This month I'm participating in A to Z Challenge, where 100's of bloggers around the world challenge themselves to write every day for the month of April, working their way through the alphabet. I'm sewing a patchwork block for each letter of the alphabet. Each day I will share that block and a little about the block and direct you to where you can find a tutorial for that block on the Web.
D is for Double Spin Wheels.
The pin wheel is a traditional block in quilting circles and its beginnings go way back in patchwork probably to the beginning of patchwork. It is made up of half square triangles that are arranged to resemble a pinwheel and to give an illusion of movement. The double spin wheel (or double pin wheel) is a variation of this traditional block combining the half square triangles with squares and either more half square triangles or else flying geese units.
Again as it is a traditional block there are lots of variations of the double pinwheel. Many of them are called simply double pinwheel or double spin wheel and others have there own names.
Once again the pattern I used came from Quilter's Cache and may be found here. On her site she has an illustration of a quilt made from the block
and also photo of quilt made by Mary using the Double Pin Wheel block. Its very dramatic and ... oh dear another One Day quilt pattern has been added to the list
I chose more dramatic colour contrasts in mine than Marcia did with hers as well and I like the way it is looking.
Edit - An observant viewer of my blog aka my daughter Fangirl gently pointed out that I have sewn the top left hand half square triangle incorrectly... . Big oops and too late to fix cause I am ahead of myself and the quilt is now actually together and quilted and I am not pulling it out. So I am going to have to call mine the one and three spin instead of a double spin