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Blowin' in the Wind

Pinwheel blocks set on point spin across the top of a vintage red, white, and blue quilt. Making 256 triangle-squares for this project is a great way to practice your piecing. 

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Assemble Quilt Center

1.    Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, lay out Pinwheel blocks, setting squares and setting triangles in diagonal rows. 

2.    Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams toward setting squares and triangles. Add corner triangles to make quilt center. The quilt center should be 65-1⁄2" square including seam allowances.

 

Assemble and Add Borders

1.    Cut and piece solid red 1-1⁄2  ×42" strips to make:

•    2—1-1⁄2  ×73" strips    

•    2—1-1⁄2  ×65-1⁄2" strips

 

2.    Cut and piece solid white 1-3⁄4 ×42" strips to make:

•    2—1-3⁄4 ×73" strips    

•    2—1-3⁄4 ×65-1⁄2" strips

    

3.    Cut and piece solid blue 2×42" strips to make:

•    2—2×73" strips    

•    2—2×65-1⁄2" strips

 

4.     Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, sew a solid red 1-1⁄2  ×65-1⁄2" strip, a solid white 1-3⁄4  ×65-1⁄2" strip, and a solid blue 2×65-1⁄2" strip together to make a pieced short border strip. Press seams away from solid white. Repeat to make a second pieced short border strip. 

5.     Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, sew a solid red 1-1⁄2  ×73" strip, a solid white 1-3⁄4  ×73" strip, and a solid blue 2×73" strip together to make a pieced long border strip. Press seams away from solid white. Repeat to make a second pieced long border strip. 

6.    Sew pieced short border strips to opposite edges of quilt center. Add pieced long border strips to remaining edges to complete quilt top. Press all seams toward border. 

 

Finish Quilt

1.    Layer quilt top, batting, and backing; baste. 

2.    Quilt as desired. The vintage quilt was hand-quilted 1⁄4" from the edges of each triangle. A diamond pattern was stitched in the setting squares and triangles, and parallel lines were quilted through the borders.

3.    Bind with solid white binding strips.

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