SAHRR Round Seven – Pining for a Pinwheel Block
We can see the finish line in the Stay-At-Home Round Robin with this week being the last border Round Seven. Our host has been Gail at Quilting Gail and she chose the last block. It’s a Pinwheel block and we’ve been pining for it. Seven of us quilting bloggers are participating in this quilt-along. It’s not too late to jump in if you’d like to play along. The SAHRR started in January and we’ve selected our center block, added some Piano Keys, Plus Signed up a border, added a gaggle of Flying Geese, played with a checkerboard border, added some adorable Wonky-Stars, as most recently a variation of a Log Cabin. Are you ready to spin some pinwheel blocks?
The Pinwheel is Filled with History
The pinwheel is a type of whirligig and it spins due to the power of wind, friction, hand movement or a motor. Attached to a stick, the blades of the pinwheel fold inward, cupping the wind and causing the blades to spin rapidly. History does indicate wind-driven whirligigs existed in China in 400 BC! Of course, we’re not talking about the whirligig but rather the pinwheel quilting block. This is one of our favorite blocks to make and we’ve highlighted them in a few recent quilt top finishes like the 4-Patch Plus.
More Pinwheels Are More Pinwheel
The more the merrier is usually the case in almost all things, right?! That implies more is better but for our colorful Stay-At-Home Round Robin quilt top that may not just be the case. We had to step back a bit and critically look at what was the best choice to finish this off with a perfect exclamation mark. Last week’s Log Cabin block is being combined with our sweet little pinnies for the last border on two sides.
I quickly threw together a purple pinwheel and we tried a potential layout on the design wall. More half-square triangles were sewn and an alternate layout was tried.
Should we use spacers or not?? Should the log cabin blocks go in the corners (I only made four) or should a pinwheel take over those spots? Hmm. So many decisions!
A Pinwheel Decision
After much deliberation . . . truly, it was on the design wall for an entire week with pieces being added and removed each day. We decided to add our final Log Cabin and Pinwheel border as such:
Now, for the final checkered flag on March 29th (quilt parade), we’ll need to select a backing fabric and get it quilted up. I have some pretty multi-colored thread leftover from a finish I’m sharing on Wednesday that might work perfectly. What’s on Wednesday, you ask?! It’s an Island Batik fabric launch for a new line called Vincent’s Garden. Two friends are sharing their creations today:
- Sew Much Charm
- Songbird Designs
- Link to a Giveaway opens today thanks to Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler!
SAHRR Blogger Friends & Linky Party
Linky party at Gail’s Quilting Gail website this week!
This week Gail will have the linky party open all week to share your update! Add your picture and check out what others have shared.
- Chris @ Chrisknitssews – January 18th – Round One
- Emily @ The Darling Dogwood – January 25th – Round Two
- Anja @ Anja Quilts – February 1st – Round Three
- Us for Round Four – February 8th
- Wendy @ Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life – February 15th – Round Five
- Round Six – Susan @ Quilt Fabrication
- Final round – Gail @ Quilting Gail – Round Seven
All of Our Previous SAHRR Links:
- Our elongated Churn-Dash center medallion block
- Round One and piano keys
- Plus Sign blocks are the feature in Round Two
- Round Three hosts a gaggle of Flying Geese
- Our checkerboard highlights Round Four
- A Wonky Star border for Round Five border
- Round Six’s Log Cabin block
- Final Pinwheel border for Round Seven
We hope you come back on March 29th over at Quilting Gail‘s website for the quilt parade. I suspect the diversity will inspire and amaze you. If you’re not completely finished, that’s okay! We’re all friends here – we know life happens but we want to see everyone who has participated. I sincerely hope you enjoyed the Stay-At-Home Round Robin as much as I did.
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