|One stack of 8 triangles (spinning kitties)|
|One stack of 8 triangles (climbing frogs)|
Remember the piece of fabric I showed last week? These two blocks are digital images of two of the 8 stacks of triangles. Do I have your attention now? I'm going to show you what happens with another fabric that I cut up into 8 squares and then again into 8 triangles. This will work with any large scale print!
This technique is not unique with me. I saw it demonstrated 10 years ago by Kay H. in Atlanta when we were part of a local quilt guild. But this sure beats the Stack 'n Whack method in simplicity.
|Here is a scan of the original fabric.|
|Start with a 9-1/2" square. Cut 7 more with EXACT print placement.|
2. Stack the 8 squares and cut in half along both horizontal and vertical and then again along both diagonals. Leave the 8 stacks of 8 triangles each as they are. You will be working with only ONE stack of 8 triangles at a time.
3. Cut 4 squares 9-1/2" of background fabric (in this case, light yellow) and also cut along vertical, horizontal and both diagonals. You don't have to worry about mixing these up; they are all the same!
|One stack of 8 triangles (in pic above it is the stack above the number "7")|
|Join 4 of the 8 print triangles with 4 of the background triangles.|
|4 sets of triangles pinned and ready to be sewn (always on the same side)|
|All 8 triangles (from one stack) arranged. What are those holes? Well, we're not done!|
4. Cut 5 strips 2-1/8" x wof. Re-cut into rectangles 2-1/8" x 6-1/2". Note the artwork below. You can get your pinwheels to spin either left or right (or both ways if you weren't paying attention, as I wasn't!!).
Using another stack of triangles, this is how those two units will look together:
|Two units ready to be joined (you will make 4 of these)|
|Don't you just love the way that center twirls?|
|Patches from pic above sewn with the yellow print. Love that spinning flower!|
|Just look at that center wreath formed by the flower sections.|
|I didn't plan that perfect vine circle at the edge of the triangles!|
And what do all those blocks look like together? Each stack of 8 squares will yield 8 blocks.
|8 blocks. Note that some spin left, others spin right. (These are not sewn together yet.)|
I bought 2 yards of an awesome ethnic/African print the other day and can't wait to try this again.