I have a thing for pinwheels. It started with an attempt to make a baby quilt featuring them for The Boy. I didn’t know how to make a pinwheel but I figured it couldn’t be hard. I drew a picture and tried to recreate the picture and had an epic fail. I was a newbie and didn’t understand how to work in a seam allowance.
Anyway, fast forward about ten years and I discovered this zippy way to make pinwheels where you put two squares together and sew all the edges shut, then cut it up corner-to-corner. Tada! Simple pinwheel quadrants (a.k.a, half-square triangles.) I used that technique to make this quilt (complete with tutorial!):
But the pinwheel itch still wasn’t scratched! I wanted to make another one. One with pinwheels of different sizes that looked way more complicated than it actually was. One that was uniquely me but could also be made with precuts. I wanted it to be fast and easy because it was originally intended to be a charity quilt. (Full disclosure: I liked it so much I had to keep it and made another quilt for charity instead.)
Here it is when I first finished the top, gracing our lawn:
Then one day I got brave and sent a picture of it to Fat Quarterly and asked if they would like to put it in an issue. They did! Wowsa! I am so proud of my pinwheel baby. It appeared in issue 8 in January 2012.
I recently decided that the binding was not sewn on as well as I wanted. When I put on the binding I was just trying to finish it for magazine photos. I attempted applying the binding totally by machine – my first time trying that – and it didn’t work out so great. So I ripped it off and reapplied it by machine sewing it to the front and hand sewing it on the back.
The fabrics I used in this quilt are from an older layer cake I had in my stash – the Fresh Squeezed line, by Sandy Gervais. I also used Moda basic jelly rolls for the white sashing. The back of the quilt is a vintage sheet that I fell in love with. I bought it for a couple dollars at an estate liquidation store. Hmm, I should go back there and check again for more fun backings…