I’ve made the Whirligig Cross quilt using my favourite colours of red, blue and white. I began with five whirligig blocks in a cross shape, added some half square triangles to create a diamond affect and then added three borders to the quilt. It measures 54″ square and I have used 1 yard of light blue, 3/4 yard of white, 1.1/4 yards of dark blue and 1.1/2 yards of red fabric. The quilt is constructed with nine 12″ blocks finished size. There are three borders to provide a good solid frame for the quilt. The blue and white squares were intended to look like the edges of an old fashioned film spool.

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### Cutting requirements for the whirligig cross quilt

12.7/8″ squares: two light blue, two dark blue

3.7/8″ squares: twenty each in red and white, ten each in light blue and white, ten each in dark blue and light blue

For borders one and three you will need to cut nine 3.1/2″ strips of red fabric across the width of fabric

For border two you will need thirty 3.1/2″ dark blue squares and thirty 3.1/2″ white squares.

### Make half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units in the colour combinations listed above. 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 produces two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares. Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

### Make the whirligig block

This block uses half square triangles only. It is also known as a mosaic block. Lay the pieces out in four rows of four. Begin with four dark blue/light blue half square triangles in the middle. Across each corner place two red/white half square triangles. The red triangles together form a stripe across each corner. In the remaining four spaces place a light blue/white half square triangle. The light blue triangles form a stripe with the light blue from the central area.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other. This block now measures 12.1/2″ square and you need to make five of them.

### Make the corner blocks

Cut the 12.7/8″ squares along one diagonal to create two triangles from each square. Sew a dark blue and a light blue triangle together – that’s the corner block complete! The block measures 12.1/2″ square at this stage and you need to make four of them.

### Assemble the whirligig cross quilt

Lay the blocks out in three rows of three.

In row one lay a corner block at each end with a whirligig block in the middle. Make sure that the dark blue triangles are at the top, forming the corners of the quilt. For row you just need three whirligig blocks placed side by side.

For the third row place a corner block at each end with a whirligig block in the middle. This time place the dark blue triangles at the bottom so that they form the bottom corners of the whirligig cross quilt.

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

### Add the quilt borders

For the first border I have used 3.1/2″ strips of red fabric. You’ll need two lengths of 36.1/2″ for the top and bottom, with two lengths of 42.1/2″ for the sides.

In the second border I used alternating squares of blue and white. I was aiming for the sort of look that you get from the old fashioned film spools. The simplest way to make this border is to sew together 3.1/2″ strips of blue and white along the length. Cut the resulting panel at 3.1/2″ intervals to make rectangles 3.1/2″ by 6.1/2″.

Sew these together side by side to make strips of squares. You’ll need two lengths of fourteen squares for the top and bottom of the quilt, together with two lengths of sixteen squares for the sides.

Finally for the third border I used 3.1/2″ strips of red again. You’ll need two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the top and bottom with two lengths of 54.1/2″ for the sides.

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

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