Welcome back to the Sweet Sixteen Quilt Along! Last week we went over some ways to make sixteen-patch blocks, and I promised to share some designs to use your blocks over the next eight weeks. There's also a linky party at the end of this post so you can link up and show your progress if you'd like. I'd love to see what you're working on! And there's a little bonus at the end too - be sure to check it out!
So here we are with the first design - Sixteens and Pinwheels!
This picture was the jumping-off point for my own design. While I was organizing my scraps, I realized that I had a large tub of black and white print scraps, so I decided to make my version in all black and white.
OK, maybe not all black and white - I couldn't resist putting a narrow salmon colored border on for a little pop of color! I love the illusion that the blocks are placed on point, too.
This is a really simple quilt to make - sixteen patch blocks made in a checkerboard of prints and solid are alternated with pinwheel blocks. You can't get much easier than that!
I made my sixteen-patch blocks with 2.5" strips…
…sewn together, then cut into 2.5" segments…
…then matched into 4-patches and assembled into the 16-patch blocks.
I used this technique to make the half square triangles for my pinwheel blocks. I love this particular method for making four HSTs at a time - exactly what I need for pinwheels! One tip - be sure to square up your HSTs before sewing them into pinwheel blocks. Then trim your pinwheel blocks and your 16-patch blocks so they are all square and the same size. It will make it so much easier to assemble your top with nice neat points!
I used a pretty IKEA print for the back - gotta love those large scale prints!! The salmon border on the front is a lighter shade of the red koi on the back.
OK - so here are the particulars on this quilt. It contains 25 16-patch blocks, made of 200 2.5" black squares and 200 2.5" white squares. If you are using yardage for your white squares, it takes 7/8 of a yard. There are 24 pinwheel blocks, made using one black and one white 7.5" square for each one. If using yardage, you will need 1 1/8 yards of black and 1 1/8 yards of white. The salmon border is 1" wide, and requires 1/4 yard of fabric. The white border is 3" wide, and requires 5/8 yard of fabric. The quilt finishes out at approximately 64" square.
I hope you've enjoyed this simple but effective way to use your 16-patch blocks! Be sure to check back next Sunday to see another quilt design using these versatile blocks.
And now here's a bonus!
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Remember to link up below and share your progress, too! If you don't want to write a blogpost, feel free to upload a picture to the Flickr group and link from there. I'm excited to see what everyone is working on!