A New Quilt Plus a Pinwheel Tutorial

CIMG3839This is the contents of the charm pack I used to make the pinwheels for this quilt.
CIMG3876If you haven’t made pinwheels from charm squares before, here is one method.

Put each charm square with a square of the same size of plain fabric, right sides facing.


Draw along one diagonal with a pencil.


Sew one quarter of an inch from both sides of the diagonal and through both squares.


Cut along the diagonal line.


Turn the triangles so the darker fabric is on top.


Lift the darker fabric and press away from the seam. Trim the tails.


I usually do these steps with all of my charm squares on a sort of assembly line. That is, make all of the pairs. Then draw all of the lines. Then sew all of the seams. Then do all of the pressing and so on.


Lay out so that opposite sails are the same.


Sew pairs together. Press the seams towards the patterned fabric.

Then sew the top and bottom rectangles together.


The back will look like this. It is tricky to press the last seam without getting a

lump in the middle caused by all of the layers of fabric.


Look where my pin is pointing here. Those two stitches on both sides should

be unpicked. You will then be able to press your pinwheel lovely and flat. Be

careful not to take out too many stitches. You can always take out another

one if you didn’t do enough but it won’t be easy to put it back again!


If you press it correctly, you should have a mini pinwheel in the centre.


Here’s what mine looks like on the back with all of the pressing done.


Almost finished.


You just need to to square it up now and make more.


Sixth finish of 2013!

Hi everyone, I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful weekend 🙂 A special warm welcome goes out to my new followers.

I’ve been sewing, hurray!! So I have a finished project to share with you all. A sneaky peek of this one was published earlier but the binding wasn’t done. I’ve now added the binding which is my favourite part of making any quilt. It is machined to the front and invisibly slip stitched to the back. This is a simple design to make up. The prints are from a charm pack and I teamed them up with two solid colours to tone down the Christmassy shades of the prints. Now it lifts my neutral colour scheme quite nicely in my conservatory and the greens bring a bit of the garden inside 🙂



I’ve used a variegated quilting thread which is full of copper and gold shades to blend in nicely with the solids. I hope you can see the different colours in this close up photo.



It’s quite a good size for a snuggle up on the sofa or as a bed topper. Here it is folded in half.





and ready to use……



I know you are all waiting to see what those luscious red fabrics from my last post turn into but I couldn’t possibly start a new quilting project before I finished this one……could I? What I do know is that they are going to make a very blocky modern style quilt, nothing complicated as I want to let the fabrics do the talking…….makes a change from me 😉

I went to Mum’s yesterday to take her for a wander around her new neighbourhood. It was freezing!!!! and there was quite a chilly breeze too. I noticed she was wearing a really old knitted hat that had seen better days and her ears weren’t quite tucked in enough. Guess what I’m going to knit 😀 I think I’ll probably be doing something with aran wool and cables, not too bright. It’ll be a simple bobble hat without the pom-pom as she wouldn’t appreciate a pom-pom 😆 I’ll knit a thick stretchy rib to keep each ear as snug as a bug in a rug.

I must go and order the wool!

I’ve also been tidying up the old blog a bit. I now have three separate pages, one for each year of crafting. They can be accessed via the tabs at the top of this page entitled Finished 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend 😀

Avis x

Checking in with a quick WIP report…..

Hi to all of my lovely bloggy pals 🙂

Just a few lines today to introduce my latest work in progress. I’m making chevrons with a Moda charm pack called Etchings teamed with some Moda Bella solids. There will be a touch of banding between the chevron strips. Progress is slow but ongoing…..


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