Easy Pinwheel mini quilt tutorial

Hello fellow Art Gallery Fabric lovers! I’m Amy Smart from Diary of a Quilter and today I am sharing a quick little table topper project using one of my new, favorite collections, Color Me Retro by Jeni Baker. I have been collecting vintage pyrex and other dishes for a while now so when I heard Jeni was designing a vintage-dishware-inspired fabric collection, I knew I would love it! And I was right.

Playing with this fabric made me so in the mood for spring! I’m glad I have some cheerful color on my table to keep my hopes up.

Here are the fabric requirements for this 24″ x 24″ square table topper. (The same yardage will work for a 12″ x 48″ table runner.)

  •  10 Fat Quarters from Color Me Retro collection (I used all 10 because I wanted to feature the entire collection, but you really only need 4 fat quarters worth of yardage for this project.)
  • 5/8 yard solid turquoise. (The coordinating Pure Element is Fresh Water)
This project consists of one simple 6″ pinwheel-type block. Each block requires 2 strips 2″ x 14.5″. I used the same solid as one of the strips in each block, but you could use a variety of fabrics if you like.
Sew strips together and press toward the print fabric. Carefully sub-cut into 4 units 3 1/2″ square. 
 Rotate the units as pictured.
Sew units into two rows as pictured, pressing seams toward the print. Then sew two rows together to create a 6 1/2″ (unfinished) block.
After center seam is sewn, “pop” the seam in the center of the block (un-pick a couple of the stitches). 
Press each seam (from assembling the 4 units) toward the print strip in a counter-clockwise direction. This will help seams match up when you go to sew your block together.
Create 15 more blocks. 

I sewed my blocks 4 across by 4 down to create a 24″ x 24″ square. You could also sew them 8 across by 2 down to create a 12″ x 48″ table runner.

I then used my remaining fat quarter prints to piece together a quilt back 27″ x 27″. (You could also use 3/4 yard of fabric for this backing.) I like that I can have a reversible option for my table.

From there layer the top, batting and quilt back and quilt as desired. I used my walking foot to sew quilting lines 3/4″ apart. When quilting is finished, trim excess batting and backing fabric so that edges are clean and square.

For the binding, cut 3 strips 2 1/2″ wide from your remaining solid and sew them together end to end. Here is a binding tutorial if you need one.

And that’s it! This is a quick pinwheel-type block if you want to make lots of blocks and create a bigger version of this look too.

And if you would like to win a fat quarter bundle of Color Me Retro from Art Gallery Fabrics, leave a comment on this post. Giveaway will be open until Friday, February 22, midnight MST. GIVEAWAY CLOSED.

Winner: BKringelFebruary 19, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Really nice tutorial. Can’t wait to give it a try! Following AGF on FB and subscribing to their blog (which I really enjoy).
Thanks so much, Bernadine


  1. says

    Doodoodoo….I feel like I am in the twighlight zone! I had to look twice! I am working on a quilt with this pattern different color way though and was just thinking how pretty it would be in brighter modern colrs/patterns! I am working on the one now for my mil for mothers day gift, so I would love to do one for myself!

  2. says

    Adorable mini quilt and I love the Color me Retro fabric!!! Thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win.<br />I subscribe to the AGF blog and follow them on Twitter.

  3. says

    love this:perfect design for a beginner like me and I had spotted these fabrics before! love the bright happy colors:) love your tutorial Amy, easy to follow as ever! thank you for the chance and for the tutorial!

  4. says

    These pinwheels look so easy and cute! Vintage stuff and fun colors are always great!<br />I subscribe to your blog, AGF on Facebook, and AGF blog too!

  5. says

    This project is ADORABLE! I have to admit ever since your Pyrex post, I&#39;ve been crazy looking for cute pyrex dishes. This quilt project is just the ticket for a &quot;Pytex quilt fix&quot;! I follow AGF on Facebook and I follow their blog. Thank you for the tutorial and the chance to win!

  6. says

    What a cheerful project! having that on my table would make me want to get up in the morning. Thanks for your tutorial and thanks to Art Gallery. I follow on Pinterest and Google reader.

  7. says

    This is gorgeous – I love this fabric line too! Thanks for the giveaway – I follow AGF on FB (Deborah Gunthorpe) and subscribe to their newsletter.

  8. says

    Great tutorial. I can imagine making things in many different configurations with that simple block. And the fabric, well that goes without saying. Love it!

  9. says

    I subscribed to AGF blog and liked them on facebook too. Can&#39;t wait to go make this adorable little table topper too. Thanks for the tutorial. <br />RuthNParadise(at)aol(dot)com

  10. says

    Beautiful table runner and I love the fabric too! I am subscribed to Art Gallery Fabrics, and also liked AGF on Facebook. Thanks for the giveaway!<br /><br />

  11. says

    Follow your blog and also Art Gallery — would love to win some of this lovely fabric. The tutorial will be perfect to make for my table also. Thanks!!

  12. says

    I love the table topper mini quilt. I have it copied and may use the same pattern to make a larger quilt for my Mom for upcoming Mother&#39;s Day. I follow AGF on Facebook, and subscribe to them. Thanks for the opportunity.

  13. says

    What a lovely table topper! The fabrics, Color Me Retro are so yummy! Thank you so much for a great tutorial. I&#39;m a follower of AGF already, following all three ways mentioned above as well as their blog on BlogLovin.<br /><br />Thank you and AGF for a super giveaway and a chance to win.<br /><br />usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  14. says

    I really like the mini quilt. That fabric is phenominal. Love all those groovy retro colors and designs. I am all ready a follower of Art Gallery Fabrics, Pinterestboards, Facebook Page &amp; their blog as well. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial. Also thank you for the chance to enter such a wonderful giveaway. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

  15. says

    Thank you for the tutorial. The quilt is sweet. <br /> I follow Art Gallery Fabrics on Pinterest and subscribe to the blog via email. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway!

  16. says

    Really a very lovely little quilt done with Jeni&#39;s fabrics. I&#39;m going to have to put this one on my list!<br />I follow Art Gallery Fabrics on Facebook and subscribe to the blog via Google Reader!<br />Thanks for the giveaway.

  17. says

    Love this fabric and tutorial! Thanks for the giveaway. I follow them on twitter (hifam) and subscribe to their blog.<br />hickenfam at hotmail dot com

  18. says

    I love looking at pinwheels although I haven&#39;t had the occasion to make one yet. This pattern looks even more easy than the traditional one and so fresh and modern! Thank you, I will definitely have to try it!<br /><br />I&#39;m not sure the giveaway is open to non-US residents but fabric would make the perfect 18th birthday present so I&#39;ll try 😀

  19. says

    I love the bright cheerful colors. Makes me thing spring is around the corner, maybe a project to work on while it is snowing in two days…

  20. says

    Really nice tutorial. Can&#39;t wait to give it a try! Following AGF on FB and subscribing to their blog (which I really enjoy).<br /><br />Email address is: bkringel(at)gmail(dot)com. <br /><br />Thanks so much, Bernadine

  21. says

    Always love how simple blocks create such interesting results! Would love to win! Yes, I subscribe to the AGF blog. <br /><br />ivegotmail [a t} rogers {d o t } com<br /><br />Thanks!<br />Gillian

  22. says

    I have just come across your blog. I am now following AGF blog and on Pinterest. Love your table topper and the fabric. Would love the chance to win the fabric! Thanks, Mary

  23. says

    Following your AFG Blog, and also on Pinterest now too. :)<br /><br />Love your Tutorial!! thanks for sharing….thinkin is gonna be nice gift for my &quot;Bestest&quot; friend&#39;s BirthdaY!!! yAY!

  24. says

    Love this tutorial- thanks for sharing! Already following AGF on Facebook and just subscribed to their blog. Would love to win this beautiful fabric- thanks!<br />

  25. says

    I would love to get these fabrics and make my own table topper with the Color-Me-Retro fabrics. These look so bright and cheery especially when it is -5 degrees outside here in KY tonight.


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