I can’t believe we’re already on Block #6 of the Virtual Quilting Bee!
This week our block is called Spin Wheel and was created by Amanda Woodruff of the blog, A Crafty Fox. This tutorial will teach helpful information about Inset Seams.
POST EDIT: Since there has been some confusion with this block, I posted an alternative simplified version for assembling this block here using inset seams. I also made one change in the piece measurements cutting a 3 1/4″ block for the center instead of 3 1/2″. For the rest of the measurements I used Amanda’s.
Hi, I’m Amanda from A Crafty Fox! Today I want to show you how to make the ‘Tilt A Whirl’ block for the amazing Virtual Quilting bee here on Diary of a Quilter.To start, we need to cut our fabrics as follows. You will need three fabrics, light, medium, and dark. This block looks great with high contrast fabrics. (fat eighths or smaller will work just fine)
(EDIT: Use a 3.25″ light center square instead of a 3.5″ square)
I find the easiest way to make these is to chain piece your flying geese. So you are going to make four right in a row rather than making each one individually. With each dark rectangle, place one light square on the ‘top’. Sew each pair from corner to corner as shown:
Finger press your seams open or towards the dark side. Pair each medium square on the opposite side of your rectangles. Sew corner to corner forming a point. Trim off the outside corners
Press your flying geese flat. Begin sewing the flying geese around the square. Starting at the edge of the fabrics, sew until you are 1/4” from the edge of the light square and stop. Being careful not to overlap your seams, make your way around the square, making sure to start and stop 1/4” from the edge of the square. Don’t worry if you sew too far or if your seams overlap, you can just rip out the offending stitches 🙂 Repeat the steps for the second goose with the third goose: When you come to the fourth goose, you can sew the seam all the way to the edge. Now, we are going to go back and finish all of the inset seams. Begin by laying the unfinished edges right sides together: Finish seams until the entire block is sewn. Press and voila! You are done 🙂 This is a really fun block to make. I *may* have made a few extra as I went along. I can’t wait to see it with all of the other gorgeous blocks!
Thanks Amanda! I used an alternative and somewhat simpler version of sewing inset seams which you can see here if you’re interested.
Amanda also owns and operates a darling online fabric shop, specializing pre-cuts and bundles in collections from manufacturers who don’t market them such as Michael Miller, FreeSpirit, etc. I recently just got this Fat Eighth bundle of Carolyn Frielander’s Architextures from Westwood Acres.
They also have bundles of Jeni Baker’s Color Me Retro and are taking orders for Fat Quarter and Fat Eighth bundles of Briar Rose! You might want to take a peek.
Finally, it’s been so fun to see the variations of blocks so far on the VQB Flickr page. It’s amazing how the choice in fabrics changes the whole look of the same block! Thanks for playing along!