Easy pinwheel baby quilts

I love to give quilts to new babies.  Now that I’m getting older (sigh!) there’s a lot of new babies around!  Accordingly, I’ve had to find fast ways to produce these gifts.

Here’s a quilt top you can have assembled in an hour.

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It’s as easy as this:

Choose 9 squares from a layer cake.  I chose pink and yellow shades from  ABC Menagerie by Abi Hall for Moda.

Cut 9 squares that are 10″ x 10″ of your contrasting fabric.  I used a white fabric with a faint floral damask pattern to it.

Put one coloured square and one contrasting square together in a stack, right sides together.  Do a 1/4″ seam all the way around the edge of the stacked squares.  When that’s complete, go to your cutting table.

Use a ruler and rotary cutter to slice your sewn squares diagonally.  You will get 4 half-square triangles from this process.

This is an idea I picked up from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  They have a great video that shows you this method for making half-square triangles if my instructions aren’t clear.  Check it out here.

Press them, with the seam to go to the dark side of the half-square triangle.  Lay them out in the shape of a pinwheel.  Pin and sew into a 4 patch block, or one pinwheel.  Always use a 1/4″ seam.

When you’ve done this 9 times, you’ll have enough for the perfect size baby quilt.  Next time I do it, I’ll take some more photos for instructions.

It’s worth mentioning that this method produces half-square triangles that are cut on the bias.  That means they have a little stretch to them.  Some people don’t like that – but I don’t think it matters on a pattern this simple.  It also means the fabric has a little give in it, just in case you need to adjust your points a little to ensure your triangles have nice tips.

It works out to be around 48″ square.

Now all I have to do is baste, quilt and bind and I’ve got a present made for a friend of mine who is due to have a little girl in June.  I’ll have the whole thing done in about 3 hours, and I know that my friend will treasure it.

Give it a go!

jf

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