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Married to Tony mother to 2 children Lucas 23, Gemma 26 & her boyfriend Sean. Carer for 2 crazy Jack Russells. I'm dyslexic so excuse any mistakes. The Stitching Room is where I spend my time playing with Clarice (my camera) and Bernie (my sewing machine). Come on in and see what I'm up to.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Pinwheel quilt

I wanted to make a pinwheel quilt but I hate those measurement - cut 48 - 3 7/8" squares (I hate 7/8ths). For some reason measurements like that remind me of my dear dad being up the shed with him and him talking about drill bits. I digress, my very knowledgeable friend Lorraine introduced me to this amazing ruler. You just cut a strip of fabric then lay the contrasting materials right sides facing and then cut your triangles by flipping the ruler. Then sew them together.
It is super fast and very easy.


I had my pinwheels cut out and put together,quilted and binding sewn on in no time .


Pin wheel quilt

The ruler is also very economical and I got an extra pinwheel per strip, so I had a pinwheel in each colour left over, so I was able to piece the back.

Pieced back

No quilt is complete without a label.

Every quilt needs a label

I now have a star quilt I want to make so I can use the ruler to make that.
I'm fairly sure Lorraine does a class on how to use these rulers if you are interested.



28 comments:

Kris said...

Love this quilt Leanne!!! The ruler sounds quite brilliant too. (Cutting is one of the hardest bits in the whole quilt process I think. So glad I'm not alone in thinking that. Loved your drill bit/7/8ths association too. They so fit!) Love the header photo too. (Boy am I gushy today! Just love everything about this post!) Waitpinga Beach?

Jo in TAS said...

Gotta get myself one of those nifty rulers!

Linda said...

Just gorgeous, there's something about pinwheels, they just never date or become boring.

Grazia said...

I love pinwheels, I love your quilt...so cute!
Grazia

Kerri said...

Love your ruler. And love your quilt. I have been wanting to make one. Of to get the ruler tomorrow. Thanks

Shirley said...

Lovely quilt Leanne. I hate those daft measurements too, in the end you only cut those pesky points off. Like the idea of using the spares for the back and your words of wisdom on your label - so true. Great new header photo.
Shirley.x

Leisa said...

I too hate those 7/8" cuts and have always made sure I have no distractions when cutting and then usually end up with a mistake - that ruler is great and I just LOVE the quilt, Beautiful!.

Sheryl said...

Wow Leanne I love your new header what a stunning photo...
and your pinwheel quilt is gorgeous I too must go and get one of those rulers....

Lorraine said...

I am in love with pinwheels..but have avoided them because of the 7/8ths thing....when you are this old all the marks on the ruler look the same......so hard to get it right...and look at that Kris....gush gush gush...LOL.....so I will just say "ditto" to her comment! Will be ordering one of those rulers....!

Sweet P said...

I love the quilt. The label is outstanding. Great job on it.

Jodie said...

lovely quilt Leanne, you make it sound easy! I love your header shot too, do you have a wide angle lens? How close do you live to the beach?

Amanda said...

Fantastic blog top photo. Love it.

Julie said...

Great little quilt. I love pinwheels too, I just make my own up so I don't have to deal with fractions too.

Sue-Anne said...

Your quilt is beautiful and such a lovely verse. All these fancy rulers amaze me. They make life so much easier!

Shontelle said...

Love the pin-wheels. The pieced backing is gorgeous and so are you.

Jill said...

Beautiful work Leanne. Yeah my brain doesn't like 7/8 either!

Shiree said...

that is a very beautiful quilt Leanne, with some vey lovely sentiments on your quilt tag. Be very proud!
p.s. love your new blog header photo

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Your pinwheels look amazing Leanne! The ruler looks like a great tool. The pieced back is lovely.

Stina said...

Love the quilt.. have a similar ruler..but have to confess.. I havent used it for what it is supposed to ...yet..:o)

cristina said...

I love how you have been this quilt.
kisses from Spain

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

That ruler looks brilliant and I love your quilt and the label! Lucy x

Levin said...

isn't lorraine a gem!
i make mine differently though - i use a method taught by carolyn which works well for me.
i should investigate this ruler.....
l
x

Sue said...

Very cute quilt. Im with everyone else the whole 7/8ths thing is always a bit tricky. But Im just loving pinwheels at the moment. Look forward to catching up with you on Sunday. Hope you bring your quilt then so we can see it in the flesh. Cheers Sue

WHATUPDUCK said...

Hi Leanne! I just found your blog and your quilting is beautiful and your photos are breathtaking! I'll be a follower :-)

wendyj said...

What a lovely idea Leanne, I love pieced backings. The label is charming too By the way your photography is astounding. I must learn more than point and click lol.
Wendyx

periwinkle said...

that is gorgeous and I love the quote - so special

Khris said...

Love the quilt...its gorgeous...hugs Khris

May Kristin said...

Love pin-wheels, and love your quilt!