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Sew the Pinwheel Star Quilt Blocks
Pinwheel Quilt Block Pattern

Sew the Pinwheel Star Quilt Blocks

© Janet Wickell
The Pinwheel Star quilt block is assembled with two different types of half square triangle units and one type of flying geese.

Cutting Instructions

We'll sew half square triangle units together by cutting squares, sewing on the diagonal and then cutting apart. Alter cutting instructions to use another method. Units finish at 3" x 3" (must measure 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" before sewing them to neighboring patchwork).

Black Print

  • (24) 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" squares for half square triangle units
  • (48) 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" squares for flying geese (separating the two for scrap quilters who wish to use different fabrics)

Greenish Multicolor Print

  • (24) 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" squares for half square triangle units
Dark Brown and Rust Fabric

  • (24) 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" squares for half square triangle units

Shirting Print

  • (24) 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" squares for half square triangle units
  • (12) 7-1/4" x 7-1/4" squares

Sew the Pinwheel Star Quilt Blocks

  1. Use the quick pieced half square triangle unit method to combine a 3-7/8" black square with a green square of the same size. Repeat until all green squares have been sewn. The result will be (24) half square triangle units that measure 3-1/2" x 3-1/2".

  2. Use the same method to make 24 half square triangle units from a combination of dark brown rust fabric and shirting fabric.

  3. Use the no waste flying geese method to sew four black 3-7/8" squares to eacg 7-1/4" shirting square. The result will be 48 flying geese that measure 3-1/2" x 6-1/2:.

  4. Arrange units for one block into three rows as shown, bottom left. Sew components of rows together. Press seam allowances towards the flying geese.

  5. Join the rows and press. The quilt block should measure 12-1/2" x 12-1/2". Make 12 Pinwheel Star quilt blocks.

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