Origami Pinwheel Quilt

Origami Pinwheel Quilt

Do you know Teresa Down Under? She is an Australian quilter whose website I discovered years ago. She posts many quilting video tutorials there and on her YouTube channel. I saw this a long time ago and posted it to my Pinterest page so I wouldn’t forget about it:

Cute, right?

Back before Covid, I joined a quilt ministry at my previous church that makes baby quilts for a pregnancy center (also baptism quilts and comfort quilts). When the church was renovated a few years ago, we had to empty the ministry closet and store the fabric in our homes. We all selected material that spoke to us personally. I took a lot of fat quarters of batiks and hand-dyed fabrics, and also fabrics that looked like batiks and hand-dyes. Also, a lot of colorful abstract and geometric patterns and metallic accents. A lot of those fabrics would not be thought of as especially appropriate for a child’s quilt, but I was determined to find a way to showcase them.

Then I remembered that video.

And I thought it would be a perfect vehicle for all those cool fabrics.

So I began to pair them up. Whenever possible, I made two blocks out of the same two fabrics, switching out the background and the pinwheel fabrics. It’s amazing how different the blocks look when you change the position of the fabrics, almost like a positive/negative:

See what I mean? Here are some more:

The most challenging part of the quilt was assembling the top after I had enough blocks made. I decided I wanted blocks made out of the same fabrics to be next to each other, either horizontally or vertically. Here’s one attempted layout:

I kept switching the blocks around until I was satisfied. I wanted the placement to draw one’s eyes around the whole quilt.

I had a cute parrot fabric that I thought would make a good backing:

But I didn’t have enough of it, so I had to piece in a panel of something else:

I machine-stitched-in-the-ditch around each block. I’m pleased with how it turned out. It’s not a traditional baby quilt, but I think it’s interesting and hope a kid would find it appealing.

2 responses »

  1. I made four of these blocks for a small wallhanging many years ago. They were super fun to do and, now that you have reminded me about them, they are all that I can think about!!!

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