  9. Now that is just downright FUN!!
    Thanks :-)

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  10. Good Morning Jennie...aren't you clever....I am thinking we don't all have to be gifted in Algorithm to do what you do that looks sew easy..
    You have a bright and creative mind and how lucky for us all that you share some of it with us x

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  11. Love the design Jennie! Thank you, and just saying I'm a subscriber to your blog as well and LOVE it!

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  12. Thanks! This is really neat! ~Jeanne

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  13. Oh how fun! I'd love to try this.
    Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  14. very cool ... another twist on the disappearing 9 patch ..... oh the possibilities

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  15. Thank you for the tutorial. I love the disappearing nine patch technique! It adds interest and it is easy to do.

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  17. Very clear instructions which makes me happy and thankful. :)

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  18. I love pinwheels and this is a fantastic way to change up the disappearing nine patach. Thanks for sharing your clever idea!

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  19. Wow - this is some FANCY disappearing 9-patch! I LOVE it!! Thank you, thank you for the great tut!! My mind is twirling like the pinwheels! Back to the turkeys, etc! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  20. Wonderful tutorial...like how quickly this will make up! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Very nice Jennie - I think I'll try this tomorrow after everything quiets down at my house. :) blessings, marlene

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  22. THANKS for the 9 patch variation using pinwheels - have a stack of baby pinwheels waiting to do something with, this is it! Love your wonderful ideas and guests!

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  23. What a way to think outside the block!! You've just added some many options to the tossed nine patch!! thank you soooo much!

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  24. Nice block! Thank you very much!
    Gun, Sweden

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  25. Very cute! This and a new baby too Jennie? You are amazing. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  26. Thank you for a wonderful tutorial. I love it! I also am a huge fan of your blog. You always have so many inspiring things to share with us. I've been following you for quite some time. Happy day!

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  27. Oooohhhhhh! Love it! I adore disappearing nine patch and I am thrilled to have this new version to play with. Thank you so much.

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  28. great looking block and easy to follow tutorial thanks for sharing!

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  29. The disappearing 9-patch is such a versatile block. This is the first time I've seen one with a pinwheel. Very cute. Thank you.

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  30. Love this!! Thank you!
    Linda
    http://homesweetquiltinghome.blogspot.com/

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  31. I love your tutorial. It looks sew easy. I will definitely be trying this one!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  32. I couldn't resist making this one before Turkey was done in the oven! Thanks for a great Tutorial it's going to look fantastic in the sampler!

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  33. Great job on being so creative!

    glen: I am loving it

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  34. hi Jennie I really like the block thanks for the tutorial...and it is a large one so I can finish a teen quilt quickly,,thanks so much.

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  35. I must try this! Thanks for sharing!

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  36. Love it. One question, does the pinwheel squares measure 5".

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  37. I'm loving this block because of it's simplicity and versatility! Good job with the tutorial.
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  38. love the block and the fabric! would love to know what fabric this is!

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  39. ooohhh, this is a clever one!!

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  40. Just found this. I love it. Thankyou very much for the tutorial.

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  41. love this block I'll be trying it for sure :)

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  42. Love it, thanks for sharing. :)

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