Learn to Make Fast and Easy Pinwheels with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star! (Instructional Video)

Learn to Make Fast and Easy Pinwheels with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star! (Instructional Video)


Hi, itís Jenny, from the Missouri Star Quilt
Company. We have another fun tutorial for you today! There was a gal and she came into
our shop and she wanted to make a baby quilt, and she wanted to do pinwheels. And I was
watching her, and all of a sudden that light went on! Usually it goes on in the middle
of the night, but it went on in the daytime today! So, thatís a good thing. Anyway, itís an easy way to make pinwheels.
And Moda, wonderful Moda, is making these fabulous solid colored Charm Packs. So, hereís
how weíre going to make pinwheels fast and easy! Youíre just not going to believe this. So, you take a Charm Pack and you take your
pinwheels and youíre going to put them right sides together. Now normally, when we make
a pinwheel itís made with half-square triangles. What you do is you draw a line and you sew
on either side. We are not going to do that. Donít pay any attention to that. What weíre
going to do is go over to the sewing machine and sew ºî all around the outside edge.
So, letís go do that right now. OK, so here we are at the machine, and weíre
going to sew 1/4î all the way around these two squares. Theyíve been placed right sides
together, and weíre going to sew ºî all the way around the edge. So, here we go. Hereís one side, I know this is going to
crack you up when we do it! Itís so easy! So much fun! Thereís the second side. And
I generally stop just about ºî and pivot. Lift up my foot, leave the needle down, and
pivot. So there, I just turn it and I go. That was
fast and quick and now Iím going to show you how weíre going to have all the pieces
ready for our pinwheel, just like that! So, follow me over to the cutting table. OK,
so here we have our piece thatís sewn together, and weíre going to take our ruler and weíre
going to line it up diagonally, side to side. And weíre just going to go ahead and cut
that and weíre going to leave these together. OK, there we go, take our ruler turn it the
other way, and cut it the other direction. There we go. Now what we get is look at this.
You get all your half-square triangles are perfect, and then, weíll just put it together
as a pinwheel. Letís go press these open so they stay down and you can see what Iím
doing a little better. OK, so what weíre going to do on these is
weíre going to set these seams. Hold our iron down on our pieces. Weíre just going
to set those seams and then weíre going to lift up. When we lift up this corner, this
will put the seam to the dark side. Which is what we want, and we want them all to be
the same. So weíre just going to press on those. Alright, now letís put these together so
they make a pinwheel. All your centers are going to meet. You put opposite colors next
to. This way so here we go. See, how cute that is? Now letís go sew that together. When you sew a pinwheel together itís kind
of best to leave it sitting where you are, so that you can see it because itís real
easy to get confused on a pinwheel. And so you want to make sure that all your triangles
are going in the right direction, and then weíre just
going to take this because itís sitting right here. Weíre going to fold this over, weíre
going to start at this top corner and stitch ºî down, and then weíre going to do that
with the bottom side as well I like to start from this side of the fabric where thereís
no seams that youíre dealing with. Make sure your two diagonal seams nest together. Then
we have these two pieces we kind of chain-pieced. Weíre going to open them up. You can
see how that leaves you enough edge there so that you wonít lose your point. Weíre
going to put these together. Weíll match up our middle seams. Nest them together, fold one of your seams
to one side and one to the other. Then weíre going to sew right down that seam. Now when
you finish these it makes about a 5 Ωî or 6î depending upon the size of your foot square.
And so thatís kind of a nice size for a pinwheel. There we have it! Weíll go press that open
and head back to the table. Iíve been having some fun with this Charm
Pack. This ìLoveî Charm Pack by Amy Butler. Itís got such fun colors in it and I just
keep making pinwheels and making pinwheels. So, you can see how quick and easy this is
and how fun. What a fun little quilt this is going to make.
Literally, this gal put her baby quilt together in one evening. It was just so quick this
way, where you just sew that ºî around the outside, and if you have any concern about
it being cut on the bias. I heard a little tip that if you spray with this ìBest Pressî
and iron it on, that it doesnít stretch at all. I donít seem to have any trouble, but
some people might, and they might be worried about it, but we hope you enjoy this tutorial
from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

100 thoughts on “Learn to Make Fast and Easy Pinwheels with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star! (Instructional Video)

  1. Finally a tool to see in action what the pattern books talk about. Pinwheels were very overwhelming at first but now things make perfect sense. As a beginning quilter having the video has been very helpful. I now have this site on auto play for future reference. Thanks!

  2. The pinwheel tutorial gave me an idea to use up all the charm paks I have collected. I also am in love with the tutorial on 'one seam ' flying geese! I love flying geese but hate seeing the sides to the triangle. Keep the tutorials coming! I'm addicted!

  3. I love anything that makes quilting easy with the end product looking like you've spent hours in making it. What an easy way to make pinwheels! Love it!

  4. Really enjoyed the pinwheel tutorial…think I actually could do it. I really enjoyed the herringbone turorial….looked very easy. Thanks Jenny! !

  5. This is just what I needed! I made 3 pinwheel blocks the old way before I put them away and started a different project instead. This is a huge help. Now I'm excited to get back to the pinwheels. Thanks for making it easy!

  6. When it snowed this week I decided to sit down and try this method for making half square triangles. So fast and easy. Thank you.

  7. I've always had trouble with pinwheels and triangles in general. This method has saved me a lot of grief…and ripping!

  8. I am new to quilting, and not very practiced with sewing. I love the pinwheels quilts demonstrated by Jenny because it l can produce something lovely without being a pro. Thank you

  9. I've bought my fabric and ready to get started. Never quilted but this is something I know I can do! Thanks for getting me started.

  10. Is there a chart that shows us how big we need to make the first two squares if we would like to have a specific size half square triangle after we sew and cut the squares both directions?

  11. I am in AWWWW you are amazing!!! I am new to quilting, Thank You for sharing everything you do!!! I will be trying this today!!!

  12. How can we tell how big the original square needs to be to make a specific finished size block? I am looking to make my finished size block 6" which means I need the each block to be 6.5" but how big do I need the original squares to be to make them measure this in the end?

  13. Hi there, I have a very important question. Just finished my first pinwheel but was cutting the squares out from fqs and want a specific size of pinwheel for a cushion cover. I have cut 6 inch squares but once the pinwheel was made it turned out to be 7 inches (before attaching to other pinwheels). How big do I cut the squares so I can get a 5 inch pinwheel?

  14. I am a new quilter and these triangles have been driving me crazy. I am so glad I found this video on Pinterest. My life just got better.

  15. I love this tutorial:) I have searched a bit but not found a tutorial for the star quilt to the left of Jenny in a couple of spots of the tutorial. Is there a tutorial and can you tell me what it is called? Thanks.

  16. I used this tutorial and made my daughter a gorgeous pinwheel quilt for her new bedroom for her 13th birthday. It was SO easy! I am finding pinwheels a bit addictive. They are just so easy and fun!

  17. What is name off that beautiful quilt that would be on your left side (our right) when you're at sewing machine? I'd love to try one..I just love tutorials!!

  18. Found this tutorial and many more! I am a new quilter and am SO excited to make these so fast, I originally was going to make a different runner for the DR table for Christmas, but I am now thinking pinwheels, If I am going to use my machine to quilt this ( I think a runner is small enough to not send it in) would I stitch in the ditch around the blocks or would I have to add more into the middle of the pinwheel ?? Also I have heard the invisible thread is best for stitching in the ditch and matching thread to the bottom fabric, Am I wrong? Anyone? I would take a twin size quilt in but not runners so I am curious about this, ( thanks) Heaven knows my stitch in the ditch is probably not as good as it should be thats why I am thought( and heard) invisible thread~ Blessings to all,

  19. There is a beautiful quilt on the wall behind you that is a star pattern in gold and blue colors. Do you have a pattern for this quilt?

  20. Oh my God! I just finished an entire quilt top and wish I had seen this first! Thank you, thank you, though, this will speed up my next project!

  21. Thanks! I've just started sewing and I'm wanting to try this pattern (http://quilting.about.com/od/Big-Quilt-Block-Patterns/ss/Quilt-Block-Patterns-Album-Quilt-Block.htm#showall) however, I have a tendency to be difficult so I want the center square in the block to be a pinwheel. The pattern says to cut a 3.5" square so am I correct in thinking that it will end up being 3" when it is sewn? All that to say, how do I figure out how big to make my squares to make the pinwheel???

  22. I know nothing about quilting, but watching you make this pinwheel pattern the way you did, like magic, has sparked an interest in me to play around with little squares of fabric to make something beautiful!

    I'm SO happy I watched your video! BTW, you are a joy to watch! So enthusiastic and so adorable! Thanks again! (I subscribed to your channel!)

  23. Just let all you customers know some information about Missouri star quilt company Sherry, Jenny Fish, and Brandy are very rude to there employees an there new managers have no people skills at all. They have no PPE gear for there employees to were when there top of the ladders nor do they have breaks or lockout tagout on there ladders so there employees won't fall off them from other employees moving the ladder. They almost had a accident when a manager was at the top rack were you can easily fall threw the rack a employee moved the ladder were she couldn't get down. They are also threading workers about an individual that got fired from msqc not to mention there name in the work place or they'll be fired on the spot. They don't follow OSHA standards or procedures a guy told an employee that the very top shelf wasn't safe, but fabric was in the back to go ahead an climb up there an get it but do not call OSHA these people do not care about there employees safety. There store needs to be shut down asap before someone's loved ones are killed are seriously injured. You customers don't realize what really happens behind closed doors that's why I'm doing this so the public can see how msqc in Hamilton no really is. They also don't do anything to certain individuals that talk shit on there employees an run there mouths. There will be another lawsuit being filed this week on msqc for recrimination an for no safety equipment for employees. Thank you very much have a wonderful week an be sure to like this an keep the chain going you customers deserve a better place to visit an buy fabric this'd isn't the place for you.

  24. What is that fabric on the ironing board??? Its yellow with little sewing machines on it. Where can I get that fabric?? Love it!!!

  25. I bought baby quilt fabric some time ago. I spotted the pattern in the fabric store. It has pinwheels??? This quilt fabric is just sitting there. now at last I can get on and make it.

  26. Can you tell me what is the very colorful quilt in the the background, I believe it's has a pink boarder ? .? Thank you you are the best

  27. Jenny I love your youtube videos, thank you very much for sharing.  I am 62 and have been sewing and quilting since I was 7 and I love how easy you make things.  I am always telling people to go watch Jenny at MSQC. I have taught my grandchildren and family how to make so many things from watching your videos, my youngest grandchild that is sewing now is 9 and I have her watch the video before we start sewing.

  28. This looks much easier to do than other methods I've seen. I've never made a pinwheel quilt before but this looks like something I could do. Thank you for the tutorial.

  29. Hi Jenny, I've made these lovely pinwheels and enjoyed putting it all together however, right now I'm hating quilting it myself, because I'm just learning I'm finding it very stressful as I have a back problem, so I thought I could make it into a duvet cover for my bed by passing the quilting and binding etc using a double sheet as the back. Do you think this will be ok as it will need to be washed more

  30. At marker 4:13 in this video there is a variation of a star quilt behind your right shoulder (on the wall). PLMK where I can get that pattern. I love it! AND. . .LOVE your method for making pinwheels. Thanks Jenny!

  31. I’m so glad I found you! I’m wanting to use quilt squares to make pillows for autumn and Christmas, but I’ve never quilted. You’ve made it so easy. Wish I could send you a picture of what I’m making. Just about finished. Thank you!!

  32. I have been searching and trying to figure out how to make these blocks in all different sizes since I am not good with Math! 😱
    Then today I felt like I hit the Jackpot! I found a blog which includes the size chart for these Unfinished and Finished Blocks! Here is the link(s) to the site: https://www.reddit.com/r/quilting/comments/37jpma/pinwheel_squares_the_easy_way_and_the_chart_for/
    Size Chart: https://www.dropbox.com/s/dbo0r0ziklsp93n/Pinwheel%20table.pdf?dl=0

    I hope this will help everyone that is looking for how to do these blocks in all different sizes!

  33. I just want you to know I made my first pinwheel block.  Yes, just one block, but I have never tried before.  Thank you Jenny for the great tutorial !

  34. I am a beginning quilter and am involved in a friendship quilt. My block needs to be 9 1/2" when I give them away. What size square do I begin with to make this pin wheel block?

  35. Hi Jenny, thank you for showing me how easy a pinwheel quilt can be! I love this pattern but have been too timid to try with all the triangles, this was easy and fun!

  36. Me and my grandma see together all the time we watch you too you are awesome 👏 I am subscribered I also made one you should do shout outs and giveaways so yeah

  37. I've never made pinwheels before and this looks really easy. I'm making a quilt that has pinwheels, and I need to make them to a 4.5 in square, how big of a block do I need to start with to make the completed 4.5in pinwheel block?

  38. interesting..although, the one she made in the tutorial ..the points are all off…so is this a better way to make them..really not sure now?!?

  39. Well, someone needs to say this takes time and coordination. Haha I made a baby quilt and it took me a full day. It was easy to make but I to had to have an example square and a seam ripper the whole time I made it. I worked so hard on it that it might not be given away. 🙂

  40. I miss the days when Jenny did tutorials to teach a technique. Now its all about selling and pushing more and more product for bigger $$$.

  41. I know this video is from 2010. But I just did this today (I watched it yesterday). It was so easy! The first time I had a perfect pinwheel, without a lot of fussing. My only issue is figuring out how big to cut my blocks. I cut a 8" block thinking I would get a 8" block. Nope, I had a perfect 10" block.

  42. Would this work for making a diamond in a square? And should I square up each of the 4 sections before sewing them together?

  43. I know what I'm doing tomorrow – designed a quilt for me and my fiance that has pinwheels in half the blocks, could never get them to work right doing half square triangles!

  44. Thanks Jenny ! I am making my son a birthday pinwheel quilt with all the different holidays ! love your instructions – so easy !

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