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How to Make Framed Pinwheel Quilt Blocks
The Framed Pinwheel quilt block pattern goes together quickly, and you'll find that the frame surrounding the block's pinwheel center gives you an opportunity to add a nice variety of colors and textures to your quilt.
If you decide to make bunches of blocks, assemble all of the pinwheels you need first, and then decide how many frame units to place between them. Placing complete blocks side-by-side will give you a double layer of frames where blocks meet. That's a good look, but if you prefer single frames some of your pinwheels can remain frameless.
The pattern includes instructions for two block sizes 6" square and 12" square. The blocks in the photo were made for a quilt block exchange, but choose any colors that suit your needs.
Cutting Chart for One 12-inch Quilt Block
- Dark for Pinwheel: two 4-7/8" x 4-7/8" squares
- Lighter for Pinwheel: two 4-7/8" x 4-7/8" squares
- Bars in Frame: four 2-1/2" x 8-1/2" rectangles
- Block Corners: Four 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares
Cutting Chart for One 6-inch Quilt Block
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- Dark for Pinwheel: two 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares
- Lighter for Pinwheel: two 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares
- Bars in Frame: four 1-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangles
- Block Corners: Four 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" squares
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Assemble a Framed Pinwheel Quilt Block
Refer to the drawing as you assemble pinwheel quilt blocks. Sew with a 1/4" seam allowance.
The center of the Pinwheel quilt block is made from four half-square triangle units, called triangle squares for short.
- Gather two dark pinwheel squares. Pair each square with a light pinwheel square of the same size. Use the quick pieced half square triangle tutorial to make four triangle-square- from the dark two pairs. Completed units for the 12-inch block should measure 4-1/2" x 4-1/2". Completed units for the 6-inch block should measure 2-1/2" x 2-1/2".
- Create two rows from the four triangle-squares as shown. Sew the units in each row together and press seams in opposite directions.
- Join the rows and press new seam allowances in either direction.
Assemble the Pieced Frames
- Sew a corner square to each end of two rectangles. Press seam allowances towards the bars.
Assemble the Framed Pinwheel Block
- Sew a plain sashing rectangle to each side of the pinwheel center as shown. Press seam allowances towards the bars.
- Sew a rectangle/square sashing unit to the top edge of the block. Press seam allowance towards the sashing. Repeat to sew another rectangle/square unit to the bottom of the block and press seam allowance towards the sashing.
- The larger block should measure 12-1/2" x 12-1/2". The smaller quilt block should measure 6-1/2" x 6-1/2".