Our free drunkards pinwheel pattern will give you a fun break from the usual when making a quilt .
We're going to show you how to make this pattern come to life by using quilting templates.
Please note that this technique is done using a sewing machine, but can be done with a simple needle and thread. The machine makes it easier and faster though!
This is what the free drunkards pinwheel pattern will look like once you've completed a block.
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The finished quilt can be any size you desire by adding as many blocks as you need.
To start this project you will need the templates for the block pattern.
Print off as many copies of the pattern as you intend to make or use template plastic.
We'll go through the process of making one 6 inch block with 1/4 inch grace.
Plan on making your quilt in dimensions of 6 inch increments. Divide your overall dimensions (length and width) by 6 to give you how many blocks you need to complete the task.
Once you have the templates printed out, move on to the “Steps”.
When you have the physical copy there is a choice to be made. Either you can use the paper as your template, or use template plastic.
To use template plastic, trace the pattern onto the plastic and cut out your traced design.
This happens to be our favored method because we tend to make more than one block at a time when making a quilt. J
Paper also gets destroyed to easily and is so flexible that tracing around it is a pain!
Have your template in your hand ready to go?
Choose which fabrics will be used with each template.
Prepare your fabric as you normally would.
Place the template onto the fabric and trace around the edge with a pencil, fabric pencil, fabric pen, etc. Anything can be used as long as it won’t stain your fabric.
The design can be traced onto the front of the fabric or the back side. It’s quilter’s choice.
Several quilter’s like to do this to the back side in case the tracing won’t wash out. At least in that instance it will be on the inside of your quilt where it is less noticeable.
If this is what you choose to do, remember that the finished block will be a mirror image of the intended design.
Once all the pieces for your block are transferred to the appropriate fabric it’s time to cut them out.
Decide your route of attack.
Which pairs are you going to put together and in which order.
Every quilter has what works best for them and you will be no different.
Mating two pieces that make straight lines are the easiest and require fewer pins. Curved parts require more pinning and maneuvering as you feed it through the sewing machine.
As you mate and sew your pieces your block will grow.
Before you know it, the block will be complete.
Repeat this process for each star quilting pattern block that you want to have as part of your quilt top.
Where can you find more patterns like this free drunkards pinwheel pattern?
There are several places all over the internet. Our favorite place is Craftsy.com. Most patterns available are from independent designers. This keeps the prices low while no two patterns are the same. There’s always something new to help inspire your creativity.
This free drunkards pinwheel pattern is simple and perfect for beginners who are honing this technique of sewing curves.
Give it a try. You'll start quilting like a pro in no time.
Be sure to check out our store often. We're constantly adding new and free patterns!
Until next time.
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