|A pinwheel square|
The back (almost finished)
This 41” square quilt features a lively focus fabric and 6” blocks, but can be adapted to a favorite theme
– cowboys, jungle animals, fire trucks, etc. Let your imagination go wild! It’s quick to sew and can easily
be completed in a weekend. Be sure to read through the set-up instructions carefully before you begin.
41" (104 cm) square babyquilt. I wanted to make this quilt for a friend to use as a playpen quilt, which seem to have a standard size of 85x105 cm, so I had to change the size a little. However, I did want all four corners to have a pinwheel, so I needed to do some math and ended up with a 5x7 blocks quilt, using 8 cm blocks to make up the pinwheels. Which, I notice now, is only 0.9 cm smaller then prescribed in the instructions, so maybe my math is a little off, whoops. Well, we'll see how it turns out.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions are easy to follow, but they leave out how to make it into an actual quilt (I guess its just a patchwork pattern actually).
I didn't like the way they put the pinwheels together however. At first I made seven unit B's (half a pinwheel), but for only two of them the pinwheel corners/points matched close enough. So I decided to do it differently and just put the two triangles on the same little square, like this, and then put the second square on top before sewing.
The instructions also say it can be made in a weekend, well, not if you're me! But maybe its possible for the faster sewers with more quilting experience.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I used green cotton for the background fabric and orange cotton with white stars for the pinwheels. For the focus fabric I plan to use red velvet-like fabric from my stash, but I'll see how it looks with the finished pinwheels first. The border will be plain orange and the back soft red fleece with a fun swirly pattern.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
See pattern sizing.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Maybe, you never know when you need a new pinwheel quilt. Though I have so many other things to sew, it might never happen. Thus far I really like the pinwheels and I would recommend them to others. Though maybe not to perfectionists, because it seems impossible to get the pinwheel corners matched up exactly (well at least for me). I use a pin which I stick through the point where the triangles should meet in the center of the pinwheel, and then pin it to the second half, but its still difficult to exactly match them and sew straight through the center point.
Even with all its imperfections (did I say it was my first attempt and I used scissors to cut crappy scares?) the friend I made it for loved it. So do I. So as far as I'm concerned its a great pattern. Though I can't picture myself doing that in a weekend.