Of the many versions of the spinning star quilt pattern, one of the most popular is a pinwheel in the center of what is known as the Ohio star, a four-point star. The basic pattern is created with a group of three different colored fabrics, cut into squares. The pattern looks more difficult to create than it actually is when it is broken down into steps. Try making one spinning star quilt block from scrap fabric. After you’ve mastered the procedure, you can finish a larger project using this pattern.
Things You'll Need
- 3 fabric scraps
- Fabric pencil
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine
Cut your scrap fabrics into 3 7/8-inch squares, using a ruler and scissors. Cut six plain, light-colored squares for the background of the spinning star quilt pattern. Then cut four plain, dark-colored squares for the star and background. Cut six floral print squares to make up the pinwheel.
Place one light-colored square on top of a dark-colored square. With your ruler and a fabric pencil, lightly mark the top square diagonally, from point to point. Mark a line that is 1/4 inch from the center line on both sides. Pin the two pieces of fabric together around the edges, so they won't slip.
Sew down both lines on each side of the center line, using a sewing machine. Cut down the center line. You will have two squares with a light and a dark triangle on each. Repeat this process to create two more light and dark squares for a total of four. Use this procedure to make four dark and print squares and eight light and print squares.
Layout the squares to make the shape of the spinning star quilt pattern. To do this, place four squares in the top row. Square one is a patterned (P) triangle at the bottom left and light (L) triangle on top. Square two is a dark (D) triangle at the bottom left and L triangle on top. Square three is a P triangle at the bottom right and L triangle on top. Square four is an L triangle on the bottom right and a P triangle on top. That completes the first row of four.
Place the second row of squares. Square one is an L triangle on the left bottom and P triangle on top, Square two is a P triangle on left bottom and D triangle on top. Square three is a D triangle on right bottom and P triangle on top. Square four is an L triangle on right bottom and D triangle on top. Starting the third row, square one is a D triangle on the bottom right and L triangle on top. Square two is a P triangle on bottom right and D triangle on top. Square three is D on bottom left and P on top. Square four is a P triangle on bottom left and L triangle on top. Starting the fourth row, square one is a P triangle on bottom right and L triangle on top. Square two is an L triangle on bottom right and P triangle on top. Square three is an L triangle on bottom left and D triangle on top. Square four is an L triangle on bottom left and P triangle on top.
Pin and sew the top row first, one square after the other, in the same order as placed, with the right sides of the fabric facing up. Use a 1/4-inch seam allowance throughout. You will have a strip of four squares. Set it aside and repeat the process with each of the remaining three rows. Iron all of the seams to the right, not open as in garment sewing.
Set the rows in the same order as the squares were placed previously. Pin the first row to the second row, right fabric sides facing up. Sew across the row. Pin and sew the third row onto the second row and the fourth row onto the third row. Press all of the seems downward. You have just completed your first spinning star quilt pattern.
Tips & Warnings
- Use highly contrasting fabric colors for distinct spinning stars.
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