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Summer Sunrise Quilt Along: Week 2

Time to start sewing! This week we will make the half square triangles for the pinwheel blocks. The technique we are going to use is one of my favorites and well it involves a little more prep work it means you don’t have to cut out individual triangles.

If you missed the beginning of the quilt along you can find the list of supplies here and the first set of cutting instructions here.

Start by pairing all of your squares. Below is the full list of how many, and what types of pairs you should have:

Small pinwheels:

-Light Blue and White: 8 pairs

-Light Blue and Medium Blue: 18 pairs

Medium pinwheels:

-Light Blue and White: 14 pairs

-Light Blue and Medium Blue: 16 pairs

Large pinwheels:

-Light Blue and White: 8 pairs

-Light Blue and Medium Blue: 6 pairs

Once you have all the pairs made up you will need to mark the blocks. Draw a diagonal line across each set of blocks. You will use that line to mark the ¼ inch seam allowance. Take your first set of blocks and line up the marked line with the edge of your quarter inch foot. Sew a straight line. Repeat this for all pairs

Next turn the block 180 degrees, again line up the marking line again, and sew a straight line. Repeat for all pairs.

Now all of your blocks should have two diagonal lines sewn on them. Cut the blocks along the marking line to produce your half square triangle blocks.

Make sure you iron all of the squares, it will take awhile. While I was ironing all of the squares I felt like I would be doing it into the wee hours of the morning. Because of how small the blocks are though it is important to make sure that you press the seams so that everything will line up when you go to put the pinwheels together.

Next week we will finish the blocks! If you have any questions please leave a comment or tag us on Instagram using @createmakedesign365 and #summersunriseqal

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