Traditional Pattern - Pinwheel Star Quilt Block

Posted by Elaine Huff on

Today we're going to put together a traditional Pinwheel Star Quilt Block! It starts out with an on-point pinwheel quilt block, add some triangles and finish with Flying Geese units. It's lovely block - let's get started!

Fabric Requirements for a 12" Pinwheel Star Quilt Block:

  • Light/White: 4 - 3.5" x 6.5" rectangles, and 4 - 3.5" squares
  • Light Print: 2 - 3+7/8" squares, cut in half diagonally once for a total of 4 medium triangles
  • Medium/Green: 1 - 4.25" square, cut in half diagonally twice for a total of 4 small triangles
  • Medium/Blue: 8 - 3.5" squares
  • Dark/Black Print: 1 - 4.25" square, cut in half diagonally twice for a total of 4 small triangles

fabric requirements

Pinwheel Center Unit:

Step 1:

Sew together one of the Medium/Green small triangles and one of the Dark/Black Print small triangles along a short side as shown in the picture below.

pinwheel star 1

Step 2:

Press the seam allowance toward the Dark/Black Print as shown below. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 for a total of 4 units.

pinwheel star 2

Step 3:

Using the picture below as a reference, sew a Light Print medium triangle to the Step 2 unit along the long side.

pinwheel star 3

Step 4:

And press the seam allowance toward the Light Print fabric as you can see in the picture below. I recommend trimming up the blocks (which I didn't do) to get rid of the little dog ears and make the unit less bulky and neater. Definitely a do as I say not as I do moment! Repeat Steps 3 and 4 for a total of four units.

pinwheel star 4

Step 5:

Using the picture below as a reference, lay out the four Step 4 units and sew together in two rows (or columns as seen here).

pinwheel star 5

Step 6:

Press the seam allowances in opposite directions as shown in the picture below so that the seams will nest nicely. 

pinwheel star 6

Step 7:

Sew the two rows (columns) together and you have the center pinwheel unit done!

pinwheel star 7

Step 8:

Press the seam allowance. In the picture below I've used the tweak/twirl/furl method but it's hard to see because I didn't trim up those units at the start!

pinwheel star 8

Flying Geese Units:

Step 9:

Using the Light/White 3.5" x 6.5" rectangles and the Medium/Blue 3.5" squares, make four Flying Geese units as shown in the picture below. You can find my tutorial for making Flying Geese units at: https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-flying-geese-block

pinwheel star 9

Putting It All Together:

Step 10:

Using the picture below as a reference, lay out the Pinwheel Center Unit, the four Flying Geese units, and the four Light/White 3.5" squares.

pinwheel star 10

Step 11:

Sew the units together in three rows as shown in the picture below.

pinwheel star 11

Step 12:

And press the seam allowances toward the Flying Geese units as you can see in the picture below.

pinwheel star 12

Step 13:

Now you can sew the three rows together to complete the block!

pinwheel star 13

Step 14:

Press the seam allowances away from the center as shown in the picture below.The Pinwheel Star quilt block should measure 12.5" square (12" finished).

pinwheel star 14

In Conclusion:

I like the look of this Pinwheel Star quilt block - the on-point pinwheel in the center makes a nice focal point. I should have trimmed the four little units that make up the center so that the block would lay flatter, etc.

However, I do think there is an easier way (although more fabric is wasted) to put this block together and so I'll be doing a tutorial on that method in the future (if it works out like I think it will).

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Let me know what you think of this Pinwheel Star Quilt Block!

Happy Quilting!

Elaine

 


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