Countdown to Christmas: Peppermint Swirl

Hi!  I am Susan from The Felted Pear, and I’m excited to share with you my Countdown to Christmas block, Peppermint Swirl.  Christmas always brings back fond memories of snow, stockings, and those minty little peppermint candies, which were the inspiration behind my block.  This block would look great in a sampler with the other Countdown to Christmas blocks or makes a fun stand-alone pattern as well.  Let’s get started!

The Peppermint Swirl Block finishes at 6″ x 6″.

Per Block:

(1) 4.5″ Green Square (Ella and Ollie Apple 20305 15)

(1) 4.5″ White Square (Bella Solid 9000 98)

(2) 4.25″ Red Square (Mama’s Cottage Apple Red 24052 25)


*All seams are sewn with a 0.25″ seam allowance and are pressed open unless otherwise noted.


Gather (1) 4.5″ Green square, (1) 4.5″ White square, and (2) 4.25″ Red squares.  Squares are purposefully cut oversized to allow for squaring up later.

Sub cut the Green and White squares into quarters as shown.  Cut the Red squares in half along the diagonal.


Lay out the Green and White triangles as shown.  Keep your placement of Green and White triangles consistent, to make sure your pinwheel swirls.

Sew the triangles together along the vertical edge as shown. Press toward the Green triangle.

Gather your (4) Red triangles and lay out the block as shown.  Now is a good time to check to make sure your pinwheel is swirling in the correct direction.

Sew each unit together along the diagonal as shown, and press toward the Red triangle.  Make four.

Square up each unit as you would a Quarter Square Triangle Unit to 3.5″.  I found it easiest to center my ruler at 1.75″ square with the Green and White seam under the diagonal of the 45 degree mark on my ruler as shown above.

Lay out the units as shown.  Assemble all four units into the finished block.  Press seams open.

This block finishes at 6″ x 6″ (Unfinished 6.5″ x 6.5″)

I loved the simple but festive design of the Peppermint Swirl Block, and couldn’t stop at just one!  I made 13 more blocks using leftover Layer Cake and Charm squares of my favorite Fig Tree fabrics (nine according to the directions, and four with the colors reversed) and set them on point.  I added a flying geese border to make it a bit larger and to really make the blocks pop.

I’d love to see any Peppermint Swirl blocks that you make!  Be sure to tag me on Instagram (@thefeltedpear) when you share your project.

Susan Vaughan

11 comments on “Countdown to Christmas: Peppermint Swirl

  1. Lorraine Cooper says:

    Thank you. What a lovely block, so pretty and effective. I will definitely be making this into a throw. Thank you again and Merry Christmas Lorraine

  2. Norma Miller says:

    I think I could this one done before Christmas – for a fellow who could use some encouragement!
    So happy to see this example! Thank You – from Oregon!

  3. Penny Harrison says:

    I’m a novice quilter – would love to make the full quilt – but not sure what the measurements should be for the white triangles and the flying geese – would you please share the rest of the measurements please?!

  4. Peggy Giese says:

    Precious!! Love your table topper too!!

  5. Zanna Walker says:

    Each block could also be made with 4 HST (half-square triangles) sewn to create the centre, then attaching the 4 red corners. If you’re familiar with making HSTs, I think it would be faster, plus fewer bias edges to sew.

  6. Carolyn Thalman says:

    What’s the finished size of the pinwheel?

    • Hi Carolyn, I did not construct the block making a pinwheel because the finished unit was not a standard (to the quarter inch) size. I bet with some trial and error, you will be able to come up with a measurement that works for you! Please post a block if you do, I’d love to see it!

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