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Video tutorial: Disappearing pinwheel quilt block variations

Video tutorial: Disappearing pinwheel quilt blocks

This is one very special technique that yields many different blocks. Some of them are even traditional blocks such as churn dash and monkey wrench.

How to make many disappearing quilt blocks from 2 squares

Learn in just over 3 minutes and have a look at many of the variations.

Disappearing pinwheel block sampler quilt

I made a Disappearing pinwheel block sampler quilt with 11 different variations of the block. Have a look at the block and tutorial:

Quilt size

56 inches x 42 inches.

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2-minute video tutorial: Free motion quilting – quick and easy quilting

I usually finish my quilts with free motion.

To do free motion quilting, you will need to use a darning foot and lower the feed dogs of your machine so you can move the quilt sandwich freely.

How to do free motion quilting video tutorial

Start small.

Free motion is not hard but it requires quite a few hours of practice to get confident at it.

Above all be patient. Your first attempts may be awful but don’t give up. Practice makes perfect.

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Video tutorial: 4 disappearing variations on a shoofly quilt block

Video tutorial: 4 disappearing variations on a shoofly quilt block
Shoofly is a traditional quilt block. But what if you slice it? You get at least 4 different variations of this block that don’t look anything like a shoofly but that make beautiful quilt layouts.

Learn to make 4 disappearing shoofly blocks

Do you want to make a quilt with these blocks?

Quilt pattern: The four seasons of the heart - beginner quilt

Download the pattern to make 4 different quilts:

Buy The four seasons of the heart quilt pattern on Etsy

Buy The four seasons of the heart on Etsy

About the pattern

This pattern has instructions to make 4 quilts using 4 variations of a disappearing shoofly quilt block. Each block layout makes a very different quilt.

The pattern uses quick cutting techniques that make this quilt really quick and easy to make even for a beginner.

Skill level: beginner.

Quilt sizes: crib, lap, twin and queen.

Finished block size: 11 ½”.

Quilt style: traditional piecing.

Charm squares and fat quarter friendly.

You can use the colouring pages at the end to choose the colour scheme.

Quilting: I quilted this quilt using free-motion.

In the 14 page pattern I have included lots of diagrams and written instructions as well as links to 1 of my video tutorials that demonstrate how to make the blocks.

Also in the pattern you will find colouring pages that you can use to decide on a colour scheme for the quilt.

Quilt pattern: The four seasons of the heart - 1 pattern 4 quilts           Quilt pattern: The four seasons of the heart - 1 pattern 4 quilts

Quilt pattern: The four seasons of the heart - 1 pattern 4 quilts           Quilt pattern: The four seasons of the heart - 1 pattern 4 quilts

Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt tutorial

Tutorial: Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt

This sampler has 12 blocks in it, all of them made from a pinwheel block cut into a 9-patch block an rearranged to obtain 11 different blocks. More variations are possible.

Quilt size

56 inches x 42 inches

Block size

The block is 10 1/4 inch square.

Making a disappearing pinwheel block 11 different ways

Learn how to make a disappearing pinwheel block and its many variations in just over 2 minutes, and see the finished quilt up close:

Notes

The initial 4 half square triangles (HST) obtained need to be trimmed to 6 inch squares.

Fabric needs for 1 block

  • Cut one 9 3/8″ squares in the main fabric
  • Cut one 9 3/8″ squares in the background fabric

Block tutorials

These are the 12 blocks on this quilt.

Block 1 - Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 1

Block 2 - Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 2

Block 3 - Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 3

Block 4: Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 4

Block 5: Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 5

Block 6: Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 6

Disappearing pinwheel variation 7 - video tutorial

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 7

Block 8: Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 8

Block 9: Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 9

Block 10: Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 10

Block 11: Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 11 – make 2 blocks in different colours.

Finish the blocks

Add a border to each block.

For each block cut in white fabric:

  • 2 strips 10 1/4 x 2 1/2 inch
  • 2 strips 14 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch

And sew as shown on the picture below.

Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt - free pattern

Free motion quilting

Quilt each block individually with free motion quilting.

Learn how to do free motion quilting tutorial in just over 2 minutes:

How to do Quilt-as-you-go (QAYG)

This quilt is put together with quilt-as-you-go (QAYG).

The finished sashing width for this project is 1/2 inch. Learn the  technique in under 3 minutes:

Materials

For the one block sandwich

  • A piece of backing fabric the same size as the block  (I used half square triangles for some blocks to make a star)
  • A piece of batting 1 inch larger than the block
  • One finished block

For the sashing

  • One strip of sashing fabric 1 1/8 inch x the length of the block side
  • 1 strip of sashing fabric 1 3/4 inch x the length of the block side

Flange binding

The binding length is 170 inches.

The quilt is finished with machine binding and a flange.

This is how you add faux piping to your quilt:

Machine binding

And finally, sew the binding by machine.

Learn in 3 minute how to sew the binding to the quilt:

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Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt

Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt - free pattern

Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt - free pattern

Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt - free pattern

Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt - free pattern

Video tutorial: Rail fence variations quilt blocks tutorial

Video tutorial: Rail fence variations blockHow to make rail fence variations quilt blocks

Learn how to make some rail fence variations quilt blocks in just over 2 minutes:

Materials for some rail fence variations quilt blocks

  • 3 strips 15 x 1 1/2 inches of dark fabric
  • 3 strips 15 x 1 1/2 inches of medium volume fabric
  • 3 strips 15 x 1 1/2 inches of low volume fabric
  • Five 3 1/2 inch squares in dark fabric
  • Five 3 1/2 inch squares in medium volume fabric
  • Five 3 1/2 inch squares in low volume fabric

Block size

Each strip makes four 3 1/2 inch squares.

Four patch  blocks measure 6 1/2  inch square.

Nine patch blocks measure 9 1/2 inch square.

Some of the blocks

Have a look at some of the variations you can obtain:

4-patch quilting blocks

Video tutorial: Rail fence variations quilt blocks tutorial

Video tutorial: Rail fence variations quilt blocks tutorial

Video tutorial: Rail fence variations quilt blocks tutorial

Video tutorial: Rail fence variations quilt blocks tutorial

9-patch quilting blocks

Video tutorial: Rail fence variations quilt blocks tutorial

Video tutorial: Rail fence variations quilt blocks tutorial

Video tutorial: Rail fence variations quilt blocks tutorial

Video tutorial: Rail fence variations quilt blocks tutorial

Video tutorial: Rail fence variations quilt blocks tutorial