Letter P for Pinwheels/AtoZ 2019

The April A to Z Challenge is in its tenth year, I’ve now participated for 6 of those years, and this year will be my 3rd quilt theme. It’s my first quilt using only patterns from the Kansas City Star newspaper archives. Welcome to my blog!

As the book states, “Simplicity recommends this quilt block”, you can’t go wrong with a pinwheel block. Lots of options for layouts as you can see in the redraft version to the left. The Kansas City Star first published the pattern on April 19, 1930. Pretty good staying power after 89 years I’d say.

Be sure to keep right sides and wrong sides flipped accordingly or you’ll have a ‘dull’ spot in your quilt blocks. There’s nothing that stands out more than the wrong side of a fabric in one little area. This is why I lay my blocks out beforehand. Just saves me from spending time with that seam ripper.

Pinwheels Completed
Pinwheels Completed

Also known as Flutter Wheels, these Pinwheels make a quilt cheerful. Hope you’ll recognize them next time you see them in an old quilt.

Did You Know?

Remember the Our Gang and Little Rascals Movies? The classic films with Alfalfa, Darla, Spanky, Buckwheat, Stymie, Porky and more?? Our small town of Sedalia, Missouri is birthplace to an actress, Grace Ivadell Carter. Her birthdate is January 7, 1914 and she did parts in 3 of these different short movies (or shorts) in 1923 and 1924. Her appearances in these shorts totaled 8. Saluting yet another Missourian in the A to Z Challenge this year.

Grace Ivadell Carter
Grace Ivadell Carter

Come back here tomorrow for another quilt block for the A to Z Challenge! Also be sure to visit the home of the A to Z here and see other entrants challenge posts. There are excellent writers participating every year with topics in whatever you’re interested in



    • I guess quilting is essentially puzzle creating. I’m glad you are reading! I’m never gonna be a blockbuster writer so it’s good we all have different specialities. Appreciate your visits 😊

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    • Actually I was afraid that I didn’t explain that correctly. Blaming it on Easter party preparation. lol I have had a time keeping the white fabric turned to the right side. There’s just the slightest difference but it will stand out when it’s wrong. But shifting fabrics will make a different looking block too. It’s totally a thing to turn the half squares the wrong direction. Thanks for the question and getting ready for a 4-day weekend to return visits. So ready!!


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