I made my block to finish at a 5 inch square. But you could very easily use this method to make a much larger or smaller block. To start you want to cut an assortment of squares. For my block I started with 2 inch squares, if you are making a larger block you may want to increase the size. For the 5 inch block I started by sewing a simple 4 patch. You will need two(2) 4 patches for each block. If you are making a larger block increase your four patch to a six or nine patch for a larger size. Or increase the size of your squares from 2 inches.
|Star by making two(2) 4 patches.|
Next you will need to cut 2 squares of you solid (alternate) fabric. Now draw a line on the back of your solid block from corner to corner and sew 1/4 of an inch seam on each side. I use this handy tool called a Magic Wand that I picked up a few years ago. It is a 1/2 inch wide with a laser line down the middle and I use it to make all of my Half Square Triangles.
|Mark your sewing lines on the solid|
|Cut your blocks down the middle after sewing|
|Square up your HST units|
|HST Unit once it is squared up|
|Lay out you block how you like it. Sew your blocks into 2 rows and then sew your rows into a finished block.|
Sew your two squares into a row and then sew your two rows together into a finished block and woo hoo you have made a easy peasy patchwork pinwheel. If you make one I'd love to see it. Leave me a comment with a link so I can check it out. And remember if you have any questions just ask, I'd be happy to answer them.
|Press your finished block and enjoy!|