Make a “Pinwheel Picnic” Quilt with Jenny!

Make a “Pinwheel Picnic” Quilt with Jenny!


Hi everybody, it’s Jenny from the MSQC.
And I’ve got a great project for you today. Let’s take a look at this quilt. Isn’t
this fun? So we’re calling this quilt Pinwheel Picnic. We have the large pinwheel and two
small pinwheels. And this makes our main block. But this fabric, it’s just so soft and sweet
isn’t it beautiful? Well to make this quilt what you’re going to need is one packet
of ten inch squares. And we have used Woodside Blossom for Robert Kaufman. And you can see
it’s just a delicate, sweet line. You’re also going to need one packet of a background
color to match up with all of your squares. And then you’re going to need an additional
half yard of background. And that’s going to be for this inner border right here and
these little sashing pieces right here. For your outer border here you’re going to have
a big six inch border and you’re going to need a yard and a half for this outer border.
Your backing back here, look how pretty that is. We just chose one of the prints to put
on the back. And if you make a backing with 45 fabric on this, 45 inches wide, you’re
going to need eight yards and it’s vertical seams because this is a pretty big quilt.
So the quilt actually is 83 by 87. So if I were actually going to put a backing on this
then I would use a 108 backing. And then you’re only going to need 2 ¾ yards and then it’s
not too much. So let me show you how to make this because it’s really easy. I’m just
going to set that down here. Alright so we’re going to take a background
square and we’re going to take a color square. And the first one we’re going to make is
we’re going to make our big pinwheel. So I”m going to put my two sides right together
like this. And we’re just going to sew a quarter of an inch all the way around this.
So let’s go over here and do that. And I’m just going to zoom down the side. When you
sew this, because we’re making four half square triangles, but when you make them this
way, it doesn’t matter that your quarter of an inch is perfect. It matters that it’s
the same on all four sides. But on this particular quilt we’re actually going to square them
so even that doesn’t really matter. Alright so down this side and one more. Alright so
we’ve sewed a quarter of an inch all the way around this. Then what we’re going to
do is we are going to take our ruler and one of the reasons I love this ruler is because
it goes corner to corner. And we’re going to cut through it. Sometimes I did not on
this one, but sometimes you’ll get a little pleat right here. That won’t matter either
because we’re cutting right through it. So we’re going to go corner to corner. And
just cut this in half this way. And then move our ruler and come this way. I love pinwheels.
It’s one of my favorite blocks. They’re just so easy. And they just have, they just
look really cool. And I just think they’re fun. So now I’m going to iron, actually no. I’m
going to actually cut these first. I’m going to, I”m going to square these up first.
And I have a new trimmer that I have to use before they’re ironed. So let’s go ahead
and do this. So these are going to be trimmed to 6 ½ . So I lay my seam right on the edge
of my, this seam line follows my seam line. Put it on the edge like this. And then we’re
just going to trim this off right here. And we cut that. And we’re going to do that
to all four of these. And again the size we’re trimming to is 6 ½. So square your blocks
to 6 ½. Now this ruler has little things where you can cut your dog ears off if you
want. I’m not worried about that particularly but it has this neat little thing where you
can do that if you want to. And one more here. Alrighty now that I’m done with this, now
we go to the ironing board. Alright so now we’re going to press these open. And I’m
just going to set the seam right here. Get a little shot of steam and then I’m just
going to roll them back. I’m making sure my seam lays on the dark side of my little
square or my half square triangle I mean. And one more. Now we’re going to sew these together like
a pinwheel. And this is how we do that. We’re going to put, I have a little mantra that
I say because I get these so turned around in my head. And my mantra is light, dark,
light, dark, light, dark, light, dark all seams to the center. So when all your seams
are going to the center you know it’s going to work. So we’re going to put these together
and these together. I’m going to sew straight down here leaving them connected. Then I’m
going to open it up and sew across the other way. So let’s do that. This is a great way
to chain piece your blocks. It keeps them right together. And the next one. You’ll
want to make sure, you’ll be able to feel right here how you have these laid together.
See they make that, they lay on either side of that seam and you will be able to feel
if those are matched up for you or not. So make sure there’s no, no lift in there.
It’s all just nice and flat. Alright now we’re going to open these up and we’re
going to make sure they still look like a pinwheel. And they do. And then we’re going
to lay these over here and sew our block together. Now when you sew down this side of a pinwheel,
the center seam, there’s going to be a little bit of bulk so you really want to watch to
make sure half of your seam goes one way and half goes the other. And then you also want
to make sure that you’re sewing you don’t cut off your point when you’re sewing. So
watch for where your threads cross and I’ll show you that in just a minute. But watch
for where those threads cross and stay in the cross or on the other side to keep your
point. Alright so right here, see right here, see where these two threads cross like this
and then my seam comes across here. So it comes right where they come together and you’ll
be able to see that and and it will save your point. So we should have pretty good points.
And we do. Alright let me press this. There we go. So this is our large block right here.
And now we’re going to make two small pinwheels to go along side it. To make that we’re going to take our same
layer cake square, to make that we’re going to take our same ten inch square and put it
with a white background square on top and we’re going to cut this into four five inch
squares. And I”m going to cut them at the same time like this and like this. So out
of each one of these you’ll have enough pinwheels for two blocks. That’s why you
pull out 12 for your, for your big ones, I’m sorry 12 for the little ones and the rest
of them are all made make these big ones. So now we have four of these. You need two
for each block. And I actually kept my two the same. You can scrap them up if you want.
See how whenever I have a block here these two are the same. Maybe I should go to one
you can see better. Here we go. Like these two. But you could scrap them up if you want.
But I kept mine the same. So what we’re going to do on these little fives is we’re
going to sew again all the way around, all the way around the square, a quarter of an
inch and cut them diagonally. And that’s going to make our little pinwheels. So I’ll
just meet you right back here when I get these sewn all the way around. Alrighty so I have
both mine done now. I’m going to clip them apart. And I”m going to set these over here.
And then we’re going to cut these diagonally side to side as well. So again we can put
our ruler corner to corner like this and like this. And then this way
and this way. And remember again you need two for each block. Then what we’re going
to do is we’re going to square these to three inches. So the other one was 6 ½, this
one is three. And so I”m going to lay my three inch line on the three inch line. Most
of these you can slide right over to the side and just make one cut to square them. And
so I”m going to square this whole pile of them just the same way I did the others, matching
up my, their stitch line matches up to my stitch line. We’re going to do this. And
I”m going to do the whole pile and I’ll see you right back. Alright here I am at my last one. And I”m
just going to be able to come up here and slice that off. And now we’re going to press
them open. These are going to make our tiny pinwheels and they’re just so cute. Now
one of the things with pinwheels is that there’s a lot of things that you get to do over and
over and over again. So the best part about that is that when I get one block done I literally
set it right there and make all my blocks the same because if I’m going to make a
mistake I’m going to make the same mistake 40 times. But I don’t want to make a mistake
so I want to do them the same. So again I’m going to assemble these as pinwheels so I’m
going to make my pinwheels so they make pinwheels, wait for it, wait for it. All seams to the
center. Hang on. There we go. Whew I had a little angle moment right there. Alright so
then this one goes this way. And I really do have to do that mantra because my brain
sometimes goes hmm, that didn’t look right. But once I get it done then I can do them
all, one right after the other. So we’re going to put these together. And I”m going
to sew a quarter of an inch right down and add my next two. And then we’re going to
do the same thing with these two, add them to the bottom. And then I’m going to look
to make sure I have mine going the right way. So one down and one up and these seams have
to go into the center. There we go, like that. Alright now I’ll sew these in.
And then when I take these apart I take them apart in pairs so they stay in, my pinwheels
stay together, the ones that I want them to stay together even though they’re identical
I like to keep them together as little pairs. And this is what I mean by that. So I”m
going to cut right here so I have two. And I know these I’m just going to open and
sew together as a block right here.And then I’ll do the same thing to the other one.
That chain piecing helps me keep everything in order so that I don’t lose my place.
And when I actually sew this quilt together, what I do is I do all the big pinwheels at
once and all the small pinwheels at once so I don’t lose my spot. Now you may want to
trim off these dog ears. It adds some extra bulk for me. I do know that it, the quilting
needle can go through fingers so it can go through layers of fabric as well. Alright
now I”m actually going to trim off a couple of these, oh I left my rotary cutter open.
Oh no. So sorry. I’m teaching you bad habits. I try not to do that. And closing. Alright.
So let me press these open. Oh my points look so nice. Alright here’s one more. Again
this is a pretty fail safe way to do pinwheels. I mean they just come together so great. So this side block then we’re going to put
these two together like this. And we’re going to put a little 2 ½ inch piece right
in here. So you can cut it the size of your pinwheel. Your pinwheel should be, let’s
see, one, two, three, four, five, and a half inches. And you can cut these that way or
you can just attach these to your pinwheel. Like I like to do, I like to just sew this
down like this. And then I’m going to trim it off. And then I’m going to add my other
pinwheel to the other side. There’s that one. Trim off my little selvedge over here.
And then I’m going to press that up. And then I can add my other pinwheel right on
here. And I’ll just lay this right on here and do that. Now one of the things is sometimes
one side will be just a hair bigger or smaller than the other. If that ever happens to you
put your big side on the bottom because the feed dogs will take in more fabric than the
top side. So that will help you make up any difference in size. That’s just one of those
really handy little tips because sometimes things get a little wonky. Alright pressed. And now what we’re going to do is we’re
going to take our big pinwheel right here and we’re going to add it to the side. We’re
just going to sew it straight to the side of that block. So we’re going to put that
on here and sew that a quarter of an inch right down the side. And this makes our whole
big block. There we go, now it’s even caught. There we are. Alright, whew. Now this little,
this little bar that’s right here, the sashing in between the pinwheels that falls directly
the center of that sashing should fall directly on the center of the seam of your pinwheel,
your big pinwheel. So watch that. I like those little things that help you measure, you know,
make sure you get to the right place at the right time. Alright. So now we’re going
to press this open and this is our block. Alright so here we go. And I’ve added no
sashing to this at all. So what I want to do is I want to show you
how I put these together. And literally I put them together all the same way. So one
row with my, all my rows went just like this. And I sewed my rows together. Then the next
row I just flipped over. So this one starts with the pinwheels and comes across. This
one ends with the pinwheels and comes across. And so every other row is just flipped over
but they’re all sewn identically. So just like this you’re going to sew them together.
And then the next row you’ll just flip and it just makes this great quilt. We’ve got
one, two, three, four, big blocks across the top and one, two, three, four, five, six,
down. So this makes a pretty good size quilt. It is 83 by 87. And once we get the center
of our quilt together we’re going to add that little 2 ½ inner border and our little
six inch outer border and it just makes a great quilt. And we hope you enjoyed this
tutorial on the Pinwheel Picnic from the MSQC.

100 thoughts on “Make a “Pinwheel Picnic” Quilt with Jenny!

  1. Sewing a 1/4 around, cutting, then piecing makes quick pinwheels. Agree, the fabric is soft and sweet. The quilt looks like pinwheel confetti. Thanks Jenny!

  2. Wonderful job Jenny. I understand your confusion when I was younger I sewed my legs together on a jumpsuit. It took me a while to realize what I’d done after I unpicked it twice.

  3. Good morning from Hot and Sunny SC! Love the big pinwheels. Love the soft colors. Another hit Jenny!!😘 Have a wonderful Labor day weekend.

  4. I got the trimmer and its unbelievable!! Half square Triangles are no longer scary to square up! Happy Labor Day and thank you!!

  5. Now Jenny that is gorgeous one but naw not for me you. Need special rulers for that one now tell me have you done a fun and done quilt

  6. It's amazing what color choice will do for a pattern. These colors are great for this pattern. Something soft. Love the line of fabric and the layout!

  7. I NEEEEEED this square up ruler!!!!! Well done Jenny and crew! As always Friday can only be Friday with a MSQC tut with first coffee!!!

  8. what a very pretty quilt! I could see this as a scrappy. I also have some green batiks that I might just make this one in for my daughter's birthday coming up! Thanks again and have a great holiday weekend!!

  9. This is what I’m going to make with the Butterflies and Berries 10” squares daily deal that I bought last week! I hope to get 2 baby quilts out of it!

  10. I watched this at 3 am. 😳 I love the mixture of large and small pinwheels. Another pattern goes on my bucket list of quilts to make. I’m thinking my granddaughter could do this one. She’s 11 and a new quilter.

  11. Looks great! Do you carry this trimmer? I've searched your site but cannot find it and its not listed in supplies for this quilt. Thanks!

  12. Love this…how about with the Christmas layer cake I bought when you were here in Green Bay ?? ❤️❤️ 😍

  13. I'm a total sucker for pinwheels. I love them in all sizes. I bet this would look crazy amazing in solids, too!

  14. I leave my rotary cutter open all the time. I like living on the edge. Who knows, I might even go totally overboard, and iron all my seams OPEN!! 😀

  15. I just found a pattern for my son's Christmas present. Using different fabric of course. Thanks a bunch Jenny.

  16. I love this fabric , this is a got to make quilt so beautiful ! Jenny you did it again your fans out here love you

  17. Beautiful, soft colors. Thanks for the tutorial. You make it look easy! On my list to make with some fabric I wasn’t sure what to do with. Now I know!

  18. ABSOLUTELY lovely fabric! Who can't possibly love pinwheels. THANK YOU for sharing. ENJOY your Labor Day holiday….you and your team certainly earn it. 🙂

  19. Love this quilt tutorial. I am looking at the download pattern is that just in the size you made or in all sizes.

  20. Pinwheels always make me smile! I just bought those rulers along with a box of goodies from MSQC- my favorite place ever! 🙂

  21. It so great watching you cutting out and putting together the pieces so fast. Great job Jenny. Love all of your tutorials

  22. What causes those little puckers on the corners? I have those quite often, especially when I’m top quilting. I don’t do free motion, mostly stitch in the ditch between blocks. When I come up to previous stitching I get a pucker. Any tips?

  23. LOL!! "I know quilting needles can go through fingers so they can go through layers of fabric as well!" Jenny is so fantastic!!

  24. Love the pinwheels ….colours so soft and pretty. (Despite my not being a pink girl.). Would like you to have shown how to use the regular rectangular ruler to trim the block. Great instructions on chain piecing.

  25. Could someone share the name of the half square triangle squaring ruler that Jenny is using. I would love to buy one…thank you!

  26. I'm very confused. These are cut in quarters. So do we cut based on 6 1/2" quarter square or half square? My ruler has both.
    Thank you for the tutorial! Was perfect timing!

  27. I was looking for a quilt to use layer cakes and here it is. I also need it to be king size so I will add a row and column and another border. This will be my October retreat quilt.

  28. I'm thrilled that you made a new pinwheel tutorial. This is really nice. I used your first pinwheel tutorial last fall to make my first pinwheel quilt. My niece just loves pinwheels and I was so scared because I only saw you make the pinwheels and there wasn't an example of a quilt! It turned out beautifully (because I watched that tutorial and said the mantra over and over again)! I even wrote your company and received a lovely reply that there was only one pinwheel tutorial. So, thank you Jenny. I appreciate your time. You've taught me so much!

  29. I'm new to quilting and my first quilt was a pinwheel thanks to Jenny's great tutorials. This one is definitely on my to do list.

  30. Oh Jenny! My list of do's is getting too long! And, my son's garden is producing oodles of fresh veggies that need to be preserved! Oh my! But don't stop making the tutorials because I learn new things all the time. I was told the Farmer's Almanac is predicting a winter with lots of snow; I'll be prepared! P.S. Because of my math background I look at quilts and quilt patterns seeing potential easier ways to handle the process!

  31. want to get started on this..love it! Question….in the video you state 1/2 yd for the inner border and for the sashing pieces between the smaller pinwheels…but in the supply list it has 1 yd. Could you please clarify. Thank you.

  32. Love how you “own” your vulnerability. Sewing takes so much skill and thought process. You make me feel better about myself!

  33. I have a 4 in 1 triangle. When I put the 6 1/2 line on my seem the sewn piece is to small. Not sure what I'm doing wrong

  34. The ruler I use is the Quilt in a Day Triangle Square up ruler. Love it. Makes squaring up so much faster to trim before you press.

  35. Had to purchase that square up ruler as soon as she brought it out! Saves a headache of mis-sized pinwheels. Thanks Jenny…you are the BEST!

  36. What is the ruler you are using to square up the pinwheels? Also how do you know what size to square different sizes of pinwheels

  37. My goal is to learn to make pinwheels .So far I have used about well I will say a lot of material trying to learn. Will I ever get it?  Help!!!!!!!

  38. I just love Jenny's tutorials. I've made several of her quilts and found the instructions so easy to follow. Only downside is I get so excited when working one I forget to go to bed!!!

  39. I have a question re squaring. You say square to 6 1/2 but on my clearly perfect slotted trimmer the seam line says 6 1/2 but in () it says (6"). So is the block really 6 1/2" square or 6?

  40. On the small triangles (4-5" sq), after sewing 1/4" around and cutting them into triangles you said to trim to 3" triangle but mind are 2 1/2" – what happened ??

  41. Simply amazing. I have a monochrome quilt planned with two printed fabrics and one solid. This is going to work really well. Your tutorials are wonderful and you have a way of making things seem manageable. What a teacher/demonstrator.

  42. Funny she talks about bad habits and I come across this tutorial, I had a bad habit of using a metal ruler when I did my rotary cutting and had to visit urgent care a couple of days ago because my rotary cutter jumped ship and ran right into the side of my left index finger. Had to get glued shut!

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