Lap Quilt with Pinwheel Blocks



How to make a Lap Quilt with Pinwheel Blocks using fabric from
the Blossom in Rich Blue collection by Fabric Freedom

Finished size of lap quilt approximately 43 inches square
Designed by Sally Ablett for Fabric Freedom plus instructions from Fabric Freedom
- subsequently revised by The Tabbycat


Lap quilts are always useful to have to hand and this design made up of pinwheel blocks uses fabrics from the Blossom collection by Fabric Freedom. There are three super colourways in the Blossom collection and for this example we have chosen the Rich Blue which includes turquoise, blush and blue along with the rich blue main floral. These instructions work equally well with the other two colourway options.

For the quilt top and binding you will need:

1. Flowers on Rich Blue FX19/2 60cm/ ¾ yard *
2. Motif daisy circles - Turquoise FX20/2 60cm/ ¾ yard *
3. Ivory flowerheads FX21/2 50cm/ ⅝ yard *
4. Blush leaves FX22/2 50cm/ ⅝ yard *
5. Whipped Cream - plain K35-02 1.10mtr/ 1.¼ yards *
6. Irregular squares - blue FX23/2 60cm/ ¾ yard *
* Fabric was calculated in metres with the imperial measurement added to be sufficient to cover the metric quantity.

To complete quilt:
Wadding, backing fabric and threads.

Please read through instructions before you start.
Stitch scant 1/4 inch seams throughout and press as you go.
TIP: Try to get the points matching to create the best pinwheel effect.
WOF = width of fabric. In this case it is approximately 42-44 inches.

CUT:
From Fabric 1. Cut four WOF strips at 4.7/8 inches and from these strips slice across at 4.7/8 inch intervals until you have twenty-six squares. You should get 8 squares out of each strip.

From Fabric 2. Cut seven strips at 2.3/4 inches WOF.

From Fabric 3. Cut three strips WOF at 4.7/8 inches. From these strips slice across at 4.7/8 inch intervals to create twenty-four squares. You should get 8 squares out of each strip.

From Fabric 4. Cut six strips WOF at 2.3/4 inches.

From Fabric 5. Cut thirteen strips WOF at 2.3/4 inches. Note: This will give you the easiest way of making the triangles.

From Fabric 6. For border and binding.

Cut four strips WOF at 2 inches for the border.
Cut five strips WOF at 2.1/2 inches for the double binding.

TIP: Keep the border and binding strips separated from each other to avoid a mix up!

TO MAKE:

There are two different pinwheel blocks. You will need to make thirteen of Block One and just twelve of Block Two. Before joining the blocks together they should be 8.1/2 inches across (which includes the seam allowances). They will be 8 inches when finished.

BLOCK ONE
Cut Fabric 1. squares in half across the diagonal to make two triangles from each square. You will need 52 triangles.

Sew one strip of Fabric 2 to one strip of Fabric 5 along the long side of the strips making them into one long WOF strip. Repeat this using the remaining Fabric 2 strips (with Fabric 5) and slice across them at 4.7/8 inch intervals to make 52 squares. With Fabric 2 at the bottom cut from bottom right to top left diagonally and for this project keep the left hand triangle (one with more turquoise than cream). You will need 52 triangles the same. NOTE: The other half is not needed for this project.

Sew one Fabric 1 triangle to one striped triangle to create a square. Sew four squares together to make one pinwheel block. See Figure 1. Make thirteen blocks.

  1.  Fig 1
  2. Fig 2
  3. Fig 3

BLOCK TWO Lighter in colour - make in the same way as block one.

Cut Fabric 3. Squares in half across the diagonal to make two triangles from each square. You will need 48 triangles.

Sew one strip of Fabric 4 to one strip of Fabric 5 along the long side of the strips making them into one long WOF strip. Repeat this using the remaining Fabric 4 strips (with Fabric 5)and slice across them at 4.7/8 inch intervals to make 48 squares. With Fabric 4 at the bottom cut from bottom right to top left diagonally and for this project keep the left hand triangle (one with more blush than cream). You will need 48 triangles the same.

Sew one Fabric 3 triangle to one striped triangle to create a square. Sew four squares together to make one pinwheel block. See Figure 2. Make twelve blocks.

TO JOIN BLOCKS
Lay out blocks as shown and join into strips of 5. Three should start with Block One and two with Block Two. Alternate the blocks to look at Figure 3. Join to create the square of blocks.

ADD BORDERS to both sides first and then top and bottom which will be across the side borders as well.

TO COMPLETE
When you have made your quilt top you can complete by layering together your backing fabric, wadding and quilt top. Quilt. Recommend binding with a double binding to finish. You may find binding notes from our Summer Quilt project useful which can be found at Summer Quilt

If you would prefer to purchase a kit of the required fabric quantities from the Blossom collection by Fabric Freedom for the quilt top, binding and instructions then we have these available in the 3 different colourways.

Kit - Lap quilt top and binding - Blossom - Grey-Pink-Lime
Kit - Lap quilt top and binding - Blossom - Red
Kit - Lap quilt top and binding - Blossom - Rich Blue