April BOM Pinwheel Roundabout

Hi Everyone and Welcome to My Blog,

I’m running a little behind on my Pinwheel Roundabout BOM I am doing with my local Quilt Club.

April’s block is called Lazy Jane’s Sister.  I’m not sure where they get the names from but I’m sure it means something to someone who designed it.  If there’s a list with their stories out there I’d be interested in seeing it.  I used one of the do dads I got from Joann’s last week.  I was told that the smaller rotary cutter would work better to cut the fabric around Marti Mitchell’s Perfect Patchwork templates.  So let’s see how that worked.

April Fabric

April pieces cut

I found that the smaller rotary cutter will take some getting used to.  I’m used to the larger one and if felt different.  I’m not sure if I have the accuracy with it yet.  Maybe a new blade will work better.  I don’t think it made as clean cuts as I would have liked.  I will try it again on the next block and see if I’ve gotten the feel for it.

Even though I had a little trouble with the rotary cutter, I was still able to get my block together.  I am pleased with the results.

April Block

The templates are making it easy to match up the points or maybe I’m just getting better at piecing.  Most of the points are nearly spot on.

Here is a look of all the blocks I have so far stuck on my design wall.  I’m enjoying doing a different block each month.  It’s not as repetitive as doing the same thing over and over.

Design wall

Here’s a reminder of what the finished product may look like.  I’ve stuck to the patterns  color way.  I’m enjoying the warm colors, my alternating blocks will be the center fabric of my blocks and I haven’t picked out the sashing and borders yet.


I can’t wait to go to the club meeting in two weeks and see everyone’s blocks.

The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to.  There are many bloggers out there who share their tips, projects, and tutorials to inspire us.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.



14 thoughts on “April BOM Pinwheel Roundabout

  1. Your block is beautiful and they are coming along nicely. I like using the small rotary cutter for small templates, but it does take getting used to. Always a new blade is better, but do I change them as often as I should? Nope…. 🙂 Your quilt will be a stunner!


    1. Hi,
      You’d think the blade right out the package would be pretty sharp. It was probably my control over the handle and going around the corners. I’m sure I will do better next time.


  2. Hi Cherie,
    Those two blocks look very similar – I had to look at the carefully to see the difference. I love how your fabrics are coming together and working in all the different layouts. I’ve never used a small rotary cutter – I’ll bet it is difficult to get used to! ~smile~ Roseanne


  3. Your colors are great! I much prefer them to the examples. This reminds me a little of the General’s Wives BOM, and I really should finish the last 3/4 of that! The first rotary cutters were the little ones, way, way back in the dark ages. LOL I still have mine around here somewhere. It was so exciting to cut through 4 layers of fabric at one time! For a while, it became the paper cutter, and then I stuck it somewhere. I would say try a block with one size and then with the other, and see which one works best for you. I don’t think there’s a hard and fast rule.


    1. Hi Susan,
      I will try it again on the next block. I’ve been told last week on the blog hop to do whatever is good for me. I still have the May block to to. Running behind as always.


  4. Lovely blocks! You’re right–those templates must be helping because your points are perfect! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.


  5. Your block turned out perfectly! I actually laughed at the name of this block… I want to know who Lazy Jane was! And was her sister lazy too, or the worker bee? So many questions! 🙂


    1. Haha, I’m on the lookout for a book that explains the names of the blocks. I recall I seen something somewhere before I started quilting, but I think that was for the more common blocks.


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