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Thread: "Pieces Worth Saving," A Mini Whirligig, Pattern & Tute

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    I mixed scraps I had recently won with my own to create this little Whiligig mini. I call it "Pieces Worth Saving." This is a great project to do in front of the tv or during travel time. Here's a little tutorial for you plus my own pattern piece.

    Mini Tutorial:

    1) Make a cardboard template from the pattern piece.
    2) Grab 4 scraps of fabric that are larger than your template and with a pair of scissors, cut carefully around the template laying on top of your fabric all 4 pieces at once. You'll need 18 darks and 18 lights for this mini.
    3) Lay all your pieces out on your design board and move them around until you have a pleasing layout.
    4) Sew the first 2 blades together. You will now have the shape of a rectangle. Starting at the bottom of the dark blade (the widest part), trim off 1/4". Trim the fabric on the other sections of your block in the same area as the first. It will now measure 2-1/4". Sew the top 2 blocks together. Sew the bottom 2 blocks together. Join the pairs. Square it up to 4-1/4". Repeat until all blocks are joined. Join the rows. Voila! Your new 11" x 11" mini! Add pleasing borders.

    Hope you enjoyed my mini tute and will try my pattern! Thank you for looking!

    8-)

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    here's how it will look without borders
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    neat

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    Thanks for this great tutorial, I love working with scraps, no 2 quilt tops look alike....LOVE this

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colorful Quilter
    Thanks for this great tutorial, I love working with scraps, no 2 quilt tops look alike....LOVE this
    Thank you, dear!! :-D 8-)

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    Good use for scraps. Looks good.

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    Asalways n2 you have made a quick mini for us to try. Will be going to the drawing, I mean cutting board! Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad
    Asalways n2 you have made a quick mini for us to try. Will be going to the drawing, I mean cutting board! Thanks
    Your welcome!! Loved your little note today, especially hearing about the GC! TTYL! n2.

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    oh I love it! Thank you for sharing :D

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    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kriscraft99
    oh I love it! Thank you for sharing :D
    Your welcome everyone!

    :-D :-D 8-) ;) ;) ;)

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    That's great! Thanks for the tute!

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    Perfect for scraps!
    What are the dimensions of the template?
    Thanks for sharing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by greencat
    Perfect for scraps!
    What are the dimensions of the template?
    Thanks for sharing!
    Thank you! The template is 2-1/2" x 1x5/8"; two of these will equal 2-1/2". Be sure and post pics when you finish! Your very welcome!

    :D :D 8-) ;) ;)

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    Okay so I goofed. I cut down my square to 2 1/4 inches, but that should work as long as I'm consistent. I've only cut out blades for this square. Want to do several for a spring flower show since it'll be a while before the daffodils and tulips start blooming here!

    First block now go cut some more
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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad
    Okay so I goofed. I cut down my square to 2 1/4 inches, but that should work as long as I'm consistent. I've only cut out blades for this square. Want to do several for a spring flower show since it'll be a while before the daffodils and tulips start blooming here!
    You didn't goof! They should be 2-1/4 inches after you've trimmed all excess. They finish at 1-3/4"!! I think that's your favorite size to handle!! It's very pretty. You are correct in using at least one large scale in the block like the white fabric in the bottom right. It gives the block a boost! It looks grrr-eat so far, G!!! It'll be so irresistible when finished! Make sure you post pics! We all can't wait to see!

    8-)

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    Okay I'll go cut some more blades! Oh n2, I think I'm getting addicted to using even samller pieces. LOL!
    You are so right regarding a variety of scale as well as color in blocks. Heaven forbid that we do matchy matchy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad
    Okay I'll go cut some more blades! Oh n2, I think I'm getting addicted to using even samller pieces. LOL!
    You are so right regarding a variety of scale as well as color in blocks. Heaven forbid that we do matchy matchy!
    Well, if you're getting addicted to even smaller pieces, you'll love this block finishing at 1-3/4"!!! I love these easy pieces and yes, we want ANYTHING except matchy-matchy!! I have another mini I'm getting ready to post you'll like with only 1 pattern piece like Whirligig. This was a fast one too but quite challenging! I'd never do more than 4 blocks of it! Check out my new post in a few min.! n2

    :D

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    Very pretty. I could do that.

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    awsome!

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    Got my blades all cut--Yes Gladys you can!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad
    Got my blades all cut--Yes Gladys you can!
    Wow!! You are on a roll, girl!!! 8-)

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    nice, i like it

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    Got the blades cut and sewn. I stayed away from primary colors and contrast is not as great as it could be. Next step, borders; then quilting; finally binding. Will probably be Saturday night before I even get to borders.

    Note--n2 I think one needs 36 light and 36 dark to make the nine blocks.

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    I really like this, would make a really cute little picture..

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    OH it looks like a "mini me" to the tumbler blocks...
    thanks for sharing...Happy Stitchin' Linda B.

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