Pinwheels and Swirling Stars


Uh, OH… I think I am in LOVE!!

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Being the procrastinator that I am, it shouldn’t surprise you (or me) that I have spent the last two days working on a project that is due for mail out tomorrow. 😀

I am making pinwheel and swirling star blocks. For July’s Block Lotto in my quilt group.

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I almost didn’t sign up. Since I suck at anything with points to line up. But decided how will I ever learn if I don’t try and go outside my comfort zone.

And guess what?

Making the pinwheels was easier than I thought. These were my first ones. Not hard. But I had to be oh so careful trimming them and making sure the seams matched perfectly to the 45 degree lines. Thankfully I have a revolving cutting mat. It worked great.

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The amazing part about this project is how the same blocks produce two completely different looks. Sew four blocks and I get a pinwheel.

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The leftover four blocks (from the original Half-Square-Triangles) PLUS four rectangles and one little square in the center and I get a swirling star. I love how the swirling star turned out.

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I will make up a few more sets and get them mailed tomorrow.

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Then I am going to make up some scrappy swirling star blocks. Just to see how they turn out. I have plenty of scraps. A boatload. I have enjoyed this project. Who knew!! Lesson learned. Try it. You might like it!!


In case you are wondering how my umbrella quilt is coming along, I haven’t worked on the back yet. Still deciding on what I want. I tried these HUGE strips. For one huge umbrella. Hate it!!

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I went to JoAnn’s a couple days ago and bought these purple fabrics. These might work.

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At least they will add color. I really do want an umbrella for the back. Got to figure it out.


And no, I haven’t let my pillowcase project fall by the wayside. Since I can whip them out pretty fast, I have been setting aside a couple days a month and playing catch up. I have 17 pillowcases ready for French seams.

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And I gathered up a pile of fabrics for the next pillowcase marathon.

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Probably will do seven more for an even 24 and then get them mailed off one day this week. It is still a fun project. So I will keep it going for as long as I can.

So… what have you been up to? Do tell. 😀


Update 7-23-12: I finished three sets.

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Linking to…

http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2012/07/can-i-get-whoop-whoop-fun-in-sun-and.html

http://sewhappygeek.co.uk/index.php/2012/07/23/manic-monday-linky-party-44/

http://www.craft-o-maniac.com/2012/07/party-time-craftomaniac-monday.html

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9 comments on “Pinwheels and Swirling Stars

  1. Lennette says:

    I absolutely love those blocks!!!!! Your fabric choices are gorgeous!!!

  2. Belinda says:

    Donna, as usual, you have created a wonderful design! You never cease to amaze me with your creative talent! 🙂 I don’t match points very well either, which is why I stay away from this type of quilt block myself. Your points look like they match very well to me. 🙂

  3. don_mae says:

    Hi Lennette!! Hi Belinda!! Love seeing comments from you guys. Thank you!!

    What are you making? Sure wish I could see.

  4. Carol says:

    Wow…The pinwheel/star is a fab pattern. I love it. I always admire your piecing. You match those seams so perfectly. Me..well I think that’s why I am liking Crazy Quilt…I make up my own pieces.

    • don_mae says:

      Hi Carol, thanks so much. The star was easy to make. Easier that matching up the points of the pinwheel.

  5. Brita says:

    Love how you played with those blocks to create something totally different! Pretty 🙂

  6. Sarah C. says:

    I love those RW&B blocks – particularly the first one you showed – great design!! Whoop whoop!!

  7. Sara Strange says:

    I am seeing swirling stars now—–hehehehe that is my favorite one!

  8. don_mae says:

    Thank you Sarah C (Whoop, whoop!!) and Sara S, I love that star design too.

    Brita, I wish I could claim credit for designing the block but I made it from someone else’s instructions. So cute and fast to make.

    If anyone wants the directions, let me know. I will e-mail them.

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