PINWHEEL QUILTED TABLE RUNNER





Dancing pinwheels table runner

Dancing pinwheels table runner

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.

Cutting requirements

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

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

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.

 

 

Dancing pinwheels quilt block layout

Dancing pinwheels quilt block layout

Completed dancing pinwheels quilt block

Completed dancing pinwheels quilt block

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

Add a row of blocks at the top and the bottom

Add a row of blocks at the top and the bottom

Make three quilt blocks

Make three quilt blocks

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

Layer with wadding and backing fabric

Layer with wadding and backing fabric

 

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.

 

 

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