This pinwheel check quilt has been made with two different pinwheel blocks and two different colourways. Sometimes I get asked for my quilt patterns in different sizes and the beauty of this quilt is that it is so simple to make it bigger or smaller – just keep adding or taking away quilt blocks until you have the size that you are looking for.
I have made it as a 60″ square using twenty five quilt blocks – thirteen dark and twelve light. Each block is a 12″ square finished size and I have used 1.1/4 yards each of black, gold and cream with 3/4 yard each of blue and yellow fabrics.
3.7/8″ squares: one hundred and four each in black and gold, forty eight each in blue and cream, forty eight each in yellow and cream
Making the dark pinwheel quilt block
The entire quilt is made using half square triangles only, in the colour combinations listed above. To make each pinwheel unit, place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units. Press the seam allowance towards the dark fabric and trim the corners where the triangle tips stick out.
For the dark pinwheel block you will need black/gold half square triangles only. Lay them out in four rows of four. The four central squares form a pinwheel with an extra gold triangle at the end of each blade of the pinwheel. In the middle of each edge of the block the triangles are placed to form a larger black triangle pointing in towards the middle.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together to complete the block. You will need thirteen of these.
Making the light pinwheel quilt block
For this block you will need eight blue/cream and eight yellow/cream half square triangles for each block. These are placed so that the blue triangles form a pinwheel in the middle with an extra blue triangle at the end of each blade. There is a yellow triangle in each corner and along each edge there is a blue and a yellow half square triangle placed so that the cream triangles form a larger triangle pointing in towards the middle.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the light pinwheel quilt block. You will need twelve of these.
Assembling the pinwheel check quilt
The quilt blocks are sewn together in five rows of five.
I have alternated the pinwheel quilt blocks to give a check design. Begin with a dark block in the top left of the quilt and alternate with light blocks across each row. The second row should begin with a light block so that the blocks are alternating down the columns as well across the rows.
Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other. That completes the pinwheel check quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.
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Thank you so much for all your good wishes last week for my birthday. I had a wonderful weekend – I trawled all the silk shops in Soho, saw We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre, did the full tour of St Paul’s Cathedral (including climbing hundreds of steps to the Whispering Gallery) and visited a couple of Sunday markets before heading back to Shropshire. How lucky I am to have such wonderful children. This weekend will seem quiet by comparison – Malvern quilt show tomorrow and plenty of catching up on things.