Posted by: QWBlog on: February 17, 2012
Nancy took up quilting seven years ago. Quilting was a perfect way for her to combine her passion for creating art and engineering skills (she has a degree in Chemical Engineering).
One day while making quarter square triangles for a whirlwind block, Nancy’s engineer brain decided there had to be a better way. The traditional method of making quarter square triangles is to cut your squares, slice them into triangles, and then sew your triangles together. See the diagram below.
What if you no longer had to cut square into 4 triangles and then sew them into pairs? There must be a better way. And there was! Thus the Whirlwind Whiz was born! This new tool let’s you make four identical quarter square triangle pairs by sewing 2 squares together and then doing the cutting.
We caught wind of this nifty little tool when we saw it mentioned in a newsletter from a local quilt shop, Amelia’s Fabric & Yarn Shoppe. A few phone calls later and we have a new product to offer you!
How does the tool work? Check out the short video as Nancy demonstrates it.
By cutting out 2 squares, marking them with the Whirlwind Whiz, then sewing and cutting, you end up with four matching triangle pairs!
The second pattern is Whirlwind of Fall. It looks complicated, but it’s not!
More patterns are sure to be forthcoming. You can also use the tool for any patterns you already own that use quarter square triangles. Of course, the Whirlwind Wiz tool and the patterns are all available from QuiltWoman.com! Happy Sewing!