• Sewing,  Tutorials

    How to Make a 3D Pinwheel Quilt Block

    This 3D pinwheel looks really complicated, but it’s actually easier and faster to make than a traditional flat pinwheel.  I made this pinwheel for a fabric manipulation element of a fidget quilt block. All you need is four squares of your background fabric and four squares of your pinwheel fabric. What size should my squares be? For a 10″ block (10.5″ unfinished), your starting squares should be 5.5″. For an 8″ block (8.5″ unfinished), your starting squares should be 4.5″. For different size blocks, you’ll need a different size of starting squares.  If you have Excel or another spreadsheet program, you can use download this calculator tool I made to help you…

  • Sewing,  Tutorials

    How to Make a Tall & Skinny Pinwheel Tote Bag

    Once upon a time I was a newbie quilter who made her first ever set of pinwheels out of adorable black and red fabric. The pinwheels were adorable in theory, but the mismatched points were glaringly unsightly. Enter the humble button, which saved my first attempts from being seam ripped or ignored and gave them new life.   There, that’s much better! I made these pinwheels as a test, then set them aside.  I eventually came across them again and decided to repurpose them into a small tote bag to use while travelling on the train.  I wanted to be able to put my lunch at the base of the bag…