3D Pinwheel Quilt

3D Pinwheel Quilt

This quilt puts a quick and easy new twist to a traditional pinwheel blocks. The blocks go together quickly using quick piecing methods. The block includes a "3D" pinwheel in the center.
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Quilts Size - 43" x 55"
Blocks - 12"
Setting - three rows across / four rows down
Borders - 3 ½" finished
Four different color ways - three blocks of each color way

Fabric Requirements

Pinwheel Blocks and Borders

Three different shades of Blue - 0.25m (1/4 yard) of each shade (a total of 0.75m / 3/4 yard)
Three different shades of Green - 0.25m (1/4 yard) of each shade (a total of 0.75m / 3/4 yard)
Three different shades of Pink - 0.25m (1/4 yard) of each shade (a total of 0.75m / 3/4 yard)
Three different shades of Purple - 0.25m (1/4 yard) of each shade (a total of 0.75m / 3/4 yard)
Four different shades of creams or whites - 0.25m (1/4 yard) of each shade (a total of 1m / 1 yard)

Getting Ready:

Prewash fabrics if desired - dry and iron. Before cutting fabrics, square up your fabrics. This is done to make sure that your fabric is laying flat and the strips you cut are straight and do not have a "V" in the middle. To square up your fabrics - do the following:

Hold the fabric selvage in your hands so the fold of the fabric hangs down. Slightly adjust the selvage until the fold hangs straight. Once you have the fold hanging straight, place the fabric on your cutting mat. To square up your fabric, you will need two rules - your 6" x 24" ruler and a smaller square ruler (normally around a 6" square). Place the square ruler on the bottom of the fabric fold. The square ruler should sit even with the fold of the fabric. Next place the 6" x 24" ruler against the side of the square ruler to form a 90-degree angle. Holding the 6" x 24" ruler in place, remove the square and cut along the edge of the long ruler.

Cutting The Fabric:

For Cream/White setting triangles use each of the 4 cream/white fabrics Cut:

Six - 7" squares
Subcut each of the 7" squares in half on the diagonal - place aside

For each color way of the Pinwheel blocks - decide what two fabrics will form the block and which one fabric will become the "3D" prairie point in the block center. For the Pinwheel Squares, cut:

Six - 5" squares from each of the two fabrics that will be the block

For the prairie points cut:

Twelve - 4" squares

Repeat this with the fabrics for the other three color ways

Each Pinwheel Block is make from:

4 - cream/white triangle background pieces
4 - half square triangle blocks
4 - prairie points

To Make the Half-Square Triangle blocks:

On the wrong side of one of the 5" squares, draw a line in pencil or marking tool of your choice diagonally down the center of the block from corner to corner. Now draw a line 1/4" on either side of the line you just drew. The centerline will be your cutting line and the lines on other side of this will be the lines that you are stitching on. Place the 5" square you have just marked on top of the other 5" square in the same color way, right sides together. Stitch down either side and cut the square apart diagonally down the centerline. Press seam to one side. You now have two completed half-square triangle units. Continue making half triangle units from each of the four color ways. You will have a total of 12 half-triangle units in each color.

Making half triangle units this way is fast and easy. This method eliminates the need to cut and sew on the bias cut edge of the fabric. There are many neat tools and notions on the market that make marking and sewing the half and quarter triangle units even easier. Some of these notions include the Quick Quarter Rule and Quick Quarter Ruler II, The Angler, 1/4" Piecing Foot, Thangles and Triangles on A Roll.

To Make a Prairie Point

Take one - 4" square
Fold the square in half diagonally matching edges to form a triangle Fold the triangle again to either the left or right to form a smaller triangle You will now have a prairie point that has raw edges on one side

Putting One Pinwheel Square Together

Lay out 4 completed half square triangle blocks on your work table. Lay the blocks out so no two of the same colors touch directly on one edge. The 2 blocks will form a pinwheel block with two colors. Next, taking four completed prairie points - lay the prairie points on each of the half square triangle blocks. Play around with placement to decide on which side of the half triangle block the prairie point looks best. Once you have decided, make sure the prairie points are sitting so the raw edges of the prairie points matches the raw edges of the half square triangle block. The prairie point should lie just inside the half triangle block along side the center seam. Using a long basting stitch, baste the prairie points to each of the half square triangle blocks.

Once again, lay the 4 half square triangle blocks on your worktable. Taking two of the half square triangle blocks with the prairie points basted in place, sew the blocks together along one side. Press seam away from the prairie point. Repeat the process with the other two blocks once again pressing the seam to one side, away from the prairie point. Next, join the two completed units. Your center section will be thick with all the block and prairie point seams coming together. To press this center seam, clip into the seam about 1/2" on either side of the center of the seam. Press each side away from the prairie point. Open the center section and press flat. Clipping and opening the center seam helps to reduce the amount of bulk to press.

Finishing off the Pinwheel blocks:

Each of the Pinwheel blocks appears to be "on-point" by adding the cream/white triangles. For each pinwheel block, you will need four triangles. For our sample of this quilt, we use the same cream/white fabric for each of the three block within the same color way. This made the squares that were created in the cream/white look scrappy. Taking one pinwheel block, pin and then sew a triangle (long side) to opposite sides of the pinwheel block. Press seam to cream. Now add the triangle on the two opposite sides of the pinwheel block. Your complete pinwheel block should measure 12 1/2" square.

Repeat to make the remaining eleven blocks.

Joining the Complete Blocks Together:

Lay the complete pinwheel blocks on a clean work surface. Play around with the placement of blocks to achieve the desired layout. The quilt consists of three blocks across and four rows down. Sew blocks together in each row. Press seams in opposite directions. Sew each row together, press seams.

Making the Border:

The scrappy border on this quilt is made from all the fabrics used in the half square triangle blocks. From each of these eight fabrics, cut a 3" strip by the width (42" or 45") of the fabric. Sew these eight strips together and press seams to one side. Cut the complete unit into 4" strips. You will need 10 strips. Join two of these together to form the border on the top and other for the bottom border. Join three strips together for each side. The strips will be slightly longer that what you need, trim strips to fit.

Finishing Up

Using a method of you choice, arrange and baste the backing, batting and complete quilt top together. Quilt as desired. You can stitch in the ditch or do many other free motion designs. Accent the 3D pinwheel prairie point center - Have fun!

Trim away excess backing and batting once the quilting is complete. Cut your binding. Binding strips should be cut approximately 2 1/4" to 2 1/2" wide. Attach your precut strips of binding together with diagonal seams to form a strip of binding long enough to go around the complete outside of the quilt.

To make a French Binding, fold the strip in half lengthwise with the wrong side of the fabric on the inside and iron. Using a ¼" seam, attach the binding by placing the binding strip and quilt raw edges together. When you come to a corner do the following:

Stop ¼ " from the corner
Remove the quilt from the sewing machine presser foot

Fold the binding strip up away from the quilt and you making a diagonal fold
Then holding this newly created diagonal fold in place with your finger, bring the binding down so the binding raw edges now align with the next side that you will be sewing on. Continue around the quilt.

Fold binding to the backside covering the raw edges and hand or machine stitch in place.


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