The pinwheels are probably one the most recognizable quilt blocks. They’re easy to piece and super fun to play with layouts and colors. These renters have decided to keep with tradition and create these beautiful pinwheel block quilts.
Karen made this quilt top a long time ago and then just lost interest in it and set it aside. I think we can all relate to that! I haven’t met a quilter yet that didn’t have several projects going at once at different stages of the process. She was watching Alex Anderson telling people to finish tops even if you didn’t like them, so she pulled it out and finished it.
And we are so glad she did. I like how these pinwheels just float on the two tone background. This really lets you see the quilting. She chose the Toss Up pantograph, which gives the same spiraling effect as the pinwheels. I think it was a great choice. Grandpa always said not to judge unfinished work. I think it turned out super cute.
This is a gift for Debbie’s friend’s grandchild. Using the same white fabric in all the blocks gave the overall look of lattice work to the quilt. She chose to quilt it with our orange peel design board. Design boards are great in designs that have circles, as it is much easier to make those circles perfect.
The repeated structure and symmetry of the orange peel design is quite appealing in this quilt. I think it accentuates the roundness of the individual blocks helping it look soft and inviting. What a lucky child to get a bright and colorful gift.
This is Judy’s Pinwheel quilt. She chose a lot of beautiful earth tones in greens, and browns, and rusts. There is no sashing and just a small border, so all the interest is on the large pinwheel blocks. Using the same white background for all the blocks helps give the quilt movement and motion as your eye jumps from one pinwheel to the next easily.
She free motioned this with some gentle loops that accentuates the individual pinwheel, making them almost blossom like. Beautifully done, Judy!
Valerie made this lovely star patterned quilt. What do you think of her two-toned background? It gives the quilt a frame without putting a border on it.
She chose to quilt it with free motion curves. The quilting in the corners of the star blocks gives the circular negative space between the stars a blossom feel.
This beautiful purple dresden plate was also created by Valerie. I love the fabric choices she made here. The purples are mixed with blacks and grays and really blend together. The stars in white that sit on top each plate just seem to float on the surface.
She custom quilted this one with loopy meander around the background and a more intricate flower or star shape in the the center of each plate. I’m so impressed with the quilting both Judy and Valerie are doing! They’ve been renting machines once every month or two for a little over a year now. They are the shining examples of “practice makes perfect!”