I made a couple of pinwheel blocks today for one of our door prizes for the upcoming quilt guild meeting.
1. Find the candles on sale for 50% off, so you don't break the bank. Think of a large craft supply store with the initials : Hobby Lobby.
2. Measure the candles in height and circumference. You'll need to plan a quilt block smaller than the smaller of these two dimensions.
|5 inches in height|
|Wrap a selvedge edge around the candle to get the circumference|
|Then stretch out that selvedge over a ruler. This one is 9 inches around.|
Since the smaller measurement is 5 inches, I chose a 4.5 inch block. You can make it 5 inches, you just have to be more precise.
4. Look at your tissue paper collection and select your "fabrics." Following the tornado damage, we donated all of our gift wrap supplies to charity before moving. So I got to shop for more to do this project. Now that we're settled, I'll save the leftovers so I can gift wrap again. My choice was a black/white print and a lime green.
|I though this black/white floral was adorable!|
Shhh! Don't tell the quilt police! I used my rotary cutter and quilting rulers. It was fast and precise this way. Plus, the blade can be replaced when it gets dull. No worries.
6. Line up 2 pieces on the candle. I decided to align the bottom edge of my quilt block with the bottom edge of my candle.
|Beginning of the pinwheel block|
Sorry, I could not figure out how to hold the candle, the paper pieces, the waxed paper and the embossing gun in action and also photograph this step. Just hold the waxed paper taught over this section of the candle. It keeps everything from slipping while the wax melts.
8. Continue adding 2 pieces at a time. I worked my way around counter-clockwise (probably because I'm left handed).
|2 pinwheel candles with charms|
Also, feel free to embellish. I tied a thin lime green ribbon around the top of the blocks and made shrinky dink charms to dangle from the ends of the ribbons.
|Pigma pens and quilting motifs shrunk down to charm size.|
I also tried out this technique with the remnants from quilted scraps. I had four half-square-triangle units. It was okay, but not great. The fabric didn't absorb the melted wax as quickly. The result is that the candle became a bit lumpy on the exterior. We'll enjoy it here, but wouldn't give it away as a gift.
|Candle made with scraps of fabric|
Enjoy your day!