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Now onto the final part in the Whirlygig tutorial!! Thank you all for your patience. This took me a little longer than I thought. But I hope you like it and I would love to see some of your own Whirlygigs!! Please e-mail me photos if you are making them I would love to do a post with them.
First up here is a blown out photo of the parts that you should have now. The black and white corners where cut from a template from Quilts With A Spin.
Take one of your corners and find the center by pressing to mark.
Here you can see the center on the right side of the fabric. The center is found on the curved side of the corner.
Now find the center of the paper pieced arc. There is a marking on the paper side. Pin them right sides together at the center.
Now pin each side of the corners to the ends of the arc.
Then pin in between each pin. You will now sew a 1/4" seam with the corner side down next to the feed dogs. This will allow the corner fabric to feed properly.
Sorry for the yucky ironing board photo. But this is what the arc and the corner will look like before it is pressed.
Press the seam towards the corner, not the arc. Pretty, huh?
Repeat 3 more times until you have four corner blocks sewn. Now to join them.
Take two of your corners and line up the ends and seams. Pin and sew a 1/4" seam.
It will look like this.
Now rip the paper away from just inside the seam allowance on both sides.
Press the seams open. Repeat this three more times until all four corners and arcs are joined together. You will have a hole in the center. This is where the Whirlygig comes in...
Now take your Whirlygig center and you are going to press it in half to find the side centers. Then you will fold it in half the other way to find the other side centers. So you will have 4 creases at each quarter of the Whirlygig.
Now we will take the four corners and match up the center points on each arc with the creases we just made on the Whirlygig.
Once you have done that you will remove the paper from the center curve of each arc. That will help you to pin the arcs to the Whirlygig with more ease. They will be more pliable.
It will look like this when it is all pinned. Yes, it is a little scary looking but don't fret. When you sew it remember... slow and steady wins the race!
This is what the back side will look like all pinned. Now you will sew with a 1/4" seam with the arc side on top and the Whirlygig next to the feed dogs. Again, remember... slow and steady.
Once it is sewn together, this is what the back will look like. The seam will get pressed towards the Whirlygig.
Turn it over and... Voila!... you have your Whirlygig block. The last thing that you need to do is attach you center circle as shown in Part 1 of the tutorial.
I hope you have enjoyed this Whirlygig series! I have and I will continue making them in the New Year. Not to sure when the quilt will be done, but I know I will love it!
Make sure you stop back tomorrow for something special!
Until Next Time...