“What If?”

Curiosity is a valuable trait for designers.

To paraphrase the old Hewlitt-Packard advertising tagline, I never quit asking “What If?”

I came across this YouTube video from Missouri Star Quilt Company yesterday. Jenny Doan demonstrates her “Disappearing Pinwheel” block.  I love a good trick, so I had to try it…and then I had to start playing with it. First, watch the video and then we’ll play.

I noticed that Jenny said you could use different sizes of squares to start with, so I had to try it with 6.5″ TQ squares. I wound up with an 8″ pinwheel to start, which does not divide by 3 easily. I simply added an extra step and trimmed the big pinwheel to 7.5″ x 7.5″. This made my cuts from the center line 1.25″ and my units 2.5″, and I end up with a 6″ finished block. (Of course, this only makes sense if you actually watched the video.)

GE DIGITAL CAMERAHere is the “official” Disappearing Pinwheel block laid out for sewing.

GE DIGITAL CAMERALook what happens if I flip the corner units.

GE DIGITAL CAMERAAnd then rotate the side units…

GE DIGITAL CAMERAAnd rotate the corners again.

This gave me another idea…

GE DIGITAL CAMERA I made two blocks.


Then swapped the center pinwheels. (above) and did the same rotations (below).



My point? Don’t be shy about playing with your blocks.

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