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Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt – free tutorials

Free pattern: Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt

This sampler has 12 blocks in it, all of them made from a pinwheel block cut into a 9-patch block an rearranged to obtain 11 different blocks. More variations are possible.

Quilt size

56 inches x 42 inches

Block size

The block is 10 1/4 inch square.

How to make a disappearing pinwheel block

Learn how to make a disappearing pinwheel block and its many variations in less than 2 minutes:

Materials for one disappearing pinwheel block

  • Two 9 3/8 inch squares in contrasting fabrics

Notes

The initial 4 half square triangles (HST) obtained need to be trimmed to 6 inch squares.

Block tutorials

Make 12 blocks:

Block 1 - Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 1

Block 2 - Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 2

Block 3 - Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 3

Block 4: Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 4

Block 5: Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 5

Block 6: Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 6

Disappearing pinwheel variation 7 - video tutorial

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 7

Block 8: Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 8

Block 9: Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 9

Block 10: Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 10

Block 11: Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 11 – make 2 blocks in different colours.

Finish the blocks

Add a border to each block.

For each block cut in white fabric:

  • 2 strips 10 1/4 x 2 1/2 inch
  • 2 strips 14 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch

And sew as shown on the picture below.

Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt - free pattern

Free motion quilting

Each block is quilted individually with free motion quilting.

Learn how to do free motion quilting tutorial in just over 2 minutes:

How to do Quilt-as-you-go (QAYG)

This quilt is put together with quilt-as-you-go (QAYG).

The finished sashing width for this project is 1/2 inch. Learn the  technique in under 3 minutes:

Materials

For the one block sandwich

  • A piece of backing fabric the same size as the block  (I used half square triangles for some blocks to make a star)
  • A piece of batting 1 inch larger than the block
  • One finished block

For the sashing

  • One strip of sashing fabric 1 1/8 inch x the length of the block side
  • 1 strip of sashing fabric 1 3/4 inch x the length of the block side

Flange binding

The binding length is 170 inches.

The quilt is finished with machine binding and a flange.

This is how you add faux piping to your quilt:

Machine binding

And finally, sew the binding by machine.

Learn in 3 minute how to sew the binding to the quilt:

Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt

Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt - free pattern

Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt - free pattern

Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt - free pattern

Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt - free pattern

Video tutorial: Disappearing half square triangles (HST)

Disappearing Half Square triangles or sliced HSTThe blocks you can make with this tutorial may not have perfect points. But it is a fun way to experiment with half square triangles.

How to make a disappearing Half Square Triangles block

Learn how to make a disappearing half square triangle block and its many variations in less than 2 minutes:

Materials for one disappearing Half Square Triangle block

  • Two 9 inch squares in contrasting fabrics

Quilt designs possible with this block

Video tutorial: Disappearing half square triangles (HST) quilt block

Video tutorial: Disappearing half square triangles (HST) quilt block

Video tutorial: Disappearing half square triangles (HST) quilt block
Video tutorial: Disappearing half square triangles (HST) quilt block
Video tutorial: Disappearing half square triangles (HST) quilt block

Video tutorial: Free motion quilting tutorial

Video tutorial: Free motion quilting tutorial

This tutorial goes only for over 2 minutes but it teaches you the basics of free motion quilting. It also suggests some easy free motion patterns to start with.

How to do free motion quilting video tutorial

You can do free motion quilting on a domestic machine.

You will need to use a darning foot and lower the feed dogs of your machine so you can move the quilt sandwich freely.

Start with small projects.

You can try with one block or potholder. Why not use the Disappearing pinwheel block that appears on the video tutorial to start?

Free motion is not hard but it requires quite a few hours of practice to get confident at it. Think of it as learning to write.

Above all be patient. Your first attempts may be awful but don’t give up. Practice makes perfect.

Video tutorial: Free motion quilting tutorial