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Moda Blockheads 4 - Block 4

Updated: Jul 31, 2022

Spinner is the name of this weeks block from Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs. Anne designs such pretty fabric and beautiful quilts I really had fun stitching this one.

The 9" block was assembled exactly as the instructions say, I just made sure I had all the striped toweling running the directions I wanted. I chose to have it look like it was all radiating out from the centre.

When you make the half square triangle blocks, draw your diagonal line on one square and place the D and E squares face to face. Pin the diagonal and fold back each side to check you have the stripes running in the right directions. If you do this prior to sewing, it is easy to correct without any unpicking required.

For the 4 ½" block I changed the cutting and construction techniques a little.

Instead of cutting squares and also half square triangles I cut 2 rectangles each of white striped fabric and black striped fabric. I then cut pink squares to sew stitch and flip triangles on the end of each. The finished effect is the same and I also thought the little spinner looked so cute, I decided not to include the corner squares. I liked the spinner as the feature in this tiny block.

My alternate cutting instructions are:

White and black toweling (2 each) - 2 ¾" x 1 ⅝" - stripes are parallel to the short sides.

Pink fabric (4) - 1 ⅝" x 2 ¾"

Pink fabric (4) - 1 ⅝" x 1 ⅝"

Draw a diagonal (or use Diagonal Seam Tape) on the 4 pink squares. Place a square on one end of each striped rectangle and sew along the diagonal.

Trim off, leaving a ¼" seam allowance.

Press with the seam away from the rectangle.

As always, I lay out my block to check if anything is missing or sewn incorrectly.

Sew the pink rectangles to the sides of the pieced striped rectangles to create four quarters of the block.

Then sew the block together in two sets of two, then finish with the seam through the middle.

Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @piecestotreasure and post your blocks on the Moda Blockheads Facebook Group.

I'm looking forward to seeing all your interpretations of 'Spinner'.

Happy Sewing,


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