This Nancy Cabot quilt block is known as dancing pinwheels and it makes a stunning quilted table runner. I have made it using 2″ finished size squares and the finished table runner is 12″ wide by 40″ long.
brown fabric: fifty two 2.7/8″ squares, four 2.1/2″ squares
peach fabric: twenty eight 2.7/8″ squares
white fabric: sixteen 2.1/2″ squares, twenty four 2.7/8″ squares
Making the dancing pinwheels quilt block
As with so many Nancy Cabot quilt blocks, there are many half square triangle units in the design. Make these by placing two 2.7/8″ squares with right sides together and marking a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This gives two half square triangle units. Make half square triangles using all the peach and white 2.7/8″ squares placed with a brown square.
Lay the squares and half square triangles in six rows of six. The white 2.1/2″ squares are placed a tthe centre of each star and the rest of the block is made using the half square triangles. Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together.
Making the table runner
Make three of these quilt blocks and sew them together in one row.
The ends of the row of blocks looked a little unfinished to me, so I have added a row of squares at each end of the table runner. Each row is made using two 2.1/2″ brown squares and four brown/peach half square triangle units. Sew the squares together across the rows and then sew one row to each end of the table runner.
Finishing the dancing pinwheels table runner
That completes the top of the table runner. Cut rectangles of wadding and backing fabric slightly larger – about 13″ by 41″ – and layer, quilt and bind the table runner as for any quilt. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.