Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Morning Star, Morning Bright ~ Block 3, part 1

Pinwheel MindmillI've spent the last two days trying to write the instructions for making this block. It's not hard. It shouldn't be. But I've been in a real muddle and nothing is coming out clear. We're going to take this in steps. I hope you don't mind.

Because it's the third block of the Morning Star, Morning Bright Quilt Along  I wanted to share another method for making flying geese - four at a time with NO waste.

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Teach Me @

That's the new hangout for all my block and skills based tutorials. I didn't want them to get lost here on my "main" blog so they're here.

So today, we're going to make the Pinwheel Windmill in the middle of star.

Tomorrow I'll come back and we'll put the Pinwheel Windmill inside the big Morning Star Block.

Ready? Here we go ... this Windmill Pinwheel is a 6" finished block that will go in the middle of the 12" Morning Star  so you'll need to cut:

    Four 2-3/8" squares*

    Four 2" x 3-1/2" rectangles (you'll need these after you make the geese)

Windmill / Geese:
    One 4-1/4" square*

Now, grab these* pieces and hop on over to Teach Me @ to check out the step by step tutorial for making Flying Geese ~ Four at a Time with No Waste.

If this is your first time using this method, I do recommend practicing it on scraps first. If you're not happy with the results you can always resort to the "wasteful" method.

PRESSING Garden Pinwheel In that case you'll need the following:

Background (my white)
    Four 2" x 3-1/2" rectangles
    Four 2" squares

Windmill (my red)
    Four 2" x 3-1/2" rectangles

So ... come back tomorrow and I'll give you the rest of the cutting and construction info for this Star with a Spin.

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