This has been a busy week. I finally found some time to work on part 3 tonight. I thought I would share how I am doing the pinwheels.
I knew that I wanted to start with oversized half square triangles that I could trim down to 2-1/2". So I started with 100 2-1/2" squares of brown (Bonnie's orange) and 100 2-1/2" squares of yellow/orange (Bonnie's yellow).
Someone in an earlier post mentioned the Angler. I remembered that I had one -- but hadn't used it in years. When I had used it in the past I found I had a little too much variation in my piecing. However since I was making oversized units, I decided it was worth trying again.
The corner of your half square triangle units stays lined up with the line on the right.
I sew 10 or 20 units at a time. Once I've sewed one side, I don't clip threads. I just feed the entire set through again -- still lining up the corner with the line on the right.
I then cut the units on the diagonal and press toward the brown. I then put nine units on a rotating mat. (I actually have removed the "rotating disk on this mat".)
Using the Tucker Trimmer from Studio 180 Designs, I trim the top and right edges.
Once I've trimmed all nine units, I rotate the board 180 degrees and trim the other sides so the final unit measures 2" x 2".
I press the pinwheels with a split seam.
I'm not sure how many blocks I will get done this week. I have a lot of family arriving on Friday and still haven't purchased my tree or started baking. I really admire those of you that are keeping up.
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