Pretty pink pillow progress

Despite my pledges to work down the backlog of projects, I also love the challenge of making swap items and making new quilty friends. The #pinkswap2017 is based on instagram, and has a diligent swap host mama, so i knew this would be a fun one.  

It was easy to pick a pattern based on my partners mosaic, and I had a great time digging through my pink fabrics to piece the block.   There is a huge number of pieces to cut but the pattern is very well written and was easy to make. It was part of the Snapshots quilt from Fat Quarter Shop.
I thought I wanted to use a darker red border but it was too much so I unsewed it and used instead the pink print you see in the next photo, from Carkai by Carolyn Friedlander.
pink swap ready to quilt

By careful planning, I was able to get all of the background out of a single fat quarter. I want to share with you here my trick for making those tiny pinwheels turn out perfectly.

1. Cut the pieces bigger than you need–these finish at 3/4″, but instead of using 1-1/2″ squares to make the HST, I used 2″ squares.
2. Make the HST, and trim only 2 sides.
3. Sew together your pinwheel. I press the seams open.
4. Trim to unfinished size.
Pinwheel tutorial

Linking up to Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Social and Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday.



  1. This is too cute. And the colours are so pretty.

  2. […] my partner would like, and judging by the comments in instagram, she does. More about the design here. The back is a covered […]

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