Saturday, August 15, 2015

Finishing the Pinwheel Quilt

Pinwheel Block of the Month

*Originally, I had not planned to put a border on this quilt.  But when it was all pieced together, it seemed to be floating and needed an anchor.  This is why, in my original instructions, the border fabric was not included.  Luckily, I had enough backing fabric to use for the border. *

Finishing Instructions

Trim all the blocks to 12 1/2 inches. 

Using the picture above as a layout guide, sew your blocks together row by row.  Press the seams for each row in opposite directions so they lock when sewing together. Pin well and sew the rows together.  Press.

Fabric Requirements


For borders you will need 3/4 yard of fabric. 

Cut fabric into 7 strips 3 1/2 in.  x WOF.  Piece these strips into:

2 – 61 in. x 3 1/2 in. strips for the sides and

2 – 66 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. strips for the top and bottom.


For binding you will need 1/2 to 2/3 yard of fabric.  (1/2 yard will only give you 1/2 inch to spare, so if you are worried about making a mistake, get 2/3 yard.)

Cut 7 strips 2 1/2 in. x WOF. 

Step 1

Take one 61 in. border strip and pin to quilt right sides together.  (I recommend finding the middle point of both the quilt and border and pin first.  Then, pin the two ends.  That way when pinning the rest of the border, you can ease the fabric, if needed, for a proper fit.)

Sew border onto quilt.  (*hint – When sewing on borders, always sew with the quilt back facing up.  That way, you can check to make sure you are not cutting of any points of your quilt blocks.)

Sew the next 61 in. border strip onto the opposite side.  Press both strips towards the border.

Step 2

With the  66 1/2 in. strips.  Sew the top and bottom border pieces on using the same method.  Press towards the borders.

Your are finished!! Hooray!

Quilt as desired and be sure to send me a picture of your quilt.  I would really love to see what you have done!

Finished Pinwheel Sampler Quilt


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