Disappearing Pinwheel Part 2 – The Churn Dash Pinwheel Quilt

Disappearing Pinwheel Part 2 – The Churn Dash Pinwheel Quilt


Hi, I’m Jenny from the Missouri Star Quilt
Company and I’m here to show you another variation on the Disappearing Pinwheel. This
is such a fun block. You’ve heard about the Disappearing Nine Patch, you’ve heard
about the Disappearing Four Patch, and now we have the Disappearing Pinwheel and this
is such a versatile block, so many ways to set it. So, this little quilt behind me is
55” by 65” and I made it using one layer cake. This layer cake right here: Muslin Mates.
Now, it looks like a white layer cake, but when you dig into it, it’s got all these
blacks and tans and really interesting colors. So, I was really anxious to see how it would
work up with this pattern. So, what I did was I went ahead and separated
out my layer cake because when you’re dealing with things that you know you want to have
some contrast on, and there’s not going to be a ton of contrast, like on this one
where it’s beige and white, you want to make sure that you have all your whites used
up with your beiges and your blacks with your whiter, lighter colors so that they all stand
out. So they all have some. So I went ahead and pulled mine out and matched them up from
the layer cake. So then what you’re going to do is, you’re going to take two squares
and you’re going to sew them together a quarter of an inch all the way around the
outside. This is just how we’re doing the pinwheel. We’ve got to make our pinwheel
before it disappears, we’ve got to actually make it. So we’ve sewn this one a quarter
of an inch all the way around and now we’re going to cut it diagonally both directions
so we can make a pinwheel. And we just line up our ruler from corner to corner on the,
point to point on the corners. Give it a cut. Make sure it stays together. Then we’re
going to come over here and line this one up corner to corner and give it a cut. This
will give us four, half-square triangles. The half-square triangles, then we’re going
to go ahead and press open. And I like to just lay them on my ironing board with the
dark up because I want to press them to the dark side. We’re going to the dark side. So here we go. We’re just going to press
those and roll them back. Oh, and you can see that the fabric that I used is the same
fabric that’s on my ironing mat. There is a cool tutorial on how to make this, this
little ironing pad if you ever want to make that online too. So you can check that out
as well. Then you could put any fabric on there that you’d like. Alright, so now we need to put together our
pinwheel and we’re going to put these together so that, so that every other square, every
other half square has color and not, like this. So it makes the pinwheel. There, one
more time, there we go. Then what we’re going to do is we’re going to sew this together,
right here and right here. And when we get these two pieces sewn together then we’ll
sew our two rows together like this. And then we’ll have our finished pinwheel. So right
here is our finished pinwheel. Now what we’re trying to do with this block,
this disappearing pinwheel block, is we’re trying to divide this block into three equal
segments. So you’re going to take the overall measurement of your block, and mine ends up
being 12 ½, and I’m going to divide that into three so… because I want all my pieces
to be identical. So then I’m going to come out from the middle and I’m going to make
the same exact cuts on all four sides and mine works out to 2 ⅛. And I’m going to
go ahead and cut it on all four sides, like this. You don’t want to move your pinwheel,
so you can use a small, a smaller mat that you can turn, or you can use a rotating mat.
I’m just using a small mat here that I can turn. And, again, I’m coming out, I’m
coming out for my measurement. It’s 2 ⅛ from the middle. That will give me three pieces
that are the same size. Actually, actually nine pieces. What we’re working on, we’re
making nine squares so that we can sew them all back together — nine squares that are
the same size. We want, we want to be able to swap them around. Alright, so now we have
this awesome pinwheel right here that’s cut on all four sides. So now what we’re going to do is, we’re
going to take these ones with the two stripes, and we’re going to put them so they face
the pinwheel. Alright, so we’re going to turn all of these to the center and then all
our little side pieces we’re also going to point to the center, just like this. And
look what you get! You get a churn dash block or a monkey wrench block with a pinwheel in
the center. You didn’t have to cut any of the pieces. Isn’t that awesome? I mean,
it just looks so cool. Now the other thing you do is you can flip this completely around
and you can make it where the white makes the pinwheel color. There are so many things
you can do with this block. It’s really, really fun. So, here is the other way. Isn’t
that amazing? So cool! So then when we go to sew this together, we’re
just going to sew rows of three and then sew our rows together. So, I want to make this
a black pinwheel, so I’m going to go ahead and turn this right back around, put my darks
toward the centers, just like this. Just like that, all from a pinwheel block. I just think
this is so cool. And then we’re going to take these and I’m just going to take this
row and go over to the sewing machine and sew them together. I’m going to make sure
that my, my dark piece is pointing toward the bottom of my triangle so that it, it stays
close to the center. And that row is ready to go. And then I’m just going to sew the
rest of these together and I’ll meet you right back here. So now we have all three of these rows sewn
together and we need to press them. These outer ones, I’m going to press in and this
inner one, this middle one right here, I’m going to press out and that will help the
rows lay together really nicely when we put our block together. So, I’m just going to
go ahead and roll these back and press these out, like this. Make sure that they’re out
of both sides, flip them over, make sure your seams lay nice and flat, and then this will
nest really nicely together. Alright, so now we just have to put our block together. We’re
going to lay these right on top of each other. We’re going to make sure that these nest
up here really nice here and they are feeling like they are going together just perfectly. So, I’m going to sew this together, again,
a quarter of an inch seam — that’s what we use in quilting. I’m going to make sure
that my seam is lined up. I can feel, I can feel it with my finger that it is nested in
there really nice. And then I’m just going to add that bottom row on over here, so let
me grab that, and I’m going to make sure these seams are going opposite directions,
nested in, like that, and just start sewing. I kind of like to do a little anchoring stitch
and then I just let it sew and make sure it’s all lined up. Alright, so now let’s see what we got. Hey,
we did good! Let’s iron it out. Nice and pressed, shot of steam, and we have our finished
block. So, when you get your block finished, this is what you get. Isn’t that darling?
And just from a pinwheel that you’ve cut on all four sides. So to lay out this quilt,
I just lay mine and sewed them together light, dark, light, dark in rows, like this. You
can see on the quilt behind me, I have four across and five down. I also added about a
five inch border on here to go all the way around, and it ends up finishing about 55’
by 65” just from this one layer cake. So, we hope you enjoyed this tutorial on the Churn
Dash Pinwheel block, another variation of the Disappearing Pinwheel from the Missouri
Star Quilt Company.

100 thoughts on “Disappearing Pinwheel Part 2 – The Churn Dash Pinwheel Quilt

  1. Wow. Love the charm pack you used and some of the subtle contrasts with the beige churn dash on the white. This is beautiful! Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration.

  2. I just love your tutorials. They always motivate me to shop at your store heehee, which by the way is absolutely wonderful and great customer service.. Tfs..

  3. That block is so cool.  I have been making the disappearing pinwheel quilt from the other video and accidentally sewed a churn dash block together and thought "wow" this would make another nice quilt, so I'm really happy to see this tutorial.  When I get the first one done I will make another one like this.  Keep up the great video's, everyone loves them and thanks so much for giving us these great video's.
    Janet

  4. Thank you SO much for sharing your BRILLIANT ideas with the rest of us quilt nuts!  You are purely a wonderful woman to wake up to almost every morning with your many ways of different & easy blocks!  CHEERS to YOU today!

  5. this looks great as usual and you always use such nice fabric. Could you possibly persuade the US mail to charge less as many of your fabrics are not available in Scotland. Thanks for all the tutorials they are inspiring.

  6. Love it!!  You are so inspirational!!  Wonder if this would work for charm packs as well for a smaller quilt, perhaps a baby quilt?

  7. Love both of the disappearing pinwheel quilts.  If you do another one, can you spend more time on the math for how far from the center you place your cuts?  Brain is stuck on that point……. Ok while typing this comment I figured it out if your block turned out to be 12" but I'm still confused about blocks that aren't a whole number.

  8. Super cute.  I wonder how this looks if you set the blocks on point.  Time to break out the colored pencils.  I think this might be a good quilt for the silent movies layer cake – perhaps with some whites mixed in.

  9. Jenny, I loved this tutorial!  I had never thought of making a quilt with this type of block before, but now that I've seen it, I really like it!

    Is it possible to have the camera zoom in on the featured quilt after the tutorial is complete so we can also see the lovely quilting stitches that were used?

  10. Your are amazing… Thanks for another quickie.  Thinking about using my stash and making 12" blocks and seeing what happens using lots of colors and a neutral color.

  11. I found that if I spray starched the 10" blocks before I started cutting it helped since you will be dealing with bias edges once you cut it apart.  Love the quilt and the concept is so easy! 

  12. Oh, my goodness.  This is absolutely wonderful.  I was already planning the first disappearing pinwheel and now I must choose another round of fabrics.  I think a thank you is in order, but I truly wish you would stop being so creative for a while.

  13. Where is your store? Hamilton, yes. but the address?  I drive this country a lot and would love to stop in and say Howdy 🙂
    These tutorials are the reason I've begun my first quilt – I can't thank you enough for your patience with us beginners 🙂

  14. I too have trouble with the math..2 1/8 plus 2 1/8 would leave you with a 4 1/4 centre block and then the other two blocks are 4 1/8 in order to have a 12 1/2 block that you say you have..will this make any difference for all the blocks

  15. I just love your tutorials, I can watch them over and over and I usually like to have them on when I am quilting. You make everything look so easy. Thanks so much.

  16. Thank you, Jenny!  Watched your tutorials for the  Disappearing Pinwheel blocks and made both the Shoe Fly and the Churn Dash block today!  So easy & fun!  Thanks for sharing them!

  17. Hi Jenny. Just had a go at this and what a disaster. If you get don't get that middle measurement right then you get a very wonky block. I think I need to keep practising because I absolutely love this block ♥

  18. Is there a way of figuring out what size a block will turn out?  I would like to make some of these for a quilt that needs a 12 inch block..

  19. Oh thanks so much for the Part 2 video! Loved seeing the quilting that was done on this really cool quilt! I really need to make this quilt 🙂

  20. I would like to know if you can so a video of block #1 in this link
    http://materialgirlquilts.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/w-i-p-wednesday-1-8-14/

  21. love your videos. Watch them over and over. Also I love your taste in fabrics there all so beautiful.  I can never decide which ones to buy, Hugs Jenny, All that watch you love what you do. Keep up the good work. So easy to understand.

  22. Ya'll are so clever!!!  Thank you again for another inspiring video and for keeping my creative juices flowing!!!

  23. Your tutorials are the BEST. I am a newbie to quilting and you make to "sew" easy to do versus some of the other tutorials

  24. Jenny, thanks so much for sharing and teaching the things you learn!!  Its wonderful, and I enjoy  it so much.  I have made several of these different things that you share~

  25. I love the tutorial, but the fact the block has bias all around  (I only figured that out after making one block) puts me off making more this way. I'll try one by doing step one (making the pinwheel) by sewing diagonal.

  26. I love Missouri Quilt Co.! I'm on my last row of making this quilt. I've been a quilter for a long time and I have found this one challenging. I couldn't keep the blocks uniform within themselves. I even bought a new ruler so I could see the measurements clearly. lol I have had to measure, adjust, fudge, etc. to even things out, and now that I'm almost finished I think I've got the hang of it. Isn't that the way of it? Anyway, I think it's going to be beautiful if I do say so myself. Even with the difficulties it's been fun. I love puzzles and that's what being a quilter is all about. Putting the puzzle together. Thanks Jenny!

  27. Please, please start putting charts (like you did for the "Irish Chain") in all the videos. Or just in the area ^ up there. It would be so much easier to know how many layer cake for a queen, twin and king quilt or charms or jelly rolls needed. When I did the "Irish Chain" quilt it was so very nice to know how much fabric and what kind of pre-cuts. When you just say them on the video I either miss it or can't find it again. Thank you for all you do. Because of your videos I have become a quilter 😀

  28. Greetings from England, Jenny.  I love your tutorials and have just come across this one.  It's terrific and so simple!  Thank you for making it all look easy and for giving a novice like me the confidence to try it out for myself! xx

  29. I have to chime in here…I started this quilt yesterday and I found that I was having the same issue as a lot of others on here. So after some trial and error, my blocks are looking great. Though this tutorial makes the quilt seem super simple, there are a few notes that are important to keep in mind. 1. Jenny is a professional quilter, she does this for a living. 2. Accuracy is key. If you cannot get everything 100% accurate, you can still make the quilt by trimming as you go. 3. The pinwheel section that is the basis of this block is very important to take your time on. If you are sewing all the way around your block and it does not lay flat, cutting it will NOT make 4 equal blocks. Also, if you are not accurately cutting from corner to corner, you will NOT make 4 equal block. You will have to trim. WHAT WORKED: I sewed around all my blocks, cut from corner to corner, and then trimmed 2 sides of the each of the 4 blocks to ensure my centers matched up. I sewed all the blocks together and then I trimmed each complete block to 12".   Each square can now be cut at 4" increments around as the video shows in order to form the perfect pinwheel in a churn dash block. The 4" measurement will make cutting this block up easier for those that are having a hard time dividing the block in to 3 segments.

  30. Love this one, too! (just watched Disappearing Pinwheel Part 1)
    The disappearing pinwheel is so versatile.
    I just received my first issue of BLOCK magazine, which is awesome, and I decided to review this tutorial after seeing it in the magazine.
    Thanks, Jenny!

  31. Love this I am thinking about combining the two quilt blocks. Love my issue of Block the patterns are great. Just wanted to get a visual double check.

  32. Fantastic as usual. Do you have a fast way to make a wedding ring quilt. I love the one  that is on the right of the tutorial.

  33. Thanks again, Jenny. Such an inspirational idea.
    Will be using both variations in future.
    Cheers, Chris

  34. Jenny, your tutorials are all the greatest. I look forward to each and every one. Thank you.this tops all of them.

  35. coooooooool! Thank you Jenny! I made one with a color sashing. I mean I used a printed fabrick as background. It looks really cool.  I have to quilt the blanket now wit my normal sewing machine. Then  it is ready! I would like to show it to you! Nice regards from Germany. You are so great!! Thank you!

  36. Making a Love Notes quilt – its been days of cutting, sewing, ironing …. not quick for me!  but the end results is very exciting.  See on my Facebook page in a week.  Thank you Jenny – you make this all so much fun!

  37. Holy smokes you just blew my mind! What an awesome block!!  I love that you have no waste using the layer cakes.

  38. Hey I have a question about this tutorial I want to know what it might look like to use the 2 1/2 inch squares…… I think I might try it and see what happens …….

  39. Merry Christmas Missouri Star Quilt Company.  I have made this wonderful block using a 5" square and bordering with an 1 1/2 inch strips to make mug rugs for presents.  I love, love, love this block!  Did I mention that I love this block?

  40. I had to divide the square size by three and then divide that by two to get the correct measurement I needed to cut from the inside seam…..

  41. Hola desde Barcelona, gracias por las ideas que nos proporcionas, todo es muy bonito y tu lo haces fácil.
    Molts petons, (en mi idioma)
    Anna

  42. I can't wait to start the first Pinwheel. I have been looking through my stash today to find the fabric I want to use. I have to work the next three days, so it may be Friday before I get to do any serious sewing, but I can't wait.

  43. I made this quilt in a queen size for my sister's 70th birthday.  She loved it!  Thank you so much for this tutorial, Jenny.  You ROCK!!!

  44. I loved how this block goes together. wow, it looks great until the final press and then it does not lay squared. I have been extremely careful in the 14" seam and in the cutting. The bias is so difficult to press. any ideas how to press it so it does not get wonky?

  45. I love the churn dash pattern and the pen wheel. Now easier to put together. Thanks, Jenny you make blocks looks so easy to put together.

  46. Love this block ! This technique makes it so easy to do….Could someone tell me what the
    "Wedding Ring" type block is that is shown on the wall behind Jenny as she is sewing ??
    I interested in making that also..Figure Jenny has a Fun way of making the blocks !
    Thanks so much…….

  47. I just finished my pinwheel churn dash. I made mine in Americana colors blue, red, and gold. I switched out the blue and red pinwheels from each block and then added a red corner block to each interior block. With a blue setting stone in the sashing, it made a whole little shoo fly block as a secondary pattern. I would love to show you a picture of this quilt. Is there someplace where I can add it?

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