Spinner Quilt Block Pattern

Spinner quilt block

Spinner quilt block

The Spinner quilt block is a very simple four patch block – notable because it features a small dark pinwheel and a large light pinwheel on the alternate blades.  This is definitely one of those blocks where you can immediately see how it came by its name.  I have made it here as a 12″ square finished size.

Cutting reqirements for the spinner quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  four white, four lilac

3.7/8″ squares:  four lilac, four purple

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the spinner quilt block

Make half square triangles with the 3.7/8″ squares.  Place a lilac and a purple square 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 to produce two half square triangle units.  These are now 3.1/2″ squares.

Spinner quilt block layout

Spinner quilt block layout

Arrange the squares in four rows of four.  There’s a purple/lilac pinwheel in the middle of the block.

In each corner there’s a half square triangle unit.  These are placed so that each one has the same placement as the half square triangle nearest it (in the central pinwheel).  In each row there’s a white and a lilac square, but they are in different positions on each row.

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

Spinner quilt idea

Spinner quilt idea

For a quilt idea, I’m showing you here a simple quilt with four rows of four blocks.

It certainly is a pretty quilt, but I tried to find an alternate block to put with it and none of my usual alternates worked – I thought that a large simple pinwheel would look good, but nothing seemed to improve the quilt, so I’m leaving my suggestion as being just this simple one.

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  1. vani hegde says:

    Hi Rose.Its very beautiful design with nice color combination. Thanks for tutorials

  2. You may think this is a simple quilt but I would find it complicated. It is very pretty, especially with the colours you have chosen. Another beauty Rosemary!

  3. Hi Rose, I love this pattern, the color combination is beautiful too. Great job. The old blocks ever go out of style. Hope you had a great weekend.

    • Hi Linda. I always like it when I can tell how a block came by its name – this one is easy to understand. Yes, lovely weekend thanks.