The sixth block of the 2016 Quilt Extravaganza is here—the Spinning Top. We’ll take advantage of the direction of the sewn strata lines and machine appliqué to give the block the appearance of spinning. Use the Carefree Curves Template to create the shapes easily and without setting in any curved seams.
Have you selected fabrics and created the strata for your 2016 Block of the Month? Check out the details in the January 9 blog. I encourage you to use as many scraps from your stash as possible. I’m using bright and neutral fabrics in this quilt.
All blocks for 2016 will be created from pieced fabric strata. Read more on this blog post.
Block #6: Spinning Top
- One neutral fabric strata
- One bright fabric strata
- Lightweight fusible interfacing
- Point 2 Point Turner
- Trace ‘n Create Carefree Curves Template Set
- Monofilament thread
- Fine Tip Non-Permanent Marking Pen
Cut the following fabric and interfacing pieces:
- From each bright and neutral strata cut two 6-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ fabric squares (background).
- From each bright and neutral fabric strata cut one 9″ x 9″ fabric square (for circles).
- Cut two 9″ x 9″ squares of interfacing to create circles.
Note from Nancy: Cut an additional 9″ x 9″ square of interfacing to apply behind the 9″ x 9″ square of the neutral strata if the background may show through when appliquéd.
Create the Circles
- Optional: Apply a 9″ x 9″ square of interfacing to the wrong side of the neutral strata to prevent show-through of the bright background fabric.
- Using the 9″ x 9″ squares of fabric and interfacing, pin the smooth side of the interfacing on the right side of the fabric. Make two pair; one bright strata and one neutral strata.
- Use a fine tip marking pen to trace the 8-1/2″ circle onto the interfacing. (This is the pink ring on the template.)
- Straight stitch, using a short stitch length, 2.0—2.5, directly on the marked curve.
- Use a rotary pinking blade to remove excess fabric.
- Remove the excess interfacing from within the circles, leaving approximately 1″ of interfacing.
- Turn the interfacing to the wrong side.
- Use a turning tool to smooth the curves.
Divide the Circles
- Position the template on the finished circle aligning the horizontal line parallel with strata seams.
- Mark the 12 o’clock and three o’clock positions on both bright and neutral circles.
- Fold circles in half matching marks and wrong sides.
- Place a pin at the fold.
- Open both circles.
- Position the template on the finished circle aligning the single pin with one of the straight lines.
- Mark the straight lines in both horizontal and vertical directions on both bright and neutral circles.
Build the Quilt Block
- Pin quarter circles to the 6-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ backgrounds matching cut corner edges. Alternate the colors: bright quarter circle onto neutral background and vice versa.
- Edgestitch with monofilament thread.
- Arrange the block.
- Fold the top left onto the top right square and repeat for the bottom squares. Match right sides.
- Pin along the edges.
- Use a 1/4″ seam allowance to join pairs.
- Press seam allowances open.
- Fold the top unit onto the bottom unit.
- Pin along the top edge.
- Join using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Note from Nancy: This block will have unavoidable bulk in the seam allowances. To really flatten the seams, press with steam and then apply even pressure using a wooden Tailor’s Clapper while the fabric is warm. It’s magic!
- Ta-dah! Another block is complete.
What would a Quilt Look Like?
Suppose we were to make a quilt using only this one block style, what would it look like?
- This first digital concept is a table runner made from five Spinning Top blocks. You’ll notice blocks consistently place a bright strata background in the upper right corner.
- The second digital concept quilt uses the background strata to create a secondary design. The quilt itself is structured in a 5-block by 7-block grid. Turning every other block creates the illusion.
- The last digital quilt is large. When finished this 8-block by 8-block quilt measures 96″ x 96″. The design uses neutral strata cut to 12-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ to create interest in the negative space.
Watch Quilt with Carefree Curves (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.
Sew and Share
Send in a photo of your blocks and quilts and we’ll share with others in upcoming blogs and on Facebook. I’d really like to see what fabrics you’re using! Send the images to firstname.lastname@example.org
Bye for now,