Today I’m excited to share with you a quilt that I started over 4 summer ago, it’s this super simple summer pinwheel quilt. It was a breeze to make and should not have taken me 4 years to finish! If you like this project you may also like this Gingham Daydream Quilt.
Several summers ago (I think it was 4, but to be honest I’m not sure). I got the idea to make a red, white and blue quilt for summer. I was literally in the store, saw the fabrics, then got the idea. It was one of those spur of the moment ideas — I’m sure I’m not the only one that has them :).
I started the quilt without much of a plan, just that I’d make a bunch of half square triangles. I bought 3-4 prints of fabric and a 10″ stacker. (If you’re not familiar, a 10″ stacker is a package of pre cut fabric all cut into 10″ squares, sometimes they are called layer cakes).
I ended up making 82 half square triangles each sized 9 1/2″ x 9 1/2″. I trimmed them up and put them in the “pile”. They sat there for 4 summers. Each Spring I would plan to pull out the blocks and finish the quilt, and each year summer would pass with the blocks still in a box.
Then we planned a cross-country RV trip and I decided a couple of weeks before we left that I was absolutely going to finish the quilt before our trip. Within a week I had the whole thing finished. Including quilting.
I figured out WHY I finally got it done. I stopped caring about how it looked. I think it sat there for years because I was obsessing over the layout of the blocks. A couple of weeks ago, I sat down one Sunday afternoon after church and started making pinwheel blocks. The only guideline I gave myself was that each block would have all red, or blue blocks. I didn’t even care if they were all the same print. When it came time to assemble the pinwheel blocks I just shuffled the blocks then stitched them together. I didn’t put it up on my design wall and stress over it for ages…
I also quilted it with a simple overall meandering pattern that I did myself and is far from perfect.
Let me tell you. I LOVE how it turned out. Allowing myself to just finish something even if it wasn’t perfect in the end was so liberating.
I don’t have a pattern for this quilt (since I’m sure as you’ve noticed as you have been reading, that I was just making it up as I went)… and the fabric is now long out of print.
If you’d like to make something similar I’d recommend using Riley Blake’s Gingham Girls line. It’s got the same vintage feel with fun red white and blue prints. You can read more about the line on Amy Smart’s blog, Diary of a Quilter.
The quilt is 82 HST’s. So you need 41 white 10″ x 10″ squares and 41 10″ x 10″ squares of various prints. Just layer one white fabric with one print fabric and create two HST’s. (If you need to know how to do that click here).
Trim each HST to 9 1/2″ x 9 1/2″.
That’s pretty much it!
I’m happy to say that the quilt has now driven across the country with me. We toted it (and our family) down to Southern Utah this month. 2000 miles, 3 kids, 2 adults and a dog in an RV, and so far no one has drawn any blood *wink*. The experience was far from drama free, but I’ll still call it a success.