ROSEBUD PINWHEEL QUILT PATTERN


Rosebud pinwheel quilt

Rosebud pinwheel quilt

When I began to make this pinwheel quilt pattern, it was the red pinwheels at the centre of the quilt block that attracted me.  As has happened so often in the past, I found all sorts of lovely designs appearing as I sewed several blocks together.  The finished quilt size is 52″ by 76″, big enough to make a bed quilt.  I’ve made it using six 24″ quilt blocks.  The pinwheel quilt uses one yard each of red and blue fabric, 1.3/4 yards of brown fabric and 1.1/4 yards of cream fabric.  This includes the border and binding, but not the wadding and backing fabric.

Cutting requirements

red:  twenty four 4.7/8″ squares, seven 2.1/2″ strips for the border

brown:  seventy two 4.7/8″ squares, seven 2.1/2″ strips for the binding

blue:  twenty four 4.7/8″ squares, twenty four 4.1/2″ squares

cream:  forty eight 4.7/8″ squares, twenty four 4.1/2″ squares

Making the rosebud pinwheel quilt blocks

Cut the strips into squares

Cut the strips into squares

Mark the diagonals

Mark the diagonals

When there are so many squares to cut, I find that it is quickest to cut a strip across the width of fabric at, for example, 4.7/8″ and the cut this strip at 4.7/8″ intervals to make squares.

It also saves time to mark diagonals on lots of squares at once by laying out the squares in rows and then marking several diagonals at once.

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Pair the 4.7/8″ squares in these combinations:  twenty four squares each of brown and cream, twelve squares each of blue and cream, twelve squares each of brown and blue, twenty four squares each of brown and red.  Make these into half square triangles by placing two squares with right sides together and marking a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and then cut along the line to create two half square triangles.

 

Rosebud pinwheel quilt block layout

Rosebud pinwheel quilt block layout

 

Lay out the patchwork squares in six rows of six squares.  Check the photo to make sure that you have the triangles all pointing the correct way to make up the design.  Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together.  Make six of these rosebud pinwheel blocks.

 

 

Sew the rosebud pinwheel quilt together

Rosebud pinwheel quilt

Rosebud pinwheel quilt

 

Sew the blocks together in pairs and then sew the three pairs together to make a rectangle two blocks wide and three blocks long.  At this stage it should measure 48″ by 72″.

Add the rosebud pinwheel quilt border

Rosebud pinwheel quilt border

Rosebud pinwheel quilt border

For the quilt border I used a simple 2.1/2″ strip of red fabric to frame the quilt.  Cut strips at 72.1/2″ long for the long edges of the pinwheel quilt and two strips at 52.1/2″ for the short edges.  That’s the rosebud pinwheel quilt top complete and ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found on the beginner quilting page.

 

 

Here’s the video:

 

 

 

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