Today is my day to post my new whirling plus block tutorial on the Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop 2015! The Hop is sponsored by Fabri-Quilt, which donated fabric to over 60 quilters to create original designs, and hosted by Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl , Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs , Stephanie @Late Night Quilter , and Terri Ann @Childlike Fascination. The end of my post has all my fellow block designers listed.
My block is named the Whirling Plus Block, and here it is:
This 12.5” finished block was made from 6 fat eights from Fabri-Quilt’s prairie cloth cotton solids, in the Watermelon Color Palette of Lapis Blue, Turquoise, Chartreuse, Aqua, Coral, and White.
This block consists of a Lapis Blue plus sign, two colors for the center pinwheel (Chartreuse and Turquoise), a White background with Aqua and Coral for the top and bottom large triangles. These large triangles will become large pinwheels throughout the complete quilt. I recommend prewashing this fabric in prior to piecing. Here is an example of the secondary pattern the block creates as a quilt:
4 Lapis Blue pieces 2.5” x 4.5”
4 Lapis Blue pieces 2.5” x 2.5”
1 Chartreuse piece 2.5”x 5”
3 Turquoise pieces 2.5”x 5”
4 White pieces 2.5” x 2.5”
2 White pieces 3” x 8.5”
2 White pieces 3” x 12.5”
1 Coral piece 4” x 11”
1 Aqua piece 4” x 11”
1) Begin with one of the lapis blue plus sign 2.5” x 4.5” pieces, and the chartreuse center pinwheel 2.5” x 5” piece. Place the chartreuse piece at an angle on top of the lapis blue piece as show here. Be careful to create an angle that is at least ½ inch from the top and left edges. The intention is to have a wonky pinwheel, so don’t worry about a precise angle or measurement. Sew a ¼ inch seam as show by the dotted line.
2) Flip the center pinwheel piece and press towards the chartreuse. Your piece should look like this:
3) Next, from the back trim the pinwheel piece to the same size as the original background piece. The cutting lines are shown here with the thick dotted line.
4) Now trim the excess lapis blue background piece ¼ inch from original seam. Take care to trim the intended color, leaving a chartreuse pinwheel blade with a lapis blue background.
5) Make three more pinwheel blades switching to the turquoise 2.5” x 5” pieces. You will end up with four pieces like this to complete the center pinwheel. The pinwheel is intended to be wonky, so vary the angles to make narrow and wide pinwheel blades.
6) Arrange the pinwheel blades as shown below:
9) Continue with the other three blades until you have four complete blocks, pressing seams open. Sew the blocks together, first the left pieces together, and right pieces together, and then the two sides together as shown:
10) At this point, square up your plus sign block, to 8 ¼”.
11) Sew the two white 3” x 8.5” rectangles on to either side of the block, press, trim to 8 ¼” x 12.5”. Next, sew the 3” by 12.5” rectangles to the top and the bottom, press, trim to 12.5” square.
12) Add the large triangles in the coral and aqua colors with the same technique that we used for the smaller pinwheel blades.
Lay the coral fabric on the top left corner of the block at an angle. Vary angle slope as desired. Sew a ¼” seam. Repeat with the aqua fabric on the bottom right. Flip and press both of these rectangles.
The Whirling Plus block is extremely versatile in color and pattern. It is stunning as a stand-alone block, yet when combined in a quilt there are many options. With the color scheme and placement used above a quilt with alternating blocks would look like this:
Good luck and happy sewing. If you make this pattern or your own version of it, I would love to see it, link up with me at AvocadoQuilts.com. Always feel free to contact me anytime. This tutorial is also available by PDF here.
A special thanks to Fabri-Quilt for the donation of the amazing fabric, and to the hosts of the Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop 2015, Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl , Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs , Stephanie @Late Night Quilter , and Terri Ann @Childlike Fascination !
The Blog Hop Block Designers!
Monday, August 31st
Host – Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
Kelly @Quilting it Out
Martha @Once a Wingnut
Irene @Patchwork and Pastry
Cassandra @The (not so) Dramatic Life
Andrea @The Sewing Fools
Bernie @Needle and Foot
Silvia @A Stranger View
Wanda @Wanda’s Life Sampler
Sandra @Musings of a Menopausal Melon
Vicki @Orchid Owl Quilts
Jess @Quilty Habit
Diana @Red Delicious Life
Chelsea @Patch the Giraffe
Margo @Shadow Lane Quilts
Renee @Quilts of a Feather
Tuesday, September 1st
Host – Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs
Colleen @Colleen’s Custom Quilting
Josi @Avocado Quilts
Cindy @Sewing Moxie
Stephanie @Quilt’n Party
Cristy @Love You Sew
Sarah @Sarah Goer Quilts
Shelly @The Carpenter’s Daughter Who Quilts
Jayne @Twiggy & Opal
Sharla @Thistle Thicket Studio
Adrian @Making It – Family Food Quilts Crafts
Julie @Pink Doxies
Sarah @123 Quilt
Deanna @Stitches Quilting
Jane @Jolly and Delilah Quilts
Carrie @The Zen Quilter
Wednesday, September 2nd
Host – Stephanie @Late Night Quilter
Hannah @Modern Magnolia Studio
Cindy @Stitchin At Home
Abby @Hashtag Quilt
Lisa @Sunlight in Winter Quilts
Carrie @Chopping Block Quilts
Eleanor @Cat Approved Quilting
Brianna @The Iron and Needle
Tish @Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland
Jan @The Colorful Fabriholic
Sarah @Smiles Too Loudly
Beth @Cooking Up Quilts
Leanne @Devoted Quilter
Liz @LizzyClips Design
Kim @Leland Ave Studios
Kitty @Night Quilter
Thursday, September 3rd
Host – Terri Ann @Childlike Fascination
Robyn @Hoops & Thimbles
Helen @Midget Gem Quilts
Jinger @Trials of a Newbie Quilter
Anja @Anja Quilts
Kathryn @Upitis Quilts
Mary @Quilting is in my Blood
Emma @My Handmade Home
Francine @Mocha Wild Child
Dina @Living Water Quilter
Deb @The Farmhouse Quilter
Amy @13 Spools
Sandra @The Bias Edge
Sandra @One Million Stitches