Friday, March 17, 2017

Pinwheel, Pinwheel Spinning Around ...

... Look at my pinwheel and see what I've found.

Oh, my goodness. Last night I may have reached a new level of tired when I decided at about 8 p.m. to pull out a pinwheel project I had started on more than a year ago and alter the table runner into a small quilt. I finally finished it at 11;45 p.m. and was so excited with the outcome, but I must say this theme song was running through my head as I worked on it.

If you don't remember (or weren't born yet), Pinwheel was a children's television show that aired on the Nickelodeon cable network from 1977 to 1984. I couldn't even tell you how I remembered it considering it ended when I was barely 5 or 6 years old, but every time I work on a pinwheel block or quilt, it pops into my head, so of course I had to look it up. I added a clip of the opening credits at the end of the post for those who are a little nostalgic. For the record, my 7-year-old was not a fan.

So back to the pinwheel quilt. I started working on it a table topper featuring fabrics I'd found at JoAnn Fabrics. Initially it only had two fabrics, the pink paisley and a yellow. 

The table runner was cute, but a month later we moved and I didn't get to quilt it. Last Mother's Day my husband surprised me with a HUGE dining room table and matching chairs, enough to fit 8 or more people. I was clearly going to need to add some length, so I put the table runner in the "Projects Half Done" pile (PhD) and swore I'd get to it. 

Well, last night I pulled it out and decided that while we were running around like crazy having fun on Spring Break this week, I should work on a "Spring" project, so I pulled it out. I wanted to "mellow" the bright yellow a bit, so after taking apart the 5 pinwheels, I made a few more of each of these and added 4 green polka dot pinwheels to the mix and turned it into a small lap quilt. 

Its approximately 33 x 44 inches (an accidental trim with HST left 2 blocks at 6-inches unfinished instead of 6.5, so I trimmed them all to 6-inches and made 11-inch pinwheels.)

I was going to add a border, but decided I really like the big pinwheels, so I'll probably quilt it as it is eventually. I started to pull all of my finished quilt tops last night to catalog which ones I need to send to a quilter and which ones I will attempt to do myself. 

I love these big blocks quilt and the ones that have the large white contracts. Completely opposite of my mom who loves miniature quilts and hates any open background sp-ace on her quilts.

Well, I guess I'm off to see hat my next project will be. Until next time, stay #CreativelyInspired,

Enjoy this throwback intro to Pinwheel while you are visiting ...

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