Pinwheel Quilt Pattern

Pinwheel quilt

Pinwheel quilt

The pinwheel quilt pattern has a boring name, but there is a pinwheel in each block and another formed when the blocks are sewn together, so the quilt is pretty much full of pinwheels.  There are also lots of other secondary designs that form the longer you look at it – something I always love seeing.

The quilt measures 64″ square and I have made it with nine 18″ quilt blocks and three borders, using 1/4 yard of yellow fabric, 1/2 yard of pink, 1 yard of green, 1.1/4 yards of white and 2.1/4 yards of red fabric.  You can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.




Completed pinwheel quilt block

Completed pinwheel quilt block

Cutting requirements for the pinwheel quilt

3.1/2″ squares:  thirty six red, thirty six green, seventy two white

3.7/8″ squares:  eighteen each in red and white, thirty six each in red and pink, eighteen each in yellow and white, eighteen each in green and white

For the first border you will need 2.1/2″ lengths of red fabric:  two at 54.1/2″ long, two at 58.1/2″ long

For the second border you will need 1.1/2″ lengths of green fabric:  two at 58.1/2″ long, two 60.1/2″ long

For the third border you will need 2.1/2″ lengths of red fabric:  two at 60.1/2″ long, two at 64.1/2″ long

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Making the pinwheel quilt block

Make half square triangle units using the 3.7/8″ squares 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 will produce two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.

Central area of the quilt block

Central area of the quilt block

For this pinwheel quilt block the squares are laid out in six rows of six, but I am going to show the central area of the block first so that you can see how the block is built up.  The pinwheel in the middle is created with four green/white half square triangles.  The frame outside this is made with a yellow/white half square triangle in each corner.  These are placed so that the yellow is always on the outside.  Between these corner squares are a green and a white square along each edge.  These are placed so that the green square is placed against the blade of the central pinwheel, with the white square next to it.

Full layout of the pinwheel quilt block

Full layout of the pinwheel quilt block

The final frame of the quilt block is made using a red/white half square triangle in each corner.  These are rotated for each corner:  check the photo to see which direction these half square triangles are placed.

Between the corner squares along each edge are a red square, two red/pink half square triangles and a white square.  The pink triangles are placed so that they form a larger square pointing away from the middle of the block.

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

Assembling the pinwheel quilt

Three quilt borders

Three quilt borders

Sew the blocks together in three rows of three.

I have used three borders:  the first one is made with 2.1/2″ red strips.  Sew the 54.1/2″ lengths to the top and bottom of the quilt and the 58.1/2″ lengths to the sides.

For the second border use the 1.1/2″ green strips.  Sew the 58.1/2″ lengths to the top and bottom and the 60.1/2″ lengths to the sides.

Finally use 2.1/2″ red strips again for the third border:  sew the 60.1/2″ lengths to the top and bottom and the 64.1/2″ lengths to the sides.

That completes the pinwheel quilt top.  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:

Custard factory entrance

Custard factory entrance

Sculpture

Sculpture

There’s an area in Birmingham called the Custard Factory.  As it’s in the creative area of Birmingham and full of students, I had always assumed that it was just a cute name.  But when I went exploring there recently I found that it actually was the original site of the Bird’s Custard factory.

Now the area describes itself  like this:

The Custard Factory is the UK’s leading destination for creative and digital businesses, independent shops and alternative culture outside London.

Fountains in the Custard Factory

Fountains in the Custard Factory

It’s a lovely area and I really enjoyed wandering the streets there.  On that particular day one of the shops was having a ‘Kilo Sale’ of vintage items.  People could fill up bags with vintage clothing, shoes, jewellery and bric a brac, paying a price per kilo.  The queues of people waiting to get in stretched all round the square.  Being British I was terribly tempted to join the queue but decided that I really don’t have the room for any more clutter in my house!