Pinwheel Quilt Block Tutorial – Quick And Simple

I am starting the new year off with a bang and so we should right? This year I have some new materials and new equipment to make my sewing life better. I was so eager to use these materials I thought what better way to test them out on making a Pinwheel Quilt.

I will say that even though I have made patchwork quilts before this will be a first for me as I am taking this step by step and very slowly. I have spent a good couple of hours drafting up a plan, a drawing and doing the maths.  I found a handy tool that I hope works out and if it does I will be making a whole chart to hopefully help more of the beginners like myself. I haven’t successfully made a quilt I have been 100% happy with it as it was either rushed, the seams don’t match or the binding was wrong.

So this is my first attempt at a Pinwheel Quilt…

Tools And Equipment

  • Fiskars Rotary Cutter – brand new for Christmas and it is a dream, not like my old lazy one.
  • Janome Imperial Quilting Ruler – also new for Christmas and I can see why my squares were off all this time.
  • Sewing Machine – I use a Bernina as I always have and I love it.
  • L Shaped Ruler – Not always necessary but I like to have it to hand in case.
  • Fabric – I used 8 fat quarters to create my pinwheels quilt, I had a little fabric left over and if you are confident you can use any fabric.
  • Spray Starch – This is something I am trialling out on my next quilt as some of my pieces felt a little stretched at times and feel that the starch will help keep them in place. You can buy this from most leading supermarkets as well as Wilkinsons.

Method

  • I started by working out how big I wanted to make my pinwheel quilt and the size each pinwheel was to be. I worked on a scale of making each pinwheel 7 inches, using 6 inch squares to create the 7 inch pinwheel. Each pinwheel takes 2 squares to create.
  • I worked out that to make 24 pinwheel blocks I needed 48 6 inch squares. I then worked out that I would need 6 squares from each fat quarter.
  • Draw out a rough plan to work out what it was to look like and note down the widths of the borders and how the quilt would eventually look.

Pinwheel Quilt Plan

  • I then took my 8 fat quarters and ironed them out, you want to get rid of any lumps, bumps and folds before cutting the fabric.
  • Once each fat quarter was ironed and pressed, I took to using my L ruler and my quilting ruler to create 1 straight edge. Using this straight edge I measured along to make sure I could get 3x 6-inch squares from one length. I then cut along to create the squares.
  • Once you have cut out all your squares you then want to decide what fabrics are going together, if you are using 2 patterned like me.
  • Lay them right sides together and sew 1/4 inch along all 4 edges.

Pinwheel quilt demonstration

  • Take back to the cutting board and using your ruler cut from corner to corner to create 4 triangles.

  • Take the 4 small triangles to the ironing board and press open, press the seam to one side to help reduce the bulk within the block.

  • Lay out the block on your mat to work out the layout before sewing together. I laid my squares out and took a picture to reference back to if I thought I had done it wrong.

  • Before rushing to sew the squares together make sure you sew two together and the other two together first. This will make sure that all the alignment of the seams and lines match up. To help me I made a stack of the 2 squares sewn together.
  • Take the stack to the ironing board and press the seam open, this will help keep the bulk down on the reverse of the block.
  • Match up the squares using your picture as a guideline, I needed this for the first few as I kept getting it the wrong way around. Sew together and press open the seams.

That is the end of making the pinwheel quilt block, always remember to sew your seams with a 1/4 inch and always press your seams.

These are my final stacks of my Pinwheel quilt block. Check out my next post on creating the rest of the pinwheel quilt.

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