Evening in the Garden Quilts

Adventures in Fabric Art

Pinwheel Finish



I finished the Disappearing Pinwheel quilt this weekend.  This was a quilt-along we did on Twitter, during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Sew-In, using a tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  I think A.J. talked us into it.  Not sure.  See other Twilters’ versions here.  I made it entirely from stash, so for that reason alone it was a good project.  Those aren’t wrinkles, they are shadows from bare tree branches.


If the last project was Cotton Candy, then this is Orange Sherbet.  I used six (I think)  different large floral prints and a light orange blender fabric.  Also, I transposed the center pinwheels, though I hadn’t planned to originally, so they don’t contrast much.  With all the bias, it was a bit wonky and wavy and puffy, so I quilted it all over with feathers.  There are feather circles in every circular area, hearts and designs in the diamonds created by the corner triangles, and continuously around the border.


I marked a little for the hearts, but that was it.  This quilt was a bit large and heavy to drag around under the machine, so my feathers aren’t perfect, but it was good practice, and it really tamed the top.  I’m amazed at how flat and square it turned out.


One of my favorite parts is the backing.  It’s an amazing dragonfly batik, thick and soft, and dyed like rainbow sherbet.  The orange Bottom Line thread I used in the top and bottom blended nicely in some places and showed more in other spots.


I don’t think I would make this pattern again, but it did come together pretty quickly.  It was fun seeing how the blocks were turning out as we were working together.

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See lots of other finishes at Whoop Whoop Friday, and TGIFF, which is at Quilt Matters today.

Author: Valerie

I'm Valerie, also known as Scooquilt. I am passionate about fabric and quilting. My quilts are colorful and modern, but grounded in traditional blocks. My degrees are in Fine Arts and Education. I'm retired from teaching and trying to quilt daily. Reading, gardening, and cats are also important to me.

13 thoughts on “Pinwheel Finish

  1. great quilt… looks like a lot of fun… I liked this pattern better than the churn dash… BUT I wonder which quilt fad will be the next to take over on twitter…..

  2. Very pretty, and your quilting really enhances it.

  3. It came out gorgeous, Valerie! Orange is my favorite color so you couldn’t go wrong with that background in my eyes :))) The back looks really soft, almost flannel-like! Great job!

  4. I love how the colour radiates across your quilt. Great job! So glad you linked up to TGIFF, Valerie!

  5. I meet the disappearing pin wheel block last month for the first time – isn’t it great! Jackie has her corners turned the other way into churn dash blocks instead but lovely either way!!!!

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  7. Just so lovely Valerie! The colors make me happy.

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