The Pinwheel quilt block is made up of four Half Square Triangles arranged in a way that resembles a pinwheel. It is a very popular traditional pattern that you can easily learn how to make with the tutorials below.
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How to Make a 6 1/2″ Pinwheel Block – Free Pattern by Create with Claudia
Pinwheel blocks can be challenging to make, but with the right techniques and a little practice, you can create beautiful and accurate blocks. Here are some tips to help you achieve perfect pinwheels:
- Accuracy is key when it comes to making pinwheel blocks, so take the time to measure and cut your fabric pieces precisely. Use a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler to ensure that your squares are exactly the same size.
- When sewing your squares together, be sure to use a scant quarter-inch seam allowance. This means sewing just slightly less than a quarter inch from the edge of the fabric. A scant quarter-inch seam allowance will help ensure that your blocks come out the right size and fit together well.
- Marking your sewing lines can be especially helpful when making pinwheel blocks. Use a fabric marker or pencil to mark a diagonal line across the wrong side of one of your squares. Then, place the marked square right sides together with a second square and sew along the marked line. Repeat this process with the remaining squares to create four half-square triangles.
- To ensure that your pinwheel points line up perfectly, use pins to match the seams of your half-square triangles. First, fold your half-square triangles in half diagonally to find the center point. Then, match up the center points and pin them together. Continue matching and pinning the remaining seams until you have a complete pinwheel block.
- Finally, pressing your seams correctly is crucial for achieving accurate pinwheels. To press your seams, start by pressing them in the direction they naturally want to go. Then, flip your block over and press from the back to set the seams. Finally, gently press your block from the front to create a flat and neat finish.
Let us know if you have tried this block before. Hope you try it if you haven’t!