Friday, June 16, 2017

I Have a Pinwheel Problem

Good news: The Big Spin quilt top is done! The bad news: the quilting is delayed, so no more pictures till then.

The Big Spin background

And why is that? Because I got caught up in sewing pinwheels and making that aqua fabric disappear!

After many hours working on the background pinwheels for The Big SpinI ended up having a couple pinwheels leftover. Add those to the leftover pinwheels from Ducks in a Pond. There was no way I was going to pack these up for a later project - it's now or never! 

And there was that remaining small pile of aqua scraps. Granted, I've done well to use them up, as Perennial Pinwheels, Diamond Chevrons, Pixie Sticks, Fluctuate, and Ducks in the Pond are proof of my scrap busting. No way did I want to put that much back into the scrap bin. 

Then, while rummaging through a different scrap bag, 
I found two more small chunks of the cute duck fabric, a bit more than half snowballs. 

duck scrap fabric

So, after spending so much time making pinwheels, what's a few more right? And let's just put them on the design wall to see what we've got.

On the left is all of the duck fabric remains. The ten pinwheels next to that are all the same size, 6 1/2". Then moving to the right, the pinwheels get smaller, with the littlest one 5". Hmm, a bit of a size problem, but that's what happens when one works with scraps.

That's where I'm at. Somehow, some way, I will figure out how to put these pieces into a quilt. Believe me? I'm sure I'll rise to the challenge!

Hope everyone has a great weekend quilting. Me, I finally get to go to the fair to see my quilts and all the other entries - more on that next week!


  1. Susan, You seem to have a pinwheel addiction. (smiling) Seriously, how is it when I make a "scrap" quilt, it seems I end up with more scraps than I started with? Must use up those scraps. Right? But I love to see that duck fabric out still. I absolutely adore it. You've got a nice quilt started. --Andrea

  2. I see you have a lot to work with. I am confident you can make something beautiful from that. Now that it is on the design wall, I think it will come together quickly. I'm looking forward to seeing the results!

  3. I am addicted to pinwheels too! When I put them into a quilt that I made for my great-nephew last Christmas, I could not put the 4 pinwheels together to equal the size of the other blocks so I put a thin sashing separating the pinwheels in their own block of 4 and it turned out great. I'm looking forward to seeing how you resolve this quandary!!

  4. Pinwheels are such happy scraps!

  5. Hi Susan,
    I look forward to seeing what comes out of all this cute fabric. I am a big fan of pinwheels too (although I have yet to make a quilt of them - gasp!). ~smile~ Roseanne

  6. Looking forward to seeing the results! I am doing that same thing with a jelly roll for twins right now. Made one with the roll, and am making the other one with the scraps. Different patterns, but same fabric. Twins will get tired of same things soon enough.

  7. Scraps and pinwheels - an awesome combination! I'm looking forward to see what you come up with! :)


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