Lesson 2 – How to construct a pinwheel block

Constructing the Pinwheel Block

What does a Pinwheel block look like?  

Lesson 2 – Pinwheel Block


This block is again quite simple and setting the foundations for more complex blocks.  In this block you will learn how to put triangular pieces together. 

Fabric needed:

  • 2 fat quarters of complementary or contrasting colours (I hope you will continue to use the colour combinations you have chosen for your four patch block as these form the basis of your sample quilt).
  • Matching thread.
  • Sewing machine.


Block templates and my selection of fabric:

  • Your templates will be uploaded on the ‘learn quilting with 7 easy quilt blocks’.  Did you see my purple fabric.  I have kept to my colour my amethyst theme but this time I have used a printed purple fabric to make my block interesting.


Cutting your fabric:

Step 1:  Cut out your template as shown in Lesson 1 (link provided above).
Step 2:  Layout your fabric in readiness to cut your template as shown in Lesson 1.
Step 3:  Pin your template in readiness to cut the fabric.  To avoid wastage of your fabric I would suggest cutting out your templates as shown below.


Tip 1:  Once you cut out your blocks according to your template, set it out ready to stitch on the mat.  I always prefer to do this so I don’t make a mistake in joining my blocks.  In some quilts you may need a large number of the same blocks and this tip makes it very easy to stay organised.

Sewing your block:
 Step 1:  If you notice I have marked the blocks 1 and 2.  So please join the two triangles together at the diagonal side and then join all four blocks in a similar manner.
Once joined it should look like the picture below.
Flatten out the blocks by ironing an proceed to join the second units as shown below.

Tip 2:  If you will notice in the picture I have nipped the corners where the blocks will join at the centre.  This will lessen the bulk of the fabric at the centre of the block.

Step 3:  Joining the final units together to finish the block.  I use a pin to make sure that I have aligned the seams.  I have covered this in Lesson 1.  
Step 5:  and Voila your pinwheel block is ready.
Please feel free to ask me any questions.  Once finished why don’t you add your block on the shared photo album so I can see what you have created.
Next Lesson:  How to construct the Turnstile Block


Note for participants: all the course material produced on for this course is the property of No 3 Quilt Studio. Please ensure that this material is not distributed without the my permission.

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