When I was writing the post for yesterday’s quilt, another variation of sashed squares, I thought of that old knock-knock joke:
Orange you glad I didn’t say banana?
Well orange you glad I’m not doing sashed squares today? Today’s easy baby quilt is PINWHEELS!
Here’s how to make it!
One charm pack of (42) 5” squares
2-1/8 yards of background fabric (white in my quilt). This is for blocks, sashing, outer border and binding.
1/2 yard of accent fabric (pink polka dot in my quilt)
From background fabric cut:
(6) strips 5” x width of fabric; sub-cut into (42) 5” squares
(10) strips 1-1/2” x width of fabric for sashing between rows
(5) strips 2-1/2” x width of fabric for outer borders
From accent fabric cut:
(5) strips 2-1/2” x width of fabric for sashing between rows
1. You will be making half square triangles with the 5” squares of charm fabric and background fabric. This is not my favorite way to make triangles because you end up with bias on the outside edges, but it works well in this application. You just have to be careful to not stretch the edges when you press them. Pair a charm square with a 5” background square right sides together. Sew 1/4” seam all the way around the square. You will have a seam on all four sides.
2. Cut in half on the diagonal in both directions.
3. Open each triangle unit and gently press toward the charm fabric.
4. Arrange the four matching triangle units to form a pinwheel as shown below. Repeat with all the charm squares and background squares to make 42 pinwheels.
5. Arrange blocks in six rows of seven blocks each. Sew rows together as shown.
6. For the sashing between rows, sew five strip sets with a 2-1/2” strip of accent fabric between 1-1/2” strips of background fabric. Press toward the accent fabric. Measure the pinwheel rows, take the average and cut the sashing rows to this length.
7. Sew the top together alternating pinwheel rows with sashing rows. Press toward the sashing fabric.
8. Sew the 2-1/2” strips of border fabric together. Measure quilt top through center from top to bottom. Cut two border strips this length and sew to each side of top. Press toward border fabric. Now measure through the center from side to side and cut two border strips this length. Sew to top and bottom of top and press toward border fabric.
9. Quilt, bind and enjoy your new quilt! It should measure about 41” x 54” when finished.
The quilting is simple dwirling from The Pajama Quilter in the center and wavy lines on the borders.
Be sure to come back here tomorrow for day 7 of Baby Quilt Blitz! It’s not an original design but you are sure to want to make it!