Opposing Pinwheels Quilt

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It is great to share this quilt with all of you.   My name is Kris Allen and you can me at find my blog here.  This quilt design came from noticing a flaw in a quilt (after it was finished and I looked at a photo I had taken).  I had made a traditional pinwheel quilt and one of the blocks was reversed.  I thought how much fun to make a mixed up pinwheel quilt.  Here you have it.

This quilt finishes at 62″ x 80″.

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2 Charm Packs of Mon Ami by Basic Grey  (3 if you want to create the back of the quilt like mine)
2 Charm Packs of Moda Bella Solids – snow
2 yards for sashing and border of Grey Couture (30150 163)  (I love the texture this gives vs. a solid color)
3/4 Yard for border of Cream Rouge (30416 11) – Red homes on cream background.
1/2 yard for binding of Blue (30414 17)  – Raindrops material
4 yards for backing of Creme (30413 11) – bikes on a cream background with red flowers

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You are going to be making 35 blocks of two different pinwheel patterns.

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Block A:

You will need one charm pack of Mon Ami and of the Bella Solid – snow.  You will take 36 (of the 42 charms)  and 36 of the snow charm packs.  Draw a line on each of the Bella Solid charm packs (5″x5″) from on corner to the opposite.

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You will them put the solid snow charm pack with line facing up on top of one of the prints with print side up from the Mon Ami line.  Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew along one side of your line.  Then sew on the other side of the line.

Once you have sewn a line 1/4″ of each side of the line you drew you will cut down the line you drew.  Creating 2 half sqaure triangles.  See picture below:

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Press towards the print material and trim to 4 1/2″ square.  Take 4 half square triangles (I used 2 sets of 2 matching squares – but you could use 4 different half square triangles).  Set them up to look like the picture below:  Make sure that you prints are in the same position as those in this picture.

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  • Sew the top left to the top right with a 1/4″ seam.  Then press the seams towards the print.
  • Sew the bottom left to the bottom right with a 1/4″ seam.  Press the seams towards the print..
  • Lay out again to insure you have it lined up correctly as in picture below.
  • Matching center seams, sew the top rectangle to the bottom rectangle.  Press seams.  Trim to 8 1/2″ x8 1/2″.

REPEAT 17 times til you have 18 blocks of this pattern.

Block B:

You will need one charm pack of Mon Ami and of the Bella Solid – snow.  You will take 34 (of the 42 charms – I left out the cream colored blocks)  and 34 of the snow charm packs.  Draw a line on each of the Bella Solid charm packs (5″x5″) from on corner to the opposite.

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You will them put the solid snow charm pack with line facing up on top of one of the prints from the Mon Ami line.  Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew along one side of your line.  Then sew on the other side of the line.

Once you have sewn a line 1/4″ of each side of the line you drew you will cut down the line you drew.  Creating 2 half square triangles.  See picture below:

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Press towards the print material and trim to 4 1/2″ square.  Take 4 half square triangles (I used 2 sets of 2 matching squares – but you could use 4 different half square triangles).  Set them up to look like the picture below:  Make sure that you prints are in the same position as those in this picture.

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  • Sew the top left to the top right with a 1/4″ seam.  Then press the seams towards the print.
  • Sew the bottom left to the bottom right with a 1/4″ seam.  Press the seams towards the print..
  • Lay out again to insure you have the correct position.
  • Matching center seams, sew the top rectangle to the bottom rectangle.  Press seams.  You have competed this block.

REPEAT 16 times til you have a total of  17 blocks which have this pattern.

Now to layout your blocks.

You will layout a row of ABABA (A block, B block, A block, B block, A block). Then a row of BABAB (B block, A block, B block, A block, B block).  Repeat this pattern til you have 7 rows total alternating between these blocks.  you will have a total of 4 ABABA rows and 3 BABAB rows.

This picture will show you how it looks with the sashing and borders:

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Sewing the Sashing and first border:

You need to cut 2  WOF x 8.5″ strips of you sashing material  – I used grey couture.

  • SUBCUT  into 28  2.5″x8.5″ rectangles.

You will now want to sew the sashing on to the blocks in each row using 1/4″ seam allowances pressing each seam.  Til you have 7 rows of 5 blocks and 4 sashes.

Now you are going to join the rows with a sashing the full width of the row.

Cut 10 WOFx2.5″ strips

  • Subcut 2 into 9″ strips giving you 8  2.5″x9″rectangles.

Sew a WOF x 2.5″ strip to a 2.5″x9″ rectangle 8 times.

Sew one of these 48’x2.5′ strips to the top of each row using a 1/4″ seam.  (trimming off any extra you might have)

Sew all the rows together.

Sew your final strip to the bottom of your quilt.

Cut 3 WOF x 2.5″ strips from your sashing (grey)

Cut one of the strips in half.  Sew a half strip to each of the remaining strips.   Giving you 2 approx 62 x 2.5″ strip.

Sew one on each side of the quilt to create your first border.

Second border:

I used the red house on cream background material for my second border.

Cut 7 WOF x 2.5″ wide strips of your border material.

Cut one of the strips in half and sew each of the half to a full strip.

Sew 2 sets of 2 strips together pressing at seams.

Sew the two 2.5″ x 60″ strips to the top and the bottom of the quilt, trimming off extra material.  Press seams.

Sew the two 2.5″ x 80″ strips to the sides of the quilt, trimming off extra material.  Press seams.

Third Border:

I created a 3rd border with the grey which I had used for sashing and the first border.

Cut 8  WOF x 2.5″ strips of grey border/sashing material.

Sew 2 strips together 4 times.

Sew a strip to the top and bottom of the quilt, trimming excess material and then Press seams.

Sew a strip to the sides of the quilt, trimming excess material and then press seams.

I bet yours looks great!

For the back of my quilt I took a charm pack of Mon Ami and cut it into 2″x5″ strips (2 per charm square).  I then sewed them together to make a strip which was 5″x width of Quilt.  I sewed this in the top third of my backing material to give it a fun look to the backing of my quilt.  See picture below.

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Then quilt as you desire.   I wanted my quilt to have motion so I quilted with random wavy lines.  Loved how the wavy lines look like path for the bikes to ride along on the back.

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After you quilt, bind and wash your quilt.  Time now to fall in love!

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62″ x 80″ quilt prior to washing

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Hope you have as much fun making this as I did. Would love to see your finished quilts from this pattern!

Kris Allen
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22 comments on “Opposing Pinwheels Quilt

  1. moureen boland says:

    Hi Kris, this is a lovely quilt, can’t wait to make it.

  2. Karen Miller says:

    Oh this is a sweet quilt Kris — thanks so much!! Love the colors and the nice tute! XO… Karen

  3. Trisch says:

    Such a fun idea and a very cute quilt!!

  4. Mary says:

    What a great idea thank you for sharing!!

  5. blg2240 says:

    Fantastic idea for a fun quilt. This is why I find my way to the Bake Shop at least twice a week. The backing is super fun, what a great way to finish up! Thanks for another wonderful “dessert.”

  6. Enny says:

    Mon Ami is by Basic Grey and not Amy Ellis. Lovely quilt!

  7. cruisefan says:

    I really like the reluctant colors with that design. Grey is always a fantastic color to work with….
    This looks very nice – and: you made the backing the way I do mine!
    Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

  8. Pat Christie says:

    This is such a fun quilt and I can’t wait to make it using “leftovers” from my stash. I have no idea how it is going to turn out, but it will be fa fun project!

  9. ann tacquard says:

    do you know where i can get the material from to make it i love the colors but i can not find it beautiful quilt

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