Tutorial – Pinwheels in the Park
Here is a cute little quilt today that might be perfect as your next project. This tutorial was shared back in 2011 by Rachel Measham-Pywell from Four Wise Monkeys. Her website is only available by invitation only, so I cannot share a link to her. It was further shared with Sew Mama Sew and they provide a .pdf to easily print the pattern instructions. **Note** Sew Mama Sew website has closed – the pinwheels blocks are 12″ finished size with 4.5″ finished size sashing and setting stones.
Pinwheels Block Dissected
This quilt calls for only 12 blocks, so it will go together very quickly. It calls for 6 fat quarters each of dark and light fabrics, along with the white background used in this example. Let’s take a look at one block. One the left the block is it in pieces and the right reflects one finished block.
The basic steps involve cutting one square in half diagonally and then cutting a second block in quarters diagonally. Since you get two large spokes of the pinwheel from one square you could make them all matching, two sets matching, or all four spokes different. Both examples I shared here today have kept the smaller spokes the same, using all four cut from one square in the same block. You would be able to mix those up as well. Although that might make it harder to see the shape of the pinwheel.
Another Pinwheel in the Park
This quilt was also quilted in 2013 by Angela Walters and shared on her blog Quilting is My Therapy in this very pretty red/pink/white version. The quilt was made by Barbara (no link for her information available).
Of course, you would expect fabulous quilting from Angela, and she doesn’t disappoint in this block closeup:
The quilt finishes at 54.5″ x 71″ which is a generous lap or young child’s quilt. In the photo above, you can see that Barbara added setting stones between the sashing. I like this change as it allows for a break between the long sashing strips. You would of course do whatever floats your boat! These two examples show the versatility this pattern has for your choices in color and fabrics. One more recent example can be found on Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland website – she just made this quilt in shades of blue and is in the midst of quilting it. Beautiful! Is this one you might make?
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