Here are the tutorials for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th blocks in my Valentine’s Pinwheel Table Runner. The first block can be found here.
You will want to continue using the two 4.5” strips that you cut yesterday.
2nd Pinwheel Block
Make sure that you cut your left and right B sections correctly – cut your first left sections from the left side of the fabric and your right sections from the right side of the fabric. Meaning when you have your strip laid out in front of you – cut 4 pieces starting on the left (which is probably natural for right handed people) and cut 4 pieces from the right hand side of the fabric (a little less natural for us righties).
Sew your first section together, then place the block right side facing down on your cutting mat and create a new A section (see picture).
Following the photo above sew your sections together and voila – block 2 complete.
3rd Pinwheel Block
This block is what happens when you accidently (ok, when I accidently!) cut your block right side facing up instead of facing down!
The cutting is slightly different:
Sew your first section together and this time you will place the block facing up to create a new A section (see picture).
Attach second B section. Make 4 total – follow photo above to layout your block – voila! Block 3 complete!
4th Pinwheel Block – this one is slightly more complicated, but I really love the way it looks:
This time you will need four A sections and eight B sections:
Sew together first two sections, the placing right side facing up with red triangle at the top – create new A section (see picture):
Attach second B section . Make 4 total – follow photo above to layout your block – voila! Block 4 complete!
Cutting for borders and sashing – you will need 4 strips of the red fabric for your sashing
I used a scrap piece of fabric for the backing and also scraps from a larger project for the batting. I decided to hand quilt this project. I pin basted like crazy.
This was the first time I ever hand quilted anything – my hand issues have always kept me leery of doing it for fear of extra pain and swelling. I decided it was finally the time to give it a go (and yes, I did have extra swelling and pain the next day – but it was short lived and the resulting project was so beautiful that it was WORTH IT!). I asked my friend Jenna from SewHappyGeek for some guidance and she oh so graciously offered to do a video tutorial! If you are even the least bit interested in learning this technique – please go check out her video – it is totally worth the 5.5 minutes of your time. She did a wonderful job with it plus you can finally put a voice to the words on the screen!
Come back tomorrow for a quick tutorial on how to do a machine binding!
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I have that ruler but haven’t used it yet. Great tutorials Melissa! The blocks look great!
Great tutorial Melissa! Love your blocks and that ruler sure looks like fun!
uh oh ; this seems complicated !!! better pay close attention !!! thanks !!
I am going to have to step out of my comfort zone and try a ruler like this I think! And you have already accomplished my one goal for the year, in the first month–hand-quilting. 🙂
Love the blocks and the colors!!
Super cute! My favorite is the first one. Well, and the second one. I am currently making carnival by jaybird which is just kind of a variation of your first one. The lazy angle is a fun ruler. Do you have any tips for making the bow tie line up right. I am only on my third block and I seem to be having some trouble with that.