Sunday, February 16, 2014

Pretty Pinwheels Table Topper Tutorial Part 1

Last month I made this table topper for my sister. 

Pinwheel table cover

(Size 45x45)

I was planning on doing a tutorial, but didn’t have enough time.  So, I made a smaller version of the quilt for myself and snapped a few pictures along the way.  Just choose the size you want and start sewing those pinwheels!

Pretty Pinwheels Table Topper

(Size 27x27)

Materials needed: (Yardage will depend on the size quilt you make.  I used a few fat quarters for the larger quilt and some leftover layer cake squares for the smaller quilt. )

8 – 10 patterned fabrics  for the pinwheels

1 solid fabric for pinwheel blocks (1-2 yds)

1 solid or print for binding (1/4 yd to 1/3 yd)

1 solid or print for backing (I used the same solid on the back and front) (1-2 yds)

Cutting Instructions

The larger pinwheel quilt uses 25 pinwheel blocks.  13 large pinwheels and 12 small pinwheels.  The smaller pinwheel quilt uses 9 pinwheel blocks.  5 large pinwheels and 4 small pinwheels.

For each large pinwheel cut:

1 – 7 1/2 in. square from both print fabric and solid fabric.

For each small pinwheel cut:

1 – 5 1/2 in. square from both print fabric and solid fabric.

2 – 9 1/2 in. x 2 in. strips from the solid fabric.

2 – 6 1/2 in. x 2 in. strips from the solid fabric.

For the binding:

Measure the width and length of your quilt (it should be the same), add those two measurements then multiply by two.  Then add 10 inches to account for the corners and where the binding ending and beginning is joined.  Once you have your binding measurement, cut your binding strips  2 1/2in. x WOF until you have the length needed.

Fabric requirements

All ready to sew!

(Note:  this method of sewing and cutting the squares is much faster, but causes the triangles to have two bias edges instead of one, so be extra careful when pressing and sewing so you don’t stretch the fabric.)

(*Note: I’m having a bear of a time publishing this post, so I have split it into two posts.  Sorry about the troubles! Next time, I’ll try not to be so wordy!)


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