How many charm square packs do you have at home? I don’t collect charm squares, I don’t buy everything that is new or I like and still I have 4 charm packs! So if you don’t know how to use them, here is an idea: 3D pinwheels. You can make this design as scrappy as you want (using your scraps), but I think the assorted squares of a collection you find in a pack make the design even more beautiful.
If you don’t know how to sew 3D pinwheels, here are a few short instructions.
3D Pinwheel Tutorial
Take two 5” squares; one will be the background (usually I choose for background the fabric with less busy print) and the other will be used for the pinwheel.
Cut the squares into four 2 1/2” squares. To speed up the cutting process, stack a few squares (4 or even 6).
Fold the pinwheel fabric squares in half diagonally as shown below and pin.
Place the folded piece onto the background square, keeping aligned all the edges. Insert the pin in the position shown below.
In the next step you have to bring the top corner of the folded piece to the bottom corner. You can pin in place but I prefer to do this on the bed of my sewing machine and keep the piece in place with my fingers then immediately sew.
Sew at 1/8” from the right and bottom edges, securing the two pieces together. Repeat with the other 3 sets and follow the same sequence.
You will sew the 4 squares together as shown below.
Place two squares right sides together, keeping aligned ALL the edges and sew at 1/4”.
Your pieces should look like this; do not press the seams at this stage.
Stitch the two halves together, nesting the seams.
Then press the seams as shown below, opening the bulky center.
Press on the right side as well.
The center will remain bulky, but that is not an inconvenient, if you will quilt as I will show below.
Aren’t this assorted pieces wonderful?
The blocks measure 4 1/2”.
What to do with 3D pinwheel blocks?
You can use them for small pieces, pillows, table runners, pouches…
Years ago I made a little basket.
And then a quilt for a 7 year old girl.
You can add borders to the blocks, to make the piecing easier.
You can use blocks in different sizes.
If you use scraps (instead of charm squares), if you want, for the pinwheel you can use squares that are smaller than the background squares (as example, 2” instead of 2 1/2”).
How to quilt 3D pinwheel blocks?
Do not stitch in the ditch, if you want to stay sane!
The easiest way? Leave the pinwheel area unquilted! It is quick, easy and it will contribute to the 3D effect!
I hope this ideas give you some inspiration for the wonderful charm packs you have! If you also have yardage from the same collection, you can use it for borders or even for background, keeping the charm squares for pinwheels.
Happy sewing, friends!
Edited to add:
Here is what I made with those blocks!
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