Disappearing Pinwheel Quilt Block Tutorial

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Sew a disappearing pinwheel quilt block. Sew it, cut it and sew it again for a new surprise quilt block. Easy and quick!

This quilt block tutorial is a fun one!  It will show you how to take a normal pinwheel quilt block and transform it into something new!

I know it is hard to cut up quilt blocks after we have sewn them, but this disappearing method is fun and you end up with some awesome surprises.  Let’s find out how to do this shall we?

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Materials needed:

  • 2 5 X 5 squares background
  • 2– 5″ X 5″ squares colored
  • rotary cutter & ruler

Disappearing Pinwheel Quilt Block Instructions:

1)  Lay right sides together one background and one colored block

2)  Draw a line on the wrong side of the fabric- corner to corner

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3)  Sew 1/4″ scant seam on either side of the drawn line

4)  Cut on the drawn line and iron.  You will now have 2 half square triangles

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5)  Sew the half square triangles together in a 4 patch arrangement

6)  Cut the block.  You will be cutting 4 times.  Cut on either side of the center seam.  Cut on top and bottom of center seam.  You can determine how wide or skinny you’d like the new pieces to be.  This will give more interest in your new quilt block.

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Here comes the fun part!  Switch up the pieces and try new placements.  You can see below that there are a lot of possibilities!  Don’t forget about that sneaky secondary pattern.  This shows up after you put a few blocks together.  The placement might give you a surprise again!

disappearing pinwheel quilt block tutorial | patchworkposse

As you can see by the shapes, that it closely resembles a monkey wrench quilt block– with a little pinwheel in the center! How fun is that! Or can you see the arrows?  This one is a lot of fun and I hope you give it a try.

Ready to give it a try in a quilt?  This baby sized quilt is the perfect size with 9 extra large quilt blocks. All the blocks are made using the disappearing pinwheel!

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Have you made a disappearing pinwheel quilt block before?  What kind of things did you do with it?


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