Arrow Rock Sampler, Month 5

Posted on September 30, 2020 by prairiemoonquilts in Arrow Rock Sampler

Only one more installment after this one! We’ll all have finished quilts soon! Woohoo!

I really love the colors I’m seeing that you all have chosen. Keep posting to the FaceBook group — it’s so fun to see your progress!

Here are the sections we’re doing this month . . .

The traditional version:

The modern version:

We’re building some buildings this month! I had to include the buildings in Arrow Rock that we use during Camp. Most of the classes are held in the Schoolhouse, so there’s a schoolhouse block. And we also use Brown’s Chapel for some events, usually the mystery quilt class, so no one can give away the mystery too soon! So there’s a chapel block as well.

Portions of the chapel block are paper pieced, just to make it easier to assemble. And the windows are appliquéd on. The rest is all straightforward piecing.

There’s one other block presented this month, too, and it’s called Kathy’s Ramble. It’s a simple pinwheel block, but I included it in honor of Kathy Borgman, who runs Borgman’s, one of the B&Bs where campers stay during Quilt Camp. It’s the place I’ve stayed every year during Camp, and I love it there. Kathy is a great hostess, well-known for her wonderful cinnamon rolls. She’s very knowledgeable about the history of the Village of Arrow Rock as well, and one year gave us a tour of Prairie Park.

Since pinwheel blocks are made from half-square triangles, I’m pointing you to some tutorials I’ve written on various methods of making them.

Tutorial #1

Tutorial #2

Tutorial #3

Tutorial #4

Tutorial #5

Formulas for making your half-square triangles any size you need can be found in the tutorials as well, so you can use this information for many other applications.

And after I wrote these tutorials, Cake Mix papers came on the market. If you use Cake Mix Recipe #3, you can get several half-square triangles all at once that measure 2″ finished, by using layer cake squares (10″ squares) so I sometimes use those when I need a bunch!

Here’s another note about pinwheels. When you’re assembling your half-square triangles into the finished block, there are two directions the pinwheel can “spin”. So if you want them to all spin the same direction, you need to be careful of placement. This is especially important if you are using light and dark fabrics, and are butting the blocks up next to each other. Not so important if you’re doing totally scrappy pinwheels.

But here’s how they look. Can you tell the difference?

And that’s about all I have to say on pinwheels, except check back next week for another project that was inspired by the Arrow Rock Sampler quilts.

Oh, and one more thing — if you haven’t yet sent me a signature block, and would like to, I’d still love to have it, and I’m still collecting, since I haven’t started sewing anything together yet. You can find the tutorial HERE.

I’m pushing the shipping date for the final installment to October 27th, since I was overly late with this month’s installment, and that will give you more time to finish your buildings before you get the last sections. Plus, it gives me an extra week to get my act together — any bets on whether I can?

Happy stitching!!!

3 responses to “Arrow Rock Sampler, Month 5”

  1. Shirley says:

    Excited to work on this months.

  2. Robin Hoover says:

    I know I’m not caught up but these will be fun!! Thanks, Shelly!!

  3. Candice says:

    I LOVE these blocks and can’t wait to make them!

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