For a finished 8" Winding Ways Block, you will need:
1 dark fabric, 10"wide by width of fabric
1 lighter fabric, 10"wide by width of fabric
Accuquilt Die #55069 Winding Ways
If you don't have this die, or an accuquilt machine, you can copy and paste the 3 pattern pieces below to a word document, resize them on a copier and use them as templates. There are also acrylic templates like these from John Flynn that you can buy for this block. I will warn you that this block must be cut and sewn very accurately to work. The accuquilt makes it easy.
These are the fabrics I used.
If using the accuquilt, cut 10" strips. By the way, I love my new cutting tool, the Gypsy Gripper. It has made ruler slippage almost nonexistent for me.
Start with Pieces B and C
Always sew with the concave piece on top. It will look like a "C" shape on top, as pictured below.
Pin shape B to shape C. Use 3 pins, at the beginning, the end, and one in the middle (at the notch if you are using a die cut shape). I found that inserting the beginning and ending pins with the heads away from the seam worked well for easy removal. Once you have practiced sewing the curved pieces, you will find that you can just finger pin because the accuquilt die cuts the pieces so accurately.
Chain sew whenever possible.
Press seam toward shape B. The correct pressing direction is very important in this block because some of the seams abut each other, as you will see as we go along.
Repeat for remaining BC units.
Next sew two A units together. This is the only seam which you will press open.
Add the other BC unit, and again press away from the A piece so your back will look like this. Repeat for other ABC pieces.
Add the two sewn A units to one of the ABC units. I do use one pin in the middle for this line of stitching.
TADA! Your finished block!
Happy Sewing ♥