Monday, June 29, 2009

Wonky Pinwheels or Whirligigs

Wonky Pinwheels or Whirligigs
Want to make one?

If you know me, you know I don't like to follow directions, so I don't use patterns. So this is the way I made these quilt blocks, that doesn't mean it is the right way, but it worked for me.

To start I cut 5" squares. 2 of the solid, and 2 of the same print for each "pinwheel".
You will need to make yourself a template. I used a thin piece of cardboard. I cut it to a 5" square. Mark the middle on top and bottom. I then measured a 1/4" away on opposite sides, and drew a line connecting them, so you have a diagonal line. Then cut out on that line. Make sure you mark what will be the front of your template so you don't use it backwards.

Now use that template to cut your 5" squares in half--wonky. You will use both pieces.I just lay my template out on the one side of my stack of squares, then lay my ruler on top of the edge to cut.
Do this to all your squares, both solid and print.
Then you will lay out one solid and one print piece to make your square.
Then sew with a 1/4" seam.
Press. I prefer to press my seams open on this block.
At this point your block will be rectangular, you will need to trim it to a square. Just make sure you trim them all on the same side, so your blocks are all the same.
Repeat this for all four squares to make one block.

Lay your block out, and sew the top two squares together. Do the same with the bottom two squares. Press.
Then line up your center seam to sew the top 2 squares and bottom 2 squares together. Press.
You may need to square up your block.
Now you have a completed block.
Here are my blocks ready to be sewn into a quilt top. Photo added:
my unfinished blocks were 8.5" so they finish at 8". I did rows with 5 blocks across and 8 down. I also added a 5" (finished) border. After quilting and washing, my quilt measures about 48" x 71". You can see more photos here.


Allie said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial - I almost had a cow when I saw the word "wonky" in your post title, lol. I think I can do these, and I'm going to give them a try!

Youknowhoiam said...

Those are some really good directions, Love. Who does your proof-reading?

Karen said...

That's totally WONKY! Love it!

Kristina said...

LOVE the whirlygigs and your etsy shop:)

Leslie said...

this is so helpful. I have a layer cake that might get used for this

susan said...

i just did one of these. i like that you used brown as your background color. why is it i never think of any color other than white???

Michele said...

great tutorial

Khris said...

Thanks Allison...great tutorial. Can you tell me how many blocks you used and what size your quilt turned out to be please...thanks Khris

bingo~bonnie said...

ooough love this! and the colors on the brown are great too! thanks for the tutorial!

Sew glad I found your blog! ;)

Love from Texas! ~bonnie

Samantha said...

A tutorial that not only looks super easy, but makes sense - thank you! Add me to the list of brown lovers!

Val said...

Just discovered your amazing tutorial - it looks too simple to be true! I must get cracking tomorrow, can;t wait, what an inspiration! Thanks
Val xx

Nuria said...

Muchísimas gracias por este Tuto!!! es magnifico!

thanks a lot for this great tutorial!

YAYA PILAR. said...


quiltmom anna said...

It is a fun little block to make- I have a stack of them put together using a black background but one day I am going to use brown.
Thanks for writing the tutorial.
Regards from Western Canada,

Anonymous said...

am new to quilting, like it lots