Tuesday, September 9, 2008

tutorial:: how to make a pinwheel

so it's quilt month over at mr monkeysuit and i decided to join the fun. for my little tidbit i've decided to make a tutorial on how to make a pinwheel, so you too can make a quilt like my little katie's
first you need four squares two of a color and two of white (these babies are 5x5)
next draw a line down the middle of the white squares
next take a color block and a white block and sew down 1/4 of an inch on one side of the line you drew.
next flip it around and do the same to the other side, do this to both sets of squares and then cut down the middle where your pencil line is...
after you have cut down the middle where your pencil mark is, open up your square, and press open. you now have 4 squares half white and half color.

next cut off the nubbins
then lay it out like so. when you sew your block together it's helpful for me to go from left to right and top to bottom.
like so...
and now you have your pinwheel!

this is the start of my new pinwheel quilt that is going at the end of my bed.
any questions? please feel free to ask!

27 comments:

Maggie Roe said...

Wow! I have admired that quilt since you started making it. I'm no novice quilter, but I can hold my own. This one looked so hard.

Thanks for showing me how easy it actually is! I might do this for my upcoming son. I did a log cabin for my first, and just assumed that since it's so easy I'd do another for this one, but I love what you have done.

Again, thanks for spelling it out and letting us know what to do. You took the guess work out!

mommymelb said...

Awesome! You male it look so easy! I've never actually finished a quilt, but this makes me think I want to try! :)

Mrs. Trixi said...

I would so love to quilt this winter. I hope you do many, many more of these tutorials. You make it seem so easy and you do beautiful work.

Robin said...

I love this tutorial. I can't wait to start a pinwill quilt. Maybe I should finish my other ones first. How many squares do you need for a baby, twin, queen or king guilt? Thanks!!!

Melanie said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I have been wanting to try this.

Annette said...

You quilt looks so light and cheerful. I'll be looking forward to seeing it all finished. It will be gorgeous.

SLO Rober said...

I'm so excited! I've started doing a little quilting and this is going to be a huge help! Thanks!

Nicole said...

Ok, I am really going to have to give this a try. I tried a pinwheel quilt once and failed miserably. But I also did it totally wrong. My sister called me all excited yesterday because she had one your bag. I totally her that me and you were totally friends :) She was so excited to win. It couldn't have come at a better time for her. Her and her cute little family have been through a lot lately.

lera said...

Wow! That's awesome! Thanks for sharing.

mrmonkeysuit said...

fantastic. I will be sure and post about this!

billie said...

Thank you for sharing. I'm bookmarking, pinwheels has got to be my next quilt, well after I finish my other quilts I've started. Eeek!

Rambling Girl said...

Oh goodie...Thanks for letting me know where to find the directions...It looks easy but looks can be deceiving when I am the one doing it...hehehe....I will let you know how it goes with me.

Rory and Jess said...

Hi! I'm working on a pinwheel quilt of my own, using your awesome tutorial, you make it look so easy, and it is! I was just wondering how large the quilt you showed on the fence is, and how wide your white borders were? Thanks for any tips, I appreciate it!

Amy said...

I love the beautiful pinwheel quilt at the top of this page!!! Is it a pattern you made up, or is it one I can buy? You have a great blog, too.

AAAle said...

Thanks, i will post this as a tutorial for pinwheels...

Anonymous said...

How do you get rid of the bump in the middle of the pinwheel. I have seen it somewhere but can't remember where!

I Purr-Furr to Craft said...

Thank you for your lovely tutorial.
I sew dolls and 3d creatures but have yet to make a quilt. This is one i must try. Thanks for the info. and i love your blog

Soja said...

Thank-you very much! I've just used your tutorial to make my first pinwheel blocks! :-)

Cheryl said...

I love that quilt! Do you sell the instructions? I also love the one you are making for your bed.

Anonymous said...

Hi V,
Thank you so much for your tutorials i'm a beginner quilter and i'm learning from wonderful pple like you... just a quick Q: i'm trying to make a rail fence and i wanted my initial blocks to be 6 1/2 in but i seem to be falling short... i end up with stripes (when joined) that are roughly 6 1/4 in even after using a 1/4in foot.... my q is how do you square these out.... help... thanks

Sildenafil said...

wonderful, really thanks for teaching me how to make this pinwheel, this tutorial has been very useful for anyone who wants to read it.

Joy @ Light Bulbs said...

What is the finished size of the pinwheel square? Thanks!
joyturner24@hotmail.com

Terra said...

This is beautiful and exactly what I have had in mind of doing! Could you tell what size your quilt ended up and how many squares you used?
Thanks!

Daniel and Cerissa said...

Yeesh, I know this is a very, very old post, but are you still up for questions? I just picked up some fabric to make a pinwheel quilt. I love the one you made with the alternating pinwheel blocks/white blocks and patchwork border. Do you have more information about the size of the finished blocks, the measurements of the borders, etc. (basically everything needed to make the quilt!) or maybe a link to a pattern? I love it! Thank you!!! Cowgers (at) gmail

uluvreds said...

thanks alot i thought it was so hard u are a good teacher and i am from trinidad and tobago a little island goggle it,,, thanks again i am going to make 1 for christmas

Tessa said...

Hi and many thanks - this was soooo helpful.It came along at just the right moment, I found trimming the stitched triangles made constructing the pin-wheels a breeze (so far!) Thanks again from Wales

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

I just found this great tutorial for pinwheels! Hope you are still answering questions on this!
I need to make 8" finished blocks....would these 5" squares end up as 8" blocks??
Sorry, I have never made these and need some for a gift!
Thanks!

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