Update on the Easy Pinwheels

If you haven’t seen the super easy pinwheel check it out –

But there are some questions that arise when you are doing more than the standard charm pack. So we went to our users and they came up with some great info to work with. Try the following –

Here is what have discovered…Cut your squares of fabric:

3 3/8” = 4” Block

4 1/2” = 5” block

5 1/8” = 6” block

5 7/8” = 7” block

6 5/8” = 8” block

7 2/8” = 9” block

8” = 10” block

8 5/8” = 11” block

9 3/8” = 12” block

Now here is the formula, it blew my mind but thank goodness for calculators!

Finished block size x 1.41 = finished diagonal

Divide the answer, the finished diagonal, by 2. Add 0.875″ and round up to the nearest 1/8″ to find your parent block size.

There, aren’t you glad I just gave you the measurements?

Pretty cool eh’!! Just to be sure, I did make the 4”, 5”, 6” and 7” blocks with those measurements and they were spot on. I hope this helps you all! Let me know how it works for you.

Turnover pin wheels

Pin wheels are one of my most favorite blocks!  I love the look of them and the ease of them.  In fact my very first quilt I ever made was a pin wheel quilt.   Turnovers make them SO easy.  I love how the pre-cuts just take so many steps out and leave me the time for the fun stuff!!  Hope you enjoyed this quick and easy tip.  We’ve got lots more coming!  Have a great week.

An Extended Weekend…..

Adventures with kids

Yup, I got SUPER lucky and extended my weekend, till today!  🙂  It was fabulous, let me tell you.  I was able to have a lovely Easter Dinner with family, get housework done, and yesterday I was able to take my kids hiking.   It was a much needed break for me.  (and my kids)

The kids loved going “hiking in the woods”.   My youngest (18 months) thought he was in heaven….running down the trails.  Before we got out of the park they asked when we could go again!

Charm pinwheels

As you all know, quilting is never far from our minds…..so I have to show you more things I’ve been working on.

I have always been in love with pinwheels.  The basic, classic pinwheels.  I  have tried to con my Mom into making me a quilt with pinwheels for years, and I just wouldn’t settle on a color selection.  Anyway, I love Sandy Klop and her amazing fabric designing skills and had to use her Wee Play line.  I. LOVE. IT.    It makes me so happy…..like, I almost want to sing out loud happy.  🙂  Anyway, here is a little peak at my blocks laid out that I am hoping to get together pretty soon!  Does anyone else’ kids think it is the best thing ever, to run over `your laid out blocks!?!??!  I caught my little guy in action.  Several times!!  (that is why I put it away to be finished later!! ) HAhahah!

Well, I hope you all are having a wonderful week…..Seriously.  It’s Wednesday, almost to the weekend again!!  Woo hoo!  Go out and enjoy your day!  (or stay in and sew.  you’ll enjoy that too!! )  Oh, and BTW….ALL those kids aren’t mine!  (I went with my sister…..so we doubled our numbers!)  It pretty much looked like we ran a day care!  🙂

See ya,


Scrappy Quilts!

I recently joined a Flickr group called “nothin’ but scraps“. The idea is to create quilts using only your scraps! Some of the quilts are just stunning like this Spiderweb quilt and this Coins quilt. I love love love them!!!  Here is my work in progress….p2260070
I am currently in LOVE with half square triangles…and Pinwheels! SO cute!! So I just gathered bits of fabric from things we have made and started sewing…I am using 5″ squares to make the half square triangles. Aren’t  they just so cute?!

I am going to sash them all in white!
I may or may not use them all…but, it sure will be cute when it is finished!
Have a lovely day,