This block is easy.
Susan Gatewood’s site has the patterns to piece this block but she also suggests an alternative way of putting this block together using two pinwheels blocks. This is similar to the method demonstrated in thatquilt. In thatquilt the appliqué method is needleturn with freezer paper on top. I used regular needleturn with freezer paper below.
Cut four 3 1/2 in squares in the white fabric and four 3 1/2 in squares in white.
Place one white square right side up and a colour square wrong side up on top of the white square and pin well.
Trace a diagonal as per picture below.
Now stitch with 1/4 seam allowance on each side of the diagonal.
Cut through the diagonal line.
Open and press with the seams open to reduce bulk.
Do this with all squares to obtain 2 pinwheels.
Sitch together each pinwheel.
Print Susan Gatewood pattern and measure the finished circle radius using a compass.
Using the radius trace a circle on freezer paper.
Now measure again, this time including the bottom seam allowance.
Get one of the pinwheels and trace a circle.
Cut the circle and press the freezer paper on the back of the circle.
Now baste around the seam allowance.
Pull the thread.
Pin a needle through the middle .
Now push the needle through the centre of the pinwheel underneath to align the circle to the pinwheel.
Align all lines and pin well.
Appliqué the circle to the pinwheel block.
Cut out a circle on the back.
Remove the freezer paper.
Trim off excess fabric to obtain a 5 inch block.
Where to get the Jane A. Stickle Quilt patterns
Susan Gatewood’s paper foundation . All patterns are free though Susan says “I only ask that you consider making a donation to the Bennington Museum, in Bennington, Vermont. And if you do, it would make me tremendously happy if you would tell them that you have received help from me.” I totally recommend Susan’s patterns as they are very easy to use.
See all blocks I’ve done together in a larger size.