100 Blocks Volume 4: Pinwheel Pizzazz

As I thought about creating my block for 100 Blocks Volume 4, I wanted one that would play well in a variety of settings. I was looking at asymmetrical options and realized that I could divide the 12″ block into progressively smaller segments of 4-1/2″, 3-1/2″, 2-1/2″ and 1-1/2″:

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I decided to put Pinwheels in the diagonal spaces and knew this could help create some dimensional effects as the Pinwheels progressively change sizes:

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I found a big dot fabric from Robert Kaufman’s Flower Shop line that I wanted to use in the large rectangles and that set my color direction:

 100 Blocks Volume 4: Pinwheel Pizzazz

 

Using red and white Pinwheels and a red and white print from Flower Shop, this was my first block:

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I liked the big dots in the large spaces and the small dots in the spaces . But the red and white flower print wasn’t working at this point because it obscured the Pinwheels near it–not enough contrast. So I took the red and white print out and started auditioning other fabrics into those spaces on the design wall. I tried the yellow and white print:

PinwheelPizzazz21 100 Blocks Volume 4: Pinwheel PizzazzThere was enough contrast now with the Pinwheels, but it was too much yellow for me. I tried several black and white prints:

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PinwheelPizzazz6 100 Blocks Volume 4: Pinwheel PizzazzPinwheelPizzazz8 100 Blocks Volume 4: Pinwheel PizzazzStill not right, there was too much red again obscuring the Pinwheels. Next I tried a stripe:

PinwheelPizzazz10 100 Blocks Volume 4: Pinwheel PizzazzNow that had possibilities. There was red, white and black, but not so much that any one color was overpowering. At this point I had just been laying the Pinwheels and other fabrics on top of the fabric I was auditioning. Now I just had to decide which direction I wanted the stripes to run and the block was finished:

PinwheelPizzazz100BlocksVol4 100 Blocks Volume 4: Pinwheel PizzazzAnd that’s the auditioning journey my block Pinwheel Pizzazz took me on. Now for a few setting ideas:

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Pinwheel Pizzazz: Setting 1

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Pinwheel Pizzazz: Setting 2

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Pinwheel Pizzazz: Setting 3

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of setting possibilities as you rearrange blocks.

Giveaway: Leave a comment (be sure to include some words with the letter “z”) by 12 noon MST on Tuesday 11/8 for a chance to win a copy of 100 Blocks Volume 4.

Winner: Your anzwers have made me zilly! Sandra Visser #40 was the randomly selected winner. Plus I loved the poem from Amanda #177, so she gets a magazine too. Thankz for playing everyone!

About June Dudley

I'm the Editor-in-Chief of Quiltmaker magazine. I have enjoyed quilting for many years. And I love to collect fabric, thread, books and all things quilty. I especially like batiks, bright colors, florals, dots, stripes and anything purple or teal.
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202 Responses to 100 Blocks Volume 4: Pinwheel Pizzazz

  1. Love the Pinwheel Pizzazz: Setting 2 – Awesome!

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