April 9, 2015

The School Bell Has Rung Sampler Quilt~Along Part 1

I've been working up this 'freebie' for those who want to learn some fun quilting techniques!  

Cutting and piecing instructions for my
'School Bell Has Rung Sampler' 
will be given over 5 different blog posts in the next few weeks.  

The blog posts will cover 4 different quilting methods and the final post will instruct how to put your newly learned quilting methods into this cute Sampler!

The School Bell Has Rung Sampler
Size 31" x 37"
Fabric requirements:
Blue:  1 yard
Yellow:  1 yard
White:  1/2 yard
Backing:  1 yard

In this first post, we are making pinwheels from half square triangles using the Magic 8 method.   And fancy that...we need 8 half square triangles to make the 2 center pinwheels!

Begin by cutting 1 white and 1 blue 8" square and place them right sides together.

Draw a diagonal line corner to corner to create an X.
Stitch a 1/4" on both sides of each line.

Make 4 cuts.  
First cut is vertical, right down the middle. Without shifting, make the Second cut through the middle horizontally.  The third and 4th cuts are on both drawn diagonal lines.  
Look! 8 half square triangles!

Open each hst and press towards the blue fabric. Trim each hst to measure 3-1/2" square.
When trimming, line the 45 degree line on your ruler with your seam line.  This will keep your hst 'square'

Lay out your hst's to create a pinwheel.  Sew 2 together and repeat 4 times. 

 The photo directly below shows how the seams will nestle together.  Pressing each hst to the blue fabric creates opposing seams, making them nestle together when stitched.

Sew 2 sets of half square triangles right sides together to create 
1 pinwheel. Repeat for a second pinwheel. 
When sewing together the 2 sections shown above, place a 'setting pin' through both seam's intersections.  I recommend taking a basting stitch through this intersection before sewing your pinwheel together. Ensuring the center of your pinwheel lines up. 

If you are on Instagram...join me @laughyourselfintostitches and show your progress  #schoolbellhasrungsamplerquilt
Pinwheels will measure 6-1/2" square

Set your pinwheels aside...
and stay tuned for our next School Bell Has Rung lesson!

 The School Bell Has Rung Sampler Quilt~Along Part 2

The School Bell Has Rung Sampler Quilt~Along Part 3
The School Bell Has Rund Sampler Quilt~Along Part 4
          The School Bell Has Rung Sampler Quilt~Along Part 5 


  1. Hi, Karen. This is adorable! I'd like to be quilting along with you but the Farmer's Wife and other misc. projects have my attention right now. I'll be saving your postings for a future project. Thanks so much. How do you find the time to do ALL!?!

  2. Sent you some blog love today and linked to this great quilt along! XO

  3. This is awesome!! I can even follow these instructions!!



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