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Dimensional Pin Wheel Block

I was looking for a fast block to add to a quilt I started a while back. The quilt was made using 12 different 1/4 yard hand dyed fabrics plus a black background fabric. The quilt is not finished yet but I was able to make 16 four inch blocks in just a few hours. These are fast, fun and super easy to make. One trick I used in making these blocks was to add just a touch of glue--yes glue--to the folded pinwheels to make it easier to sew. Pining seemed to make the pinwheel skew, so I glued it down and it stayed straight. What kind of glue did I use? Just a touch of a glue stick. A little dab will do ya!

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This block is a 4" finished size block and the pattern to the left should be in the exact size for piecing. To save the image just put mouse cursor over the image and with your right mouse button click and from the pop up menu choose "save image as". Then save it to the desired location for later use. It might be easier to just cut 2 1/2" strips into squares.

Each block takes two fabrics, the background fabric and the Pinwheel fabric. In this illustration the pinwheel fabric is pink. The background fabric will be blue. There is no sewing in this illustration only folding.

Press the fold for a nice crease.

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Fold again and press again. Anybody can do this!


Yes, Glue!! I used it - it worked like a charm. Now don't glob on so much that you can't see the background fabric. Just a dab on each seam line corners will do ya! Don't put any on the inside point you want that to be free.

BacktoTop.gif (1013 bytes)If you have a Pin Wheel quilt that you would like to share with others please let us know, we would love to show it.  Send an email to me at

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