There is just something so satisfying about cutting up fabric and sewing it into something new that I will never get tired of! This brand new Patchwork Cakes Pinwheel Quilt Tutorial is perfect if you feel the same way!
This quilt is such a fun and quick one to sew up using the Cut it Up Cakes Template from Nancy’s Notions!
I love the patchwork feel to it and of course the pinwheels! Fun note – this windmill in the photo was my grandpa’s! He was a farmer and so I love that I have this little reminder of him. And it looks so sweet with my pinwheel quilt!
I made up this with a 10″ stacker of Vintage Keepsakes and the Nancy’s Notions template – Cut it Up Cakes. It is so fun for making up creative designs for 10″ stackers/Layer cakes! There are several projects in the book too so you have lots of inspiration for the template.
I don’t use all the squares in the 10″ stacker so you could easily make this quilt larger. Or you could make one for you and one for a friend! How fun would that be?! It goes together so quickly that you’d have a gift in no time!
So let’s get started!
Patchwork Cakes Pinwheel Quilt
Finished Quilt Size: 72″ x 72″
- 1 Vintage Keepsakes 10″ stacker
- Cut It Up Cakes Template and Book – Nancy’s Notions
- Background Fabric – 2 1/2 yards – I used Riley Blake White
- Border Fabric – 1 1/2 yards – I used Vintage Keepsaks Main Pink Fabric
- Backing Fabric – 4 1/2 yards – I used Vintage Keepsakes White Floral
- Binding – 5/8 yard – I used Vintage Keepsakes Red Cross Stitch
- Batting – Queen size or piece 78″ x 78″ to allow extra on sides for quilting
- Optional but helpful – :)
- Rotary cutter, Mat, Binder Clips
Visit Nancy’s Notions for supplies for this project! They have special pricing on a kit so you can find your supplies all in one spot. You can also find a free printable version of the tutorial at Nancy’s Notions.
Pull out the 10″ fabric pieces that you’d like to use for the quilt. You only need 18 squares if you want to keep the patchwork squares pretty similar. I wanted some additional variety and a more “patchwork” look so I used a few more squares and reserved the ones I didn’t use in this quilt to make a second quilt for a friend.
Make a stack of two or three of your squares. Using one side of the template, cut the stackers in half, then in half again. You should have 72 5″ squares.
Sew together the 5″ squares in sets of two. Mix and match your fabrics so you have different colors together and a good variety. Press the seam towards the darker fabric.
From your background fabric, cut 18 5″ x 9 1/2″ pieces.
Place a background piece to the left of a patchwork set and sew together to make a 9 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ square. Press the seam towards the patchwork piece.
Once that center seam is sewn, place the Cut it Up Cakes template on top of the block, lining up the center vertical and horizontal seams of the block with the template. This is important so your pinwheel squares line up correctly.
Place your rotary blade in the opening on the template on the bottom right and cut the block apart using the groove on the template. Hold the template steady so it doesn’t shift as you cut or you’ll have wonky pinwheels and be sad.
For each large pinwheel block you’ll need four of the section of the right (with most of the patchwork squares) and for the small pinwheel block you’ll need four of the left side (mostly background and part of one print square). You’ll have extra small pinwheel sections left over as well. You could use these for a pillow or table runner!
Put together four of the large pinwheel sections to create a pinwheel block as shown. Match up seams and square points. Your block should be 12 1/2″ square.
Create nine of these large pinwheel blocks.
For the smaller pinwheel blocks, lay the edge of template over the block and cut the background corner off to create a half square triangle. Repeat for 16 of the small pinwheel blocks.
Using four of the small pinweel blocks, create a small pinwheel block. Match up seams and corners when you sew. This block should be 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″.
Create four small pinwheel blocks.
Now we can start assembling rows!!
Cut your background fabric into 12 – 8 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ pieces. Create three large pinwheel rows. For each row sew together a large pinwheel, a background piece (match the 12 1/2″ sides of the background piece with the block sides), a large pinwheel block, a background piece and a large pinwheel block. Press the seams towards the background blocks.
Sew together your small pinwheel rows next – make two of these. You will be matching the 8 1/2″ sides of the background pieces with the 8 1/2″ block sides. Sew together a background piece, a small pinwheel block, a background piece, a small pinwheel block and a background piece.Press the seams towards the background pieces.
Sew together your rows to make the quilt center in this order – a large pinwheel row, small pinwheel row, large pinwheel row, small pinwheel row and a large pinwheel row. Nest your seams together and press the row seams all one direction.
Cut your remaining background fabric into 1 1/2″ strips. Create the small background border Sew together the strips and sew these to the quilt on the two sides, then the top and bottom.
Cut your border fabric into 5″ x width of fabric strips. Sew the strips together to create your outer border. Sew the border to the left and right sides, then the top and bottom.
Quilt and bind your quilt to finish it off! Mine was quilted by Julie Williams Quilting.
I love how simple this quilt is but also how great it shows off those pretty pinwheels! I love the backing too! I used the Vintage Keepsakes floral and it gives it such a light, pretty look. So perfect for Spring and Summer!
I can’t wait to see your versions of the Patchwork Cakes Pinwheel Quilt! Make sure you tag me and Nancy’s Notions on Instagram and Facebook when you share your photos!
I’m partnering with Nancy’s Notions in a giveaway for the Patchwork Cakes Quilt Kit!!
Enter in the section below to win the following:
- A Vintage Keepsakes 10″ Stacker
- A copy of the Cut It Up Cakes Template and book
- An Olfa Splash Rotary Cutter
- Set of Binder Clips
Giveaway is open to US entries only.