Pinwheel Ring Quilt Pattern

Pinwheel ring quilt

Pinwheel ring quilt

The pinwheel ring quilt is one of many pinwheel quilt patterns that I have written, but for this one I have used two different types of pinwheel and I feel that the lighter block gives a ring shape when surrounded by the other, darker, pinwheel block.  The quilt is made entirely with half square triangles, so I apologise to those of you who don’t like making them.

The quilt blocks are all 12″ square finished size and you need eight of each block.

The quilt measures 54″ square and I have used 1.1/2 yards of red fabric, 1.1/4 yards of blue and 1 yard of white.  As ever you can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.

Completed pinwheel quilt blocks

Completed pinwheel quilt blocks

Cutting requirements for the pinwheel ring quilt

3.7/8″ squares:  thirty two each in red and white, thirty two each in blue and white

6.7/8″ squares:  sixteen red, sixteen blue

For the border you will need six 3.1/2″ strips of red cut across the width of fabric.

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the first quilt block

Make half square triangles with all the squares.  Place 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.  These will be 3.1/2″ squares in both red and white and in blue and white, and 6.1/2″ squares in red and blue.

First part of the layout

First part of the layout

The pinwheel ring quilt block is made with all the 3.1/2″ squares.  I’m showing you the blue and white squares first for clarity.  There are four half square triangles in the middle forming a basic pinwheel and then one extra blue/white half square triangle placed next to each of the central squares, forming a blue diamond shape.

Pinwheel ring quilt block layout

Pinwheel ring quilt block layout

Now you can add the red/white squares in the empty spaces.  There is one in each corner, placed so that the red is on the outside, forming the corner of the block.  The other red/white squares all form an overall star with the blue triangles:  they are placed so that the white triangles form a larger triangle pointing in towards the middle.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the quilt block.  You need to make eight of these.

Alternate quilt block layout

Alternate quilt block layout

Making the alternate quilt block

The alternate block is a basic pinwheel.  Place four of the large half square triangles together in two pairs.  Make sure that the colours alternate around the middle.

Sew the squares together in pairs and then sew the pairs to each other.

You will need to make eight of these.

Assembling the pinwheel ring quilt

Rows 1 and 3

Rows 1 and 3

Sew the blocks together in four rows of four, alternating the blocks across the rows and down the columns.

In rows one and three place the pinwheel ring block first, then an alternate block, a ring block and another alternate block.

Rows 2 and 4

Rows 2 and 4

In rows two and four do the opposite:  begin with an alternate block and follow with a ring block.

Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

For the border I have used 3.1/2″ strips of red fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 54.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the top of the pinwheel ring quilt.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.

Here’s the video:

Vegetable patch quilt

Vegetable patch quilt

I was going to bring you a photo of the views from the Clent Hills today, but the images seem mysteriously to have disappeared – that’s me and technology again!  Instead I’m bringing you a photo of one of the quilts that I’ve been making all week.  It’s a quilt that I designed for Fabric Freedom for a fabric range called Vegetable Patch.  Although I like the design, I’ve made five of this quilt during the week – it’s starting to lose its appeal for me now!

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  1. Rosemary harding says:

    Wow! Rose you gone and it again a wonderful quilt, you have made. Thank you for your lovely idea’s and such lovely quilts. Love Rosemary x x God bless you in all you do.

  2. Lovely pattern Rose – would like to try this one but still working my way through UFO’s! ?. Also getting projects finished for our exhibition in two weeks time?. I have a plan – I have put most of my materials up in the attic and I can concentrate on the project in hand – complete one before starting another?. Well that’s the plan – hopefully it works! Happy sewing. Have a nice weekend?

    • Thanks Dianne. Good luck with your exhibition. That’s a great idea to put your fabrics away and concentrate on finishing one project at a time.

  3. vani hegde says:

    Hai Rose. Its wonderful design.Thanks for sharing. That quilt design name is also different. Nice. Thank you

  4. Yvonne Clayton says:

    Hi Rose, Thanks for the quilt, it is gorgeous.I love the vegetable patch one, it is beautiful. Would love to make one like that. Thank you for all the lovely quilts you send us each week. You are such a busy person, I wonder that you can make so many in a week. I struggle to make one in 6 months. Regards. Yvonne.

    • Hi Yvonne. I’m going to try and write up the Vegetable Patch next week. I only managed those quilts by having lots of very early mornings and very late nights – and not going out at all. Not the way I’d like to live on a regular basis.

  5. doetexas says:

    I love this quilt, Rose!! I love red, white and blue very, very much!! (Some Americans are)
    But, you know what? I hate pinwheels!! I think since you used 2 variations made such a difference that I actually love this quilt!!
    Of course the colors grabbed me, too!!
    I’m sure you’ve heard of Quilts of Valor and organizations like that, so there are some red, white and blue quilts in my quilting future, since I plan to make a few for one of those groups.
    Hope you don’t get too burned out on vegetable patch, before you share it with us.

    • Glad you like the quilts. Yes, I’ve heard of Quilts of Valor – they do a wonderful job and many quilters I know make quilts for them. Red, white and blue are relevant to many different countries because of their flags – ours here in the UK as well.

  6. I really like both your quilts. I roll my eyes in disbelief when I think that you made 5 of them in one week. I noticed that the boy quilt pattern is gone from your “Free Quilt and Sew Patterns”. I was hoping that I could copy it and make one for my other niece. Do you have the pattern? I have yet to get in touch with your friend from Facing Africa. I promise I will after this weekend and I’ll definitely keep in touch.

    • Hi Claire. I’m not sure where the Little Boy Blue pattern has gone. I’ll try and find it and either put it on the website or send you a copy. Chris from Facing Africa is away on holiday at the moment, but I’ve been in touch with someone else there who may be able to provide the information we need – I’ll let you know if I find out. The Vegetable Patch is a relatively small quilt – I couldn’t have made five if it was a large quilt!

  7. Hi Rose.
    Always love your quilts but the vegetable one is very nice. The fabrics look a little bit different and fresh.

    • Hi Karen. Yes, the fabrics definitely have a modern feel to them. They even come in three different colour ranges – I don’t have to make so many in the other two colour ranges.

  8. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Another winner. Love your choice of colors and I love the vegetable patch. We all need variety in our life 5 of the same quilt is tiring.
    Almost done with what I am calling The Wave as the small white blocks go traveling up and down. Just need to quilt and bind it. Then I think I will try this one. Of course mine never come out looking exactly like yours. I think it is what I call a Sandee thing, my version.
    You need a rest this weekend. Relax and Happy Quilting.

    • Hi Sandra. You must be pleased to be finishing the Wave. The beauty of quilting is that each project is our own – it doesn’t matter what idea we began with!

  9. Thank you for your pattern. We wish it would get a little cooler here in Dublin. Temperature is 24 degrees C. Going out the door is like being in Spain. Not the usual Irish weather at all. Take care and enjoy your weekend. Thank you for all your wonderful patterns. Wish I had the time to do even half of them. Regards, Jean.

    • Hi Jean. I’m amazed that your weather is so very different from ours. We’ve had odd hot days, but even then there’s often a breeze to cool it down – and we seem to have at least some rain most days.

  10. Thanks for the video rose

  11. As always beautiful quilt. Yes love those reds. And yes your vegetable patch. Pretty nt I agree after 5 it would be a touch meh

    • Hi Irena. Thought you’d like the red. I never thought that I would tire of quilting, but doing the same one again and again isn’t exactly challenging!

  12. Sheila Lymn says:

    hi Rose loved this weeks quilt and Linda’s idea for a scrap quilt sounds appealing for some one with loads of scraps,
    After reading about the Noma appeal I put together a raffle with all things dental,in My Dentist donated an electric toothbrush a very good prize ,my Chemist gave me mouthwash and the Co-op gave me a £10 voucher which I spent on all things dental Can I tell you that I have raised £87 towards my target of £100 some very kind friend s in all the coffee mornings I go to and the 4 groups I belong to ,Next Thursday I am having a tea and cake in Sheila’s garden so hope to top up my appeal this cause is so appealing ,thank you for telling us about it and fingers crossed for a fine afternoon
    love and hugs Sheila xxx


    • Hi Sheila. That is so kind of you. Thank you so much for taking the time to raise funds for Facing Africa. I’m sure they’ll be very grateful for your input. What a lot of generous friends you must have – I wish you all the best for your tea and cake afternoon next week – yes my fingers are definitely crossed for good weather for you.

  13. Rose, a definite winner. Thank you. The vegetable patch quilt is lovely.
    You definitely have been very busy.
    Have a restful week-end.

  14. Elaine Feldhahn says:

    Hi rose I love this pattern and can’t wait to give it a go . Your mention of the client hills brought back childhood memories as I used to walk there often with my dad .

    • Hi Elaine. The Clent Hills are run by the National Trust now and they’ve got some lovely walks marked out. The views are spectacular, aren’t they.

  15. You’ve done it again Rose – this pattern and colour combination is definitely a winner, what’s not to love? Also, I’m fascinated to see the quilt you’ve made using the Vegetable Patch fabrics – it’s seriously beautiful, but I can understand that you’d be tired of it if you’ve made five – yikes!

    • Hi June. Sometimes I think that I use red, white and blue too often, but they make such bright fresh looking quilts. For the Vegetable Patch quilts I just set it up like a production line – needless to say my house looks as though a fabric bomb has hit it!

  16. HI Rose, love this pattern, would also be good for using scraps with a main color for the pin wheel. You can do so many things with HST. Vegetable Patch sounds interesting too. Enjoy your weekend.