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    Advice on Pinwheels..... please

    I was so inspired by Wendy's beautiful pinwheel quilt, I decided to make a couple of blocks.... sort of as a test for myself.

    They were fairly simple, except for one thing. Is it normal to have a 'bump' in the middle, where all of the seams intersect? Is there a secret that I missed, lol?

    Thanks all.... you're very much appreciated
    ~~ Hugs and Blessings,
    Mia

    ...quilters come with strings attached
    (boy aint that the darn truth !!)

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    Re: Advice on Pinwheels..... please

    I haven't made a pinwheel in awhile, but did you 'nest' the seams when you sewed the sections together Mia? One seam goes one direction and the other seam goes the opposite. If not, perhaps you could clip a few threads that will allow you to open the seams without making a hole in the center of the block.

    Hugs,
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      #3
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      I always get a little Hump in the center even when I stagger the seams.. here is where I starch and press . There is always a little "give" in the fabric, but it "quilts" out easily.
      Judy

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        #4
        Re: Advice on Pinwheels..... please

        There is a way to "swirl" the center seams, but I haven't figured out how to do it yet. It is supposed to eliminate that bump where they all join.
        Hmmm. Maybe that is a good suggestion for a Jenny tutorial!
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        because those who mind don't matter,
        and those who matter don't mind. - Dr. Seuss

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          #5
          Re: Advice on Pinwheels..... please

          I make sure my seam allowances all go around in the same direction(like a swirl) and pick out the last two stiches where they all intersect, and press them out flat with my finger, then press with iron. It makes a mini-pinwheel(swirl). Hope that made sense!
          To quilt or not to quilt?.....what a ridiculous question!
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            #6
            Re: Advice on Pinwheels..... please

            Thank you all very much. I did my best to nest seams but I'll give a try to the swirly thing too. Huggggggs
            ~~ Hugs and Blessings,
            Mia

            ...quilters come with strings attached
            (boy aint that the darn truth !!)

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              #7
              Re: Advice on Pinwheels..... please

              Originally posted by sassyquilter View Post
              I make sure my seam allowances all go around in the same direction(like a swirl) and pick out the last two stiches where they all intersect, and press them out flat with my finger, then press with iron. It makes a mini-pinwheel(swirl). Hope that made sense!
              Dumby here doesn't quite understand what you mean about picking out the last two stitches and pressing them flat. Do you have a picture?
              ;)Nancy

              I got a sewing machine for my husband. Good trade, huh!?!

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                The swirly thing really works but takes a little practive. Barb
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                Scottie Mom Barb

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                  #9
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                  Barb, I am trying but so far not much luck with the swirly thing
                  ~~ Hugs and Blessings,
                  Mia

                  ...quilters come with strings attached
                  (boy aint that the darn truth !!)

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                    #10
                    Re: Advice on Pinwheels..... please

                    Mia, you ask such good questions... sometimes I have more of a bump than others, but usually I've found that the seams were all going the same way.
                    There's still time to change the road you're on - Led Zeppelin, "Stairway to Heaven"

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                      #11
                      Re: Advice on Pinwheels..... please

                      Mia, great question! Most of mine still have a slight bump even with the seams going the same way. They seem to disappear with the quilting.
                      Susan

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                        #12
                        Re: Advice on Pinwheels..... please

                        Mia----I made a king sized pinwheel quilt top......not quilted yet. I have bumps on some more than others. I nested. Couldn't figure out the swirly thing, either. Pressed and pressed. Sorry.....can't help you.....but if you figure it out, let me know!

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                          #13
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                          aww thanks Deb. I feel so fortunate to have you all to ask when I get confused (which is way too often). You make me feel blessed with your friendship.
                          ~~ Hugs and Blessings,
                          Mia

                          ...quilters come with strings attached
                          (boy aint that the darn truth !!)

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                            #14
                            Re: Advice on Pinwheels..... please

                            Thanks Suz..... I still haven't gotten it all figured out because I'm having the same issue. Some have bigger bumps..... but maybe I can "quilt them out" lol
                            ~~ Hugs and Blessings,
                            Mia

                            ...quilters come with strings attached
                            (boy aint that the darn truth !!)

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                              #15
                              Re: Advice on Pinwheels..... please

                              Hi Mia, I'm no expert but I have learnt to press as I go ... I pressed the seams open when joining the squares to eliminate the bulk. I still had little bumps, but it had no effect on the quilting. Keep at it, it will happen :-))
                              Wendy
                              A creative mess is better than tidy idleness
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