First, let's look at a few blocks:
|10" blocks using shot cottons and Kaffe Fassett fabrics|
|Appliquéd Winding Ways|
|EZ Winding Ways. 10" Blocks; 55" x 55" quilt|
|Simple Winding Ways block|
|Centered 2" square and 4" circle.|
|Adding two red and two green circles|
Now we add two purple circles, with their tops aligned with the top red circle. Again, everything is relative to the vertical and horizontal lines of the beginning square (X).
And then we add our last two circles, blue. Now I want you to look only at the colors that appear in that square. Can you see it? Shezaamm! Holy Cow! We have a Wheel of Mystery block, don't we?
|We have just drawn a Wheel of Mystery (Winding Ways) block|
|Winding Ways Coloring Sheet|
I've been working with a set of acrylic templates by John Flynn. They are accurate but there is curved piecing that insists on a perfect 1/4" seam. Sometimes I like to challenge myself. I absolutely enjoy making Winding Ways blocks with these templates. Here are a few I made as class samples a few years ago. To be fair, John Flynn's company laser cut the patches for my students so we could start sewing immediately.
|3 Block table runner|
|Each student had enough patches to make 4 blocks|
Let's go back to those appliquéd blocks. I took some process shots last week. I traced my template (from the pattern for the EZ Winding Ways Quilt above) onto freezer paper and cut it out full size. I applied lightweight fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the floral fabric. I did not choose fusible web because I don't like how stiff it will be and also because if the appliqué is a light colored fabric and the background square is dark, it really affects the color of the appliqué patch. I will be trimming away the background fabric from behind the patch.
|Iron freezer paper template to right side of fabric|
|Cut out single patch|
|Wrong side of the Winding Ways patch|
|Aligning the applique patch|
|Yes, I used a simple zig zag stitch (and made a mess in that one section!)|
|Second block appliquéd|
And trimmed away:
|Trim away the background. Reduces bulk|
|10 of my 20 blocks|
OK. I'm exhausted! Hope you enjoyed the show and learned how to draft your own Winding Ways blocks. If you don't want to draft them, buy a template set from John Flynn. They're very affordable ($9 for a 3-piece set, plus shipping). Or you can go for my wall calendar of 13 quilts with the easy Wheel of Mystery pattern.