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.
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.