Quilting a Pinwheel How to – Quilting Quicky | Whitney Sews

Quilting a Pinwheel How to – Quilting Quicky | Whitney Sews


Hi everyone! Welcome to Quilting Quicky with Whitney Sews. I post a new tutorial every Wednesday to help
sewers of all skill levels learn new projects and techniques. This episode is all about how to quilt pinwheels
using one continuous stitching line. I don’t free motion quilt, so my favorite
way to quilt pinwheels is by sewing just inside each of the segments. I found an easy way to do this using one continuous
stitching line and I’ll show you exactly how. I started by drawing out this diagram and
I’m sure at first glance it looks really confusing. But let me explain it then I’ll show it in
action. There is a black dot in the upper middle and
that is the starting point. Then you simply follow the arrows around in
color order so black to purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red, and finally brown. By following the chart and rotating your quilt
at each turn you can sew one line that will outline every section of your pinwheel. I have a copy of this template on my website
whitneysews.com that you can pin or download and print to have next to you while you’re
sewing. After you quilt a few it will be easy to remember
the pattern and you’ll be able to start at any point on the pinwheel. As you can see I sew down the side of the
first triangle section and straight down into the next. Then rotate and sew along the bottom of that
section. Rotate again and sew up the slanted side and
straight into the section opposite it. Continue along following the same pattern
until each section is quilted and you end up back where you started. This works for any size pinwheel you want
to make. Now I’m sure you’re thinking, but Whitney,
that is one small block, what about quilting an actual quilt and having to rotate that
so many times. It can be done. I have quilted a wall hanging and crib size
quilt this way. In my recent DIY inspiration video about the
Star Wars quilt I made you all saw that it was pinwheels and feature blocks alternating. I planned out the point where I started on
the pinwheels and was able to quilt two rows of the quilt, so 4 pinwheels and 4 feature
blocks in one continuous stitching line. Then I repeated the pattern for the next two
rows and so on. For the larger quilts simply roll up the longest
side of the quilt to help with rotating and pushing it through the neck of your machine. For a single pinwheel block like the one shown
here I spent about 5 minutes quilting it. For the same size block in a crib size quilt
I spent about 10 to 12 minutes quilting each pinwheel. The extra time was spent rolling and rotating
the quilt as well as checking periodically to make sure I wasn’t catching any other part
of the quilt underneath. It can be done, just take your time and you
can do it! I think my favorite part of this quilting
design is actually how nicely it looks on the back. I’m not sure why, but I just love it so much. After you finish your quilting, whether it
is a single block or full size quilt you want to trim off the excess batting and backing
material then add your binding. Check out my binding quilting quicky video
to learn an easy way to sew quilt binding. That video is linked right up here in the
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19 thoughts on “Quilting a Pinwheel How to – Quilting Quicky | Whitney Sews

  1. Dear Whitney, long time watcher, I adore you. Your videos are always so easy and straightforward. Thank you. I wish I had remembered your quilting videos when I made my first one. Haha. Definitely going to use them for my future ones! Thank you for everything you do.

  2. I love how the back turned out, too! I think I may try this on a potholders first as I am new to quilting. You mentioned that you don't FMQ – So I'm guessing just straight line quilting then? Do you have any tips and tricks for that, too? Ways to vary the straight line quilting and examples to show? Thanks for your videos, I have learned lots! 🙂

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