Monday, November 8, 2010

The Sawtooth Pinwheel Hybrid Quilt Block

I spent a good portion of Saturday evening cutting out itty bitty squares for a new quilt I'm working on for my nephew.  I have no idea what the real name of this block is.  I'm calling it the Sawtooth Pinwheel because it has elements of both of those blocks . . . long-time quilters: feel free to correct me on the name!

Sawtooth Pinwheel Star Blocks

I chose some cheery but down to earth colors for this quilt . . . my little nephew's name literally means, "Peaceful Forest".

Sawtooth Pinwheel Star Block #1
I am not usually wooed by the fat quarter bundles at Jo-Ann . . . usually I find them really uninspiring and the colors don't grab me.  These ones, though . . . they just spoke to me.  I bought a bundle hoping that 5 fat quarters would be enough to make a little blanket.

Sawtooth Pinwheel Star Block #2
I picked the gray as a background (rather than white) because I thought it would help me get away with using a floral print for a little boy.  ;)

Sawtooth Pinwheel Star Block #4

I'm not gonna lie . . . I'm pretty proud of myself for getting all those squiggles going in the same direction.

Sawtooth Pinwheel Star Block #3
I'm under the gun just a little bit . . . my in-laws are going down to Texas to meet the little man over Thanksgiving and I want to finish it so they can hand deliver it for me.  The last time I shipped a quilt I was terrified it would get lost in the mail.

(It wasn't.  No worries.)

I've been working on a lot of other projects lately . . . just haven't had much time to photograph and post.  Will try to get working on getting those documented soon.

In the meantime, I'm thinking about writing up a little tute on how to make this little block.  I found instructions for a similar-ish block that helped me figure out how to do it, but I changed it around to give that alternating pinwheel effect.  There may be instructions out there somewhere already, but I sure couldn't find any.

Did anyone else get their craft on this weekend?


Kathy November 9, 2010 at 12:24 PM  

Wow, LOVE those squares - can't wait to see the finished product!

Jessica November 12, 2010 at 12:27 PM  

Those are beautiful! I love the colors and fabrics you've chosen. I can't wait to see it when it's all done.

Skooks November 12, 2010 at 4:09 PM  

Thanks! I'd update the progress but it's slow going so far and I haven't been able to work on it more since my last post. This weekend for sure. :)

growMama November 20, 2010 at 2:41 AM  

loving this block and your choices of fabrics here...and go you for matching those squiggles - that woulda driven me nutty!

Sam December 2, 2011 at 6:30 PM  

I just started a quilt with this same block. The book I found it in calls it a pinwheel star block. I love the colors you choose.

Elaine August 5, 2013 at 3:18 PM  

Really nice live the colors

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