Di­a­mond Pin­wheels

Make bright and happy pin­wheels in your fa­vorite fab­rics for a quilt that will please any­one. Whether it’s gifted or used in your home, you’re sure to get lots of com­pli­ments.

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CUT­TING

From gold tonal: • Cut 1 (103/4") A square. From red, green, blue & coral tonals: • Cut 1 (103/4" by fab­ric width) strip each fab­ric. Sub­cut each strip into 2 (103/4")

A squares. From rasp­berry red tonal: • Cut 1 (611/2" by fab­ric width) strip. Along length of fab­ric, sub­cut strip into 2 (21/2" x 611/2") J strips, 8 (21/4" x 611/2") strips, 2 (21/2" x 391/2") I strips and 4 (21/2") H squares. Set aside 5 (21/4"-wide) strips for bind­ing. Sub­cut the re­main­ing 3 (21/4"-wide)

strips into 60 (21/4") C squares. From white solid: • Cut 3 (103/4" by fab­ric width) strips.

Sub­cut strips into 9 (103/4") B squares. • Cut 1 (751/2" by fab­ric width) strip. Re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 1, sub­cut strip into 2 (51/2" x 751/2") M strips, 2 (51/2" x 431/2") L strips and 4 (21/2" x 311/2") E strips. Cut re­main­der of strip into

7 (21/2" x 751/2") strips. Sub­cut strips into 10 (21/2" x 91/2") D strips, 4 (21/2") K squares, 2 (21/2" x 351/2") G strips, 4 (21/2" x 571/2") F strips and 2 (21/2" x 311/2") E strips (to to­tal 6 E strips).

COM­PLET­ING THE A- B UNITS

1. Mark a line from cor­ner to cor­ner on both di­ag­o­nals on the wrong side of each B square as shown in Fig­ure 2.

2. Layer a B square right sides to­gether with an A square and stitch 1/4" from each side of the marked lines as shown in Fig­ure 3.

3. Cut the stitched squares in half (53/8") through the hor­i­zon­tal and ver­ti­cal cen­ters as shown in Fig­ure 4. Cut on the marked di­ag­o­nal lines, again re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 4.

4. Press each unit open with the seam to­ward A to make a to­tal of eight A-B units as shown in Fig­ure 5.

5. Re­peat steps 2–4 with all A and B squares.

6. Cen­ter the di­ag­o­nal seams and trim the A-B units to 5" square if nec­es­sary. Set aside four each gold, blue and coral A-B units for an­other project.

COM­PLET­ING THE BLOCKS

1. Mark a di­ag­o­nal line from cor­ner to cor­ner on each C square.

2. Select one A-B unit and one marked C square.

3. Place the C square on the lower right cor­ner of the A-B unit with A in the up­per right half and stitch on the marked line as shown in Fig­ure 6.

4. Trim ex­cess seam al­lowance to 1/4" and press C to the right side to com­plete one A-B-C unit as shown in Fig­ure 7.

5. Re­peat steps 2–4 with all A-B units to make a to­tal of 60 A-B-C units.

6. To com­plete one Di­a­mond Pin­wheel block, select four match­ing A-B-C units. 7. Join two A-B-C units to make a row as shown in Fig­ure 8; press. Re­peat.

8. Join the two rows to com­plete one Di­a­mond Pin­wheel block as shown in Fig­ure 9.

9. Re­peat steps 6–8 to com­plete one gold, three each blue and coral, and four each red and green Di­a­mond Pin­wheel blocks.

COM­PLET­ING THE QUILT

Re­fer to the As­sem­bly Di­a­gram as needed for con­struc­tion steps.

1. Ar­range the blocks in five rows of three blocks each, plac­ing blocks to form same­color di­ag­o­nal de­signs in the pieced cen­ter.

2. Select and join blocks for row 1 with two D strips to com­plete the row; press.

3. Re­peat step 2 with re­main­ing rows.

4. Join the rows with E strips, be­gin­ning and end­ing with E strips; press.

5. Sew an F strip to op­po­site long sides to com­plete the pieced cen­ter; press.

6. Sew G strips to the top and bot­tom of the pieced cen­ter; press. Sew an H square to each end of each re­main­ing F strip; press. Sew these strips to op­po­site long sides of the pieced cen­ter; press.

7. Sew I strips to the top and bot­tom of the pieced cen­ter; press. Sew a K square to each end of each J strip; press. Sew these strips to op­po­site long sides of the pieced cen­ter; press.

8. Sew L strips to the top and bot­tom, and M strips to op­po­site long sides of the pieced cen­ter to com­plete the quilt top; press.

9. Cre­ate a quilt sand­wich re­fer­ring to Quilt­ing Ba­sics on page 94. 10. Quilt as de­sired. 11. Bind edges re­fer­ring to Quilt­ing Ba­sics on page 94 to fin­ish.

Fig­ure 1

Di­a­mond Pin­wheel 9" x 9" Fin­ished Block Make 1 gold, 3 each blue & coral, & 4 each red & green

Fig­ure 3

Fig­ure 2

Di­a­mond Pin­wheels As­sem­bly Di­a­gram 53" x 75"

Di­a­mond Pin­wheels Quilt­ing Di­a­gram

Fig­ure 9

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