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Thirties Pinwheel in a Square Quilt Block Pattern
Pinwheel Quilt Block Pattern

Thirties Pinwheel in a Square Quilt Block Pattern

Janet Wickell

Pinwheel Quilt Blocks

Pinwheel quilt blocks and 1930's fabrics are a perfect match for each other, and the varied patches in this design give you lots of opportunities to make a very scrappy quilt.

Pinwheel in a Square was used for a previous block swap in our Quilting Forum. The swap has ended, so feel free to change the fabrics in any way you wish.

Finished Block Size: 12" Square

Choose four fabrics for each quilt block:

White Tone-on-Tone for the center pinwheel's background and for the angled strips that divide the inner pinwheel/square from the block corners.

  • (2) 6-7/8" x 6-7/8" squares, each cut in half once diagonally
  • (2) 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" squares

Inner pinwheel: a thirties print in either pink, orange, yellow, blue or purple.

  • (2) 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" squares

Square surrounding inner pinwheel: a green thirties print.

  • (2) 5-1/8" x 5-1/8" squares, each cut in half once diagonally

Block corners: a warm thirties print if your inner pinwheel is made from a cool fabric, or a cool thirties print if your inner pinwheel is warm (See Color Wheel Basics if you are unsure what's considered a warm or cool).

  • (4) 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" squares
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