Monday, February 28, 2011

Pinwheels Quilt

I finished the pinwheels quilt this weekend.  It feels like a fresh breath of spring. Perfect for this time of year. 
I was a little worried that all the white made it boring and flat, but the quilting (thanks Becky!) + a good run through the wash/dryer really made it come to life.
Most of the fabric is from the Erin McMorris Weekend collection that came out last fall. As with many fabric collections in quilt shops - they sometimes seem to sit around until a sample is made.  So I finally took it upon myself to no longer let these pretty fabrics sit idly by.  Threw in a few other prints we had on hand including some of the new Sunkissed collection by Moda.
For my pattern I used this tutorial from the Riley Blake Cutting Corners blog.  I really loved the tutorial for making the pinwheels. She has a slick method. I changed a couple of things - made it bigger, made a solid border, etc. I also changed the method for the solid block on point because I didn't want to have any fabric waste. You could do either method. Here's the notes for what I changed:
For each solid block on point I cut 1  7.5" print square and 2  6.5" white squares.  Cut the 2 white squares in half on the diagonal.
 Sew two triangles on opposite sides of straight edges.  Press open. Sew 2 triangles on remaining sides, press open. Square up the block to 10.5". Be careful to leave a 1/4" seam allowance at all 4 points of the solid square. There you go.
I bound the quilt (using the cute Sunkissed pink pin-stripe) Friday night while we watched the original Star Wars with the kids. They'd seen bits and pieces here and there at friend's houses and on the Star Wars Lego website.  So it was an epic night at the Smart Household. First time (of probably thousands more) watching the whole movie. This week, Empire Strikes Back.

We have fallen into a hard core Star Wars obsession around here. It was good for me to re-watch just so I can answer all the questions my 4-yr-old throws at me all. day. long.

Kits for this one should be available later this week at American Quilting.

45 comments:

Betty Lou said...

Another cute quilt Amy, love the colors.

Karen said...

Very cute quilt! Reminds me of summer and orange sherbet!

Chris said...

Love it! I have always wanted to try a pinwheel design. Such pretty fabric.

Brooke said...

Adorable! I love the pattern. It's darling.

Jenny said...

beautiful quilt. the colors are so yummy!

Tanyia said...

This is beautiful!

Staci said...

Very sweet. Love the rainbow sherbet colors. It truly is a hint of spring time.

Aunt Spicy said...

gorgeous as always!

angela said...

You'll sell out of that fabric fast!

Ahhh, Star Wars - gotta love new, little fans. Watching the old movies with them for the first time is so fun!

Q @ JAQS said...

Absolutely lovely. It's funny 'cause I'm working on a similar pinwheel quilt myself :). I do love those pinwheels, totally reminds me of spring days.

Great job as usual :).

-Q

Carol T said...

I love this quilt. It is so cherry looking for me while stuck in the winter blahs.

Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

Gorgeous....again.

Cindy said...

Just beautiful! I'm getting ready to cut one out this week and I appreciate you sharing your alternate block measurements.

Q said...

I love the quilt and the colours and I am a total sucker at the moment for the white solids with lovely prints thing.

and... on Starwars... Have you seen this?
http://iotacons.blogspot.com/2011/02/darth-vader-iotacon-pillow.html
I really want to make an R2d2 one

commonthreads said...

Love the quilt! Thanks for sharing.

Sheila said...

Love your beautiful quilt and the loops de loops quilting! Awesome!

Amy at Ameroonie Designs said...

Absolutely lovely!

CJ said...

Such a pretty quilt. It reminds me of sherbet.

DeeRoo said...

If you ask my kids....who are going to be 24 and 22 in April...what their favorite movie is of ALL time....yes...it would be Star Wars! We have such a collection of legos and action figures and BOOKS...all kinds of books. Gotta admit...I with them!:)

Kim said...

Love the pinwheels! So fun with the stripes in there too! Must make one of these! Good luck with the Star Wars phase, next step (if he isn't there already) obsession with Star Wars Legos. My 7 year old has practically memorized the Lego Star Wars Dictionary.

Jen said...

This is absolutely beautiful! What a neat variation of a standard pinwheel quilt! I love pinwheels!

SewSara said...

looks great!
and you're right, it is so springy!
i loved the sunshine today ... hoope it continues! :)

by the way - come join my scrap swap if you want! or mention it here in case any of your readers would be interested :)

lifeinredshoes said...

Love it!
We used Erin McMorris's Park Slope line for my daughters wedding. So many compliments on the fabric:)

Amelia said...

It's so beautiful Amy and I love the white!

Bonnie said...

I really love this quilt - it is so pretty! And that binding? Fabulous!!!

pioneervalleygirl said...

This is lovely! I've got a bunch of other projects claiming my attention right now, but a spring-y pinwheel is definitely next on my list - I need some spring after this winter.

amylouwho said...

Amy! This is amazing!! I love the citrusy colors. And I've alway been a big fan of pinwheels. :0)

Sewhappy said...

Your quilt is so pretty, I love it.

ScissorsandThread said...

Gorgeous spring colours. I love pinwheels and I really like the binding you chose.

Connie204 said...

I love pinwheels and love, love your quilt. It is very striking. Connie204

Jennifer said...

Gorgeous!! It does look like spring!

Jennifer :)

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Love your idea for square in a square. At least thats what I call them. I always have trouble making it even.

Jansie said...

Really pretty. I love it!

Jodie B-C said...

I love it!! SPRING for sure!! I am also a fellow Star Wars Mom...I've been protected by Storm Troopers while quilting :)

ANudge said...

It's so great when alternate blocks make a whole new pattern.
Superb quilt.

Chris said...

ahhh, this really does look like spring and summer all rolled up into one! The colors are great! I had looked at the tutorial a few weeks ago because I am going to make that design for my newest grandbaby. Haven't chosen a color or fabric, I think I now have the perfect idea!!! :) Thanks Amy, I may even check out the kits!

Kris said...

Very sweet - love the fabrics. I took a peek at the tutorial and I think I need about another year of practice before I attempt THAT! You make it look so easy. :)
PS thanks for commenting on my new little blog! Time for me to make some Spring table runners now!

ecuakim said...

This is gorgeous. I love it.

Cindy Lou in Georgia said...

Good job!! This is on my list to make this year.

Leila said...

I love this pattern! Beautiful!

KarrieLyne said...

I just love how this turned out for you!! So glad you liked the pattern! :)

a little bit biased said...

What a pretty pattern! Love your fabric choices too. Great job Amy!

Joy @ Light Bulbs said...

Just finished a pinwheel quilt myself. Can I ask what kind of batting you used? The batting I had picked for my last few quilts seems to be a bit thin. I use a lot of white and it seems you can always see through a bit.
joyturner24@hotmail.com

Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun said...

I featured your quilts on my today!

kimboscrafts.blogspot.com

Jen said...

Love this! Great combo of blocks and I love how the pinwheels are done. Great colors too! Beautiful!