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
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.
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...
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.)
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