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August 13, 2019
Pinwheels and Pretties: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Pinwheels and Pretties colour board from Clever Chameleon

Pinwheels Mystery Quilt Progress

Over a year ago I started a quilt that will actually, one day, be for me! I started it at a Pick-A-Case mystery retreat with Judy in Bordertown. Which I attended at the invitation and insistence of my at-the-time-unmet internet blogger friend, Joy (of Days Filled with Joy blogging fame).

But once I was home from that retreat, the quilt dropped like a stone in the priority queue and stalled. I’m sure many of you will be familiar with the troubles associated with finishing a project for oneself over all the other important and urgent ...

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July 31, 2019
Autumn Picnic quilt from Pieced Brain

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine.
©2019 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
"Autumn Picnic" is my newest quilt design with my all-time favorite color combination for Fall, featuring fabrics from the Can't Stop Falling collection by Hoffman Fabrics. The quilt measures 66-1/2" x 90-1/2" and the blocks finish at 12". I love how it turned out!
In every inch, you will find reminders of Autumn with acorns, leaves in all shapes, and flowers and berries in rich hues. The pinwheel and leaf blocks showcase the traditional colors of Fall and the teal on the chain ...

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May 17, 2019
Baby elephant pinwheel quilt from Granny Maud's Girl

My lovely neighbours are expecting a grandson any day now, and they asked me to make the new baby a quilt. I do not normally sew on demand, but I was happy to make an exception for them. We live in the best neighbourhood. The group of residents around me swap not only cups of sugar but also everything from stockpots to crayfish, and we spend a lot of time together socially.

Pinwheel baby quilt made by Granny Maud's Girl

The colours roughly fade from light to dark. Roughly.

From my stash, a blue and white elephant print caught Mrs Neighbour’s eye, and a raindrop print I ...

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May 3, 2019
It's all About Value...Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

I'm not ashamed that I'm stumped.  I've been diligently working on the pinwheels and it's getting to place where I really do need some kind of loose value sketch on where I want to put the dang things!  I kinda sketched out some ideas but honestly, I didn't like one more than the other.  They all kind of were just ....well....blah.

So I reached to my favorite teacher, Jeannette Meyer to ask if she had any good hints (she always knows what to say to get me moving in the right direction) and she ...

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April 19, 2019
Getting Serious with the Pinwheels on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Okay, enough is enough!  This week I had a come to Jesus talk with my self.  I said, "Self, you have playing around with the pinwheels for too long. At this rate this quilt is NEVER going to get done.  It is too darn pretty for you to do a pinwheel here and a pinwheel there.  Get over your laziness and just work on it regular!"

So that's what I did this week.  I took it out in my studio and started working on the pinwheels like it was a regular project, not just a project ...

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January 29, 2019
Ribbon Dance quilt from Pieced Brain

Photograph by Justin Wiard for Quilter's World. Used with permission.
I was so happy when I opened the box and saw my quilt Ribbon Dance. I had forgotten all about it as it was mailed to the publisher so many months ago. The pattern for Ribbon Dance has just been published in the Spring 2019 issue of Quilter's World - have you seen it?

The fabrics I chose for this design are by Timeless Treasures from the Angelica line (gorgeous florals) with accents from their Viola and Solid-ish collections. Ah... but wait until you see the Timeless Treasures backing ...

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January 24, 2019
Neel from Sew Preeti Quilts

I promise I have a quilt finish to share, in a minute.  But first I have some good news and some exciting news, in that order.

Good news - My blog was featured in the top 25 blogs of 2018 on Fave Quilts website.
I am honored to be listed along side several of my favorites. Do take a look.
I feel on top of the world, at least the blogging world. However, if I ever get my head in the air, too much, I know I can rely on you to bring me down to earth. Right?

Here is the ...

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December 13, 2018
Lots of Pinwheels from Pieced Brain

Phew! It has been about three weeks since I last posted something here. My sister returned to Brazil and soon my grandsons will be coming to visit for a week (you know how much work will get done while the two little boys are here, right? Ah... but it will be fantastic!).

Anyway, above is my quilt "Pinwheel Pirouette" which has just been published in the January 2019 issue of Love of Quilting magazine. This is a fun quilt to make with only four 16" blocks and a bunch of pinwheels on the border. It was made with batiks from ...

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November 2, 2018
Back to Upstate - Off The Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Well, I'm writing this from my cabin in upstate New York...again.   Helping family is always a worthwhile pursuit even if it is in the middle of no where.  At least they have WiFi ... grin!!  I've been pretty busy here, but  I did take time to lay out all my pinwheel blocks and reevaluate where I'm going with this quilt.

After looking at it, I really do need to do some more Medium values.  I still have a big pile of lights that is not laid out and a big pile of darks that aren't laid ...

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October 26, 2018
Twist and Shout Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Twist and Shout Quilt

I tell ya, when we were kids, we could twist and shout on the dance floor til dawn. But these days? Well,  twist and shout have taken on a whole new meaning.

I bend to retrieve a fallen straight pin. “Ouch!” I turn to empty a snow shovel. “Woah, Nelly!” Yes, with this old body of mine, a simple little twist sure can make me shout!

Twist and Shout Quilt

This week, stitch together a Twist and Shout quilt that’s so quick and easy,  you’ll feel like a kid again!

Twist and Shout Quilt

Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

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October 19, 2018
English Paper Piecing Tutorial - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

My parents cabin sits on the bank of a creek
Hi Everyone!!  I want to thank you all for hanging in with me as I had to take a little break from blogging.  I've been up at my parents' cabin in upstate New York helping with the recovery of my father's open heart surgery.  Thank God, he's doing great and is now well on his way to his old self.  Its weird to take a break from your normal life, but I'm thinking, not a bad  thing either. 

Anyways......Here's my story.  So back in ...

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August 31, 2018
Pinwheel Picnic Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Pinwheel Picnic Quilt

My very favorite quilts are the kind of quilts that are used and enjoyed. The ones that snuggle a baby or keep Mom warm during chilly little league games. The ones that follow you to the beach and the mountains and dozens of family picnics. They may end up with a smudge or a stain, but these quilts are always the best loved – and so full of memories!

Pinwheel Picnic Quilt

This week Jenny is whipping up a pretty new pinwheel quilt that comes together so quickly, it will soon be ready for many grand adventures! Click HERE to watch the tutorial!

Pinwheel Picnic Quilt

Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

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June 14, 2018
Pinwheels Repurposed from Gray Barn Designs

This past weekend, I was cleaning up my sewing room after a recent flurry of creativity.  After finishing my Patriotic Pinwheels GBD 05 24 18 table runner, I had a few leftover pinwheel blocks.


Since pinwheels are one of my favorite blocks, I just couldn’t bear to throw them in a scrap pile never to be seen again until 2028!  So…I made a few July 4th greeting cards.

I had some blank note cards on hand and used a decorative stitch to sew the pinwheels to the cards.  I did snip all those loose threads, just in case ...

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June 11, 2018
How to measure and cut triangles from Granny Maud's Girl

A few years ago, I was surprised to realise that many people in my local quilt group did not know the trick for calculating what to cut for triangles. They were lost without a pattern. I cannot remember where I learned this little gem of information, but it means that I can work out the size to cut my fabric for almost any pieced quilt block, and it allows me to sew whatever block catches my fancy, with or without a pattern.

With Yvonne (Quilting Jetgirl) and Cheryl (Meadow Mist Designs) hosting a festival for sewing tips and tutorials, I ...

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June 6, 2018
Scientific Pinwheel Quilt Gifted from Fret Not Yourself

I'm constantly amazed how quickly small quilts get finished. It took part of one day to sew the borders on and pin baste the quilt, another day to quilt it, and it was bound the next morning. Then it just needed a quick wash and dry to be ready to gift.

I like to wrap these quilts into little sausages and tie them with a pretty bow. The colors are pretty enough for wrapping paper and I get to see their excitement when it's unrolled. How do you wrap quilt gifts?

Scientific Pinwheels baby quilt

Scanning my stash ...

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June 4, 2018
Quick Trip to Chicago from Fret Not Yourself

After manipulating the corners of the inner border, I decided on this spinning effect. It requires a  partial seam but that's easy enough especially on such long strips. It just blends with the spinning pinwheels. {The other choice was a courthouse steps arrangement. I forgot to snap a photo and I'm not going back. This woman is on a deadline.}

Scientific Pinwheels quilt layout

DH and I flew to Chicago last weekend for baseball. We'd had the trip planned since last year and he encouraged me to take a break. I could have taken a photo of ...

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April 24, 2018
Only a Few Pinwheels - AHIQ 32 from Fret Not Yourself

Over the past two weeks I've made ten of these small pinwheels. Even that tiny amount was difficult both to carve the time out for and to find the creativity to select combinations.

Pinwheel baby quilt it progress

LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color, who recently moved halfway across the country, has written several posts about the experience: the excitement of discoveries along the drive, the struggles of house-hunting, the challenges of finding her feet, her supplies and her mojo. She's creating again and contacting nearby quilters. Hooray.

There are parallels with my life. Fortunately we are a ...

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April 7, 2018
Row Along 2018: Row 4 Pinwheels from Pipersgirls's Weblog

11277 Hamilton White F'17

Row 4 is here and its a quickie! So that means it is a great time to get caught up if you need to and would like to. These simple pinwheels are extra fun because they are 3D! You will add these pinwheels to many quilts in the future. They are only a little more work than the classic, but add fun dimension to your project and are very unique.  Little one’s absolutely love them so they are especially fantastic in baby quilts.


For this row you will use your background fabric plus 8 fabrics of your choosing ...

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March 26, 2018
Delilah Quilt: Pinwheels and more... from Sew Some Sunshine

I'm continuing on my Delilah Quilt journey with the last of the block piecing.  So far we've had twelve months of blocks with twelve, nine, and six inch finished sizes.  The final month included directions for piecing 31 pinwheels and cutting 34 squares to finish at three inches.  So off to work I went.  Here's where I started.

Delilah Pinwheel

Then I moved on to these.

Delilah Quilt
And a few more.

Delilah Quilt

At this point, I realized that 31 pinwheels are a lot of the same thing.  So with the last set, I decided to put them together into a variation ...

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March 24, 2018
Pinwheels and More from Quilted Joy

The pinwheels are probably one the most recognizable quilt blocks. They’re easy to piece and super fun to play with layouts and colors. These renters have decided to keep with tradition and create these beautiful pinwheel block quilts.

The pinwheels in Karen's quilt seem to float in the sky on her quilt!

Karen made this quilt top a long time ago and then just lost interest in it and set it aside. I think we can all relate to that! I haven’t met a quilter yet that didn’t have several projects going at once at different stages of the process. She was watching Alex Anderson telling people to finish tops even ...

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