Tulips and Pinwheels Quilt – stash busting project – Quilt along


hey… what’s up everyone I hope you are
doing alright and thank you so much for joining me today in another quilt along
episode, so today we’re gonna make this lovely tulips and pinwheel quilt behind
me this is such an adorable quilt and a great stash busting project, the finished
measurements of this quilt is approximately 58.5″ x 58.5″
so it’s a square quilt and for the fabric you will need
approximately 10 fat quarters 3 dark, 3 medium, and 4 light color you will also
need some background fabric I use this off-white color and you will need about
1 3/4 yard. For this quilt we’ll be working with two different blocks so
we’ve got the tulip block and the pinwheel block obviously pinwheel block I think
is something that we are already very familiar with and the tulip block also
relatively simple it’s not too complicated
if you’ve already mastered the half square triangles this will come
relatively easy I made this quilt for my mom in law I
love her so much she’s the sweetest woman I know and I’m planning to give
this to her as Mother’s Day gift. She lives in New Jersey, so I’m going to mail
this to her right around Mother’s Day time. So I hope you enjoy this video and
without further ado let’s get started. For each unit of the tulip block you will need
seven pieces of fabrics for fabric 1 and 2, you need to cut from the dark or
medium fabric and then for fabric 3, 4, and 5 you will need to cut from the
lighter fabric… for fabric 6 you need to cut from your background fabric and for
fabric 7 you will need to cut from medium or dark fabric something that is
contrasting with fabric 1 and 2 so for fabric 1 up to fabric 6 you will need to
cut four pieces for each…while for fabric 7 you will need to cut five pieces first we’re gonna make the half square
triangle units so take a fabric 1 and fabric 3, and then you wanna lay them
right side together just like that and then you want to take your ruler and
lay that on diagonal angle and then go ahead and draw the diagonal line you can
either use a fabric marker, pencil, or pen once you’ve done that go ahead and sew
1/4″ away from the diagonal line on both sides.. and I’m going to pop
a couple of pins to secure them in place I’m sewing with my quarter inch foot so
I simply align the edges of my presser foot with the diagonal line and once you’ve done sewing you wanna
cut the diagonal line and you should end up with two half square triangles. Set
the seams and press towards the darker fabric
and then you can go ahead and make six more half square triangles so once
you’ve sewn all of the 4.5″ squares together or the fabric1
and 3 together you should end up with 8x half square triangles. Next
we’re gonna trim this half square triangle to measure 3.5″ squares
so here I’ve got my square ruler so you want to align the diagonal line
of your ruler with the diagonal line of the half square triangle and then find the
3.5″ point, now what I like to do though for the first cut I
like to measure a slight bigger than the measurements that I’m looking for as you
can see here I’m aligning my ruler at 3.75″ point and then I’m
going to go ahead and trim with my rotary cutter, now I’m going to flip this
to the opposite side again aligning the diagonal line of the ruler with the
diagonal line of the half square triangle and this time I’m going to
measure exactly at 3.5″ point and then trim so now my half square
triangle is measuring exactly 3.5″ squares s so you wanna go ahead and
do the same with the rest of your half square triangles units. To make the tulip
unit lay out your fabric pieces just like shown here and I’m gonna go ahead and start sewing
starting from fabric 2 with the half square triangle and of course we’re
gonna use quarter inch of seam allowance throughout the piecing now press the
seams towards fabric 2 or away from the half square triangle
next we’re going to sew fabric 5 and fabric 7
and then press towards fabric seven then we’re gonna sew these two together and press towards fabric 4 next we’re gonna sew these two together and then press the seams away from the
half square triangle next we’re gonna show the upper and the
lower rows together so you should be able to nest the seams at this point if
you want to you can pin right on the seams just to make sure they’re not
shifting now to press the seams what I like to do
I will unpick the top stitches down to the quarter inch point or where the
intersection is and then I’m going to open this up and
with my finger I’m going to push one seams up and then the other seams down
and then press the wrong side just to keep everything in place for now and
then press the right side so I like to gently push the seams and make sure
everything is nice and flat there …so your tulip unit should now measure
6.5″ squares now go ahead and make three more of this, so you should
end up with four tulip units to assemble the block
you wanna arrange your tulip units with fabric 6 and the one piece left from
fabric 7 like shown on the screen right now we’re going to assemble this block one
row at a time so I’m going to start with this first tulip unit with fabric 6 and then I’m going to press the seams
towards fabric 6. I know it may be scary for some people because I’m pressing the
seams towards the light fabric however I kind of prefer less bulk and I really
never had a problem with it now I’m going to sew the second tulip and press towards fabric 6 so we’re
basically going to press everything towards fabric 6 or the background
fabric throughout the piecing of the block now we’re gonna sew the first and
the second row together so you should be able to nest the seams and I like to pop
a couple of pins just to secure the seams together and then press towards the second row alright so here we’ve got our first
tulip block ready and this block should measure 14″ squares so you wanna
go ahead and make seven more blocks which means you will have eight tulip
blocks now we’re gonna work on the pinwheel block so for this block you
will need two rectangles some contrasting colors you can either use
medium with light or dark with light and some background fabric as well so you wanna make four half-square
triangles exactly the same way when we did the tulip blocks so you wanna take
fabric 1 and 2, lay them right side together draw a diagonal line and then
stitch a quarter of an inch away on both sides of the diagonal line then square
them up to measure 3.5″ squares now lay out the half square
triangles to make the pinwheel block just like shown on the screen right now now go ahead and sew them together so I
like to start from the upper row if you pressed all of your half square
triangles towards the darker fabric you should be able to nest the seams so you
wanna start sewing from the opposite of the seams it’s just much easier that way
so you wanna press the seams of each row towards opposite directions this way
it’s easier later to nest the seams now sew the rows together you should be
able to nest the seams since we press the seams towards opposite sides I’m gonna
press this the same way as I did the tulip unit so I’m going to unpick few
stitches from the top down to where the intersection is…about 1/4 of an
inch and then push one seams up and one seams down you may not be able to see it
clearly here but there should be a miniature pinwheel right on the center now we’re going to lay out fabric 3
and fabric 4 so you’re going to start by sewing fabric 3 and then press
towards fabric 3 all right so our pinwheel block is done
so you want to make eight of this. Now lay out your quilt block by alternating
the tulip block with the pinwheel block so you want to arrange your block in
four rows and four columns just like shown here and once you’re happy with
the layout of your quilt blocks go ahead and start piecing them together so here
I’ve already grouped my quilt blocks according to each row and I labeled them
from the first up to the fourth row and then sew my quilt block one row at a time
once you have pieced all of your quilt blocks together it’s time to add the
borders so for this quilt I used 2.5″ border however you can make
wider border if you prefer that’s gonna enlarge the size of your quilt when I
sew my border I like to pin from the center so I am matching the center
point of my border with the center point of the quilt top and I also pin
both the side edges then sew with quarter inch of seam allowance and when
pressing this I press the seams towards the border and when you sew the border
you wanna sew from the shorter border attach that to the top and bottom of the
quilt and then sew the longer border to the sides of the quilt once you’ve sewn the border together and
your quilt top is ready to go, go ahead and sandwich your quilt top with the quilt batting
and backing fabric and then quilt as you desired so you can do free
motion quilting, walking foot quilting or hand quilting, with this quilt I did free
motion quilting, I don’t consider myself much of an expert in free motion
quilting but I do enjoy doing it for my own quilt, simply having fun with it.
alright once you’ve done quilting go ahead and add the binding use your favorite
binding method if you make your own binding you need about 6 binding strips
for this measurements. Ant that’s all ! have for you today guys thank you so much for
watching and I shall see you next time with another fun sewing and quilting
projects goodbye!

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8 thoughts on “Tulips and Pinwheels Quilt – stash busting project – Quilt along

  1. Hello Friends, I hope you're all doing well, staying safe and strong! 
    Time Stamps
    Intro 00:00
    Making the tulip block 01:22
    Sewing the half square triangles 02:05
    Assembling the Tulip Unit 04:38
    Assembling the Tulip block 06:57
    Making the Pinwheel block 09:20
    Assembling the Pinwheel unit 10:04
    Assembling the Pinwheel Block 11:24
    Assembling the quilt top 11:59
    Adding borders 12:34
    Closing 14:20

    Happy Quilting!

  2. Your mother in law is very lucky. That is such a beautiful quilt and the fabrics are so pretty. Thank you. 😊

  3. Thank you for a lovely video tutorial, once again. I just love your projects and thank you for taking the time to share the process! Be well and Keep up your spirits, happy, enjoying the Springtime weather, etc. = ]

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