Pinwheel Star Quilt Pattern

Pinwheel star quilt

Pinwheel star quilt

For the pinwheel star quilt pattern I have used three different quilt blocks – all very simple ones.  The quilt is a good lap quilt size (41″ square) and comes together really quickly.  There aren’t even too many half square triangles!  I’ve used 3/4 yard each of red, blue and cream fabrics to make nine quilt blocks which are all 9″ finished size, together with three borders in the same colours.  Together they come together to make a pretty star with pinwheels in the quilt corners.

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Cutting requirements for the pinwheel star quilt

Completed quilt blocks

Completed quilt blocks

4.3/8″ squares:  eight blue, eight cream

3.7/8″ squares:  six blue, six cream

3.1/2″ squares:  one blue

1.1/2″ by 7.1/2″ strips:  ten red

1.1/2″ by 9.1/2″ strips:  ten red

2.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ strips:  two cream

2.1/2″ by 7.1/2″ strips:  two cream

3.1/2″ by 9.1/2″ strips:  four blue, four cream

For the borders you will need to cut four 3.1/2″ cream strips across the width of fabric, four 1.1/2″ blue strips and four 3.1/2″ red strips

Central quilt block layout

Central quilt block layout

Making the central quilt block

Begin with a 3.1/2″ blue square in the middle.  Sew a 3.1/2″ cream strip to top and bottom and a 7.1/2″ cream strip to each side.

Sew a 7.1/2″ red strip to the top and bottom and finally sew a 9.1/2″ red strip to each side.

You only need to make one of this block.

Making the pinwheel quilt block

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangles using the 4.3/8″ squares.  Place a blue and a cream square 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 4″ squares.

Pinwheel quilt block layout

Pinwheel quilt block layout

Use four half square triangles for each pinwheel.  Place them in two pairs as shown.  Sew the pairs together and then sew the pairs to each other to make a four patch unit.

Sew a 7.1/2″ red strip to the top and bottom of the block and then sew a 9.1/2″ red strip to each side.

You need to make four of these blocks.

Making the stripey quilt block

Stripey quilt block layout

Stripey quilt block layout

Make half square triangle units with the 3.7/8″ squares.  Place three of these side by side with the blue triangles in the top left.

The rest of the block is made using a blue 3.1/2″ by 9.1/2″ strip at the top, then a cream strip and finally the half square triangles.

Sew the half square triangles together first and then sew the rows to each other.  You need to make four of this block.

Assembling the pinwheel star quilt

Pinwheel star quilt layout

Pinwheel star quilt layout

Lay the blocks out in three rows of three.  The first row is made with a stripey block in the middle and a pinwheel block on either side.  The stripey block is placed with the triangles on the bottom.

The second row is made with the central block in the middle and a stripey block on either side.  These are placed so that the triangles run along the edges of the central block.

The third row is made with a stripey block in the middle and a pinwheel block on either side.  The stripey block is placed so that the triangles are at the top of the block.

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

First quilt border

First quilt border

For the first border I have used 3.1/2″ strips of cream fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 27.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 33.1/2″ for the sides.

The second border is made using 1.1/2″ strips of blue.  You’ll need two lengths of 33.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 35.1/2″ for the sides.

Final border for the pinwheel star quilt

Final border for the pinwheel star quilt

Finally for the third border I have enclosed the quilt with 3.1/2″ strips of red – two lengths of 35.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 41.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the pinwheel star 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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Facing Africa - NOMA

Facing Africa – NOMA

Recently I have become aware of a small charity that gives extraordinary help to individual people with a dreadful disease called NOMA.  I am so impressed with what they do that I feel I want to help them as much as I can.  I have set up a Just Giving page for donations and I am going to donate all the proceeds of my quilt sales to them.  You can find out more about them either by clicking on the photo or by clicking on Facing Africa – NOMA.