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Charming Whimsical Pinwheel Mini Quilt Pattern

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If you’re looking for a quick and easy pattern, this Charming Whimsical Pinwheel Mini Quilt Pattern is perfect. With just a handful of blocks, it comes together quickly. Add a touch of fancy with the soft colors that are perfect for Springtime.

9-Inch Quilt Block

This pinwheel design is created using easy half square triangles and four squares. The pinwheel design is in the center with a half square triangle pattern on each side and a corner square in each of the four corners.

I used scrap fabric to create this cute table topper. The pink and blue striped fabric paired with the flowery pastels create a subtle, yet attractive mini quilt block. This is perfect to use as a springtime decoration before the flowers are in full bloom outdoors. In my case, I will be using it along with the other table decorations for a baby shower in a few months.

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Charming Whimsical Pinwheel Mini Quilt Pattern

General Sewing Directions

The directions for this Mini Quilted Tablecloth Pattern are for rotary cutting, machine piecing, machine quilting, machine sewing the binding to the quilt top.

Pin pieces before sewing them together to help align seams.

Accurately measure and cut fabric pieces as it will enhance the finished table runner.

All seams are sewn with 1/4  inch seam allowance.

Seams can be pressed open or you can press seams to one side or the other, I will have those suggestions within the instructions.

The beginning measurements for the half square triangles are a bit larger than the finished block size needed. I like to make them a bit larger because the result is a crisp and clean edge. This helps align all the seams and points better.

If you use a striped fabric like I did, when aligning the stripes for the half square triangles, make sure whatever direction you choose to use for the stripes, you continue that direction for each square. I think it looks a bit nicer.

When the batting is trimmed 1/4″ from the seam, the finished mini quilt measures 9” X 9”.

Baby Shower Table Decoration

Supplies Needed

  • Fabric
  • Thread
  • Batting
  • Cutting mat
  • Quilting ruler
  • Rotary cutter
  • Clips
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron and Ironing Board

 My favorite quilting supplies

Fabric Requirements for 1 9-inch Quilt Block

I suggest using 100% cotton quality fabric. For some of the sizes, you could get a fat quarter and have some fabric leftover for your next quilt project.

However, this is a great pattern for using those leftover fabric pieces. That is what I did.

Quilt Top. I used three fabrics for the top.

Blue colored fabric 1/8 yard. (Today, I used a blue and white striped fabric).

Pink Colored 1/8 yard. (Today, I used a pink and white striped fabric).

Purple flower fabric 1/8 yard.

Backing fabric. One single piece measuring 12” X 12”. This will allow the batting to extend beyond the edges of the quilt top.

Batting. A piece measuring 12” X 12”, the same size as the quilt back. This will allow the batting to extend beyond the edges of the quilt top.

Binding. A length of fabric measuring 42” long and 2 1/2” wide. I made my own piecing white fabric scraps together.

Diagram of Whimsical Pastel Pinwheel

Let’s Begin the Charming Whimsical Pinwheel Mini Quilt Pattern

  • Blue Stripe Fabric Cut 4- 3 7/8” X 3 7/8” squares.
  • Pink Stripe Fabric Cut 4- 3 7/8” X 3 7/8” squares.
  • Purple Flower Fabric Cut 4- 3 7/8” X 3 7/8” squares and 4- 2 1/2″ squares.

For the half square triangles

Use a fine pencil to draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the 4 pink squares.

Place a pink square on top of a blue square with right sides together and sew 1/4” seam on both sides of the diagonal line. Align a ruler with the pencil line and cut the fabric apart on the drawn line to create two half square triangles.

Press each half square triangle toward the darker side or press the seams open. Trim the half square triangle blocks to measure 2 1/2 X 2 1/2″.

Repeat

Place a pink square on top of a purple flower square with right sides together and sew 1/4” seam on both sides of the diagonal line. Align a ruler with the pencil line and cut the fabric apart on the drawn line to create two half square triangles.

Press each half square triangle toward the darker side or press the seams open. Trim the half square triangle blocks to measure 2 1/2 X 2 1/2″.

Repeat

Use a fine pencil to draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of two of the purple flower squares.

Place a purple flower square on top of a blue square with right sides together and sew 1/4” seam on both sides of the diagonal line. Align a ruler with the pencil line and cut the fabric apart on the drawn line to create two half square triangles.

Press each half square triangle toward the darker side or press the seams open. Trim the half square triangle blocks to measure 2 1/2 X 2 1/2″.

Repeat

Laying out Squares to Sew Together

Assembling the Block

Place a purple flower square in each corner. Lay out the rest of the blocks as shown in the diagram.

 (See the photo to help with placement).

Sew the top row of blocks together two at a time with the right sides together. Press seams to the right. Next, sew the next row of blocks together with right sides together and press the seam to the left.

Sew the blocks together in the third row with right sides together and press the seams to the right.

Finally, sew the bottom row of blocks together with the seams pressed to the left.

Sew the top two rows together making sure to align the seams.

Sew the bottom two rows together. Then the to halves together. Press the final seam open.

Finishing the Quilt

Now it is time to add the backing, batting, and binding to the quilt.

For each quilt block, complete the following steps.

Backing. Cut a square 12” X 12” of fabric for the back. This will allow for approximately 3-inches of fabric to extend all around the edges of the quilt block top.

Batting. Use a thin cotton batting such as warm and natural. Cut a square 12” X 12” of fabric for the back. This will allow for approximately 3-inches of fabric to extend all around the edges of the table runner top.

Binding. You will need a length of fabric measuring 42” long and 2 1/2” wide. I made my own piecing white fabric scraps together.

Pin the Layers Together

Now it is time to make the quilt sandwich. Lay the backing fabric down first with the right side facing down. Make sure there are no wrinkles.

Next, add the batting layer. Finally, add the mini quilt top layer with the right side facing up.

Center the top fabric in the middle making sure that a few inches extend out beyond the quilt top on all sides.

Once all three layers are in place, make sure to smooth out any wrinkles. Place a few safety pins in to secure or you would use another method such as basting spray to hold it together.

Quilting the Layers Together

While you can sew the layers together by hand, I prefer to use my sewing machine for quilting the layers together. Once you choose your design, set up your sewing machine for quilting by using a darning foot and dropping the feed dogs on the sewing machine. This helps with the free motion quilting.

Once the layers are quilted, it is time to add the binding strip to the quilt.

Sew Binding onto the Quilt

Prepare the binding by folding it in half lengthwise with the wrong sides facing each other. Use the iron to press the seam.

Pin the raw edge of the binding onto raw edge of the back of the mini quilt. I generally start in the middle of a side. Leave approximately a 3” tail hanging. This hanging part will be used to sew to the other end of the binding strip when you have finished sewing all four sides of the binding onto the mini quilt.

Sew the binding onto all four sides of the tablecloth making sure to miter the corners.

Trimming the Batting and Backing Fabric

Trim the batting and backing fabric to 1/4″ from the edge of the quilt top. I use a ruler and rotary cutter to complete this.

Attaching the Binding to the Front

Fold the binding over the edge (this will be the folded side). Use clips to hold it into place. I used a decorative stitch on my sewing machine to sew the binding into place.

Your Charming Whimsical Pinwheel Mini Quilt Pattern is complete.

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