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Sunny All Around

A simple Pinwheel block is quite a star when it’s surrounded by multiple borders—pieced and plain.


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Assemble Pinwheel Blocks

1.    Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of yellow print 4-7⁄8" and 2-7⁄8" squares. (To prevent fabric from stretching as you draw lines, place 220-grit sandpaper under squares.)

2.    Layer a marked yellow print 4-7⁄8" square atop each orange floral 4-7⁄8" square. Sew each pair together with two seams, stitching 1⁄4" on each side of drawn line (Diagram 1). 

3.    Cut each pair apart on drawn line to make two triangle units (Diagram 1). Open triangle units and press seams toward yellow print triangles to make four large triangle-squares total. Each large triangle-square should be 4-1⁄2" square including seam allowances.

4.    Referring to Diagram 2, lay out large triangle-squares in pairs; sew together triangle-square pairs. Press seams in opposite directions.

5.    Join pairs to make large Pinwheel block. The Pinwheel block should be 8-1⁄2" square including seam allowances. 

6.    Repeat steps 2–5 using yellow print 2-7⁄8" squares and orange floral 2-7⁄8" squares to make four small Pinwheel blocks. Each small Pinwheel block should be 4-1⁄2" square including seam allowances.