August 31, 2015

2015 New Block Blog Hop: Picnic Pinwheel


Welcome to the 2015 New Block Blog Hop! If you're new to the blog my name is Chels and I've been  blogging for about a year and a half. I am a full time teacher, so today is officially my first day back. Summer went by too fast, but I am savoring every last minute of this beautiful sunshine starting with this delicious Watermelon Summer Palette from Fabri-Quilt. Look below for links to other quilters  sharing their tutorials today. Now introducing ... 

Picnic Pinwheel Tutorial

MATERIALS & CUTTING:


Blue/Background: 4 - 4.5 inches square, 8 - 2.5 inches square
Chartreuse/Color 1: 4 - 6.5 by 2.5 inches
Aqua/Color 2: 4 - 4.5 by 2.5 inches 
Coral/Color 3: 4 - 2.5 inches square
Chartreuse/Color 4: 4 - 2.5 inches square 
  
**For this tutorial: all seams are sewn at a scant quarter inch, seams are pressed open, and diagonals are sewn using the Frog Tape Trick. RST = right sides together, 

DIRECTIONS:



1. Start by taking the four 6.5 by 2.5 inch pieces and four 2.5 inch background squares. RST sew diagonally across the white square. Trim away extra fabric and press open. 
2. Next, take the four 4.5 by 2.5 inch pieces and four 2.5 inch background squares. RST sew the opposite direction you sewed the diagonal in step one. Trim away extra fabric and press open.


3. Use the 4.5 inch background squares and the 2.5 squares of color to make the corner piece. RST sew diagonally across the colored square. Trim away extra fabric and press open.
4. Using the last 2.5 inch color squares, repeat step 3 to the opposite corner. Trim away extra fabric and press open.


5. Putting RST sew together the 4.5 inch square and the 4.5 inch rectangle on all four pieces. Press open.
6. Next, RST sew the 6.5 inch rectangle on all four pieces. Press open. Now each quadrant of the design is completed.


7. Lay out the four quadrants, rotating as shown above.
8. RST sew together the top two quadrants and bottom two quadrants. Press open.


9. RST sew the two sides of the block together. Press open. 
10. Admire the finished block! 

The block will finish at 12 inches square, unfinished 12.5 inches square. If you have any questions or need clarification on a part please feel free to email or leave a comment below. 

Stay tuned on Thursday I am releasing my first quilt pattern using this block! Here is a little sneak peak. Being a first I am super excited to share with everyone. 


Until then check out these other bloggers who are releasing a new block tutorial today!

43 comments:

  1. Wow, Chels, your design is elegant and I love how the blocks look when combined together. I just love how you are able to take a design and work it into your aesthetic; it is so crisp and clean.

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  2. Congratulations on your block design AND your first quilt design. How wonderful! The thing I like most in your block is the secondary design created when the blocks are set together. That's like two for one! Martha @ onceawingnut.com

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  3. This is such a charming star block! I like the energy your have developed through your color selections within the Watermelon Summer palette. Congratulations on your first quilt pattern release!

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  4. Great block design. Congrats on the release of your first quilt pattern.

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  5. This is a lovely little block. I like how it looks in the whole quilt. Congratulations on the release of your pattern.

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  6. I love your block! Definitely coming back for the quilt pattern - well done!

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  7. I really like this one! Hopping around today to the next person.

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  8. Great block and tutorial. Your quilt is beautiful, I'm sure the pattern will be a big hit, congratulations!

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  9. Beautiful block and great tutorial.

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  10. Thank you for sharing the tutorial. I am going to be trying all the blocks!

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  11. That is such a great block! I love it!

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  12. Thank you for sharing the block creates an amazing quilt. I hope that you have a wonderful creative day!

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  13. What a fun block! It looks great in the prints too, and the quilt is so cute!

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  14. I like how the block can be sewn into a scrappy quilt. Thanks for sharing.
    Sandra

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  15. I like this pinwheel and look forward to tomorrows post. BTW couldn't find a BlogLovin button for you on this site.

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  16. What a great looking block and the finished quilt. Congrats on your first release pattern! More to come, I'm sure.

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  17. Great design, Chelsea! I love the block, and your quilt is beautiful. Congratulations on your first pattern release!!

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  18. Congrats Chelsea on the release of your pattern, the quilt is lovely. Your block is great too, love the pinwheel effect

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  19. Great block and pretty quilt! Congrats on releasing a pattern!!!

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  20. I really love that effect of "nesting" the star thingy in the middle. I also like how you cut off the edges of the square. The completed quilt is great, too.

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  21. Very nice! I would definitely make a quilt from this. Looking forward to seeing your pattern.

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  22. I love this block, great work! Love the quilt in prints also! Can't wait to see your pattern.

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  23. Suhweet!!! Congrats on your pattern release! That sure is a great quilt, I love it :)
    XX!
    Lori

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  24. I love it! Can't wait to get the pattern!

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  25. Nice block, Chels, and it looks great in your quilt!

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  26. It is obvious that I have a young son because I see a superhero logo in this block :) I really like the quilt layout, and I'll be happy to share and pin that pattern later this week!!

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  27. Love the color choice you made for this block. The little bit of red makes the pinwheel really "pop-out". The quilt looks great also. Can't wait for the pattern! Looks like I got another project to add to the "To Do" list.

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  28. I actually said "wow" out loud when I saw the quadrants come together! So cool!

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  29. I adore your block! Well done! I live that you showed what could be done by sharing your sweet quilt!

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  30. Your block is gorgeous! Congrats on the new pattern!

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  31. Love this block! It has such great movement. And kudos to you for making an entire quilt already to showcase it! Can't wait to see the post on Thursday for more details.

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  32. Sweet! I thank you Chelsea for the this great block tutorial. I think your quilt is so pretty. This one is going to the front of my list for sure.

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  33. Another winner. following on bloglovin. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  34. Such a wonderful and versatile block, and the whole quilt you have of it is just perfect, such fun colors! Oh and I've totally borrowed your bead board background tip, had completely forgotten to drop by and say thanks for that tip post way back when :)

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  35. I really like how the parts of this block layer on each other and how you get the little squares when you combine the blocks into a quilt. (Also, my quirky eye, but I see a little boat when I look at just the one upper left quadrant.)

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  36. Thanks for such a pretty block! It looks great in your quilt design!

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  37. Aww, this is just a fun little block! Thanks for demonstrating it in a different fabric palette at the same time, and showing the possibilities. I would love to see it done in all reproduction Depression Fabrics! Delightful.

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