Friday, February 12, 2010

Whirligig Block Tutorial

The whirligig block is lots of fun a goes togeher rather quickly. You don't need a lot of fabric just enough to make 2 5 inch light colored block and 2 5 inch dark colored blocks. It's a fun way to use up scraps.
Step 1:

  • Cut a piece of template plastic or thin cardboard into a five inch square.
  • Draw a line down the middle of the template.
  • mark a 1/4 of an inch on opposite sides of the the line and the template (look at the photo)
  • Draw a line from the 1/4 inch mark diagonal across the square.

Step 2:
  • Cut the template on the line- there now you have your template for your whirligig.
  • Mark the right side so you always cut your fabric the right way!

Step 3:
  • Now pick your two fabrics - a light and a dark one to make your whirligig.
  • cut 2 light and 2 dark into 5 inch squares.


step 4:
  • Stack fabric blocks (right side up)
  • place template on block and draw diagonal line.
  • Tip: always place your template the same way- to ensure your blocks spin the same direction.


Step 5:

  • Cut the blocks on the line- keep them organized because now we have to put them together.


Step 6

  • Line up the white with the opposite blue- see picture


Step 7:

  • line up diagonal edge of fabric like in the picture and get ready to sew.



Step 8:

  • Sew your blocks together with a scant 1/4 inch on the diagonal sides.


Step 9:

  • Press to the dark fabric


Step 10:

  • Now it's time to square up your blocks because right now they should be rectangular.
  • the short end should measure 4 1/2 inches so square the block to 4 1/2 inches (refer to the photo)




  • See your nice squared up squares.





Step 11:
  • Now you need to place your squares out to make a whirligig- the easiest way to do this is to refer to the photo

Step 12:
  • Place 2 of your blocks right sides together in row one and do the same for row two.
  • sew them together with a scant 1/4 inch seam.

Step 13:
  • press each row the opposite way so you can nest the seams and reduce bulk when you sew your rows to gether

  • nesting the seams- refer to the photo


Step 14:
  • sew your rows together with your scant 1/4 inch seam

  • press your rows open.

There you go a beautiful and whimsical whirligig- now make a whole bunch and put them together to make a whirly fun quilt!

5 comments:

  1. Thank you for such a clear tutorial, I will have a go at it now!

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  2. thanks for the great tutorial, i wanted to make those for quite some time and think i will now eventually..
    Claudia

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  3. Thanks!
    I just finished making one of these and had trouble squaring up the final blocks. They didn't end up lining up perfectly...what's the best way to square up that final block?

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  4. Thank you so much for a great and picture rich tut! Found this via link in the forum at MSQC.

    Best regards from Eva Mari :)

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  5. que ótimo tutorial, encaminharei à minha professora de patchwork, ela vai adorar. Na próxima aula vamos fazer!
    obrigada!
    thanks

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