Friday, February 6, 2015

Easy-Peasy Pinwheel Quilt!

A few weeks ago I had some fun making these quilts for my grandkids.  They went together so easily and I just love how playful they are.

I made the pinwheels using Jenny Doan's method over at Missouri Star Quilt Co.  Here's a video you can view to see what I mean.  I don't think I'll make pinwheels any other way ever again!

So, for each quilt I used two 42-piece Lexington charm packs and had leftovers.

I  paired a light and a dark for each pinwheel and then scattered them on my design wall until a pleasing pattern emerged.

Once they were sewn together, I bordered them 3 times....
First with a 1/2" dark strip...
then a 2" light strip...
and finished with 6" outer borders set with 4 pinwheels for cornerstones.
(I made larger pinwheels out of yardage for the cornerstones so I'd have a bit bigger outer borders, but 5" would work, as well.)

There is no border length measurement greater than 43 1/2", so I was able to cut all of them from the width of the fabric, with a total of just over 1 yard!
Backing was about 2 3/4 yards.

I machine quilted it using a wavy line stitch on my faithful Bernina 730 (which I bought used in 1985 for more than the original owner paid for it!!), and had them done in under 2 weeks!

Here's the pertinent info:

Quilt Size:

Block Size:
About 5 1/2", finished


Border Sizes, finished:
Inner: 1/2"
Middle: 2"
Outer: 6"


2 charm packs

4" of dark narrow inner border fabric
10" of light middle border fabric
24" of outer border fabric

2 3/4 yard

Have fun and Happy Quilting!!


  1. WOW - thanks for the link to the video! That is so easy. What did you use for batting? How thick? I may do one of these for the new grand baby.:-)

    1. You're welcome! I used Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 batting. I'd say it's a mid-weight. If you make one, please send pictures!! ☺