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The Walking Pinwheel Quilting Block

picture of the walking pinwheel quilt block

This Pinwheel Block looks like it is out for a stroll. The Pinwheel quilt block has a lot of movement, but this one looks a bit like walking legs with big shoes.

the grids of the walking pinwheel quilt block

This block is a 4-patch, further divided into 16 grids.  This block is not hard to make.  There are squares, Half Square Triangles, and flying geese units in this block.  All of these building blocks are featured on the beginning instructional pages.

The center is a simple Pinwheel Block.  If you make this block using Simple Measurements, and plan each grid to finish at 2 inches, the center pinwheel in this block will measure 4 1/2 inches raw. However- do not make this pinwheel block, or it will be hard to attach the other units.

The Flying Geese unit takes up 2 grids.  So it will measure 4 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches. 

The Half Square Triangles take up one grid, so they will measure  2 1/2 inches raw.

The 4 squares in the block each take up one grid, so they will be cut 2 1/2 inches raw.

Piece this block in 4 quadrants.  Sew each flying geese unit to the combined square and half square triangle that it adjoins.  Then sew the 4 quadrants together.

Be careful with your pressing. There are a lot of seams that come together in the middle of a pinwheel. Review the basic pinwheel instructional page.

This is a fun block. It is often used in quilts for children.



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