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Pinwheel-Palooza! 9 Peppy Pinwheel Quilt Patterns

Round and round they go. Where they stop, nobody knows! With the appearance of circular motion, pinwheel quilts and quilt blocks are as visually interesting as they are fun to make. Ranging from fast and beginner-friendly to intricate and engaging paper-pieced designs, pinwheel quilt patterns can look great in both prints and solids. Whether your fabric choices are planned or scrappy, pinwheel quilts are classic designs that are here to stay.

In case you haven’t yet caught pinwheel fever, here are some of our favorite pinwheel quilts from the Craftsy community!

Quilt Featuring Prarie Points Photo via Craftsy member Amanda

Pretty floral fabrics in spring colors make this pinwheel project fresh and endearing. A border of prairie points adds a tactile element to the quilt that also plays up the triangle theme. Make your pinwheels large, and you won’t need too many blocks until you’ve pieced a nice-size quilt!

See the Pinwheel and Prairie Point Baby Quilt here.

Shootin The BreezePhoto via Craftsy member A Quilting Jewel

Can you just feel the breeze rustling through these paper-pieced pinwheels blocks? The complementary large and small pinwheel blocks have a 3-D effect that makes them seem to pop off the quilt!

Get the Shootin’ The Breeze quilt pattern here.

White Quilt Featuring Patterned Peace Sign Photo via Craftsy member Rene Creates

Peace, love and hippie-ness! This pinwheel quilt pattern isn’t just for free spirits. Learn to make a peace sign from pinwheel blocks in three different quilt sizes with this easy-to-follow design that makes a great statement.

Get the Peace Quilt pattern here.

Pinwheel Flowers Quilters Garden Row 4Photo via Craftsy member Dreamworthy Quilts

Whether you use them as one row of a sampler quilt or as their own mini quilt project, these floral pinwheels come with a pop of color in the form of a center applique, and they are great for using up fat quarters from your stash.

Get the Pinwheel Flowers block pattern here.

Preppy PinwheelsPhoto via Craftsy member Piper’s Girls

The use of a contrasting grey sashing provides a neutral background for a variety of print-and-white pinwheel blocks. This free pattern will not only help you use up your scraps, but the blocks are easy to piece when you make half-square triangles 8 at a time!

Get the FREE Preppy Pinwheel quilt pattern here.

Red Fox Paper PiecedPhoto via Craftsy member QuiltFOX

Are you ready to learn paper piecing for the first time (or brush up your skills)? This free pinwheel quilt pattern is paired with lovable fox faces to create a playful quilt for a child’s room.

Get the FREE Red Fox Paper Pieced pattern here.

Playful Pinwheel Childs QuiltPhoto via Craftsy member Maryland Quilter

Do you love quick quilting projects? This whole cloth quilt design means the pinwheel appliqué and quilting are completed at the same time, and there’s a creative technique to eliminate binding all together!

Get the Playful Pinwheel Child’s Quilt pattern here.

Spinning Pinwheel Layer Cake QuiltPhoto via Craftsy member Modern Tradition Quilts

Did you ever spin a pinwheel toy from the store and watch the fan blades go around and around? With a 3-D effect, this pinwheel quilt pattern uses pre-cut 10″ squares for easy piecing that plays up color value. Extra tiny pinwheel or spinning star shapes pieced into the sashing add a fun element of surprise.

Get the Spinning Pinwheel Layer Cake Quilt Pattern here.

Dimples Crib QuiltPhoto via Craftsy instructor Gail Kessler

When they are pieced side to side, pinwheels can create a dynamic pattern that’s richer with the use of bright colors and negative space. Rainbow pinwheels against a crisp white background are just the ticket in this class sample from Gail Kessler’s course Pinwheels: Piecing with Triangles.

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4 Comments

Daphyne Cowger

I am very excited to get some new ideas to put into a quilt.

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Quilting Jeannie Z

Pinwheels are my go to when I am stick for an idea. Easy, quick to make, and always look so different. Thanks for more great ideas. Love the large ones!

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Sue

I LOVE pinwheels. You have given us inspiration….I think the scrappy/white pinwheels with Prairie Points are my next project….Thanks.!!!

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Enola Plaisance

I love pinwheels thanks for showing so many.

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