Easy printable pinwheel quilt pattern, Jolly Table Topper with framed blocks. Beginner quilters can make these classic quilt blocks with ease, it’s all about nesting the seams to get the points spot on. This awesome pattern comes together so fast and makes a wonderful gift. Full beginner friendly pinwheel quilt block tutorial to make this classic quilt pattern but in a tiny table topper. A scrap quilt is a great way to use up any left over fabric from another project or in this case left over pinwheel quilting blocks from a quilt pattern. Finished measurements 20″ by 20″.
This is my second pinwheels quilt pattern and my third quilt pattern using half square triangles or HST units. There are so many different quilt designs you can create if you know how to make half square triangles. Beginner friendly instructions along with a free pinwheel quilt block pattern below. If you missed my easy pinwheel quilt pattern for a throw size quilt, check it out here. My first half square triangle quilt pattern was for a chevron throw quilt, if you missed that free pattern you can check it out here.
Just trying to bust through some of my stash and make room for new fabrics. So, if you’ve been searching for the perfect pinwheel quilt pattern, you’re in the right place. This tutorial and free table topper pinwheel quilt block pattern is beginner friendly and comes together in no time!
Finished quilt table topper measures 20″ by 20″.
In this post, I’ll guide you through the steps to create perfect pinwheel quilt blocks, simple blocks for beginners. Plus, I’m offering a free printable pinwheel quilt pattern for a table topper featuring framed blocks. Using up fabric from my stash but here are other fabric options below that you could use.
Fabric Options for Pinwheel Quilt Pattern
Here are fabric options you can use: fabric yardage, fat quarters, fabric stash or layer cake squares. All make great options but will need to be cut and sub cut prior to sewing. The easy way is to use precut charm packs. Charm packs consist of around 40 – 5″. You will need 5″ charm squares to get a 4.5″ finished half square triangle. This quilt block tutorial sample quilt is made with Lori Holt Prim by Riley Blake Designs, cut into 5″ x WOF strips, then sub cut into 5″ squares. I used white blocks for the background squares, also cut into 5″ squares. Lori Hold Bee Background Clover Tea Rose by Riley Blake Design for the sashing.
You will need the following quilting skills to complete this pattern successfully: half square triangles, nesting seams, free motion quilting OR can straight line stitch on a domestic sewing machine. So basically quilters of all skill levels should be able to complete this beautiful pattern with ease.
Are you a new quilter? Make sure you check out How to Learn How to Quilt: Beginners Quilting Guide. It’s jam packed with useful information and resources. New quilters are always wondering what they can make. This is a great quilt pattern once you have made a couple charm square quilts and know how to make half square triangles.
Printable Pinwheel Quilt Pattern – Table Topper
Materials You’ll Need:
- Print and Background fabric: Choose a variety of green fabrics and patterns that complement each other. Fat quarters are a great option for a diverse selection without buying large cuts. Precut charm packs or layer cakes are another excellent choice. Great stash buster for 5″ squares. See fabric requirements below for 5″ square quantities. (Note: Now you can pick any color scheme to create your own unique look. You can use several background fabrics or pair up print fabrics to form a half square triangle too.)
- Cutting mat, rotary cutter, and quilting ruler: These tools will help you cut your fabric pieces accurately.
- Sewing machine and coordinating thread: A basic sewing machine will do wonders for your quilting journey.
- Iron and ironing board: Essential for achieving crisp, polished seams.
- Pins and safety pins: These will help keep your fabric pieces in place during sewing and quilting.
See the full list of beginner quilting supplies I use and highly recommend further down below.
Printable Pinwheel Quilt Pattern (Table Topper)
Finished table topper measures 20″ by 20″.
8 – 5″ background squares
8 – 5″ green squares
9 – 1.5″ red cornerstone squares
12 – 8.5″ x 1.5″ sashing strips
Backing and binding fabric
Make Half Square Triangles (HSTs)
First thing you need to do is cut your fabric to the cutting sizes above. Now it’s time to make the half square triangles. Take 1 – 5″ print square and 1 – 5″ background square, place right sides together. Next, draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner using a pencil, pen or fabric marker. Sew a quarter inch seam line down both sides of the diagonal line. Cut the square in half, cutting directly on the diagonal line to create two half square triangles (HSTs). Square up with square quilting ruler to 4.5″.
If you are brand new to quilting and don’t know how to make half square triangles (HSTs), check out my tutorial How to Make Half Square Triangles (HSTs) – Easy Formula Chart.
Arrange and Sew Traditional Pinwheel Blocks
The pinwheel block is an easy block to make using four half square triangles. Use the half square triangles you made in the step above to form blocks. Make four blocks total.
Arrange your half-square triangles into 4 pinwheel blocks (as shown below), with the contrasting fabrics forming a pinwheel design. Sew the top half square triangles together by placing the square on the right facing down on the square on the left. Nest the seams and pin in place then sew together using a quarter inch seam allowance. Now repeat this step for the squares on the bottom.
Pro Tip: Nesting your seams before you sew is the key to sewing these blocks.
Finally, take the two rows and sew together using a quarter inch seam allowance to form the block. Press seams open for a flat and neat finish.
Chain sew the rows together to complete the traditional pinwheel block. That’s all there is to making these easy blocks. Also, I didn’t trim any of these blocks before forming the quilt top. You shouldn’t have to either.
Written Instructions – Pinwheel Table Topper Pattern
Simple Pinwheel Table Topper Pattern:
For this framed block pinwheel table topper measuring approximately 20″ by 20″ here’s what you’ll need:
- 4 pinwheel blocks (created following the steps above)
- Sashing strips and cornerstones (cut following the directions above)
Arranging Pinwheel Table Topper Pattern
Arrange the four pinwheel blocks into two rows with sashing strips laid out below. You will need to attach the sashing to the blocks from left to right working each row separately.
Attaching the Sashing
Place three sashing strips for each row, one before the block, in between the blocks and to the right of the last block. Do this for both rows. Take the first row to sewing machine and attach sashing strips using a quarter inch seam allowance. Press seams and iron flat. Repeat this for the second row.
Take the remaining sashing strips and cornerstones to the sewing machine and make three horizontal strips for the top, middle and bottom border of the table topper. You will need 3 cornerstones and 3 sashing strips to make each border strip. Each strip should start and end with a cornerstone with a cornerstone in the middle. See picture below for more info. Always sew with a quarter inch seam allowance, which is easy to do with a quarter inch presser foot.
Now attach these sashing strips with cornerstones to the top of the first row, then to the bottom of the first row.
Next, attach the sashing strips with cornerstones to the bottom of the second row, then sew the bottom section to the middle of the first section to form the table topper.
For more information on sashing, check out How to Make Quilt With Sashing and Cornerstones.
You can use any backing fabric or backing pattern you desire. Here is how I made my backing with left over fabric scraps. Fabric cutting sizes: 2 – 2.5″ x 21″ red strips (same fabric as cornerstones), 1 – 5″ x 21″ background fabric and 2 – 6.5″ x 21″ background fabric. The backing background fabric used was Cozy Christmas background by Lori Holt of Riley Blake Designs.
Layout your fabric as shown in the picture below then sew rows together using a quarter inch seam allowance. Your backing should be slightly larger than the quilt top.
Order of rows: 6.5″ background strip, 2.5″ red strip, 5″ background strip, 2.5″ red strip and finally the 6.5″ background strip. Makes a simple pieced quilt backing for your project.
Time to make a quilt sandwich with your quilt top, batting and backing fabric. Baste the layers together with 505 Adhesive Spray Baste or curved quilting safety pins. For more info, check out How to Sandwich a Quilt Step-By-Step Tutorial.
Quilting On Domestic Sewing Machine
You can opt for straight line quilting, free motion quilting, or any other quilting design that inspires you. For more info, check out How to Machine Quilt With Walking Foot for Beginners.
Once quilting is complete, square up your table topper with straight line quilt ruler, rotary cutter and cutting mat.
Once quilting is complete, bind the edges of your quilt to give it a polished look. Use a single fold binding using 1.5″ x WOF strips until it’s long enough to fit around the table topper. I used fabric scraps to make a scrappy border and added little bits of red fabric as well. Sew strips together to form a continuous strip. For more info, check out How Wide to Cut Quilt Binding and Make Easy Strips and How to Join Quilt Binding Ends, Beginner Series
Attach binding to the back of quilt first using a quarter inch seam, then finish by attaching to the front side of quilt by folding bolding and folding again. Pin in place with sewing pins, line your presser foot to the left of the binding and sew slightly to the right without going off the border to finish. Your project is done, enjoy your free printable pinwheel quilt pattern (table topper).
Printable Pinwheel Quilt Pattern – BEGINNER QUILTING SUPPLIES
Here are some quilting supplies that are great for quilters that I use and highly recommend. For more info, check out Quilting Supplies for Beginners (Best Tools To Start).
- Rotary Mat Cutting Mat (Self-Healing Mat)
- 28 mm Rotary Cutter
- 28 mm Rotary Cutter Replacement Blades
- 45 mm Rotary Cutter with Sharp Blade (start with this one)
- 45 mm Rotary Cutter Replacement Blades (start with this one)
- 60 mm Rotary Cutter
- 60 mm Rotary Cutter Replacement Blades
- 5″ x 20″ Quilting Straight Line Ruler
- 4.5″ Quilting Square Ruler for half square triangles
- 12.5″ Quilting Square Ruler for quilt blocks
- Cut Resistant Gloves
- Straight Pins
- Sewing Thread
- Universal Sewing Needles
- Cotton Batting
- Sewing Machine Beginner (see my about me page for more info on sewing machines for beginners to the one I use today)
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Do you want more free quilt patterns? Check out my resource section below for all of my free quilting patterns, tutorials and free pattern reviews.
SEW NIKKI RESOURCES – HOW TO’S AND FREE PATTERNS
- Learn How To Quilt: Beginner Quilting Guide
- How to Make Pinwheel Quilt Block (Free Throw Quilt Pattern)
- 5 Yard Quilt Pattern Free – Chevron Throw Quilt
- How to Make Half Square Triangles – Easy Formula Chart
- Best Fabric for Quilting: How to Shop Like a Pro!
- Pieced Quilt Backing Ideas – Super Simple Backs
- Quilt As You Go Patterns: Table Runner Free Pattern
- Charm Square On Point Quilt Pattern & Tutorial
- Table Runner DIY – Simple Quilted Table Runner
- How to Make Heat Proof Recycled Denim Potholders
- Chevron Quilt Pattern – Make Easy Placemats Two Ways
- How to Bind a Quilt – Easy Single Fold Binding
- The ABC Baby Quilt Sewing Pattern (Free, Easy)
- How to Sandwich A Quilt Step-By-Step Tutorial
- How Wide To Cut Quilt Binding & Make Easy Strips
- Easy Quilt Patterns – How To Make Charm Square Quilt
- How to Machine Quilt With Walking Foot For Beginners
- How to Sew a Quilt Together – Quilting for Beginners
- Mini Quilt Patterns, TQC “July” Postcard Pattern Review
- Quilting Supplies for Beginners (Best Tools to Start)
- How To Cut Fabric For Quilting (Easy and Accurate)
- How to Make Stunningly Beautiful Log Cabin Quilt Block
- Quilting Tips For Beginners (10 Essential Tips)
- How To Make Quilt With Sashing and Cornerstones
- Quilt Blocks, The Nonsense Table Topper Review
- How To Be Successful and Spend Less – New Quilter Tips
- Quilt Patterns, “Positive Effect” Pattern Review
- How To Join Quilt Binding Ends, Beginner Series
ABOUT SEW NIKKI
If this is your first time stopping by, welcome! My name is Nikki. I’m a weekend quilter, have a super small sewing space and taught myself how to sew and quilt by watching YouTube videos! My blog has How-To’s, Free Patterns and Pattern Reviews. Read more about me here.
This pinwheel table topper is the perfect size for a table and the whole thing only took a few hours to make. You can’t go wrong when you use a traditional pattern or simple quilt block and fabric scraps to make a beautiful quilt project.
After you make this free pinwheel quilt pattern, post it and tag me on Instagram (@sewnikki6).
Want to learn how to crochet? Then check out this post, How to Learn How to Crochet – Guide for Beginners.
Sew, quilt, crochet and repeat!