My pinwheel diamond quilt pattern is made with just two simple blocks – and I think it’s really attractive. The pinwheels are placed in the middle with a circle of gold diamonds around them.

The quilt measures 58″ by 70″, made with twenty 12″ blocks sewn together in five rows of four. I have used 2 yards of gold fabric with 1.3/4 yards each of purple and lilac. You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.

But before I begin the pattern I just want to wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2019. It’s rather exciting having a whole new year ahead of us!

### Cutting requirements for the pinwheel diamond quilt

3.1/2″ squares: forty lilac, forty gold

3.7/8″ squares: twenty each in purple and gold, twenty each in purple and lilac

6.7/8″ squares twenty lilac, twenty gold

For the borders you will need to cut six 1.1/2″ strips of gold and thirteen 2.1/2″ of purple across the width of fabric.

### Make half square triangles

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units. Place a purple square with either a lilac or a gold square. 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. Press the seam allowances towards the purple and trim the two corners where the triangle tips stick out. These are now 3.1/2″ squares. You need to make them in purple/gold and in purple/lilac.

### Make the pinwheel block

This block has a very simple four patch layout. Begin with four purple/lilac half square triangle units in the middle. Place these so that they form a pinwheel, with the lilac and purple alternating.

Now place a purple/gold half square triangle outside each purple triangle of the central pinwheel. Lay these so that the outer purple triangle and the inner purple triangle together form a diamond shape, extending the pinwheel.

Place a lilac square in each corner and a gold square in the remaining four spaces.

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

### Make the alternate block

Use the 6.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles in exactly the same way as you made the smaller ones above.

Lay the half square triangles in fours. Place them so that the triangles form larger triangles – two gold triangles opposite each other and two lilac triangles opposite each other.

Sew the pieces together in two pairs and then sew the pairs to each other. These also measure 12.1/2″ square and you need to make ten of them.

### Assemble the quilt

Sew the blocks together in five rows of four. Rows one and five are the same as each other: a pinwheel at each end with two alternate blocks between them. Place the alternate blocks so that the gold triangles form diamonds across the rows while lilac triangles point up and down.

Rows two to four are also the same as each other. This time the two pinwheel blocks are in the middle with an alternate block at each end.

Note that this time the gold triangles run up and down while the lilac triangles run from side to side.

At this stage the quilt top measures 48.1/2″ by 60.1/2″.

### Add the borders

I’ve used 2.1/2″ purple strips for the first border. You’ll need two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 64.1/2″ for the sides.

In the second border you need to cut 1.1/2″ strips of gold: two lengths of 52.1/2″ for the top and bottom with two lengths of 66.1/2″ for the sides.

Finally for the third border use 2.1/2″ strips of purple again: two lengths of 54.1/2″ for the top and bottom with two lengths of 70.1/2″ for the sides.

The pinwheel diamond quilt top is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the quilting for beginners section.

Here’s the video:

No travels this week – I just luxuriated in the festive season. What I can show you, though, is a table runner that I made using the owl and pussycat templates that I used in the quilt of the same name. To see it click here or click on the photo.