Quilting Basics: Pinwheels

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Did you learn how to make half-square triangles (HST)?

Well, now it’s time turn our HST into pinwheels. These are so much fun, and can be used in a variety of ways.

We’re going to start like we did with 8-at-a-time HST.

Cut List

  • 1- 5″ x 5″ light fabric
  • 1- 5″ x 5″ dark fabric

Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner and then going the opposite way.

Sew 1/4″ along each side of the penciled line.

Cut down each diagonal line and then down the middle on each side. (See below.)

Press toward dark-colored fabric and trim to 2 1/2″ square.


Now all we have to do is lay out the HST in the right way to make the pinwheel.

Take 4 of the HST and line it up so the diagonals are going toward each corner. Going around in a circle it should be dark, light, dark, light, etc. (See below.)

Next step is to see the two top pieces together and the two bottoms pieces together. Press toward the dark-colored fabric.

Next sew the top to the bottom pieces and press open. Trim to 4 1/2″ square.

And there you have a beautiful pinwheel.

Next week we’re making a different pinwheel. See you then.