Disappearing Pinwheel 3 & 4: Easy Quilting With Layer Cakes!

Disappearing Pinwheel 3 & 4: Easy Quilting With Layer Cakes!


Hi, I’m Jenny from the Missouri Star Quilt
Company. Take a look at this great quilt behind me. Isn’t that fun? This is a “Friendship
Star” and the secondary block is an “Illinois Road” but it’s even better than that–
this is the third installment of the Disappearing Pinwheel. So, we’ve done the Disappearing
Pinwheel “Churndash”, we’ve done the Disappearing Pinwheel “Shoe Fly”, and
now we’re doing the Disappearing Pinwheel “Friendship Star”. And at the… and we’re
also including a fourth way to set it, so hang on to your hats! So, first let’s talk about the Disappearing
Friendship Quilt. So, to make this quilt, you’re going to need one layer cake of color
and one layer cake of solid. I used “Holly Wishes” by Kansas Troubles, but, remember,
any color layer cake will work with this. For the background squares, you know, I love
that they come, the solids come in layer cakes also. So I used a layer cake of Moda “Snow”
for my background color and with those two layer cakes I made two quilts. So this is
going to be really fun. First, we have to make our block, and that
entails us making some half square triangles. So what we’re going to want to do is, we’re
going to want to take a background square and a colored square. We’re going to put
them right sides together. We’re going to sew all the way around the outside edge a
quarter of an inch and just completely enclose that. And so that’s going to be the beginning
of our half square triangles. Then what we’re going to do is, we’re
going to take our ruler and we are going to put it on here end to end. Now, I’ve already
sewn this. So, you can see that I’ve already sewn it. We’re going to put it diagonally
point to point and we’re going to cut it this way and then we’re going to cut it
this way as well, the other way as well. So we’re cutting it on opposite corners, make
sure they stay lined up. This is where one of those rotary mats comes in real handy.
Sometimes I just use the little mat and flip my mat. Alright, so we’ve cut that and now what
we’ve got is, we’ve got four half square triangles right here that are just perfect,
and we need to form those into a pinwheel. So I’m going to press them back, and I just
leave my dark color on top and lift the little piece, and they’ll roll back, and your dark
color will be on the dark side of the quilt. So we’re, again, we’re pressing to the
dark side. So then we’re going to line this up like
a pinwheel, which is going to go like this. And pinwheels go light, dark, light, dark,
light, dark all the way around. And sometimes that helps me, I’m a little bit angle-y
challenged, so it helps me to run through those in my head as I put them out. So then
you have a pinwheel, just like this. And what we’re going to do is sew this together like
a four patch. So let’s go to the sewing machine and do that. I’m going to pick up
both these pieces and stack them together over here, so I can just stitch down the sides. Alright, line them up and stitch a quarter
of an inch. And I like to stitch a few inch– er… a few stitches and then come down to
the bottom and make sure my pieces line up. And then I’m going to do that to that to
this second one as well. Line up my first part, an–, put, I call those, I call those
anchoring stitches, cause you just anchor a little bit and then you come down and check
to make sure that your sides are lined up and you can sew just all the way down it.
And that helps with the little straight seams. So what we’ve got now is two, two halves
of our pinwheel sewn together like this, and we’re going to put it together so that is
forms a complete pinwheel, but I always open and check to make sure that my pinwheel is
still lined up because it’s easier to check than to pick. We don’t want to have to rip
out. So we’re coming over, we’re putting those right sides together, and we’re just
going to sew a quarter of an inch in. And sew all the way down there. Now all these little dog ears that are on
here are these little ears that are popping up, you can trim all those off. And you can
trim those before you sew, that will reduce your bulk a little bit, and then what you’ve
got, you’re going to open this up and you’ll have a perfect little pinwheel, look at that. Alright, we’re going to press that so it
lays nice and flat. And here’s our pinwheel. Once you have your pinwheel finished, what
you’re going to do is you’re going to measure your whole block. You’re going to
divide that by three and you’re going to cut on all four sides. So that’s going to
be, the size of your block is going to be individual to you. They’re generally between
twelve and a half and thirteen inches and you just put the number that your block measures
into your calculator and divide by three and you’ll get exactly the right number to cut.
And then what we do is, we just go ahead and cut this like this on all four sides. So we’re
just going to cut here and cut on all four sides. So I have one here that’s cut and I’m
going to move it up over here. The awesome thing that happens when you cut these big
pinwheels is that you then get a nine patch that is com–, completely moveable. So we’ve
cut this on all four sides. We’ve cut this side, this side, this side, and this side
— all four sides from the center of the block. So now we have nine blocks that are completely
interchangeable. So with our other blocks, we just turned them
where they are and they made this awesome pinwheel, but for this block, what we’re
going to do is, we’re going to move these, take these little stripped ones out of the
picture, like this, and then we’re going to turn these and lay them down. Just roll
them over and lay them down, just like this. And this one. So now we have our “Friendship
Star”. To make the “Illinois Road” block, we’re
going to pick up our two stitched pieces and we’re going to put them, this one is going
to go like this. They kind of rotate around in a circle. So this one goes across here,
this one goes across here, and then this one goes down here, like this. So we go up, over,
down, and over, just like that. And that makes this block behind us, right here. You can
see the green. It also makes a block that looks just like this. When you put these together then, they automatically
rotate and you get your “Illinois Road” here as a secondary block, right here. So
this is going to come together as an “Illinois Road”. You can see that here where these,
these little pieces come together like this and it makes that “Illinois Road”. So once you get all your pieces turned how
you want them, you’re going to sew this together in rows. So you’re going to sew
this row and this row and this row. Then you’ll sew the rows together and you’ll get a block
that looks like this. And this quilt right here, I used twenty blocks on that. So I used
four across the top by five down and it makes a quilt that is about si–, fifty- five by
sixty-five and so it’s a good sized little quilt. But wait, there’s more. With a little twist
of these blocks, you get a whole new look. So what we’re going to do is, we’re going
to these blocks and we’re going to leave our friendship star intact, but we’re going
to turn these, these side bars like this and I run them off the ends of the half square
triangles like this, I’m going to get a “Whirly Gig” block. How cute is that?
It’s adorable and look how it makes up in a quilt. Isn’t that beautiful? I mean, it
just comes together so easily. Now we’re going to set this block together
just like we set all of our other nine patch blocks. We’re going to sew them together
in rows. So we’re going to sew these two to this center one, these two to this center
one, and these two to this one, then we’re going to bring our rows together, and we are
going to have a darling block. Now, this quilt right here is five blocks across by four rows
down. So it’s… you use twenty blocks to make it and it’s going to end up being fifty-five
by sixty-five also, and it just makes a beautiful quilt. So how cool is this? We’ve made two quilts
with our layer cakes. This is the “Disappearing Pinwheel 3”, this is the “Disappearing
Pinwheel 4”. You just change the setting up a little bit and you get a whole different
look. So, for the border fabric on both of these, you’re only going to need about two
yards of the outer border and about two yards of the inner border, and that will do both
quilts. So we hope you enjoyed this tutorial on “Disappearing Pinwheel 3” and “Disappearing
Pinwheel 4” from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

100 thoughts on “Disappearing Pinwheel 3 & 4: Easy Quilting With Layer Cakes!

  1. I really wanted to make a quilt using this method, and while I liked the pinwheel in the middle, neither churn dash nor the shoo fly versions were quite whimsical enough for me.  I think the Whirlygig one is a winner.  Thanks!

  2. Holy Cow, My bucket list is getting longer and longer for making quilts. I should have started much younger!!!
    Jenny I am trying to make a wallet from a pattern I got from your store and having some issues. Talk about shapes challenged. I can not see the "big picture"!  It is the This and That, Koin Keeper. At the moment I am stuck on the zipper. I looked online for a tutorial from the people who made this pattern and can't find one. I love the tutorials. Helps so much because I have no friends that I can ask, "HOW?"! could you do a tutorial please? 

  3. Is this quilt in one of those magazine/books you publish?

     It is beautiful.  I am definitely going to have to make this one i batiks – yellow background bright colors for solids

  4. OMG this is amazing, `i can't wait to try it, Jenny you are fantastic and make it all look so easy, Love your tutorials, they feed my addiction for quilting. Cant wait for next weeks one, thanks you x

  5. Excellent!! But wait…there's more…Jenny, you must have found the fountain of youth, because I swear you look younger!

  6. I was wondering if you could film a tutorial showing how to make the Christian Cross block using jelly roll strips? You can find Elinor Burns' tutorial here on YouTube, but surely there is a way to do it with precuts! Without your easy approach and awesome tips/tricks I would have never worked up the courage to try quilting!

  7. I love these variations and watch your tutorials without fail BUT I would love to have something I could download and put in my pattern reference notebook.  Is there anywhere I can get any written info on these blocks?

  8. I absolutely love both of these! Can't decide which one I would like to do next, so I guess I'll do them both!

  9. Amo assistir suas aulas mais se a legenda pudesse ser traduzida para o português do Brasil nós brasileiras com certeza tiraríamos mais proveito.É só uma sugestão.bjssssss

  10. Jenny you always have good Ideas and I have made a few of you quilts I don't mean to be mean but just lastly you sound like you are in a tunnel you have a ecco when you are doing your tuts just thought you might like to know this thanks for every thing you for us June from IA

  11. What a loveley quilt  you are showing, and it was a pleasure to meet you at the quiltshow in Chicago.

    Happy quilting, Ria ;0))

  12. Absolutely beautiful!
    Anyone know what she is talking about when she is talking about cake? I am a self taught scrappy quilter, not familiar with this term.

  13. I love your videos but your new sound system is really bad. It sounds like you're in a gymnasium. Annoying. Hard to listen to it.

  14. Hi jenny. Have you lost weight? Is everything OK? I love your demos and look forward to them all. They are one my favorites.

  15. I LOVE the technique in the beginning – to sew around the edges of the square and then cut (4) HST from it..Two questions: do you worry about the bias edges that result from that technique and how much do you need to "add" to get a certain size of (4) HSTs? Thanks.

  16. gosto muito da técnica do cata-vento e passada desta forma com recortes internos na  vertical e horizontal,ficou maravilhoso. Adorei !

  17. Jenny – Another winner!  Cannot thank you enough for all the great ideas you bring to us quilters.  My only complaint is that I need to find more time to make quilts from all your ideas.  Just got my "Starlight, starbright" quilt back from my longarm quilter last night.  I made it from a bunch of tropical floral charm squares I had in my stash and absolutely love it.  I hope you know how much we appreciate the great ideas you share with us.  You are a star with every quilter I know.  Thanks for all you share with us.

  18. Thank you for all the tutorials. I love them! I think that I am going to make the whirly gig one because it looks so fun. Wanted to say thanks for the magic show also, mind blowing how you changed out those quilts while you were talking. Amazing! 😉

  19. me encanto el trabajo pero no consigo entender las medidas que toma para hacer los cortes! alguien me lo puede decir por favor! ademas, desearia saber donde puedo encontrar los patrones de todos los trabajos con medidas exactas. Muchas Gracias!

  20. this is so inspiring. never thought i could or would excel past just a plain 9 patch but with your tutorial i believe i can successfully venture to the more "complicated" patterns. TY for sharing.

  21. gostaria da medida dos quadrados principais e depois a medida do recorte….. nao falo ingles…… só acompanho o pap

  22. I love all your quilts Jenny.  What about a book?  I would so love to have a book of your exquisite and easy designs.  

  23. Had to come back to watch this video again.  I just love the whirlygig style and can't get it out of my brain!  Now I just need to figure out how much fabric I need to make an oversized Queen quilt.  Thanks once again for a fantastic video Jenny!

  24. Struggling with this.  I bought two Moda layer cakes (from you!) and tried one block today.  When I made the first cuts to get the half-square triangles, the squares were not all the same size. I tried my best to sew a consistently sized seam all the way around, and I cut from the corner of the seam to corner of the seam, but the squares were off by a quarter of an inch in size.  I continued anyway just to see what would happen, but it was difficult to sew the 9.  I measured the pinwheel square, divided in third, but since the sides of the pinwheel weren't straight (because the the problem with the half-square triangles) the 9 squares weren't all the same size either.

    How do I get equal sized half-sqare trangles, and after the first cut, everything is on the bias and that seems difficult to work with.  Do you have an recommendations?  

  25. I have been SEW busy but I finally had time today to look at this.  Jenny, you are the greatest.  I love this block and I am going to make 5 pillow covers with this block since that is my next project.  Swastika or not, I love it!  Thank you!  I am also enjoying your magazine, BLOCK.  Love your porch story, reminded me of my grandma & grandpa back in the 50's in Indiana.  Oh how I love the Victorian homes.  God bless you for sharing.  You have a beautiful family too ♥

  26. Jenny, you are the queen of half-square triangles!!!  I love your technique.  It's the base for so many quilt designs.  

  27. Do you have an instruction sheet for these blocks?  I printed the others for the disappearing blocks.  Would appreciate a written sheet.   Thank you.

  28. Love, love, love.  My friend and I spent today together making some of these blocks.  That was so much fun.  Thank you Jenny.

  29. I just finished #4 top…Super King size…100 inches square including an 8 inch border..Black base with rich, vibrant blues, greens and purples….Looks good even if I do say so myself..thanks for the inspiration.:)

  30. I have been inspired very much observing these vedioes. one can be mad of stiching studying these vedioes. thank u very much.

  31. I have a 12 1/2 inch square so I wondered if that will be good to cut all my material from I am making it for a special person for Christmas

  32. I love the disappearing pinwheel ,there are so many ways to assembling it I am getting ready to use this pattern.Can't wait to get started I just finished making the bordered prewinkle It made a beautiful quilt

  33. Hi Jenny  I live in Australia, on the Sth East Coast  and I have been quilting for 4/5  years.  Your Tutorials have been a source of great joy and illumination for me  and I am a little addicted to them running back to the sewing machine  and back to you . Please  keep on making more disappearing blocks They are wonderful!!!!!!!!!  Lynn

  34. These will make amazing Christmas gifts. Who would have thought you could get so many variations from a pin wheel. Thanks Jenny you're an amazing tutor and as I am a visual learning I think I'll manage these quite well. Thanks again.

  35. I am making these pinwheels but have had a lot of trouble with these squares in cutting them and I am wondering if I got precut fabric if they wouldn't work better….I have used my fabric for a lot of your tutorials …the disappearing hour glasses , the four season, the nine and four patches and have not had the trouble i have had with this block ….so I have decided not to make the disappearing pinwheel #4 and just doing a pinwheel because I have had to re cut and re size several times …..

  36. when I make a block that has cut pieces like this one does. I make the pinwheel, do the math , then take freezer tape and sort of tape , on the wrong side, and tape it to where it can be moved and not lose any small pieces.

  37. I love these tutorials Jenny, you are an inspiration! I've begun my third quilt watching these, I did the big star block, for my grandson, and for my son I did the dissapearing star block I used his favorite football team material and colors, it turned out great,Im now doing the dissapearing pinwheel using rich colors and I love it thank you!

  38. This may be one of my favorite tutorials. Love how easy it is to make blocks that look so much harder. Jenny comes up with such great ideas and is a hoot to boot!!

  39. OMG 😲‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️that's so beautiful 😍 and with just a quick change you get something else 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👌👍

  40. hi Jenny. ur tutorials r very easy. I v tried patterns which otherwise I would hv never attempted. tks a million. happy quilting.

  41. I am almost done with my curved log cabin. I will try reversible and quilting each block. I just made the whirlygig version in softer colors than the front, but coordinated. This is beautiful! I used graygreen and grayblue. Sometimes it looks like gray and green. Sometimes it looks like gray and blue. Your videos are so easy to follow, it all seems easy. Thank you.

  42. Love, love, LOVE the fourth one!!! So totally going to do that one just for the Worley secondary block it makes!!!

  43. What a gorgeous pattern, I love it! It is so amazing how many different patterns can be created using one simple base..you are an inspiration to all crafters, Jenny!

  44. Love these. I'm more a fan of all over designs and #4 is my favorite "disappearing pinwheel"…at least so far! 😀 Thank you very much!

  45. Just so clever.Im going to try all four.Might need therapy after but it’s going to be worth it.Thankyou. Kay Wray West Aust .xxx

  46. I thought there was too much time spent watching the sewing. I would have liked to have seen the cutting of the block. Great video though.

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