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Pinwheel Baby Quilt

I’ve mentioned that I have two friends who are expecting their first babies soon, so after making a Baby Owl Patchwork quilt for a little boy, the other couple found out they’re having a baby girl!  I just had to make a little something.  I started brainstorming, cutting, and piecing in the days before I started my new job–because I needed to focus on something to calm my nerves!  Since then, I’ve been working a bit each weekend and finally sent it off in the mail!  I hope it’s been received by now because I can’t wait any longer!

And now, I can reveal: my Pinwheel Baby Quilt!


  • 64 charm squares: 32 for patchwork blocks and 16 pairs for Half Square Triangles
  • 4 fat quarters for the backing
  • 1 yard of white fabric for the sashing and binding

Yields: one 34″ square baby quilt!

This is my third completed quilt and I owe it all to the quilt-as-you-go technique that I learned from the Crazy Shortcut Quilts book!  The traditional quilt sandwich/basting/quilting/binding is still too intimidating for me–I love quilting manageable blocks, then joining them with sashing, and voila!  A quilt is born!  Through this process, I have totally overcome my fear of binding… so I may eventually attempt to finish the UFO quilt tops that are waiting on me to overcome my fear of the quilt sandwich!

When choosing fabrics, I wanted something sweet and feminine, but not too girly.  This lucky baby has a scientist Mama and a librarian Papa, so no gender stereotypes allowed!

I bought two “Woodland Tails” charm packs by Riley Blake–I love the vintage feel and mix of colors, not just an overload of pink.  I mixed in a couple charm squares from my stash, and used four fat quarters for the back.  From the 32 charms, I made eight four-square blocks; from the 16 pairs, I made HST units and put together eight pinwheel blocks.  I quilted along each line of the pinwheel blocks, creating an asterisk, and repeated the pattern on the four-square blocks too.  I like how you can see the quilting on the back, too.

I loved working on this quilt, and I hope my friends enjoy it too!

A few more details…

I even got to use my label maker again with a new iron-on label!


If you want to check out the other quilts I’ve completed, click on the “Craft Chat” tab below the header on my website!

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