Pinwheel Ring Quilt Pattern

Pinwheel ring quilt

Pinwheel ring quilt

The pinwheel ring quilt is one of many pinwheel quilt patterns that I have written, but for this one I have used two different types of pinwheel and I feel that the lighter block gives a ring shape when surrounded by the other, darker, pinwheel block.  The quilt is made entirely with half square triangles, so I apologise to those of you who don’t like making them.

The quilt blocks are all 12″ square finished size and you need eight of each block.

The quilt measures 54″ square and I have used 1.1/2 yards of red fabric, 1.1/4 yards of blue and 1 yard of white.  As ever you can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.




Completed pinwheel quilt blocks

Completed pinwheel quilt blocks

Cutting requirements for the pinwheel ring quilt

3.7/8″ squares:  thirty two each in red and white, thirty two each in blue and white

6.7/8″ squares:  sixteen red, sixteen blue

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

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the first quilt block

Make half square triangles with all the squares.  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.  These will be 3.1/2″ squares in both red and white and in blue and white, and 6.1/2″ squares in red and blue.

First part of the layout

First part of the layout

The pinwheel ring quilt block is made with all the 3.1/2″ squares.  I’m showing you the blue and white squares first for clarity.  There are four half square triangles in the middle forming a basic pinwheel and then one extra blue/white half square triangle placed next to each of the central squares, forming a blue diamond shape.

Pinwheel ring quilt block layout

Pinwheel ring quilt block layout

Now you can add the red/white squares in the empty spaces.  There is one in each corner, placed so that the red is on the outside, forming the corner of the block.  The other red/white squares all form an overall star with the blue triangles:  they are placed so that the white triangles form a larger triangle pointing in towards the middle.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the quilt block.  You need to make eight of these.

Alternate quilt block layout

Alternate quilt block layout

Making the alternate quilt block

The alternate block is a basic pinwheel.  Place four of the large half square triangles together in two pairs.  Make sure that the colours alternate around the middle.

Sew the squares together in pairs and then sew the pairs to each other.

You will need to make eight of these.

Assembling the pinwheel ring quilt

Rows 1 and 3

Rows 1 and 3

Sew the blocks together in four rows of four, alternating the blocks across the rows and down the columns.

In rows one and three place the pinwheel ring block first, then an alternate block, a ring block and another alternate block.

Rows 2 and 4

Rows 2 and 4

In rows two and four do the opposite:  begin with an alternate block and follow with a ring block.

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

For the border I have used 3.1/2″ strips of red fabric.  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 top of the pinwheel ring quilt.  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:

Vegetable patch quilt

Vegetable patch quilt

I was going to bring you a photo of the views from the Clent Hills today, but the images seem mysteriously to have disappeared – that’s me and technology again!  Instead I’m bringing you a photo of one of the quilts that I’ve been making all week.  It’s a quilt that I designed for Fabric Freedom for a fabric range called Vegetable Patch.  Although I like the design, I’ve made five of this quilt during the week – it’s starting to lose its appeal for me now!