Block-of-the-Month

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Revolving Pinwheel Block Tutorial

Welcome to the first block of this year’s block-of-the-month quilt along, Revolving Pinwheel. The blocks for this year’s quilt are fairly straightforward, consisting of half rectangle triangles (the lesser known sister of the half square triangle lol) and are assembled like a 9-patch. Every block is the same so you can reference this tutorial any month of the year, as needed. The repetition of this quilt along makes is accessible for quilters of any skill level. Once you’ve mastered the technique, you’ll be flying.

The background fabrics are two shades of grey Kona solids. Each month you will receive pre-cut materials of the background fabric. This year’s project is a little different, however, as it provides you the opportunity to either use up existing scraps, or to choose your own printed fabrics. I will have some pre-cut scrap bundles for purchase, if you’d like to go that route.

Materials required:

  • sewing machine with grey thread
  • thread snips
  • iron and ironing board
  • rotary cutter and cutting mat

Let’s get started:

1. Pair one GREY and one PRINT rectangle right sides together. Be sure to lay the rectangles exactly as shown for every pair of the quilt so that the pinwheels all rotate in the same direction. Draw a diagonal line.

2a. Stitch on both sides of the line, using a 1/4″ seam.

2b. Cut along the diagonal line.

3a. Press seams toward the background fabric. You will have two identical half rectangle triangles. Repeat for remaining three pairs. Set aside one duplicate of each HRT to use in a future block.

3b. Trim all HRTs to 3.5″ x 7″. Start by lining up one edge of the ruler at the bottom of the diagonal and the 3.5″ mark at the top of the diagonal (see image on the left). Make sure there is 1/4″ above the diagonal and 1/4″ below the diagonal (see image on the right).

3c. Once the ruler is in the correct place, trim the right edge and top of the HRT. Rotate and trim the remaining two sides so that the HRT is 3.5″ x 7″.

4a. Take one HRT of each print.

4b. Pair each HRT with a print square, matching the print fabrics with right sides together (to see what happens if you incorrectly match the print square with the background fabric, scroll down to 5c).

4c. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the square print fabric, in the opposite direction of the diagonal seam on the HRT.

5a. Sew along the diagonal and trim the seam allowance to 1/4″.

5b. Press toward the square print and repeat for all HRTs.

5c. Remember step 4b, when I said to match the print square with the print fabric on the HRT? Well, if you incorrectly match the print square with the background fabric on the HRT, you will end up with the piece on the left, rather than the piece on the right. The right is correct.

6. Lay out all the pieces of the block. The focal square goes in the centre, with the revolving pinwheel HRTs extending from centre. The larger background fabric squares go in the corners.

7a. Assemble block as a standard 9-patch. Sew the pieces from column 2 to column 1, right sides together (see image on the left). Then attach pieces from column 3 (see image on the right).

7b. Press seams in rows 1 and 3 in the same direction. Press seams in row 2 in the opposite direction. Sew rows together. Press seams. (Click HERE if you would like a refresher on the details of assembling a 9-patch).

Congratulations! You have now completed one Revolving Pinwheel block in one of the two background fabrics. At the end of twelve months, you will have six dark pinwheel blocks and six light pinwheel blocks to be assembled as a checkerboard, or any pattern you choose.

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BOM 2021 – Revolving Pinwheel

Welcome to Revolving Pinwheel – A block-of-the-month quilt along

The block-of-the-month (BOM) quilt along for 2021 will look a little different than previous years. The blocks for each month are all based on a single original block design … the Revolving Pinwheel.

Each block will be assembled following the same instructions, which will be provided in print form as well as an online tutorial. The repetition of blocks makes this quilt along accessible for quilters of any skill level. Another unique twist to this year’s BOM is that it can be done as a scrap busting project. Each month I will provide pre-cut background fabrics and instructions for assembling the block using your own print and focal fabrics (I have used a variety of bold and bright print fabrics with fussy cut Tula Pink focal fabrics). I will have limited scrap bundles available for purchase for those quilters who don’t want any fuss of cutting. Assembled, all 12 blocks will create a 48″ x 64″ lap quilt. You can increase the quilt size with borders, sashing or extra blocks. How you finish the project is totally up to you!

Block-of-the month subscriptions include:

  • digital pattern (via monthly email)
  • printed pattern and background fabric (to be picked up or mailed out, depending on your subscription)
  • online tutorials (www.justitch.ca)
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Hindsight is 2020

When I named this year’s BOM, Hindsight is 2020, I had no idea what that could mean. As you lay out the blocks, look back on each one, reflecting on the challenges, complexity, accomplishments, and achievements of this quilt, but also of the past year in general.

Every block is the same size so feel free to rearrange the blocks in any orientation that works best for you:

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Sew the blocks together as four rows of three, alternating the seams:

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Then sew the four rows together and your 45″ x 60″ quilt top is complete:

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This size quilt is perfect for a crib or for cuddling under. If you’d like a larger bed-sized quilt, you could increase the size in a few ways: 1. sew borders on each block, 2. sew sashing in between blocks, or 3. sew borders around the blocks after they are sewn together.

If you need recommendations on where/how to have your top quilted, please do not hesitate to ask. If you need help with binding your quilt, I provide binding services.

I hope you had a positive quilting experience and that you look back on Hindsight with joy and pride.

Happy Quilting!

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Hindsight – Block 12

The last block of this year’s block-of-the-month, Hindsight, is asymmetrical and original–truly one-of-a-kind. I hope you enjoy its unique abstract quality as much as I do. I think I saved the best for last …

Start by sewing the two larger triangles together along the diagonal (notice the slight overhang at each end of the diagonal):

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Then do the same with the two smaller triangles:

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Sew these two rectangular pieces together:

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Trim 0.25″ from the edge where the diagonals come to a point:

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Cut 4.25″ from the edge that you just trimmed:

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Trim the opposite edge:

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Cut 9.75″ from the edge you just trimmed and discard the skinny piece that you cut off:

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Mark the center of all pieces including the 2″ x 18″ strip:

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Sew the pieces together with the strip in between, lining up all center marks. Trim excess strip off each edge:

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Congratulations! You’ve completed Block 12:

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You’ve completed all of this year’s blocks! Take some time to savour your accomplishment and then check out the tutorial on how to assemble the quilt top. Make sure to post images of your blocks, layout, and final product, tagging @justitch.ca, #bom2020, #hindsightis2020quilt

Happy Quilting!

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Hindsight – Block 11

You’re a star! And so is Block 11 of this year’s block-of-the-month, Hindsight.

Start by stacking two of the same coloured rectangles, right sides up, and cutting the diagonal top left to bottom right. Stack the other two same coloured rectangles, right sides up, and cut the diagonal top right to bottom left. It is very important to cut the same coloured rectangles in the same direction but to cut the other coloured rectangles in the opposite direction. If you have cut your rectangles correctly you will notice that triangles of one colour fit on the left of the black/grey triangles and the triangles of the other colour will fit on the right. Sew a coloured triangle to the left of the black/grey triangle (notice the overhang above and below the black/grey triangle):

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Trim the coloured triangle following the diagonal line of the black/grey triangle:

Sew the other coloured triangle to the right side of the black/grey triangle (again, notice the overhang above and below):

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Trim the piece to 5.5″ x 5.5″ square (I trimmed 0.25″ from the top of the grey triangle first then trimmed the remaining sides):

Repeat with the remaining three sets of triangles. Lay out all nine squares:

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Assemble the block as a standard 9-patch (Click HERE for a 9-patch tutorial). Sew three rows of three with alternating seams then sew the three rows together (alternating seams will lock):

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If you didn’t already feel like a star, I really hope you do now! Please share your star blocks on social media, tagging @justitch.ca, #bom2020, #hindsightquiltalong, #hindsightis2020

Happy Quilting!

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Hindsight – Block 9

It’s my birthday month and Block 9 is one of my favourites from this year’s block-of-the-month, Hindsight. It reminds me of a compass–I hope yours is pointing you in the right direction. Feel free to share Block 9 on social media, tagging @justitch.ca, #bom2020, #hindsightquiltalong, #hindsightis2020

Start by stacking and cutting two rectangles along one diagonal and two rectangles along the other diagonal:

Sew one of these right triangles to the left side of a coloured triangle (note the overhang slightly below and more above the coloured triangle):

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Press and trim the right triangle following the diagonal line of the coloured triangle:

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Sew another right triangle to the other edge of the coloured triangle. Trim to 4.5″ x 6.125″:

Repeat with the remaining three coloured triangles. Lay out all nine pieces of the block:

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The block now assembles like a 9-patch (click HERE for a 9-patch tutorial). Sew three rows of three, with alternating seams:

Sew three rows together and you’ve completed Block 9!

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Happy Quilting!

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Hindsight – Block 8

Block 8 is another example of how plans on paper don’t always work out exactly as expected but with small modifications, I was able to achieve the design I wanted.

Start by laying out three triangles in matching fabric with grey triangles in between:

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Sew the triangles together in pairs:

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Continue sewing pieces together until you have a strip of triangles. Repeat with the second set of triangles. Trim both pieces to 5.25″ x 15.5″ (I first trimmed 0.25″ from the tops of the coloured triangles and then trimmed other edges to the right size):

Sew each piece with coloured triangles to either side of the solid rectangle and you’re done:

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Happy Quilting!

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Hindsight – Block 7

Over the halfway point, it’s time for Block 7. Start by sewing the rectangle to the top edge of the square. Then sew the smaller triangle (same fabric as the rectangle) to the right edge of the square:

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Trim the rectangle following the same line as the diagonal edge of the triangle:

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Lay the triangle on top, right sides together and sew along diagonal:

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Trim to 15.5″ x 15.5″ square (I did this by lining up the diagonal line on my square ruler with the diagonal seam and trimming two edges then I used two rulers to trim the other two edges 15.5″ from the first two edges that I trimmed):

Congratulations, you’ve now completed Block 7 of this year’s block-of-the-month, Hindsight. Feel free to share your blocks, tagging @justitch.ca, #bom2020, #hindsightquiltalong, #hindsightis2020.

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Hindsight – Block 6

Welcome to Block 6 of this year’s block-of-the-month, Hindsight. Start by stacking the three rectangles with right sides up. Then cut the diagonal top left to bottom right (if you cut the opposite diagonal you’re block will still work but will be the mirror image):

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Rearrange the triangles so that you have three unique pairings and sew each pair together along the diagonal (note the bit of overhang):

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Press and lay out the three rectangles:

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Arrange the rectangles so that no same fabrics are adjacent to one another:

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Sew these three rectangles together and trim to 15.5″ x 15.5″ square:

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Happy Quilting!