The spinning tops quilt pattern actually includes both the spinning tops quilt block and the corn and beans quilt block. They are similar enough to go together beautifully but different enough to make quite an eyecatching quilt design. Last time I went to the Fabric Freedom warehouse I was lucky enough to find some more of my favourite two fabrics from the Blossom range, so I was delighted to be able to use them together in this quilt. I just love the way that turquoise diamond forms within the quilt. As ever, you can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.
The quilt measures 55″ square and is made with nine blocks which are 15″ square finished size. I have used 3/4 yard of the blue fabric, with 1.1/4 yards each of the turquoise and white fabrics.
Cutting requirements – spinning tops quilt block
3.1/2″ squares: thirty five blue, sixty white
3.7/8″ squares: ten blue, ten white
Cutting requirements – corn and beans quilt block
3.1/2″ squares: twenty turquoise, thirty two white
3.7/8″ squares: twenty four turquoise, twenty four white
For the spinning tops quilt borders you will need to cut five 1.1/2″ strips of blue across the width of fabric and eleven 2.1/2″ strips of turquoise across the width of fabric
Making the spinning tops quilt block
Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units. Place a blue and a white square 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. This will produce two half square triangle units. Press the seam allowance towards the blue and trim the corners where the triangle tips stick out. You’ll also need to make these in turquoise and white for the corn and beans quilt block.
Lay the squares out in five rows of five. The 3.1/2″ blue squares are placed along both diagonals. On two of the corners there’s a half square triangle placed either side of the corner squares, forming a larger blue triangle just inside these corners. The rest of the spaces are white squares.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the spinning tops quilt block. You will need to make five of these.
Making the corn and beans quilt block
Lay the squares out in five rows of five. There’s a turquoise square in the middle with another one on each corner of the central square. The half square triangles are placed in each corner, with one either side of each corner to form a larger turquoise triangle just inside all four corners. The white squares are placed in pairs along the central vertical and the central horizontal line.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the corn and beans quilt block. You will need to make four of these.
Assembling the spinning tops quilt
The blocks are laid out in three rows of three. Rows one and three are the same as each other – a stepping stones quilt block on each end with a corn and beans quilt block in the middle.
Row 2 is the opposite: a corn and beans quilt block on each end with a spinning tops quilt block in the middle.
Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows together.
Adding the quilt borders
I’ve used three borders to give a frame to the quilt. The first border is made using 2.1/2″ strips of turquoise fabric. You’ll need two lengths of 45.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 49.1/2″ for the sides.
For the second border I have used 1.1/2″ strips of blue fabric. You’ll need to cut two lengths of 49.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 51.1/2″ for the sides.
Finally for the third border I have returned to the 2.1/2″ strips of turquoise. You’ll need two lengths of 51.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 55.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the spinning tops quilt pattern. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section, towards the bottom of the page.
Here’s the video:
Yesterday I went to the Malvern Spring quilt show. The quilts were lovely – lots of applique and baltimore album quilts, but there were signs everywhere saying that no photos could be published on the internet, so I’m afraid that I can’t show you any of them. I bought some dress fabric which I’m really pleased with, so you’ll be seeing that when I start using it up.