Black and…Pinwheels!


Today I’m revisiting a block from our Trifle Dish quilt (if you missed that quilt-along, take a look {here}). I’m combining a pinwheel block with plain black squares to make a seasonally appropriate black and orange quilt!

This quilt finishes at 62″ x 72″.


5 orange fat quarters* OR 10 fat eighths for blocks and sashing squares

7 black fat quarters* OR 14 fat eighths for pinwheel block centers

2 yards background + sashing fabric {Bella Solids 9900-98}

5/8 yard binding fabric {55145-17 | Handmade by Bonnie and Camille}

4½ yards backing fabric

*The orange and black fabrics shown come from a variety of fabric lines. Blacks are from Little Gatherings II by Primitive Gatherings. Olive’s Flower Market by Lella Boutique, Handmade by Bonnie and Camille, and Modern Backgrounds Luster by Zen Chic. Oranges are from Hop, Skip and a Jump! by American Jane, Rising Tide Batiks by Moda Fabrics, Chestnut Street by Fig Tree and Co., Sundrops by Corey Yoder, and Desert Bloom by Sherri and Chelsi.


From orange fabrics, cut:

  • (126) 2 7/8″ squares
  • (30) 2½” sashing squares

From black fabrics, cut:

  • (42) 2 7/8″ squares
  • (21) 8½” squares

From background fabric, cut:

  • (3) 2 7/8″ x WOF strips, subcut into (168) 7/8″ squares
  • (15) 2½” x WOF strips, subcut into (71) 2½” x 8½” sashing strips
  • (7) 2½” x WOF strips, subcut into (2) 2½” x 58½” (top + bottom borders) and (2) 2½” x 68½” side borders

From binding fabric, cut (x) 2½” x WOF strips. Piece on an angle and press to make binding.


  1. Create half square triangle (HST) units from background fabric and black fabric.
    • With right sides together, sew a scant ¼” seam on each side of the line.
    • Trim along the diagonal of the HST unit to create 2 half-square triangles.
    • Press to the darker fabric.
    • Square up each HST to 2½”.
    • Make 84 background + black HSTs.

    Half square tirangle drawing

  2. Repeat steps to make 252 background + orange HSTs.
  3. Lay out block pieces as shown. Assemble in rows and press when complete. Unfinished blocks measure 8½” square.


Make 21 blocks.


Piece together 4 odd rows (1, 3, 5, 7)  of alternating blocks with sashing in between as shown:


Piece together 3 even rows (2, 4, 6)  of alternating blocks with sashing in between as shown:


Make sashing rows by alternating 2½” x 8½” sashing strips with 2½” sashing squares. Each row needs (6) sashing strips and (5) sashing squares. Make quilt top by alternating odd rows, sashing rows, and even rows.



1 Boo-tacular quilt, measuring 62″ x 72″.



Pinwheel block design by Amanda Castor of {Material Girl Quilts}














9 comments on “Black and…Pinwheels!

  1. Kit says:

    I love this! Simple concept, but amazing.

  2. Donna says:

    When I click on “Easy,” it gives me rotary cutter ratings. Something is wrong here. Please check the link.

    • Marge says:

      Donna if you just scroll down the page, the directions are there and at the very end is a printer friendly version to print off. Hope this helps.

  3. Susan says:

    Your instructions for cutting background fabric paper to have a typo,
    From background fabric, cut:
     (3) 2 7/8″ x WOF strips, subcut into (168) 7/8″ squares
    Shouldn’t this say submit into 2 7/8″ squares?

  4. Susan says:

    Sorry about the auto correct. My comment is that the cutting instruction has a typo.
    It appears that the strips should be subcut into 2 7/8″ squares.

  5. How fun is this, Lisa! I love the simplicity…but it is striking!

  6. Godlove says:

    I think I got myself something to do and have some new experience and fun.

  7. Chesta Hembrooke says:

    You refer to the Trifle Dish in your comments at the beginning of the article, but I am unable to download most of the Trifle Dish rows. I keep getting a DropBox 404 error message…???

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