Many times you need a special ruler or template for a quilt block, this Swirly Pinwheel Tutorial is done using a piece of cardboard for the template.
This is actually the way blocks were made years ago. I also added a small appliqued flower to the center of my mini wall hanging using a Sizzix die.
Swirly Pinwheel Tutorial
12″ x 12″
When I took part in the Think Christmas blog hop, I showed you this little 12-inch wall hanging that is hanging from an Ackfeld wire quilt frame and today I’ll give you a Swirly Pinwheel tutorial of how I made the blocks.
Start out with a charm pack of your favorite quilt fabric. I used a charm pack of Jovial by BasicGrey for Moda. The cardboard backing from any charm pack is perfect to make a template out of.
Just mark a 2½” x 2½” square and cut it out using old scissors or an old blade on your rotary cutter. I have several and I have marked “old” on one rotary cutter and use that for paper and batting.
Mark a line diagonally across the template. Next, mark a dot 5/8 inch up from the bottom corner on the left side.
Use a ruler to draw a straight line from this dot to the upper right corner.
This photo shows what you have just drawn, cut on that line.
Cut on that line and discard the top section. You now have your template for the quilt blocks.
Cut your 5-inch charm squares into four – 2 1/2-inch squares.
Then place one white square on each red square with right sides facing each other (always place the white fabric on top).
For this tutorial, I am just using 2 colors of fabric. Note: you could always use scraps from your stash too, just make sure you always put the background fabric on top.
Follow the diagram, lay your template on top of the square, mark a line and then stitch on the line.
Press your block and trim. Be sure and press all of the blocks with the white (background fabric) to the top.
Now lift the top white layer, turn to the wrong side and trim the two bottom layers. You now have one section of the block.
Cut off the corner – trim about ¼ inch from the stitched line as shown in the following diagram.
Layout the blocks – sewing four sections together as shown. You could also use different fabrics as I did in the wall hanging and mix the sections.
Always press so your Pinwheel fabric is on the bottom and your Background fabric gets pressed away from it.
Depending on how you sew your blocks together, you can get a completely different look. This is also why it is important to have all of the blocks pressed in the same direction. Look at the example below.
The mini Swirly Pinwheel quilt is made from eight pinwheel blocks and an additional 4½” square is added to the center of the block. I used a fat quarter of a cream fabric cut into 2½” squares for all of the light-colored squares.
If you would like to add an applique to the center, you could use any applique flower template you have or download the one I have provided. The Sizzix die I used is called Tattered Florals by Tim Holtz but I believe that die is now retired. You can find other Sizzix floral dies.
I have included a flower template that you can use in the center of your Swirly Pinwheel wall hanging. I did a free-motion wiggle stitch around my applique flower, you can do any type of applique you like.
I then quilted my wall hanging and used 2 strips of 2 1/2-inch fabric for the binding.
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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I can see all kinds of different possibilities for this block. This block size is 12 inches, I forgot to mention that. Do you like tutorials with lots of photos?
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