Paper Pinwheel Quilt – Free Pattern

Paper pinwheel quilt

Paper pinwheel quilt

The Paper Pinwheel quilt is made using two versions of the block of the same name.  It was the name of the block that attracted me – the design looks like those paper whirligig things that I can remember from my childhood.  The quilt measures 54″ square and I have used sixteen blocks which are all 12″ square finished size.  I needed 1 yard each of light blue, cream and red fabrics, together with 3/4 yard of red fabric.  The block is a simple four patch and I have used red in the middle and on the border to provide more interest to the quilt.

You can buy the fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.

Completed quilt blocks

Completed quilt blocks

Cutting requirements for the paper pinwheel quilt

3.1/2″ squares:  four red, sixty light blue, sixty four dark blue, sixty four cream

3.7/8″ squares:  thirty two light blue, thirty two cream

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

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units.  Place a light blue and a cream square with right sides together.  Mark a line along the diagonal and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line.  Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.  These are now 3.1/2″ square and you need to trim the two corners where the triangle tips stick out.

Paper pinwheel quilt block layout

Paper pinwheel quilt block layout

Make the basic paper pinwheel quilt block

Lay the squares out in four rows of four.  Begin with four cream squares in the middle.  On each edge of this central section place a half square triangle and a dark blue square.  If you follow the edges of the block in a clockwise direction you’ll see that they always follow the same order – the half square triangle first and then the dark blue square.

In each corner place a light blue square.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block.  It measures 12.1/2″ square at this stage and you need to make twelve of them.

Alternate quilt block layout

Alternate quilt block layout

Make the alternate block

The alternate block is just as simple as the first one.  All I have done is swap one corner square from light blue to red.

This block also measures 12.1/2″ square and you need to make four of them.

Rows one and two

Rows one and two

Assemble the quilt

Sew the blocks together in four rows of four.  Place four basic blocks in a row for rows one and four.

Rows three and four

Rows three and four

Use the alternate blocks in rows two and three.  Make row two with a basic block at each end and two alternate blocks in the middle.  Place these so that the red squares are together and at the bottom of the row.

For row three you need a basic block at each end and two alternate blocks in the middle.  This time place them so that the red squares are together and at the top of the row.

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

Red for the border

Red for the border

Add the quilt border

I have used 3.1/2″ strips of red for the border.  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 paper pinwheel quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the quilting for beginners section.

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In the meantime I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend.

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  1. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    You have been busy this week I did not think you would send one out because of Easter. Love the pattern and will be trying it. Have to make another baby quilt as I found out my son and daughter in law are expecting #3 And it’s another girl. Need ideas for a girlie quilt.
    Hope you have a great Easter weekend with your daughter. Happy Easter!!

    • Hi Sandra. What wonderful news! Lovely opportunity for lots of girlie quilting and sewing. Congratulations to your son and his growing family. Enjoy the rest of Easter weekend.

  2. Thank you Rose. This looks very fun. Have a nice Easter. We are spending it with family and an Easter egg hunt for a two year old.

    • Hi Sue. That brings back fond memories of when my children were small. Hope the 2 year old finds lots of eggs! Have a lovely Easter weekend.

  3. No problems this time around. Always liked pinwheels. How ever did you find time to make the quilt?

    Happy Easter.

    • Thanks, Claire. I was a bit pushed for time making this one – still sewing frantically on Friday morning! Hope you have a wonderful Easter with your niece and nephew.

  4. Have a wonderful Easter. Keep up the great patterns l love them all.

  5. Anne Hardman says:

    Another beautiful pattern. Thank you. Happy Easter Rose.

  6. Tina Madison says:

    I love your paper pinwheel quilt!
    Have a wonderful Easter ?