Learn to Make Fast and Easy Pinwheels with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star! (Instructional Video)


Hi, itís Jenny, from the Missouri Star Quilt
Company. We have another fun tutorial for you today! There was a gal and she came into
our shop and she wanted to make a baby quilt, and she wanted to do pinwheels. And I was
watching her, and all of a sudden that light went on! Usually it goes on in the middle
of the night, but it went on in the daytime today! So, thatís a good thing. Anyway, itís an easy way to make pinwheels.
And Moda, wonderful Moda, is making these fabulous solid colored Charm Packs. So, hereís
how weíre going to make pinwheels fast and easy! Youíre just not going to believe this. So, you take a Charm Pack and you take your
pinwheels and youíre going to put them right sides together. Now normally, when we make
a pinwheel itís made with half-square triangles. What you do is you draw a line and you sew
on either side. We are not going to do that. Donít pay any attention to that. What weíre
going to do is go over to the sewing machine and sew ºî all around the outside edge.
So, letís go do that right now. OK, so here we are at the machine, and weíre
going to sew 1/4î all the way around these two squares. Theyíve been placed right sides
together, and weíre going to sew ºî all the way around the edge. So, here we go. Hereís one side, I know this is going to
crack you up when we do it! Itís so easy! So much fun! Thereís the second side. And
I generally stop just about ºî and pivot. Lift up my foot, leave the needle down, and
pivot. So there, I just turn it and I go. That was
fast and quick and now Iím going to show you how weíre going to have all the pieces
ready for our pinwheel, just like that! So, follow me over to the cutting table. OK,
so here we have our piece thatís sewn together, and weíre going to take our ruler and weíre
going to line it up diagonally, side to side. And weíre just going to go ahead and cut
that and weíre going to leave these together. OK, there we go, take our ruler turn it the
other way, and cut it the other direction. There we go. Now what we get is look at this.
You get all your half-square triangles are perfect, and then, weíll just put it together
as a pinwheel. Letís go press these open so they stay down and you can see what Iím
doing a little better. OK, so what weíre going to do on these is
weíre going to set these seams. Hold our iron down on our pieces. Weíre just going
to set those seams and then weíre going to lift up. When we lift up this corner, this
will put the seam to the dark side. Which is what we want, and we want them all to be
the same. So weíre just going to press on those. Alright, now letís put these together so
they make a pinwheel. All your centers are going to meet. You put opposite colors next
to. This way so here we go. See, how cute that is? Now letís go sew that together. When you sew a pinwheel together itís kind
of best to leave it sitting where you are, so that you can see it because itís real
easy to get confused on a pinwheel. And so you want to make sure that all your triangles
are going in the right direction, and then weíre just
going to take this because itís sitting right here. Weíre going to fold this over, weíre
going to start at this top corner and stitch ºî down, and then weíre going to do that
with the bottom side as well I like to start from this side of the fabric where thereís
no seams that youíre dealing with. Make sure your two diagonal seams nest together. Then
we have these two pieces we kind of chain-pieced. Weíre going to open them up. You can
see how that leaves you enough edge there so that you wonít lose your point. Weíre
going to put these together. Weíll match up our middle seams. Nest them together, fold one of your seams
to one side and one to the other. Then weíre going to sew right down that seam. Now when
you finish these it makes about a 5 Ωî or 6î depending upon the size of your foot square.
And so thatís kind of a nice size for a pinwheel. There we have it! Weíll go press that open
and head back to the table. Iíve been having some fun with this Charm
Pack. This ìLoveî Charm Pack by Amy Butler. Itís got such fun colors in it and I just
keep making pinwheels and making pinwheels. So, you can see how quick and easy this is
and how fun. What a fun little quilt this is going to make.
Literally, this gal put her baby quilt together in one evening. It was just so quick this
way, where you just sew that ºî around the outside, and if you have any concern about
it being cut on the bias. I heard a little tip that if you spray with this ìBest Pressî
and iron it on, that it doesnít stretch at all. I donít seem to have any trouble, but
some people might, and they might be worried about it, but we hope you enjoy this tutorial
from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.