Welcome May! Nothing could be better this month than a fresh and beautiful quilt block.
This Whirlwind block puts a chunky 'spin' on the pinwheel (quilting pun), but you should know that the 'blades' (or whatever you would like to call them) are slightly longer than 1/2 the side of the block, so they don't fit together perfectly if you put 2 Whirlwind Blocks right next to one another. For that reason, I would recommend this block more as part of a sampler quilt than a quilt of all one block. But if the sides not aligning perfectly doesn't bother you then of course, make a whole quilt of Whirlwinds!
The dreamy floral fabrics I used are from the Veranda Collection that Brenda Walton designed for Blend Fabrics. I love the huge blossoms and butterflies.
In our Classic Blocks: Fresh Fabric sewalong this month someone will win this bundle of 7 Veranda fat quarters! All you'll need to do to enter is sew up one Whirlwind Block (or more) and upload a picture below.
Are you ready? There is a catch to the block this month:
In order 'cut' your cutting and sewing time by more than half - I want you to make two blocks this month. Or make one block and then have the pieces to make a second block in about 60 seconds if you want, lol.
When I picked the Whirlwind Block (because it is just so delightful) I realized that I could carefully measure and cut the eight pieces that it contains, or I could stitch first and then cut to make it much faster.
The quickest way to make this block - by far- is to sew together 2 WOF (width of fabric) strips and then cut them up.
So... to make a 12'' Whirlwind block (plus a bonus 12'' reverse-color Whirlwind block if you want), cut:
- 1 strip 5'' x WOF from the main fabric
- 1 strip 5'' x WOF from the background fabric
Sew the two strips together and press the seam towards the darker fabric.
Sub-cut the strip into four 9 1/2'' squares.
Then slice each square in half diagonally.
Note: slice each one in the same direction (such as bottom left to top right like I did above). The direction that you slice your squares also determines which way the whirlwind spins.
Separate out the 4 triangles that are mostly print and the 4 that are mostly solid (or whatever your fabric choices are). Each group is enough for 1 block.
Arrange the four triangles from one group in a whirlwind pattern as in the first photo above.
Then sew them together in 2 sets as in the second photo above. Press the seams.
The last step is to sew the two halves together. In order to make the center seams line up, I like to match them and then use a pin. It's kind of hard to see in the picture above because I accidentally picked one with a white head - oops!
Trim and square up the block to 12 1/2'', if necessary.
Wasn't that easy??? Now if you want you can quickly stitch those other 4 triangles together for a second block.
Join our sewalong below for your chance to win the bundle of 7 Veranda fat quarters. All you have to do to enter is upload a picture of your Whirlwind Quilt Block below. I'll choose the winner at random on May 31st at 10pm Eastern. Make sure you enter your correct email address - that's how I'll notify the winner.
Please note: You don't need to have a blog or enter a link to join our sewalong. The 'Link' field is optional.
Update: the May winner is Royce D. Congrats Royce!