Week 3 - Whirligig Quilt Sew Along

Jan 6, 2022 - 8:35pm

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Whirligig Quilt Sew-Along

Week 3

Welcome to Week 3 of the Whirligig sew-along. I hope you guys are having fun making your Half Square Triangles and that you’re ready to get stuck into making these blocks!

If you have just joined the SAL, welcome! Be sure to grab the pattern, read up on all the details and choose your fabrics soon so you can catch up and join in the fun!


Don’t forget to post a pic of your HST's on IG and be sure to the use the #whirligigsal and #ejjwhirligigquilt hashtags to make it easier for others to find your photos.

Check out these fabulous quilts that are coming together. Aren't the colours inspiring!


This week we are going to be making half of the blocks.

Baby Size: Make 5 Blocks

Throw Size: Make 8 Blocks

Queen Size: Make 13 Blocks

A quick note on pressing your blocks!

Some of you will decide to press your seams open, others will press to the side. Obviously, you should find what works best for you!

If you press to the side though, like me, you can follow the steps on pages 5 and 6 of the pattern. The arrows indicate which way to press which allows all the seams to nest nicely together.

To be honest though, it’s not the end of the world if you have to flip the seam as you’re sewing the blocks together to get them to nest!

I like to work on one block at a time for this quilt especially as my blocks are super scrappy. However if you are making a quilt using fat quarters it would be very easy to do some chain piecing if that's your thing.

You can see by the photo below I have completed the centre block. I like to get all of these done first, it makes piecing the rest of the block seem quicker somehow!

Next week we will be making the 2nd half of the blocks.

I must say this sew-along has been a bit of a lifesaver for me this time round. Going into isolation again with an energetic toddler has been a little trying at times but man I love the distraction this SAL gives. I love scrolling through the hashtags, #whirligigsal & #ejjwhirligigquilt and looking at all the wonderful quilts that are getting made. It brings a little sunshine into my day.

In the meantime, I do hope you’re enjoying the sew along and the community of fellow quilters that you see on IG and over on Facebook.

I really do love seeing all of your quilts come to life!

See you next week.

Emma x

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