Welcome! I'm so pleased that you stopped by my blog today! I'm honored that Pat Bravo invited me to participate in her Minis Blog Tour and excited to share my mini "Whirl & Twirl" quilt with you.
This blog tour is featuring two of Pat's fabric collections, Dare & EssentialsII, with Art Gallery Fabrics. Truthfully, I had never sewn with AGF fabrics so I jumped at this chance and so happy I did. The fabrics have a wonderful weave making them so luxurious and great to work with. And the bright colors and bold designs of Pat's fabrics are so fun! Check out the Dare LookBook and the EssentialsII LookBook for some great eye candy and lots of ideas of how to use these fabrics! (Be sure to check out Pat's blog and follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest too!) Pat provided a bundle of fat 8ths in a mix of Dare & Essentials II fabrics for me to work with. Lots of blues and a pop of pink. Perfect!
If you've stopped by my blog lately, you know I've been playing with designing blocks that create secondary patterns. I continued that exploration with this mini. The blue pinwheels in the final design reminds me of the many windmills that have dotted the western Kansas landscape for 100+ years, while the pink blades reminds me of the wind turbines that have graced that same landscape in more recent years. Although the wind wasn't cooperating in this photo, I love how the quilting really shows up in it!
The block I designed for this mini is so quick and easy to make. For one block, cut:
- 1 - 1" x 1" square (blade pinwheel)
- 1 - 1" x 3 1/2" rectangle (blade)
- 1 - 2" x 3 1/2" rectangle (background)
- 1 - 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangle (background)
- 1 - 1 1/2" square (pinwheel A - light color)
- 1 - 1 1/2" square (pinwheel B - dark color)
Blade Section: Draw a diagonal line on the back of the 1" square. With right sides together, layer the 1" square on top of the end of the 1" x 3 1/2" rectangle as shown below. Sew on the line, trim seam allowance to 1/4" and press.
Pinwheel Section: Draw a diagonal line on the back of the 1 1/2" light color square. With right sides together, layer the square on top of the 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" background rectangle as shown below. Sew on the line, trim seam allowance to 1/4" and press.
Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the 1 1/2" dark colored square. With right sides together, layer the square on top of the 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" background/triangle as shown below. Sew on the line, trim seam allowance to 1/4" and press.
Sew the 1" x 3 1/2" blade section & the 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" pinwheel section to either side of the 2" x 3 1/2" background rectangle as shown below, using a 1/4" seam. Press.
Your completed block should measure 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" (3" x 3" finished).
I used three different background fabrics since this design required more than the fat 8th provided and I love the scrappy look of the finished quilt.
Make 36 blocks for this 18" x 18" mini quilt. Rotate the blocks to create the blades and pinwheels. I selected all small prints to make my mini....
...then used some of the larger, bolder prints for the backing.
Be sure to stop by Pat's blog for all the details about The Minis Blog Tour and also visit each of the other bloggers to see their minis:
May 16th - A Recap by Pat Bravo
And now, if you've made it this far, be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win these 6 Fat 8ths of Pat Bravo's fabric!
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Second disclaimer: I received all fabrics for free in exchange for making a mini quilt and blogging about it as part of a blog hop. All opinions are my own.