3-Dimensional Pinwheel Quilt Block

3 dimensional quilt blocks are a lot of fun.  They add a lot of dimension to the quilt and even though they might be a bit confusing to begin with, once you get the hang of it, they are super simple.

This is the 3-D pinwheel quilt  block.  The pinwheel has a bit of a twist though making it a bit more 3-d than others I have seen.

3 d pinwheel quilt block tutorial - learn how to make it! Great for adding dimension to kid quilts.

3 Dimensional Pinwheel Quilt Block

Materials Needed per block:

4 background squares

4 pinwheel squares

1)  Cut 4 background and 4 pinwheel blocks.  The only rule is that they ALL need to be the same size.  I kept mine small so all the blocks were cut to 2″ square.

2)  Fold the pinwheel squares in half diagonally and iron.


3)  Lay the folded triangle on top of the background fabric

4)  Taking one point on the triangle, fold it down and pin in place


5)  Repeat with the other pinwheels.  Pay attention to which point you fold down.  You want to make sure they are the same each time or your pinwheels might spin in the wrong direction.


6)  Lay the block out and sew two together


7)  Sew the sets together to finish the block.  The center seam will be quite bulky.  Especially if you make these small.

When you finish your project though, the quilter won’t be quilting around those bulky centers, so it will be fine.


Using these fun quilt blocks, a wall hanging quilt was designed for the IAQ Quilt Group.  In the center was their home.  They turned out so cute!  Download the pattern in the members area here.

3 d pinwheel quilt block tutorial | patchwork posse | easy sewing projects and free quilt tutorials

Looking for more dimension and fun Quilt Blocks for your quilts?  Check out these:

3-d Flying Geese Quilt Block Tutorial | patchworkposse | easy sewing projects and free quilt patterns

3-d flying geese quilt block

3-D Prairie Point Pinwheel Quilt Block Tutorial | patchworkposse | easy sewing projects and free quilt patterns

3-d Prairie Point Pinwheel quilt block

3-d Bow Tie Quilt Block

Have you made a 3-D quilt block before?  What have you tried?


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  1. Ingrid

    25 June

    Hola! Gracias por compartir este excelente tutorial. Lo voy a poner en práctica. Yo he hecho unos tulipanes tridimensionales y disfruté mucho haciéndolos. Saludos desde Venezuela.

  2. Joyce

    26 June

    You are so extremely talented ! Thank you for this pinwheel block.

  3. Charyl Schaumburg

    3 July

    OMG, Adorable! Just made my first block, love it! Thank you so much for sharing.

  4. Carin

    3 November

    I love this 3-d pinwheel pattern. Thank you for sharing. I’ve incorporated it into a Christmas stocking that I’m making for my granddaughter.


    1 February

    There are other websites with demos about pinwheels in dimension
    that are eye catching. Yours is the Rolls Royce of this 3=D quilting
    because your superioe technique folding the triangles into a precise
    little “BLADE” The current baby quilt layout on my table is now going
    to have a greater pinwheel configuration THANKS to this site. :-}

  6. Jeanne Shipstead

    11 February

    My quilt top is amazing. Now, I need quilting suggestions….

  7. Fran

    11 February

    This 3-d pinwheel is great. You make it look so easy. Thank you.

  8. Becky

    15 February

    you are welcome– and it is pretty simple!

  9. Tanya

    23 March

    What a great idea! Can you tell me what dimensions I would use to make it a 4″ finished block?

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