Delaware Quilts
Block of the Month

Pinwheel      

I've found this block called three different names, Pinwheel, Turnstile and Windmill. And below you will see a different look when it's made with just two colors.

For a 6 inch finished Pinwheel block you will need:
      From red cut two 3 7/8 inch squares, which you will cut in half diagonally
      From white cut one 4 3/16 inch square, which you will cut into quarters diagonally
      From blue cut one 4 3/16 inch square, which you will cut into quarters diagonally
Yes 3/16ths is an odd measurement and some rulers don't even have 16ths on them. Cut what some people call a scant 1/4, or between 1/8 and 1/4 on your ruler.
When you cut these squares, you created bias edges. Be very careful when sewing and pressing not to stretch that bias.
     


Place a blue and white triangle right sides together and together sew on the short side. Repeat with the remaining blue and white triangles. Be sure to sew them all on the same side so all four are alike.


Sew the two color units to red triangles. Press to the red. Trim back to 3 1/2 inches if needed. Repeat with the remaining units.


Then sew them together into halves, and then the whole block. Your block should be 6 1/2 inches square.

     

Here are the cuts needed to make Pinwheel blocks in many different sizes:
(Remember, a 16th is a scant measurement, or between an eighth and a quarter on your ruler)

For a three inch finished Pinwheel block
      From red cut two 2 3/8 inch squares, which you will cut in half diagonally
      From white cut one 2 11/16 inch square, which you will cut into quarters diagonally
      From blue cut one 2 11/16 inch square, which you will cut into quarters diagonally

For a nine inch finished Pinwheel block
      From red cut two 5 3/8 inch squares, which you will cut in half diagonally
      From white cut one 5 11/16 inch square, which you will cut into quarters diagonally
      From blue cut one 5 11/16 inch square, which you will cut into quarters diagonally

For a 12 inch finished Pinwheel block you will need:
      From your red cut two 6 7/8 inch squares, which you will cut in half diagonally
      From your white cut one 7 1/4 inch square, which you will cut into quarters diagonally
      From your blue cut one 7 1/4 inch square, which you will cut into quarters diagonally

For a fifteen inch finished Pinwheel block
      From red cut two 8 3/8 inch squares, which you will cut in half diagonally
      From white cut one 8 11/16 inch square, which you will cut into quarters diagonally
      From blue cut one 8 11/16 inch square, which you will cut into quarters diagonally

Here's the same block made with two colors.


| Home | Family | Relay | Quilts | Blocks | Projects | Retreat | Email |

Updated July 2014

Copyright Delaware Quilts 2007
The content on these pages, including text and images are the sole property of the Delaware Quilts and may not be used or reproduced in any manner without consent. All Rights Reserved.