Friday, June 1, 2012

Block party with Amanda---Are you ready to sew Pinwheel Park?

Hi again everyone! 

Pinwheel Park is a modern interlocking design that makes great use of small bits of scraps on a solid background.  It is an 11'' square, or 11-1/2'' including seam allowances.  Here is what you'll need:
  • 2 (2-3/8'') squares of both a light tone and a dark tone for the pinwheel
  • 28 (1-1/2'') squares from your scraps!
  • 2 (3-1/2'' x 4-1/2'') rectangles and 4 (3-1/2'' x 5-1/2'') rectangles of background fabric
And here is how you make Pinwheel Park:

Draw a diagonal line down the wrong side of both of the light (2-3/8'') squares.  Drawn a line 1/4'' away on both sides of this line.  Pair these squares with the dark (2-3/8'') squares right sides together and stitch down the outer diagonals, as shown below.  Cut on the center diagonal and press seams toward darker fabric.  Repeat to produce 4 (2'' square) half-triangle units.  Join to make a pinwheel, twirling the seam allowances where they all meet in the center.

Join (1-1/2'') squares into two units of 5 squares each and six units of 3 squares each. 

Join two of the 3-square units to either side of the pinwheel square.  Join the 5-square units to the top and bottom of the block.

Now join a 3-square unit to the narrow end of both (3-1/2'' x 4-1/2'') background rectangles.

And join these units to both sides of the pinwheel unit...

Now join a (3-1/2'' x 5-1/2'') background rectangle to each side of the remaining 3-square units...

And join all the units together...

That's all it takes!

With Pinwheel Park you can make a quilt that looks like this...

You can do a little applique in the open areas or leave it as is for a modern look.  (Imagine that white space quilted with a combination of flame shapes and large pepples - a quilted river!) 

You can even make some reversed blocks for a quilt that looks like this...

Note: I apologize because I made a mistake in the directions that is now corrected.  The pinwheels should be 3-1/2'', or 3'' when you exclude the seam allowances.  That means the squares that you use to make them should be 2-3/8'', rather than 1-7/8''!  (The little scrappy squares are 1-1/2'' cut or 1'' without seam allowances.)

Please stop by and become a follower of my blog for more project ideas.  And thanks so much to Madame Samm for inviting me to guest blog here again!

Happy sewing!


  1. How much fun. I really like this block.

  2. Really cute layout possibilities with this clever block.

  3. Thanks for this tutorial. What a lovely idea for a summer super quick quilt.

  4. Hi from Katie, i think this is a great quilt design, than you so much for sharing.

  5. I really like this one. So many possiblities.

  6. OOOOH - have stacks of 30's fabrics and I can just see the first version! Looks like roses in the centers!! Thank you for sharing this pattern!

  7. Good Morning Amanda...well let me first say ..there is nothing square about you ....this is just simply irresistible... gosh I hope I spelled that correct lol.
    Well you know...and white background...I am all over it...

  8. Amanda ~ Once again you have created a quilt block that I absolutely LOVE. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

  9. Fun block and a great tutorial! This would make a darling quilt!

  10. Fun block and a great tutorial! This would make a darling quilt!

  11. Wonderful design....I like this one a lot!
    Thank you Amanda for sharing, and thanks Madame for organizing this party! (Someone hand me my wine glass?)LOL

  12. I love this and I am so going to make it! Thank you!!

  13. I love this-and as Truffle Queen said-it would look great in 30's fabrics.

  14. What a lovely pattern...I have to try this out....Judith, Texas

  15. This is a great block design! It is so versatile. Both sample quilts are cool. Thanks for the directions!

  16. love this!
    Think i'll make this for my mouse quilt i plan to make

  17. Wow! Can't wait to begin cutting and sewing. Love this block. Thanks for the tutorial.

  18. How clever! LOVE this! I have been such a fan of yours, Amanda. This design is tres wonderful! Thank you for sharing...

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  20. I love this pattern, it is definately one I am going to make! thanks for sharing it.

  21. Fun & easy. Looks hard, but your tut sounds easy. It will be fun to make. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Like, like, like. I so need a plan to deal with all the tiny scraps that I have and can't part with.

  23. Olá! Gostei muito de suas postagens. Um abraço.

  24. Just finished a 4x5 block layout with this - quick, easy and fun!!! Need to look closely at it though because my layout is a 3rd variation that I am not quite sure how I got. Pics to follow in a few days.


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