I have the cutest quilt block to share with you! I made a Pinwheel Star, which is just my name for it. It’s historical name is probably something much more sophisticated. Pinwheel blocks and star blocks are two of my favorites, which puts this block at the top of my list!
Let me show you how to make one of your own!
Unfinished size: 12 1/2″ block
Supplies and cutting for one block:
- Background fabric: cut (4) 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangles and (4) 3 1/2″ squares
- Green (star points): cut (8) 3 1/2″ squares
- Floral (center square corners): cut (2) 4″ squares, cut in half diagonally once
- Blue (pinwheel): cut (1) 4 1/2″ square, cut in half diagonally twice
- White (pinwheel): cut (1) 4 1/2″ square, cut in half diagonally twice
Make center pinwheel unit:
1. Lay out the following pieces as shown:
2. Stitch the two quarter-triangles together and press towards the dark fabric.
I trimmed these using the Quilt-in-a-Day Triangle Square Up Ruler. You can also trim them using a square ruler, just make sure to trim it evenly on all sides, keeping the center of the unit at the 1 3/4″ mark on the ruler as shown:
4. Make four of these units. Press two of them toward the large triangle and two of them towards the quarter-triangles.
I use a “setting pin” which goes down through the center “x” of the top half seam and down through the center “x” of the bottom half seam. Keep this pin straight up and then pin on each side.
7. To reduce the bulk at the center of the pinwheel, press the seams so that they spiral from the center. It will look like this on the back:
The center pinwheel unit should measure 6 1/2″ unfinished.
Make flying geese units:
1. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each 3 1/2″ green square. Sew this onto the 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangle and press towards the green.
1. Lay out the units as shown below:
Press the center row seams out to the sides and the top/bottom row seams in towards the middle.
3. Sew the rows together, again matching seams and center match points. Press the seams to the outside.
I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been up to with my Pinwheel Star blocks. I’ll give you a hint: think red, white and green. That’s right, Christmas Once a Month is coming up (on the 15th) and I’m using lots of these awesome blocks!