25 October 2013

Whirligigs and Pinwheels QUILT {Tutorial}

Baby Quilts are such fun to make. They’re bright, graphic, happy and best of all, quick to finish.

Today, I’m sharing this tutorial on how to make a fun baby quilt with fabrics from Spotlight. Don’t you just love Spotlight? I’m a true devotee and pop into my local store once every few weeks, just to see what’s new. Okay, who am I kidding? I don’t just go and just see what’s new… I always end up bringing something home with me too.

Whirligigs & Pinwheels Quilt

The Whirligigs & Pinwheels Quilt was such a fun project. It is made with 2 different (yet similar blocks). I love secondary patterns in quilts – don’t you?

Fabric Requirements
1/2 metre of a cute print for the block centres (I used these cute dinosaurs)
(2) 1/2 metre of solid fabrics (I used red and yellow)
1 metre of white solid
3/4 metre blue tone on tone print (outer border and binding)

Churn Dash Variation Block

Whirligig & Pinwheel block

Draw a diagonal line across the white squares

Place the white squares right sides together with the yellow and red 3 7/8”squares.

Sew 1/4” on either side of the drawn line. Cut on the drawn line.

Press the 8 little HST blocks with the seams open.


Next step - arrange the block as per the below diagram.

Churn Dash Variation Block (2)

Ensure you have the red HST blocks rotated as just like the diagram.

Now make 5 of these blocks – each finished block measures 12” square

Alternating Block

Alternating Churn Dash Variation Block

Draw a line on the diagonal of the white 3 7/8” squares.

Place the white squares on a red squares and sew 1/4” on either side of the drawn line.

Press the 4 x HST’s open.

Arrange and sew the components of the block as per the diagram below.

Alternating Churn Dash Variation Block 1

You will need to make 4 of these alternating blocks.

Once all of the blocks are complete, lay them out on a design wall (or the floor) just like the quilt up top.

Sew the blocks together into 3 rows first. Press the seams open.

Then sew the 3 rows together and press open.

The border strips are 4 3/4” wide.

Cut (2) 4 3/4” strips x WOF and sew to the top and bottom of the quilt top. Press.

Cut (3) 4 3/4” strips x WOF. Cut one of these strips in half and sew the 2 pieces onto the end of each of the longer strips.

Sew these to either side of the quilt top and then trim the excess.

Press the whole quilt top and it’s finished. Yay!

Create your quilt sandwich with backing, batting and quilt top.


Churn Dash Variation Baby Quilt 1

The Whirligig & Pinwheel Quilt is a fun quilt to make and the blocks come together very quickly. The hardest part of making this quilt is deciding on your fabrics. Spotlight have so many fun fabrics to choose from, so enjoy the shopping and choosing.

Online Quilting Class

NB: This quilt finishes at 44 1/2” square. Make a few extra of each block and this would definitely make a beautiful bed size quilt - I think I may just make one for my little lady. There are some gorgeous Prints Charming fabrics which have just arrived in store and this could be the perfect excuse to go and do some more shopping.

Whirligig & Pinwheels Quilt 2

Disclaimer: I received a voucher from Spotlight to create this project and tutorial.


  1. It's so beautiful...! I love it! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love this too!! Agree thanks for sharing!!

  3. What a great design Anorina - your tutorials are always so well photographed and worded.
    And thanks to a different tutorial of yours, I am going to make a quilt during the summer school holidays...

  4. Thanks for this. I am going to use this pattern and make an Ariel quilt for a little girl.


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