Scrappy Little Pinwheel Block

ScrappyPinwheelInspirationI am still making blocks for my scrappy multi colored scrap quilt andI am having a lot of fun in the process. I wanted to make this cute little old-school windmill block, but I wanted to use up my precut squares, so I drew out my design on graph paper and set to work sewing. Here’s how I did it:


Scrappy Pinwheels Tutorial

For each scrappy pinwheel you will need:

(8) 4” squares
(2) 7’ squares


Choose which of your 4” squares are going to be your A, B, C & D colors.

ScrappyPinwheelStep1Match up all of your A & B squares into pairs. It doesn’t matter which is on top. Mark with a diagonal line from corner to corner and stitch 1/4” away from the line on both sides of it.




Cut the line to divide your square into two pieces. Square each one up to 3 1/2”, then press the seam toward the darker of the two colors. You should now have 4 squares.

Take the C & D squares and cut them diagonally through the center. Place on C triangle on one side of the A/B square and stitch. Press the seam toward the triangle.

ScrappyPinwheelStep5Attach the D triangle to the other side of the A/B block, and again, press the seam toward the triangle. Trim the long bottom edge to 1/4” away from the point of the B color, if it is needed. You will now have 4 multi-colored windmill paddles.





Take the 7” squares and cut them diagonally through the middle. With right sides together, place one of the windmill paddles onto of one background triangle and stitch together on the long edge, taking care not to stretch the fabric. Press this piece open and square up to 6 1/2” if you need to.

Lay all 4 blocks out and decide which direction you want your windmill to go in then stitch all four sections together. Once all four squares are together, take out your seam ripper and spiral your center seam. For directions on how to do this, click here.

That’s it, you are done. You should have 1 12 1/2” zany, scrappy pinwheel quilt block.


You can of course make this block using fabrics that match, blend or coordinate well together or you can grab your scraps and have fun playing around. Making up a bunch of these would make a really fun scrap quilt and if you have all your fabric pre-cut and ready to go, it will work off very quickly.

If you decide to make any of the scrappy windmill blocks, please send me a photo, I would love to see what you make.

Happy Sewing!


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