Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Hexagon Pinwheels and Plaids - Free Pattern

It's Wednesday and I haven't finished the project I planned for today, which I usually set aside for Windham Fabrics. So, I decided to feature fabrics that are part of their Basics Collection of plaids, checks, dots and stripes - awesome fabric staples. Timeless geometrics that should be in everyone's stash.
Hexagon Pinwheels Quilt: 44" x 48"
I made this quilt for Windham Fabrics in 2008 and it is still available as a FREE pattern download. While they no longer sell these "Fat Rolls", which are like Jelly Rolls on steroids (5" strips instead of puny 2-1/2" strips), it is easy to cut your own strips from your own stash. I remember first hearing about them from the Marketing Director and I thought, "Fat Rolls? Isn't that something I have around my waist?"

The fabrics are still available at their web site and in a variety of quilt shops (though not all skus are still in stock). But we all have a treasured stash of plaids, stripes, etc that we can use with this pattern.

Everything is straight seam sewing. Just to prove it, here are two images from the FREE pattern.

Try this neat trick: Sewing two 5" strips together into a tube and then cutting apart for 2-triangle units. Pop the seam at the top of the triangle and then press for two triangles. Sew into the hexagon shape. Cut side triangles and also the plain alternate triangles.

Sew strips together into a tube and cut apart with any 60 degree ruler
Make 20 of these Pinwheel Blocks and sew together into horizontal rows.

Now, how to get the pattern? Click here: Hexagon Pinwheels Quilt

12 comments:

  1. Yee haw! Thanks, Debby, I came across a pile of 60 degree triangles while searching (for something else, of course) through my sewing room. Now I know what to do with them!

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  2. Cool pattern, thanks for sharing :)

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  3. What a great pattern...and great for a man's quilt! TFS

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  4. I love this pattern! And I have a couple of these Fat Rolls. Wow, how wonderful, a pattern for something I need to use! Thank you so very much.

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  5. Rosemary B here: Madame Samm has the give away for your amazing calendar going on, and she left instructions for us to drop you a line that we were interested in winning the calendar. Are we supposed to drop the line here? Well then , yes! I would love to win the quilt Block a Day calendar!
    I love visiting your blog. You are very inspiring. I am just learning quilting. Thanks for all that you share.

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  6. Love your calendar. Love seeing it on my desk when I cannot be at my sewing machine!

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  7. I love the idea of sewing the strips together first. Fat rolls? I have them around the middle too..lol

    The calendars are wonderful. I love the great block ideas.

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  8. Hi! Madame Samm sent me over, and this is my first visit to your blog and linked website. What a fun place to visit! I'd love to win a Block A Day calendar. I am a fan of the 100 Quilt Blocks magazine, and I think your daily calendar would be just as much fun!

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  10. I'm a new follower (came from Madame Samm) and I would like to win the calendar giveaway at Sew We Quilt! The block-a-day would be fun! I could use them in charity quilts or round robins. Thanks for the chance!

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  11. great tutorial, another to add to the must try list

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  12. great tutorial, another to add to the must try list

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