GO! Qube Playful Pinwheels Baby Quilt

Mar 28, 2016 9:00:00 AM / by Erin Hentzel

 

Hey there, Erin from Avery Lane Sewing here to share with you a free quilt pattern for baby. With all the Daffodils and Daphne bushes in full bloom, all I can think about is spring. When I was young, I loved pinwheels and we always seemed to receive them just as springtime was greeting us.

This crib size quilt would make a perfect wall hanging in the nursery or a great size for a travel size playmat for wee ones. With only 12 pinwheel blocks on this quilt top, this beginner quilt pattern makes for a quick and clever baby shower gift. One that’s sure to be cherished by a new mom.

I designed my pinwheels using various scraps and fat quarters in pretty pinks and spring greens, and I used the leftovers to create a scrappy binding to match. I think this would look great with a monochromatic design or using the same 2 fabrics for all the 12 pinwheel blocks. Consider using a soft pale green or pink that matches the blocks instead of white - that would also look great! Let me show you how to make a baby quilt!

 

Supplies:

GO! Cutter

GO! Qube Mix & Match 8" Block set (Dies #3 & #4)

GO! Square – 8 ½” (8” finished) (#55058)

Finished size 46" wide x 46" long

Blocks

Various fat quarters and/or scraps for the pinwheel blocks

¾ yard of white cotton for all the pinwheel blocks

1 yard for the solid white blocks

Borders

½ yard of white quilting cotton, cut into 3" strips (4)

3" squares of quilting cotton fabric for the corner pieces (4)

Backing: 1 ¾ yards

Binding: 190"

Note about fabric requirements:

If using the same fabric to make all 6 Block A’s, then you’ll need:

¼ yard of print fabric

½ yard of white fabric

If using the same 2 fabrics to make all 6 Block B’s, then you’ll need:

¼ yard of white fabric

¼ yard of dark print fabric

¼ yard of medium or light print fabric

HST = Half Square Triangle(s)

QST = Quarter Square Triangle(s)

Cutting Instructions

For the quilt top, you will need to sew 6 of block A, 6 of block B, and insert 13 - 8 1/2" squares between the pieced blocks.

Dies Needed for both Block A and Block B:

#3 GO! Quarter Square Triangle - 4” Finished Square (55711)

#4 GO! Half Square Triangle - 4” Finished Square (55710)

Block A

 

 

Using Die # 3, cut:

4 QST from print fabrics for each block (24 total)

4 QST from solid white fabric for each block (24 total)

 

 

Using Die #4, cut:

24 HST from solid white fabric

 

 

Block B

 

 

Using Die # 3, cut:

4 QST from dark print fabrics for each block (24 total)

4 QST from solid white fabric for each block (24 total)

 

 

Using Die #4, cut:

4 HST from light or medium print fabrics for each block (24 total)

 

 

Block C

Using the AccuQuilt GO! 8 1/2" die, cut 13 - 8.5” blocks from the white fabric.

Sewing Instructions

All seams are 1/4” and fabrics are placed right sides together, unless otherwise stated.

Block A

Step 1

Sew a white QST to a print QST and press toward the print fabric. Make 24 units, in sets of 4 for each Block A.

 

 

Step 2

Sew each QST unit to a white HST and press toward the white HST. Make 4 exactly the same for each block.

 

 

Step 3

Sew 4 matching units together to make each block, using this block layout. Make 6 of these blocks.

 

 

Or use this layout:

 

 

Once all 4 units are sewn together, press the seam allowances into a spiral, using a pinwheel style pressing method. This helps the block to stay nice and flat at the bulky center.

Block B

Step 1

Sew a print QST to a white QST following the layout design and press toward the print fabric. Make 24 units.

 

 

Step 2

Sew each QST unit to a print HST and press toward the print HST.

 

 

Step 3

Sew the 4 matching units together using this block layout for each block. Make 6 of these blocks.

 

 

Once all 4 units are sewn together, press the seam allowances into a spiral, using a pinwheel style pressing method. This helps the block to stay nice and flat at the center.

Assembling the Quilt Top

Place the blocks into 5 rows of 5 blocks each, so that the pinwheels (Blocks A and B) and solid color blocks (Block C) alternate, placing solid white squares in each of the four corners. Here is the simple block diagram.

 

C

B

C

B

C

A

C

A

C

A

C

B

C

B

C

A

C

A

C

A

C

B

C

B

C

Step 1

Once the layout is correct and complete, sew the blocks together into 5 rows, each with 5 blocks across. Press the seam allowances.

Step 2

Sew all the rows together and press the seam allowances.

Borders

Step 1

Cut 2 strips of white fabric 3" x 40" long. Cut 2 additional strips 3" x 40.5" long.

Step 2

Pin and sew 2 of the 3" strips of white fabric to opposite sides of the quilt top. Press the seam allowances.

Step 3

Pin and sew the corner pieces onto the opposite ends of the remaining 2 white strips. Press the seam allowances.

Step 4

Pin and sew these border units to the top and bottom edges of the quilt top. Press the seam allowances.

 

 

Finishing

Layer and baste together the backing fabric, batting, and quilt top. Quilt and bind the quilt as desired.

 

 

I hope you enjoy making this playful springtime quilt!

 

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Erin Hentzel

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