Friday, November 13, 2020

Pinwheel Parade - Free Pattern

Another finish to report this week - Pinwheel Parade, my project for RSC2020.

12 colors of pinwheels in a quilt by QuiltFabrication

I'm pretty happy with how this turned out, especially with the few adjustments since I last showed progress. I decided to move the red and yellow pinwheels to balance out the values in the quilt. Otherwise, there would have been a lot of strong colors on one side, and light colors on the other. 

colorful pinwheel quilt by QuiltFabrication

And that idea of black? Too strong for this quilt, though the backing is mostly black with a cream print. Fortunately, I had a taupe in my stash that worked perfectly to add a bit of interest in the setting squares, coordinate with the background, and not overpower all the other colors.

quilting with multicolored thread on a pinwheel quilt

The quilting? Just like the Rainbow Celilo quilt, this one too has the Happy Times pantograph and a variegated thread of primary and secondary colors. Both work so well!

I've received lots of compliments on my scrappy pinwheels, using the "Making Blocks from Crumbs" tutorial and video. For this quilt, those crumb blocks and background squares are 7".

scrap squares

After stitching on both sides of a diagonal line, then cutting on said line, 

squares sewn on the diagonal for HST's

there are four HST's which are trimmed to 6.5" square.

coral half square triangles

Put them together and they make one 12.5" x 12.5" pinwheel block.

coral pinwheel quilt block

Here's part of the setting squares, cause I forgot to take a finished picture of those. Just three 4.5" squares, finished off with 4.5" x 12.5" strips for a 12.5" block.

grey and cream setting squares

And let's not forget those setting corners and triangles to finish off this on-point quilt. Cutting those setting triangles on each diagonal gives the quilt an edge that's on the straight of grain. Woohoo for no waves!

cutting on diagonals for setting triangles

If you would like a pdf version of all the cutting sizes, instructions and details, feel free to download Pinwheel Parade from Google Drive. It's a free pattern to say thank you for following along!

diagram of pinwheel parade quilt

Happy Quilting 


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  1. Great pattern to use up favorite like-colored scraps! It turned out so pretty!

  2. Such a colorful quilt. Thank you for the pattern.

  3. Such a wonderful idea for a RSC project, thanks for sharing. I especially like that they are BIG blocks, just one to stitch each month instead of lots of littlies.

  4. Awww, how sweet! Thank you for sharing your inspirations and patterns!

  5. A great pattern. The colours are awesome.

  6. As always you garnered our attention and it came out so well. A grown up version of a rainbow quilt. Color choices so sharp! Thanks. Thanks for sharing as well.

  7. Thanks for sharing, I love it!! Especially using crumb blocks, genius!

  8. Hi Susan! I loved the picture on IG but it's even better reading all the dets on your blog. I would never have guessed that the pinwheels were made from crumb blocks. Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial. We are playing along with RSC in 2021 and I've been collecting blocks like crazy. So many choices but your pinwheels have risen to the top. I don't think you linked up this week but I'm behind on everything so I'll say thanks, just in case! {{Hugs}} Enjoy your weekend. ~smile~ Roseanne

  9. Thank you so much for the details and a pattern. I didn't even notice in the first picture that you had made crumb blocks first. I think part of the reason it works so well is the colors are close to each other. Hum, maybe this will be my 2021 RSC. It would be so much fun to make! Thanks bunches.

  10. Wonderful pattern and wonderful use of scraps! I love blocks on point and the filler blocks that you used. Its a really fun finish!

  11. I love how it turned out - and all that scrappy GOodness - its just too good!!!

  12. thank you susan for this great pattern! perhaps next year...a new project for the sleeping room :0)i have so many scraps :0) best wishes from denmark, ulrike :0)


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