Posted in Quilting 2013

New Quilt Project {Baltimore Pinwheels}

On one of our road trips to and from Florida over the past few years, I purchased a kit for a replica of an antique quilt.  The original quilt was made in Baltimore, Maryland.  It was begun in 1830 and completed in 1846.  I hope to have it completed in a little less than 16 years – 😉  I’m calling it Baltimore Pinwheels.  I love this project and it is a bit of a change from the more Modern quilts that I have been working on.  I do love variety!

It is a daunting task though!  It is comprised of 132 Pinwheel blocks, made up of 2″ half square triangles – that is a total of 576 half square triangles!!!  That’s a lot of triangles!

To help make this a little easier, I purchased “Ta-Da Triangles” at the recommendation of my local quilt shop.  This product so easy to use.  I love this method so much, I thought I would share with all of my quilting friends!

The package says, “As Easy As 1 – 2 – 3” and they really were not kidding!

1.  Press on wrong side of fabric

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Ta-Da pre-printed interfacing
Press on wrong side of fabric
Press on wrong side of fabric
fabric placed right sides together
fabric placed right sides together

2.  Sew two fabrics together on the dotted lines

pinned and ready to sew
pinned and ready to sew
sew on the dotted line
sew on the dotted line
close up of detail
close up of detail
back detail
back detail

3.  Cut on the solid lines to make perfect half square triangles.

cut apart on the solid lines
cut apart on the solid lines
ready to press
ready to press
pressed open
pressed open
pretty stacks
pretty stacks
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trimmed and ready to be assembled
view of back of finished HST
view of back of finished HST

The interfacing stays in the triangles.  It’s so thin you won’t even know it’s there.

  • No add on seam allowance
  • No dull needles from paper
  • No tearing off paper or tugging on stitches
  • No need to draw on fabric

They are available in many finished sizes.

So far, I love how the half square triangles (HST) look… the interfacing stays on and helps stabilize the pieces.  I will let you know when I start assembling the blocks, and later the quilt, if this is still the case…but for now, I am a really happy camper!!!

Until next time, Connie 🙂

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I am living my dream life in the country! I love photography, travelling, cooking, baking and I even try my hand at quilting.

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