Honeysweet Pinwheel Quilt

Thank you for stopping by the Moda Bake Shop to see what is baking today.  I'm happy you stopped by for a visit.  Let me introduce myself...I'm Pauline Francis and you can also find me blogging at Quiltnqueen.  I am back to share my 3rd recipe with you.  Today I am baking a sweet recipe...using one of Moda's 'beautiful' fabrics Honeysweet designed by Joanna Figueroa from Fig Tree and Co.  I hope you find it 'yummy'.

  • 3 Charm Packs Honeysweet ~hst's
  • 2 yds Honeysweet Solid Ivory 20199-31 ~hst's
  • 1 yd Honeysweet Amber Drops Raspberry 20217-12 ~borders and binding
  • 3.25 yds Honeysweet Poppy Blooms Ivory 20215-11 ~backing

  • use 1/4'' seam allowance throughout
  • use your favorite method for pressing the pinwheels...to eliminate the bulk I press my all the pinwheel seams open, using a shortened stitch length
  • press border seams towards the narrow border pieces
  • wof = width of fabric
  • hst's = half square triangles


  • From the Ivory 
    • cut 12 - 5" strips wof
      • subcut into 96 - 5" squares
  • From the Amber Drops Raspberry 
    • cut 6 strips 1-1/2" strips wof  for borders
    • cut 6 strips 2-1/2" strips wof for binding
  • Choose one charm square that contrasts with the inner border
    • cut 4 squares 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" for the corner stones in the inner border 


  • choose 96 Honeysweet charms and draw a diagonal line on each
  • pair each of the 96 Honeysweet 5" charms with a 5" ivory square, right sides together and stitch a scant 1/4" on both sides of diagonal line.  

  • cut on the diagonal line
  • set the seams, press seams open  

  • trim hst blocks to 4-1/2" (using a rotating cutting mat works great for this step) 
  • you now have 2 piles, one with the trimmings and one with perfectly trimmed 4-1/2" squares...this important step makes all your hst's go together perfectly

  • to make the 6 large center blocks, you will need 96 hst's.  You can choose to make your center blocks scrappy or choose a color way for each of the 6 blocks.  I made the 6 center blocks each a different colorway.  Choose 16 hst's of each color way for the 6 center blocks...set aside the other 96 hst's for the outer border.
  • lay out your hst's as shown below.  It will look like a 16 patch block.
  • sew together in rows of 4
  • now sew your 4 rows together and you have one center block that measures 16 1/2" x 16 1/2" 
  • make 5 more 16 patch center blocks
  • sew 2 of the center blocks together side by side
  • repeat 2 more times
  • sew the top, center and bottom rows together...set aside this large center section of the quilt...you will need it again when you add the inner border.  It should measure approximately 32-1/2" x 48-1/2".
  • 4 hst's make one pinwheel block
  • take the remaining 96 hst's and mix the different color ways to make 24 pinwheel blocks...balance your colors to make them scrappy.  The pinwheel blocks should measure 8-1/2" x 8-1/2" 

  • take 4 of the pinwheel blocks and sew them together. This will be part of the top outer border.  Repeat for the bottom outer border
  • take 6 of the pinwheel blocks and sew them together for the side outer border.  Repeat for the other side outer border.
You are now ready to add the borders...
  • measure the sides of the center piece...they should be the same length
  • measure the top and bottom of the large center piece...they should be the same width
  • you will use these measurements to cut your inner border pieces 
    • take 3 of the 1-1/2" x wof strips, join them using a 45 degree angle (like you would piece your binding strips).  Cut 2 pieces that measure the length of the sides of your center piece
    • with the remaining 1-1/2" strips cut 2 pieces that measure the width of the top and bottom of your center piece
    • cut 8 pieces measuring 1-1/2" by 8-1/2" 
Lay out your quilt pieces into 5 rows as shown below
TIP:  when attaching the 1-1/2" inner border to the pinwheel blocks place the border piece next to your sewing machine and have the pinwheel blocks on top.  That way you see the pinwheel seams and are less likely to have the seams flip the wrong way.  Nest your seams...pin at each seam..I like to use extra fine pins.
  • sew your blocks together to make the 5 rows, press seams towards the narrow border 
  • press the corner stone seams in row 2 and 4 towards the narrow border
  • sew rows 1 and 2 together
  • sew rows 4 and 5 together
  • sew the 3 rows together to complete your quilt top
  • press your seams towards the narrow border pieces
  • quilt and bind
I hope you enjoy this Honeysweet Pinwheel quilt.

A lap size quilt approximately 52" x 68"

Thank you for stopping by the Moda Bakeshop today to see what  I was baking.  I hope you liked my recipe.  It has been a lot of fun baking with Moda.  

I would love it if you came to visit my blog.  I have another version of this quilt to share.  It measures 52" x 52" using American Jane's Fairy Tale Friends charm packs.  Stop by and enter my giveaway.  

Have a wonderful day!!

Happy stitching

Pauline Francis


Jeanne said...

That is absolutely beautiful! One of my favorites!

CruiseFan said...

Very nice - I like the sashing.
It accompanies the design very well.

Gill said...

Fabulous quilt!

Kinga Izabella said...

It is a beautiful quilt! I love the way, how the many HSTs turned out in the centre! Great pattern! Thank you!

CJ said...

Thanks for sharing this tutorial!

Janice said...

This quilt is wonderful. The colours and the pattern work so well. Thanks for sharing.

Createology said...

My goodness you have really done a wonderful job and thank you for sharing all of your how-to's. Lovely quilt and you should feel really proud. Creative Stitching Bliss...

Pierro said...

Dear Pauline, Thank you for sharing this pattern. I love it. This is very inspiring and I hope to make this design soon

Thank you sooo much,
Rosemary Bolton

Shannon Mower said...

What a beautiful quilt, I love it!

Mhairi said...

Gorgeous quilt and a great easy to read tutorial. Thanks so much!!

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Judith Blinkenberg said...

So, So pretty! I have many double, triple sets of charm packs. I can hardly wait to make this quilt. It is one of my favorites for this year on Moda Bake shop. Thank you.

Anna - Nie jestem Modna said...

Perfect! So cute, cute, cute :):):)

Cindy Crist said...

I love this quilt. The fabric is a beautiful reminder that Spring will come again.

Karen said...

Fantastic quilt, Pauline. Love it!

jazs07 said...

Well done, quilting has been really famous now a days as it is served as a great hobby by many, well its not that easy to deal with but when you learned to love it, everything will just turn as lightly as a handling a cotton.


Christa Hitchcock said...

Great job, Pauline! It's such a fun and cheerful quilt!

gpc said...

What a beautiful quilt - and you always make it look so easy. :)

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Very well done tutorial. Thanks! I love the fabrics you chose!

Jennifer Scantlebury Vienneau said...

Excellent tutorial and lovely quilt!

Deb said...

I really love this pattern!I've just bookmarked this tutorial. Thank you!

Debra Kay Neiman said...

I really like this pinwheel pattern. Have saved it in my computer. Thanks for sharing. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Dora, the Quilter said...

Beautiful quilt! I too like pinwheel seam opened for accuracy.

tpott said...

Thanks for the great tutorial. I love the way the coral makes it pop!

Brenda said...

Beautiful quilt!

Angelia Lanouette said...

This is an absolutely gorgeous quilt! I am a new quilter and this is going on my to do list. Thank you for sharing! anglanouette at gmail dot com

Needled Mom said...

This is so pretty.

Christine M said...

Your quilt is just lovely Pauline.

suemac said...

I am always looking for good ways to use up those charm packs that I bought a long time ago.

Sunnybec said...

Love this, pin wheels are so easy to do but look so complicated in a quilt. Love the fabric you have used, it is so pretty. Linda

giddy99 said...

This looks like such a complex quilt, but the directions made it seem achievable! It's lovely; thanks for the tutorial!

sew.darn.quilt said...

You've inspired me to pick up and set up my machine again! This quilt is gorgeous :)

Carrie P. said...

I love this design. great tutorial too. I am printing this one off right now.

Chiska said...

I love this design! It looks fantastic.

Q9patch72 said...

Love the design. The gold and the teal pop out at me. Now I can use all those charm packs and make a scrappy quilt. Thank you for a easy estrn

Melanie Hudgens said...

I really like the design and the fabrics used. I will put this quilt on my short list of projects to make. Thank you!

jmniffer said...

I have this pattern on my someday list. I need to finish a few other things first. Thanks for sharing.

Jan Baker said...

I never thinkof twisting things up like this. Love your "recipe"

Katie said...

Gorgeous. I like how you singled out the colors in the middle. It gives the quilt a bit 'extra'

Teri Thorowgood said...

Wow, what a beautiful pattern. Another to add to my wishlist!

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Grandma Sue said...

Beautiful quilt. I've only done pinwheels once. I have to try again. I agree the colors blend so well.

Mama Spark said...

Great job Pauline. Your quilt is really beautiful!

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Dee D said...

This is a very striking quilt - it is definitely on my "to do" list!

Jessica Lutz said...
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Jessica Lutz said...

Could anybody tell me if the ingredients include the fabric for the binding? If so, it is included in the borders or the backing calculation? Thanks

Rachelle Cadwell said...

I just found this and love it!!! I'm wondering how difficult it would be to make into a queen size? any thoughts?

Eileen Maga said...

Love the quilt! Thank you. I would like to make a larger size quilt: king size. I need to do some calculating to figure out how many charm packs I would need. If anyone can help me calculate, I would be most grateful. (I am fairly new to quilting)

Eileen Maga said...

Love the quilt! Thank you. I would like to make a larger size quilt: king size. I need to do some calculating to figure out how many charm packs I would need. If anyone can help me calculate, I would be most grateful. (I am fairly new to quilting)