I look forward to summertime all year long! I love the long days, the no school, the trips to the beach, and the feeling of being free! This cute little pinwheel table quilt is the perfect addition to your summer decor! It is light, fresh, and fun - just like SUMMER!!!
We'd better get started on this little project, it's almost the official first day of summer! Choose a fun assortment of red and blue fabrics. Yep! This is a stash buster project. Cut (8) 5" blue squares and (8) 5" red squares.
Iron Heat n Bond Lite to the wrong side of the (16) 5" charm squares.
Run the charm squares through the Sizzix fabi with the Candy Swirl Insert Die. I love that this die can be used for Peppermint Projects in December and Pinwheel Projects in the summer!! You can die-cut 3 at a time.
Here is a cutting guide. I am a visual learner and I like to see the measurements in relation to what I am cutting.
Cut (100) 2.5" squares of assorted reds, blues, and solid white. You will need 50 colored squares and 50 white squares. You can have fun with the design of this checkerboard.
I went totally random - I put the colors in a bag and what ever I pulled out is what I sewed alternating with the solid white. It's quite liberating!!! There are 10 rows of 10 squares. Sew the squares together in rows, and press toward the dark. Match the rows together and the seams should alternate to give nice intersections. Pin at the intersections and sew the rows together. Press the seams in one direction or open.
Cut (4) 5.5" x 20.5" strips of white fabric. Peel off the backing fabric of the pin wheels and iron 4 on each of the 4 white strips. To save time, I didn't top-stitch around each piece. Instead I waited for the quilting and free motion stitched around each pinwheel. Cut (2) 5.5" red squares and (2) 5.5" blue squares and use these as the corners.
To assemble the quilt, sew (2) pinwheel strips to each side of the checkerboard portion. Press seams toward the strips. Sew a red 5.5" square and a blue 5.5" square to each side of the remaining (2) pinwheel strips. Press toward the white. Then sew these two strips on to the top and bottom of the main quilt, matching the corner seams. Press. Quilt. Bind. Enjoy!
Here is a little up close on my quilting.
I used one of the paper backing pieces from the appliqué, sprayed it with Spray n Bond basting spray and then positioned it in the corner of the quill. Using free motion I quilted around it.
(8) charm squares or 5" squares Red Fabric
(8) charm squares or 5" squares Blue Fabric
1/2 yard Heat n Bond Lite
Scraps of Red Fabric, you need (25) 2.5" squares
Scraps of Blue Fabric, you need (25) 2.5" squares
1/2 yard white fabric
(2) 5.5" blue squares
(2) 5.5" red squares
1/2 yard binding
1 yard backing