Rolling Pinwheel Quilt Block

Rolling pinwheel quilt block

Rolling pinwheel quilt block

The rolling pinwheel quilt block is classified as a nine patch block and makes a very pretty quilt.  I have made it here as an 18″ square.

Cutting requirements

3.1/2″ squares:  twelve white, four orange

3.7/8″ squares:  six each in orange and white, four each in cream and white

Making the rolling pinwheel quilt block

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units with the 3.7/8″ squares in both orange and white and in cream and white.  Lay 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.  This will produce two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.

Rolling pinwheel quilt block layout

Rolling pinwheel quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in six rows of six.  The white squares are placed in each corner and a pair of them in the middle of each edge.  The orange squares are placed as a four patch in the middle of the block.  Two orange/white half square triangles form a butterfly shape across each corner.  The cream/white half square triangle units are placed in pairs so that the cream triangles form a larger triangle pointing away from the middle of the block.  There is one orange/white half square triangle next to each of the central orange squares.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the rolling pinwheel quilt block.

Rolling pinwheel quilt suggestion

Rolling pinwheel quilt suggestion

As a quilt idea, I have shown nine blocks sewn together in three rows of three.  In addition to the pinwheel shapes of the block, you also now get stars forming where the blocks join together – rather a pretty quilt.

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  1. A very pretty quilt¬

  2. This is absolutely beautiful. I love the secondary block it makes too. I have to make this!

    • Thanks, Linda. Sometimes I have an idea of what secondary designs I’ll see in a quilt, but this one was a pleasant surprise to me.