Monday, February 18, 2013

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

155 comments:

Meredith said...

I love what you created! I am off to check out the tutorial!

Lynn said...

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!

Wendy said...

gorgeous fabric! I love the block too, thanks for the pattern.

LC said...

I love the little pinwheel blocks. I'm in need of a new table topper, so this was perfect timing!

Laura said...

What a cute project! IM going to have to try this. Please enter me in the giveaway.

Chelsie C said...

Yay for being featured and hosting the giveaway :)

Deanna said...

Cute mini quilt...would love to win the fabric!

Liz said...

Beautiful fabric and pinwheel design. Love it!

Johanna said...

How cute is this! I love it!

familyhammond said...

This is adorable! I cant wait to try it :)

Debbie Weishaar said...

Thanks for a great tutorial and giveaway!

fenna said...

That is a really neat littel quilt!~!

B Greene said...

I follow AGF in all the ways listed. Love your project!!! It is just perfect for this fabric. Thanks for the chance to win a bundle of CMR.

Saritha @UmaCollections said...

Love the mini quilt! The colors are just beautiful. Thanks for a chance to win!

Rachael Stensrud said...

Thanks for a chance to win these great fabrics!

Rachael Stensrud said...

aggierachael at gmail dot com

~Kelie~ said...

I love love love this line!!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!!!

hollymade said...

Cute! I love that fabric, so cheerful!

Rebecca said...

What a fun and bright fabric line! Must have been so much fun to play with them!

Becky S. said...

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

capitolaquilter said...

I'm adoring color me retro. thanks for the reminder about how effective a simple pattern can be.

Caitlin said...

I love what you have done with jen's fabric line.

Elaine said...

Beautiful fabric and great tutorial! I check every day to see what you are up to! Thank you for sharing your talents!

Linda said...

HI! BEAUTIFUL FABRICS+CUTE QUILT TOO!
THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY+YOUR GREAT BLOG TOO!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

melliebean26 said...

Adorable fabric and a great table topper!!!! Love you blog and I follow Art Gallery already on facebook. Thank you!!

JD said...

I really love the pinwheel quilt. It so do able for me. Not so overwhelming.

MoeWest said...

I love the mini quilt! The fabric colours are great. Thanks for the giveaway.

Katy Cameron said...

Love the bright, cheery fabrics, perfect to perk up the middle of winter :o)

Erin said...

Very nice! Love the pattern

Sallie said...

I like AGF on FB and follower their blog. Thanks for the giveaway!

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

This fabric is so beautiful and your table topper is lovely! Thanks for a giveaway chance...

Amanda May said...

Love the simple design! Would love to win. I follow and subscribe.

sophie said...

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!

Pontos da Flávia said...

That is a cool tutorial! Thanks for it! I would love to win the bundle!
I follow her on Pinterest!

syfalkenstein said...

I have some vintage Pyrex too. Jeni's collection complements it so well! I follow and subscribe. Thanks for the chance to win.

Weiszgirl said...

❤ LOVE IT ❤!!!!! The pattern and the fabric!!

syfalkenstein said...

syfalkenstein at gmail dot com

SarahZ said...

SO darling...this fabric is so great with it's matching solids! Aqua love!

Brooke Boon said...

I'm loving this fabric more and more each time I see it!

brookeali(at)hotmail.com

Jen Styles said...

I'm having fun picturing what I could make with this fabric. Love it!

Rachelle said...

Gorgeous! I already follow you and AGF as required.

Pinspot said...

The colors in this line are so pretty! I follow AGF on the blog and FB. I follow you too!

kbzelazny said...

That tutorial is genius!! Thanks!

Carly R. said...

I am following on Facebook and have subscribed to the blog. Love the bright fabrics...so many great ideas. Love the tutorial.

Nicole Reynolds said...

Love the mini quilt! Thanks for the chance to win the bundle!

memmens said...

Love this line and gorgeous mini quilt too. I subscribe to the AGF blog etc - thanks!

Jacklynn said...

Jeni's color choices are so bright and cheery. Thanks for the chance to win - I follow AGF on Facebook and subscribe to the blog.

diane said...

a fun and very nice pattern. Thanks for a chance to win. I follow AG on all their social media.

craftytammie said...

what a fun project! i should raid my scrap bin and make one for myself!

Gale, Ky quilter said...

I follow on Facebook and AGF on my Google Reader. Thanks for the chance to win this gorgeous fabric & the tutorial!!!!

hueisei said...

Thanks for sharing the tutorial page. I love it.

Rachell said...

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

Rachell said...

P.s. my email is reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

Andrea said...

I do so love your mini-quilt...the fabric colors, etc. Just plain everything about it. Must. Make. This.

Andrea said...

I follow your Blog, AGF on Facebook and the AGF blog too!

Farmhouse Blessings said...

Thank you so much for the sweet tutorial! I can hardly wait to get to my sewing machine this evening :) I liked AGF on FB & have followed the blog as well. Happy sewing!

Slowpoke said...

I love your mini-quilt and the fabrics are lovely. Sure would love to win.
Thanks for a chance.

Maureen said...

I follow you, AGF on Pinterest and their blog.

Slowpoke said...

I follow your blog Amy and AGF on Facebook.
Thanks again.
chris.luba@sympatico.ca

Becky N said...

That's a beautiful little quilt/table topper! I love it! I follow AGF on Twitter. Thanks for the chance to win!

JoyceLM said...

Thanks for the great tutorial. I follow AGF on Facebook & subscribe to their blog.

memeenh said...

Pinwheels are my favorite. Thanks for the tutorial, love the fabric!

Lisa in Port Hope said...

Super cute and easy, my kind of project. I like AGF on fcebook under yridge2, and follow their blog and you!

CathyK said...
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CathyK said...

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

justacraftymom said...

what a great tutorial!!! Thank you for the tutorial and to the give away!

contentncm said...

I follow your blog, their blog and "liked" them on fb. Thanks for the toot and chance to win.
contentncm at yahoo dot com

This Dog's Mom said...

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.

Deborah said...

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.

scottylover said...

This is so fun and easy looking! Thanks for sharing! I follow AGF on Facebook and their blog through my Google reader.

Sandy A

vicki said...

I like this block, it looks really easy and fun! Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway. vickise at gmail dot com

Nancy said...

This is cute! Thanks for the giveaway - I follow AGF on FB and by email!

Rachel said...

I love the mini quilt, looking forward to trying it.
I follow Art Gallery Fabrics on Facebook and The Creative Blog by AGF.

SuperTess said...

Love the color palette of that fabric collection. Great tutorial too!

outonbutlersfarm said...

I am loving retro very much. I am a fat quarter fan. I am following AGF thru email, have a pin on my Pintrest board, and liked AGF on FB. Susan

Lefgren Family said...

I just started following them on pinterest... I hope I win!

Carol said...

I follow on FB and of course the blog. What a fresh collection!

Margaret said...

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!

Denny1600 said...

This is really interesting! I love it. Thanks for sharing.

Pam said...
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Pam said...

Great tutorial! I'm going to have to try this! Love the fabrics too! I follow AGF on facebook and pinterest.

Kirsten said...

Really love this - such a great way to use thee pretty fabrics!

Judy B said...

What a darling table topper! I am into the retro Pyrex also. I follow AGF via email and you at GFC!
jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

sweetbaby said...

I subscribed to AGF blog and liked them on facebook too. Can't wait to go make this adorable little table topper too. Thanks for the tutorial.
RuthNParadise(at)aol(dot)com

Joanie's Quilts said...

I subscribed to AGF blog! What a fun place! Your tabletop runner is so cute!

Patty said...

Love the fabrics the quilt is wonderful. Follow AGF on pinterest.

ritainalaska said...

great table mat ... nice and easy with great color. i follow agf on fb and their blog, too.

pippirose said...

Love the table mat. Great fabrics and colours.
I follow on FB and subscribe to the newsletter.

pippirose59 at gmail dot com

Jennifer said...

Love Color Me Retro AND your table topper. Thank you for the turorial and the giveaway.
(I subscribe AGF and follow in Pinterest)

Laura said...

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!

Sharon said...

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!!

Katie B said...

Adorable!!!

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Donna said...

Lovely fabric, makes me anxious for spring. Thanks for the tutorial.

Donna said...

I follow Art Gallery Fabrics on Pintrest. Great pins!

Melzie Belle said...

I love it! Very cute :)
xoxo melzie4boyz@aol.com

Katie said...

Beautiful!

Kim said...

Love your table runner. The fabrics are so pretty. I follow AGF on Facebook.

Lynne Tilley said...

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's Day. I follow AGF on Facebook, and subscribe to them. Thanks for the opportunity.

Jodi - usairdoll said...

What a lovely table topper! The fabrics, Color Me Retro are so yummy! Thank you so much for a great tutorial. I'm a follower of AGF already, following all three ways mentioned above as well as their blog on BlogLovin.

Thank you and AGF for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Pam said...

Love the Color Me Retro fabrics! Thank you also for the tutorial! I am already a sobscriber of your blog and the AGF blog as well.

Serena Legg said...

This is a perfect beginner pattern for me I think! Thanks!

Serena Legg said...

This is a perfect beginner pattern for me I think! Thanks!

JoAnn Goodrich said...

I'm so excited for this little quilt, I'm headed to a quilt retreat and this project will be going with me!!! Thanks, Jo Ann
joeandjoann(at)gmail(dot)com

Gina said...

I love your table topper! Thanks for the tute! This line is at the top of my wish list so thanks for the chance to win it!!

WandaFish said...

This is gorgeous, Amy! Such a Spring-fresh, cheerful project - I want to make it right now :)
Thanks for the great tute and giveaway.

noseringirl said...

What a cute little quilt! Thanks for the tutorial :) noseringirl@gmail.com

Sandy Alex Yavor said...

Love the retro table topper. Thanks for the tutorial. Would love to win this fabric!

Karrie S said...

Thanks for the tutorial, and the chance to win!!

Tammy said...

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 & 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

Cathy said...

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

Teresa Higgins said...

Cute fabrics and I love the mini quilt. I haven't made a mini quilt yet so I'll have try this one!
Teresa
5higginsATbellsouthDOTnet

Elsa said...

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

freakadoodles said...

This line is so much fun! Thanks for the tutorial :)

katiedidit said...

What a lovely quilt. I love the look of retro fabrics. I'm going to try this pattern tonight.

Katherine McNeese said...

Love this tutorial thanks!
I'm a follower

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

great mini and great fabric! I subscribe and am a follower

giddy99 said...

Love the topper and how the fabrics look with that pale blue solid! Thanks for the chance (I'm a follower of AGF and you, too)!

Di~ said...

Great tutorial and fabric, thanks Amy and thanks for the chance to win. I do subscribe and follow...

Judith said...

Love Color Me Retro! Would love to make a table runner with it. I think I could easily adjust the order of the squares. Thanks

JaneB said...

Great fabrics! I just subscribed to AGF and follow on twitter.

JaneB said...

That last photo makes me think about trying an on point setting.

Jane dot bitz at gmail dot com

Lindsay_Loris said...

Amy, another lovely quilt:). Thanks for the fab tute and giveaway lxx

Samantha said...

What a lovely little quilt. Thanks for the chance!

Mym Berry said...

This is just the inspriration I needed for the latest baby announcement. I will start immediatly on a baby fabric version. Thanks!

Hifam said...

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

Tiff said...

Love both the fabric and the tutorial. I will be making this soon whether I win or not! :) tiffandbran2005@gmail.com

Carol Jordan said...

Love the fabrics. Would project for a beginner which I have been asked to teach.

Linounettematha said...

I love looking at pinwheels although I haven'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!

I'm not sure the giveaway is open to non-US residents but fabric would make the perfect 18th birthday present so I'll try :D

mlchapman said...

So bright and cheerful! Thanks for the chance to win!

Addibrae said...

I love the bold colours and prints

addibrae(at)hotmail(dot)ca

Amy said...

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...

BKringel said...

Really nice tutorial. Can't wait to give it a try! Following AGF on FB and subscribing to their blog (which I really enjoy).

Email address is: bkringel(at)gmail(dot)com.

Thanks so much, Bernadine

Gillian Trethewey said...

Always love how simple blocks create such interesting results! Would love to win! Yes, I subscribe to the AGF blog.

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Thanks!
Gillian

ledamewood said...

I follow your blog, I follow AGF blog, and follow AGF on Twitter. Love your table topper. Thanks for the chance to win.

Deanna said...

I follow you and AGF as well as on FB. I just love the colours of this fabric. Thanks for the chance to win : )

Mary Kiddie said...

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

OhioLori said...

Following your AFG Blog, and also on Pinterest now too. :)

Love your Tutorial!! thanks for sharing....thinkin is gonna be nice gift for my "Bestest" friend's BirthdaY!!! yAY!

Messy Mouse said...

I follow the AGF blog and I've liked them on Facebook.
Thanks for the give-away!
themessymouse@gmail.com

Cindy said...

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!

Rachel S said...

I follow AGF on facebook. Cute mini quilt!

Rachel S said...

I follow AGF on facebook. Cute mini quilt!

Kelsey K said...

Thanks for the great tutorial, I love that fabric! kelseykurucz@yahoo.ca

Annette Zautcke said...

Love Jeni's line and I adore your tutorial! Great use of her designs!!

Jani said...

Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful fabric. I follow AGF on facebook. Love, love, love the fabric. Thanks again! jakesamma@msn.com
Jani

Cowgirl Red said...

I love these fabrics. Thanks for a chance to win and for introducing me to a new site! terah@cowgirl-red.com.

motherbuzzard said...

Love these fun fabrics!

Jenn M said...

I love love love these fabrics! Just begging to be made into anything springy!!

June D said...

Great fabric colors and designs -and your little quilt is a winner too. Thank you for putting my name in the hat for the drawing!

Jess said...

Love this line, and your mini. Thanks!

n. said...

I'm now following them on Instagram! I'd love to win some fabric and start a new project :) I love this blog thanks! Nicole

Miss Maman said...

Love the prints! I follow on FB and get the newsletter. Please include me in the giveaway!

Ramona said...

Love this line, the colors are great. I follow AGF on facebook and get their newsletter. Thanks for the chance to win.

gretchenhayhurst said...

I love this quilt so I just made one out of the new 'Boo Crew' fabric. It will be perfect on my table for Halloween.

Beach lady said...

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.