I don’t know if I ever said this before, but I love Whirlygigs. They are just like pinwheels but not quite so pointy, and perhaps a bit more complicated to make…depending on your point of view re HST’s.
Here’s the thing about whirligigs; most patterns require a template to make the “gigs” or arms. I don’t like using templates, so wherever possible I try to find a make-do method. Thank goodness for Pinterest.
Because I really couldn’t face the tedium of making 72 4 1/2″ pinwheels (or 288 HSTs) for my Avatrix Medallion quilt, I decided to try to figure out a way to make whirlygigs without a template.
There are lots of tutorials on Pinterest that promise whirlygigs with no templates, some of which I tried this morning but quickly abandoned because there was too much trimming and waste involved. But….this method would work, if I tweaked it just a bit. So this is what I did.
And, there you have it. 2 beautiful (although I only took a picture of one of them) whirligig blocks, each 4 1/2″ square. Its a beautiful thing.
Come back soon and I will show you a picture of this beauty with the last pieced border on it…Should only take a lifetime. Sigh.