Quilting Block Tutorial: Mosaic Pinwheel Block

The Mosaic Pinwheel Block is such an easy block to put together and it creates a beautiful effect.

What You Will Need – 12″ Finished Block

  • 8 @ 4″ x 4″squares white fabric
  • 4 @ 4″ x 4″squares light blue fabric
  • 4 @ 4″ x 4″squares dark blue fabric

Tools Used in this Video


 

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How to Construct the Mosaic Pinwheel Block – 12″ Finished Block

  • Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each of the white fabric squares. We used a Frixion pen as the mark can be easily ironed off.)

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  • Place the white fabric squares on top of each the coloured fabric squares with right sides facing. (ie. The wrong side of each of the fabrics should be facing outwards.)

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  • Sew a quarter of an inch line along each side of the drawn line for each of the squares.

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  • Slice along the line on each of the squares with your rotary cutter.

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  • You should now have 16 half square triangles – 8 for each colour.

  • Now it’s time to trim up each of the half-square triangles. We want to trim them back to 3 1/2″. Check out our tutorial here on how to do that – How to Square Up a Half Square Triangle.
  • Once your half square triangles are trimmed, you ware now ready to piece it together. Lay out the triangles as shown below.

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  • Now you simply need to sew the blocks together into rows.

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  • Once you have your blocks sewn into rows, you can now sew the rows together to form your Mosaic Pinwheel Quilt Block.

Quilt Block: Ribbon Star Quilt Block Tutorial

This block is just so easy to make. You can make a quilt by simply sewing a number of the blocks together or you could add sashing between the blocks. It looks great either way. Add some borders and you have a truly lovely quilt.

I have only used two contrasting colours but you could change it up by making each block a different colour or even each of star points in a different colour. There are just so many ways you can colourise this versatile block.

The instructions below are for a 12′ x12″ finished block.

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What You Need:

Background Fabric:

  • 4 squares (@ 3½” x 3½”) these are the corner squares.
  • 6 squares (@ 4″ x 4″)

Contrasting Fabric

  • 6 squares (@ 4″ x 4″)

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Method:

To make the half square triangle (HST):-

  • Take one piece of  4″ background fabric and draw a line diagonally across the reverse side of the square.

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  • Place the piece on top of a piece of contrasting fabric (right sides together) making sure the edges match up.
  • Sew a seam line ¼” on either side of the drawn line.

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  • Cut along the drawn line.

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  • You now have 2 HST’s.

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  • Press the seams open.

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  • Repeat for all 6 squares and you will end up with 12 HST’s.
  • Lay the pieces out on the mat as shown below.

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Assemble the Block:

  • Place the right sides together and sew the first two squares in the row, together with a ¼” seam.
  • Place the right sides together and sew the last two squares in the row, together with a ¼” seam.

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  • Join the two sets of squares together.

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  • Repeat this process with all of the rows.

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  • Press all the seams open.

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  • Join the rows together by placing the top row over the second row. Match up the seam lines and the edges and pin.
  • Sew together with a ¼” seam.

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  • Repeat with the bottom two rows.
  • Join the rows together, again matching up the seams and pinning along the edges.
  • Your gorgeous block is now finished.  Have fun playing with this one. Happy blocking.

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Quilt Block: Fools Square Quilt Block

I really like  how this square comes together. I did start out doing the centre checkerboard in the usual way by cutting the strips of fabric across the width of fabric. But decided that as I was only making the two squares it was just as easy to cut the fabric into the squares required.

I have just used 2 contrasting fabrics because I think it shows the pattern off nicely. But as always you can use as many colours as you wish.

Note: All seams are sewn with a ¼” seam allowance.

These instructions make a 10″ block.

What You Need:

Fabric 1 (white):

  • 8 squares @ 2½” x 2½”
  • 6 squares @ 3″ x 3″

Fabric 2 (green):

  • 5 squares @ 2½” x 2½”
  • 6 squares @ 3″ x 3″

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What to Do:

Make up the centre block first.

  • Take the 2 ½”squares and lay out in a checkerboard pattern as per the image below.
  • Place the first two squares in row 1 one on top of the other with right sides facing.
  • Sew the squares together with a ¼” seam.

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  • Add the next square to the first two with right sides facing
  • Sew the squares together with a ¼” seam.
  • Sew the other two rows in the same manner.

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Sew the rows together.

  • Place the top row on top of the next row down, right sides together
  • Sew the rows together with a ¼” seam.
  • Do the same for the last row.

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  • Press the seams as shown below.

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  • Put the centre piece aside.

Make the Half Square Triangles.

  • Take one 3″ square (white).
  • Draw a line on one piece, across the diagonal from corner to corner.
  • Place on top of a contrasting coloured (green) square and neatly match up the edges.
  • Pin to hold in place.

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  • Sew a seam line ¼” on either side of the drawn line.

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  • Slice the square across the diagonal on the drawn line.

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  • This gives you 2 half square triangles.

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  • Press the seams to the dark side.

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  • Trim the half square triangles to 2½”. If you  are unsure of how to do this here is a link to our video on how to do it.

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Lay out the pieces to form the pattern.

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  • Sew the side pieces together. Place the top square on top of the next square and sew together,

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  • Sew the last square to the other two squares
  • Do the same with the other side pieces.

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  • Sew the side pieces to the centre piece.

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  • Press the seams towards the centre.

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  • Sew the top and bottom rows in the following manner.
  • Place the first two squares one on top of the other, right sides together and sew with a ¼” seam.
  • Do the same with the last two squares in the row

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  • Sew the middle square to the first two squares that you have sewn together.
  • Right sides together.
  • Then sew the last two squares to the middle square.
  • This forms the top row.
  • Repeat the process for the bottom row.

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  • Press the outside seams towards the outer edge.
  • Press the middle seams towards the centre.
  • See photo below.

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  • Sew the top and bottom rows to the centre block.
  • Lay the top row over the centre block, right sides together.
  • Sew with a ¼” seam.
  • Repeat with the bottom row.

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  • The Fools Square quilt block is now finished.

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Quilt Block: Log Cabin Quilt Block Tutorial

This is an easy block as long as you make sure to place the strips in the right order.

Start with a square in the centre and build out from there.

We have seen Log Cabin quilt blocks where people simply add a strip of fabric and then once sewn on, trim it  back to size. Although this can work, it can result in distortion or warping of the block. If you cut your fabric so that it fits exactly then your block should come out square without any distortion.

Here is a downloadable PDF showing you how to cut the fabric, and how to sew the strips together:

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Quilt Block: Paths and Stiles Quilt Block Tutorial

Another easy quilt block that looks fantastic when it’s put together. What I really love is the clean, fresh look of this block.  I am really happy with  how the colours cam together. And do you know what, it is really easy to make. You are going to love this one.

The finished size of the block is 9″.

What You Need to Make One Block:

Fabric 1:

  • 2 x 4″ squares

Fabric 2:

  • 2 x 4″ squares
  • 2 strips @ 1½” x 16″
  • 1 strip @ 1½” x 4″

Fabric 3:

  • 1 strip @ 1½” x 16″
  • 2 strips @ 1½” x 4″

If you are making more than one block then cut your strips across the width of fabric, this includes the 4″ strips you will be using for the half square triangles.

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WATCH THE VIDEO – OR SCROLL DOWN FOR WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS

Make your half square triangles.

  • Take one piece of white 4″ x 4″ and one contrasting 4″ x 4″ square.
  • Turn one square so that the wrong side is facing up
  • Draw a line diagonally across the square.
  • Do the same with one of the other squares.
  • Place one white square and one contrasting square on top of each other with right sides together.
  • Using the drawn line as a guide, sew  a ¼” down either side of the drawn line.

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  • Cut across the diagonal line, between the two rows of stitching.

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  • You now have two half square triangles.
  • Repeat the process with the other white square and contrasting square.
  • You now have 4 half square triangles.
  • Trim the hst’s to 3½”.
  • If you are unsure of how to do this please refer to our tutorial on how to do it.

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Now we are going to make the rail fence units.

  • Place one white strip on top of the green strip, right sides together and sew them together with a ¼” seam.
  • Do the same with the small green and white strips.

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  • Press the seams towards the dark side.
  • So the white/green/white strip seams will be pressed towards the centre.
  • The green/white/green strip seams will be pressed towards the outside edge.

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  • Trim one edge of the strip to straighten it.
  • Cut  4 pieces measuring 3½” from the long strip.
  • Cut 1 piece measuring 1½” from the long strip.

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  • Cut the small strip into 2 pieces measuring 1½” each.

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  • These are the pieces you will now have.

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  • Lay out the pieces as shown.

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  • Sew the pieces in the top row together.
  • Place the first piece on top of the second, right sides together and sew them together with a ¼” seam.
  • Place the third piece on top of the second piece, right sides together and sew them together with a ¼” seam.
  • Sew the pieces in the bottom row together in the same manner.
  • With the middle section you will assemble the checkerboard pieces together first.
  • Then add the first and third pieces to complete the row.

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  • Press the seams as shown.
  • The top and bottom row seams are pressed towards the outer edge.
  • The middle row seams are pressed towards the centre.
  • We do this so the seams will nest nicely when we come to sew the rows together, and give us nicely matched joins.

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  • Sew the rows together, matching the seams.
  • And there you have it, an absolutely gorgeous block that is quick and easy to make.

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