Whirlaround Quilt Block

Whirlaround quilt block

Whirlaround quilt block

The whirlaround quilt block is a great one for summer – I’ve made it in yellow and brown and it reminds me of sunflowers and summer.  It’s a nine patch block and I’ve made it here as an 18″ square.

Cutting requirements for the whirlaround quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  four white, four brown

3.1/2″ by 6.1/2″ rectangles:  eight yellow

3.7/8″ squares:  four each in brown and white, two each in brown and yellow

Making the whirlaround quilt block

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles in the colour combinations shown above.  Place a brown square with either a white or a yellow square, right sides together, and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a seam 1/4″ either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This will give you two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.

Whirlaround quilt block layout

Whirlaround quilt block layout

Lay the patchwork pieces out in six rows.  There’s a brown white half square triangle in each corner, placed with the brown on the outside.  The four brown/yellow half square triangles are placed in the middle of the block, placed so that the yellow triangles form a diamond.  Radiating out from each edge of this diamond are a further square and half square triangle in brown.  Along each edge there’s a white shape made with the same square and two half square triangles shape as the brown.  These start at each corner and lie along the edge of the block.  The remaining spaces are taken up with pairs of yellow rectangles.

Sew the pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the whirlaround quilt block.

Whirlaround quilt idea

Whirlaround quilt idea

For a quilt idea, I have just shown nine blocks sewn together in three rows of three – a really bright and cheerful quilt.

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  1. Wow, that’s different. Looks more complicated then your “square” blocks. I would have to make a sample to see how it turns out. I would put blue in place of the brown. UofM again.
    Go Blue.

    • Hi Linda. I used the rectangles to make it a bit quicker to sew. If you replaced each rectangle with 2 squares then you would see that it is still a simple block of horizontal rows. It’s a great idea to make a sample, though. I often use these individual blocks to make tote bags.

      • Tote bag is a great idea for orphan blocks. I often make them to see if I like it. So a tote bag would be great for the “unused” blocks. Thanks

        • Hi Linda. Either tote bags or cushion covers. I also often just layer the block on its own and leave it lying around – I mean put it somewhere useful to put a vase or something on.

  2. Sunflowers and little little windmills! Perfect posting this now to remind us that warmer weather is coming soon. Very pretty and fresh-looking. It would certainly cheer up any room.

    • Thanks, June. My niece used these colours for her wedding – she’s obsessed with giraffes so had yellow and brown everywhere.