Somerset pinwheels–getting there


I’ve spent what seems like hours quilting, but is probably only 3 afternoons really . . . and I’m pleased to say that I’m getting there with my “Somerset” by Moda pinwheels.


In fact, the quilting part is now finished – yay!  And nothing went wrong.  No puckering, no pulling out of shape . . . pinwheels are looking lovely, and my idea of echo quilting, with the walking foot, was obviously the right idea.

Mind you, I now have endless thread ends to tidy up and that’s probably going to take half a day but I’m getting close to the finish line with this one.  I am so looking forward to the binding stage (seriously) because it means I’ll be almost there.

Hope to have photos to share with you very soon of the complete quilt.


19 thoughts on “Somerset pinwheels–getting there

    • thank you Myra, this “Somerset” range have colours from red, to orange, to greens and browns – it is a lovely variety of colours

    • thank you ^^ I have since added binding, but that needs to be hand-sewn on the last leg. And, I’ve begun making more smaller pinwheels for an assorted cushion – yay!

    • you’re making me blush ^^
      quilt has since had binding machine sewed on . . . now all I need to do is find time to handstitch it all down on the other side.

      • 🙂 You have a great eye for putting the pieces in the right place..something I really pain over… sometimes I would love it if someone else picked out the fabric and placements I just want to sew LOL

      • you’re only saying that because you haven’t seen the complete layout. There are a few dark browns & reds in the fabric and I had a lot of trouble with layout and don’t think it’s that brilliant, but you’ll soon see.

    • Emma, you can do patchwork and quilting on a normal sewing machine. I started on a really cheap machine and only bought my Juki last year. Juki is a “normal” machine, just has slightly more space under the arm but a normal domestic is fine for starting out on small projects. You just need to invest in a few “feet”. You need 1/4″ foot for assembling pieces, if you are going to patch on the machine. Then it’s best to have a walking foot for straight line quilting or a darning foot for free motion. If your machine has needle up/down option, that helps too, and you need to be able to lower the feed dogs (or cover them with a plastic plate) for free motion.
      I would suggest you begin with small projects, like table runners or cushion covers – it is perfectly feasible to quilt something that size on a normal machine.
      It is also possible to make big quilts on a normal machine, using the QAYG (quilt as you go method) which I have used before. You make and quilt smallish blocks which you then assemble together afterwards. You can see how that’s done here

      • Oh thanks so much for the link! Will definitely try that when I get time. I have some scrap fabric so I’ll try to make a table runner, sounds perfect! Thanks Claire for your detailed message, really appreciate it! 😊

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