Monday, December 13, 2010

Whirlygig Tutorial... Part 3

Hello Everyone,

First I wanted to thank everyone who took part in the giveaway! I will have results later this week. So be sure to check back. Also, a friendly reminder that everything in my online store is 15% off with the code all15 through 12/17.

Now onto the final part in the Whirlygig tutorial!! Thank you all for your patience. This took me a little longer than I thought. But I hope you like it and I would love to see some of your own Whirlygigs!! Please e-mail me photos if you are making them I would love to do a post with them.

You can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here.



First up here is a blown out photo of the parts that you should have now. The black and white corners where cut from a template from Quilts With A Spin.


Take one of your corners and find the center by pressing to mark.


Here you can see the center on the right side of the fabric. The center is found on the curved side of the corner.


Now find the center of the paper pieced arc. There is a marking on the paper side. Pin them right sides together at the center.


Now pin each side of the corners to the ends of the arc.


Then pin in between each pin. You will now sew a 1/4" seam with the corner side down next to the feed dogs. This will allow the corner fabric to feed properly.


Sorry for the yucky ironing board photo. But this is what the arc and the corner will look like before it is pressed.


Press the seam towards the corner, not the arc. Pretty, huh?


Repeat 3 more times until you have four corner blocks sewn. Now to join them.


Take two of your corners and line up the ends and seams. Pin and sew a 1/4" seam.


It will look like this.


Now rip the paper away from just inside the seam allowance on both sides.


Press the seams open. Repeat this three more times until all four corners and arcs are joined together. You will have a hole in the center. This is where the Whirlygig comes in...


Now take your Whirlygig center and you are going to press it in half to find the side centers. Then you will fold it in half the other way to find the other side centers. So you will have 4 creases at each quarter of the Whirlygig.


Now we will take the four corners and match up the center points on each arc with the creases we just made on the Whirlygig.


Once you have done that you will remove the paper from the center curve of each arc. That will help you to pin the arcs to the Whirlygig with more ease. They will be more pliable.


It will look like this when it is all pinned. Yes, it is a little scary looking but don't fret. When you sew it remember... slow and steady wins the race!


This is what the back side will look like all pinned. Now you will sew with a 1/4" seam with the arc side on top and the Whirlygig next to the feed dogs. Again, remember... slow and steady.


Once it is sewn together, this is what the back will look like. The seam will get pressed towards the Whirlygig.


Turn it over and... Voila!... you have your Whirlygig block. The last thing that you need to do is attach you center circle as shown in Part 1 of the tutorial.

I hope you have enjoyed this Whirlygig series! I have and I will continue making them in the New Year. Not to sure when the quilt will be done, but I know I will love it!

Make sure you stop back tomorrow for something special!

Until Next Time...


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23 comments:

Tine said...

This block is so fantastic! I am a little worried that it is too dificult though....maybe I will try a test-block first :) Thanks for the tute!

A Quilter Awakens said...

Perfect gorgeousness! Thanks for the fabulous tutorial. Karmen

Quiltbenaco said...

Grandissimo tutorial...
Grazie
Ciao ciao

Stephanie said...

That is such an amazing block. Your black and whites really make it fun. Great tutorial.

Kathleen said...

I took the first step and purchased the book...love your completed block...

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

It is beautiful. Really lovely and the motion and flow of this block is captivating. You make it look doable. Not sure I could do it but I love it.

debbie said...

Awesome! Thanks for the tutorial! NOt sure I'm brave enough to try this one now, but your b&w and bright fabrics make me want to try. Maybe after the holidays...and if it turns out puffy? a pillow! Haha.

Quilter Kathy said...

Great tutorial! It sure raises my blood pressure to see the pieces all pinned together and ready to sew...yikes!
I really want to try this pattern, so one day I hope to get up the nerve!

Dandelion Quilts said...

What a fun block. And you make it look quite simple. I have done curved piecing, and must admit that I am n ot a fan, but this is tempting.

Pam said...

What an awesome quilt this will be. The bright colors pieced with the black & whites are so wonderful. Love the paper piecing effect but don't think I have the patience.

Tracey said...

What a fantastic block! Looks great but not one to try in a hurry I suspect. Love that cow fabric!

Donna~~ said...

Great tutorial--I hope to start a few of these next year! (your block doesn't look bad with your new medallion fabric photo just below it--maybe an exciting backing?! haha) I'm looking forward to seeing your finished quilt!

WoolenSails said...

Wonderful tutorial, just love that block.

Debbie

Jodi said...

Oh, wow! I love it, Jackie!

Jill said...

The cow fabric just makes me smile. Nothing country about it in this block!

pratima said...

Jackie, your tutorial as always is very detailed and fabulous! Thank you for putting so much time and effort into them :)

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

poifect-o! you make it look so easy! I love that orange... ;-)

Thimbleanna said...

I STILL love that block LOL. Thanks for taking the time to show us how to make it!

Annie said...

OMGosh! Your block is SOOO cool!! Love the bright colors with the black and white. I'm kinda "slow" and didn't notice where the pattern came from. I would love to get the pattern or book it comes from. =+) thanks for the great tutorial too.

hugZ,
annie
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Suzie said...

It's an amazing block, thanks for showing us how to make it step-by-step! I love your fabric choices.

Madame Samm said...

terrific tut.....love the look

Victoria said...

Great tutorial!

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

I had to come back and re-read this tutorial, I love this block. Can't believe it was almost a year ago when you did this block, seems like just last week. Man this year flew on by. Do you have any more done? How is the quilt coming along?

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