Monday, January 19, 2009

whirlygiggle measurements


here are the measurements i used for the whirlygiggle blocks.

the width is 5 3/4"
the height on the left side is 3 3/4"
the height on the right side is 2 3/4"

i made another template (the exact same size) and labeled it for use for the bottom. because sometimes my mind plays tricks on me. and i wanted to do as little stitch ripping as possible. it worked wonderfully until i got to the solids. i had to rip stitches to repair one block. not too bad.

the tutorial for construction is here. thanks michelle!
(i used my rotary cutter and my sewing machine for construction.)
after i constructed my blocks, i needed to do a little trimming, as you can see.
final blocks ended up at 11".
the auction quilt top is almost done. yay!
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the quilt in the previous post is something i am helping my friend Darcy make from my stash and scraps. (there is no pattern-it was all pieced improvisationally.) we started it last summer and now we just have the binding to go. i didn't whip it up over night. :)
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i have had several questions about the next quilt along...it's coming...not sure when exactly, but i have the idea and a rough draft. I'm thinking it will be a baby size and will last about 4-5 weeks.


have a GREAT monday!

25 comments:

pleiades said...

thanks for the template. i can't wait to see it when you are finished.

Kerri said...

thanks, amandajean!! can't wait to try it out! hopefully soon! :)

Beth said...

I was just searching this morning for a whirlygig template! You must be psychic!

Anonymous said...

AJ... I love this blue dotted fabric!
I made this block differently. I think your blocks need trimming because you have an extra 1/4" on the block... i.e. the top measurement plus the bottom measurement should equal the lengthwise measurement plus 1/2" (1/4" each side seam allowance)... in order for it to make it a square... but yours seems to have an extra 1/4" inch on it.. i think your white block piece will end up 1/4" narrower than the coloured block... i hope this helps! Amy

Simply This and That said...

What a crack up! Go check out my post for today. LOL. ooxx`jodi Glad I'm not brain dead.

MichelleB said...

I figured out how to do it without trimming! It's on my blog. I just posted a down and dirty quick post. http://michellesews.blogspot.com/2009/01/whirlygiggle-with-no-trimming.html
Hope it's okay if I link. If not, you can edit!

Erin O. said...

Thanks so much for the template. I was trying to figure out how to make that square without a template. My mom had made a quilt similar and I still haven't gotten the template, so thanks, thanks, thanks!!!

lera said...

I like that pattern. A lot.

Amy said...

The way I did it, which is SUPER super quick was to cut it all with the rotary cutter... I cut slight rectangles, ie 6" by 6 1/2"... this is from both the coloured fabric and the white fabric... then lay the rectangles down on my cutting mat. I then lined it up to cut my diagonals (which will be cut across the long side)... i just lay my cutting ruler across the block 2 1/2" inches in from either alternative side and sliced across the block (this makes the diagonal shape)... i was able to cut several blocks at a time like this without using a template at all... and because you have added the 1/2" the both blocks they end up a square with no trimming... i think i cut a whole quilt in under an hour! Hope this helps others (I don't have a blog to show you) but hopefully you can understand from my instructions!
Cheers
Amy

Marie' said...

I am feeling really bad here. Mine didn't need that trimming. I am looking at my template again, and it is more like 5 7/8, 3 3/4, 2 5/8. I measured a block from my quilt and gave you the measurement when you asked. I should have gone to the template instead. I am so sorry.

Like Amy explains, I cut out rectangles, and then put the template on to cut the angle. Mine were 5 7/8 x 6 3/8.

I am sure you are too far into this quilt to make the adjustment right now, but I wanted to clarify and apologize.

mariarrosa said...

Thank you very much!

Molly said...

I was hooked after seeing your green whirlygiggle blocks! Thanks for the measurements.

NanaKaren said...

I also was searching for a template! You must have felt our combined vibes! Thank you for this. I'm looking forward to making up some blocks to get a feel for it. Though, really, I must finish some of the charity baby quilts before devoting to another BIG project.

Thanks again,

Karen

Patsy said...

THanks for the measurements. I am going to play with it some this week.

Anina said...

OK, there's so much whirlygiggling going on around blogland that I'm going to have to make one.

Anonymous said...

that's one way....there is a much easier way to make this block, rotary cut strips then cut, very easy in page 55 in ursula reikes book...More Quilts for Baby easy as ABC.....goes together sooo much quicker without much waste. Not sure if the book is still in print?

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

Love knowing your process! Hope your having a good night :)

Sarah said...

What material do you use to make your templates? Thanks!

Qubie said...

I am glad to see that I am not the only one out there that had to trim these blocks down. Mine were off by about 1/4" each time. Keep up the great work.

Rebekah said...

thanks for posting the template! I love these whirlygig blocks :)

amandajean said...

sarah,

i just used card stock for my template.

aj

Jenn Boerger said...

Looks beautiful!

Kris said...

Darling and fun!!

The One and Only said...

okay, so going to have to try this after finishing the quilt that I'm working on...one tiny question please, do you think you could do a picture tutorial (or help guide me to one) where you square up your block...I'm an idiot and have so much trouble doing it! thanks!

Shelli said...

I <3 the whirly giggle!

It's my goto baby blanket. :)