Twirly Whirly quilt tutorial


Approximate finished size

54 inches W x  84 inches H.

Binding type

Self binding quilt.

Fabric needs

The fabric colours, particulary the solid colours, have been selected to match the charm squares colour scheme. Select solid colours to match your charm pack colours.

Quilt top

The quilt top is made out of 7 x 11 rows of squares/pinwheels and insert solid 6 inch squares distributed as:

  • 77 pinwheel blocks (77 x 5 inch charm squares + 77 contrasting 5 inch fabric squares)
  • 6 inch squares (see note below)
    • 12 gray
    • 12 light brown
    • 8 occre
    • 4 light green
    • 4 darker green
    • 20 cream
  • Side triangles:
    • 16 x 6 ⅞ inch squares cut in the diagonal to obtain 32 half squares
    • 2 x 5 ⅛ inch squares cut in the diagonal to obtain 4 half squares

Note: The pinwheel block should be 6 inch square though my blocks turn out usually slightly smaller. This one is about 5 7/8. Therefore I recommend that before you cut the insert solid squares,  you measure your pinwheel blocks and cut your insert squares accordingly the same size.

Back of quilt

  • 2 pieces of fabric each 86 inch x 20 1/2 inch in a matching fabric
  • 9 x 5 in squares in white
  • 9 x 5 in squares in printed fabric
  • 2 strips of white fabric each 86in x6in

Pinwheel block

Each block is made with two 5 inch squares.

The finished block should be 6 inch square.

How to make this block

Watch a 2 minute pinwheel block video tutorial:

Quilt top layout

The quilt blocks are set on point.

Arrange quilt as per layout below with one row of pinwheels blocks alternating with a row of solid fabric.

If you are using charm packs, place the pinwheel blocks combining colours as you can see in the photograph below.

Once you’re happy with the placement, start stitching on the diagonal, starting for instance with the bottom right corner block. Attach a corner triangle and 2 side triangles to the block.

Then proceed to the next row starting with a side triangle, a pinwheel block, a solid square, another pinwheel block and a side block.

And so on.

Back of quilt assembly

This is the back of the quilt.

Start assembling the back of the quilt through a middle row of 5 in charm squares  alternating in white and contrasting colours.

Then stitch a long strip 86 inch x 6 inch to each side of the charm square row.

And finally attach the 20 1/2 inch x 86 inch pieces to each side.

This is the back of the quilt.

Quilting

I´m not going to give directions to the quilting. There´re plenty of tutorials out there. I chose to quilt mine using free motion.

 Self binding

The quilt backing is large enough to self bind.

Learn how to self bind a quilt in less than 2 minutes.

Done!

I don´t know if I prefer the front or the back of this quilt.

6 thoughts on “Twirly Whirly quilt tutorial”

  1. Well done!! I never thought I would be interested in making a pinwheel quilt but you have proved me wrong. I can imagine using fussy-cut pieces for some of the solid diamonds or perhaps fabric-printed photos of the cats who have shared my bed. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Thanks for a great tutorial and for your generosity in sharing. I’m going to be helping with a charity project making quilts for refugees coming to the UK so this will be an interesting pattern for me whilst going together quite easily. Thanks again🙂

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