This week I am using bunches of bonus half square triangle blocks…20 to be exact! I am showing you this block in two sizes (12 1/2″ and 6 1/2″) and two different color ways (same pinwheels and scrappier pinwheels). Construction of both sizes and colorways is the same.
There are a few tricks in my YouTube video that show how to make the pinwheel part of the block lay a little flatter. I used to avoid this step and struggled with a big lump in the middle. It is worth the extra little bit of work! Very worth it!
This block is constructed like a standard nine patch once you have made those swirling, little pinwheels. Did you realize that the pinwheels can swirl clockwise or counter clockwise? Somehow I did not realize this! That fact completely passed me by! For more information on making the pinwheels, please see the video above.
Here are the “organized” scrappy blocks:
Here is the 6 1/2″ super scrappy block:
Here is the 12 1/2″ super scrappy block:
Looking at the above picture, I realize that some of my scrappy pinwheels stand out a little better than others, but then again, I am using up my scraps. C’est la vie!
I can’t resist tempting you more about the flat pinwheel technique. Look at how flat this one is…yes, it really does lay flat. I did not pin or fuss overly much to get it that way.
Here is the back center of that block. Look at that little mushed mess of seams. That is what makes this all work!
The video shows you how to pick out about 6 stitches (3 on each side of the connecting seam) to get this little pinwheel nest…three stitches! So worth it! This is coming from me…one of world’s biggest slackers!
If ever a product should sponsor me, this one is it! The “cadillac” of seam rippers!
Here are the cutting measurements for a variety of sizes:
Thank you for reading and watching! I am having great fun creating and sharing with you!
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Have a wonderful day! Hope you are creating something fantastic from your scraps!