Monday, June 19, 2023

35+ Pinwheel Quilt Patterns

Pinwheel quilts are so fun! They look beautiful and traditional, but you can really make them different in so many ways.


Take this classic quilt block and turn it into so many different quilts. You can add in a double pinwheel for a different variation too. Let's check out these awesome patterns.

You will find lots of beginner friendly patterns with a few advanced options thrown in the mix as well.

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 A pinwheel block is made using half-square triangles, one of the most basic quilting units. They are easy blocks to make and perfect for beginners. I will be sharing a pinwheel quilt block tutorial soon. 


I am so excited for you to see these free pinwheel quilt patterns and tutorials. There are so many great ones. I can't decide which one I want to make next!

pinwheel dreams
Pinwheel Dreams by Sew Can She

This first free pattern features a lovely double pinwheel quilt block design. The larger pinwheels come together easily.

pinwheel patches quilt
Pinwheel Patches by Jedi Craft Girl

Mix and match pinwheel blocks with patches of squares in between. This allows for using scraps or a wide variety of fabrics and colors. 

striped pinwheel baby quilt
Striped Pinwheel Baby Quilt Pattern by Kiku Corner

Utilize half square triangles in strips to make pinwheels. This is a perfect beginner project. Make the triangles and just sew away!

how to make a pinwheel quilt block
How to Make a Pinwheel Quilt Block by The Lucy Bird

The free pinwheel quilt pattern adds a lovely border around the pinwheels. And you can do it in a variety of colors.  This quilt is the perfect size for a wall hanging or table topper.

pinwheel summer quilt
Pinwheel Summer Quilt by The Polka Dot Chair

Whip up a bunch of these easy half-square triangle blocks and piece together into a beautiful quilt. The pinwheel design becomes the main focus of this quilt. 

solid bold pinwheel quilt block
Solid Bold Pinwheels by Susie's Scraps

Another easy pinwheel quilt pattern with a bit of flair. Solid fabric choices set apart the pinwheels, and then add triangles for a bold border. The finished quilt is the perfect size for an adorable baby quilt or small throw.

baby pinwheel quilt
Baby Pinwheel Quilt by She Quilts a Lot

A simple quilt block can go a long way when you mix up the placement and contrast. The black and white are great along with the variety of a teal background.

framing pinwheels quilt
Framing Pinwheels by Susie's Scraps

For a more advanced pinwheel quilt, use the double pinwheels and then frame them in! Alternate pinwheel blocks with diamond blocks for variety.  


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In this section I am featuring pinwheel patterns that you can purchase. A lot of hard work goes into creating quilting patterns. So let's support those talented small business owners! 

pinwheel quilt baby pattern
Pinwheel Quilt Baby Pattern by Becky's Quilt Design
            Pinwheels work great in pastels for a baby blanket. Then add a cute border in a fun fabric print. Great for a baby shower gift.

split pinwheels quilt pattern
Split Pinwheels by Orange Dot Quilts

Instead of doing a traditional pinwheel, you can try this split pinwheel variation. It looks gorgeous with one color on a white background.

charm pack pinwheel quilt
Charm Pack Pinwheel Quilt by Maple Cottage Designs

Grab a charm pack to make these pinwheels. We love how you can find a cute charm pack that already has coordinating fabrics that you can create a quilt that requires limited fabric cutting. 

pinwheel party quilt
Pinwheel Party by Twiddle Tails

Mix and match small pinwheels with larger ones and bold squares. As the name of this pattern suggests, it is definitely a pinwheel party.

e is for elephant pinwheel quilt
E is for Elephant by Piper's Girl

How sweet are these pinwheel quilt blocks with appliqued elephants and flowers! An adorable option for a baby or little girl. 

windy day pinwheel quilt
Windy Day by Center Street Quilts

Alternating small and large pinwheels give this quilt a windy day look. This pattern gives you a very structured look over a whimsical pinwheel shape.

pinwheels galore quilt
Pinwheels Galore by Monday Morning Designs

Spice up pinwheels by bordering each individual pinwheel. The dash and square look is a unique look for a pinwheel quilt.  

double pinwheels quilt pattern
Double Pinwheels Quilt Pattern by Simpsons Designs Studio

Go all in on pinwheels with this double pinwheel quilt block pattern. Pair large blocks with smaller blocks to build this quilt top.

pinwheel throw quilt pattern
Pinwheel Throw Quilt Pattern by Maple Cottage Designs

If you need a classic quilt pattern, this is the one for you. This is a great project for gifting!

modern baby pinwheel quilt
Modern Baby Pinwheel Quilt by The Quilt Yarn

Another lovely pinwheel baby quilt pattern. I love how this quilt was made with a variety of bright colors. A great option for a rainbow baby.

rivermill pinwheel quilt
Rivermill by Running Stitches Quilts

I really enjoy the layered look of this pinwheel quilt. It looks like a square topped with a cross, topped with a pinwheel! So cute!

tidepools pinwheel quilt
Tidepools by Cotton Pickins Quilts

Pinwheel quilting blocks look amazing in a diagonal ombre effect. Go from darker blue to white or any other color scheme you would like. 

blue and white fat quarter pinwheel quilt
Blue and White Fat Quarter Quilt Pattern by Maple Cottage Designs

I am amazed at the creativity of pattern makers. This design is so unique and classy with the pinwheel within a diamond.
pinwheel patch quilt
Pinwheel Patch Quilt by Maple Cottage Designs

A simple pinwheel can be made of half square triangles, but you can mix them up by doing a four patch block alternating with the pinwheels. 

whimsical pinwheel quilt pattern
Whimsical Pattern by Bekka Parks for Scrap Avenue Quilting

Whimsy and an extended pinwheel looks so pretty! This pattern comes in a variety of sizes and is fat quarter and scrap friendly.

pinwheels on parade quilt
Pinwheels on Parade by Red Pepper Quilts

When your scrap pile is getting too big, make a quilt with scrappy pinwheels. Then bring them all together into a gorgeous quilt.

pinwheels big and small lap quilt
Pinwheels Big and Small Lap Quilt by KLee 2 Strings

Make perfect pinwheel blocks in two different sizes and match them up in alternating rows. One row of larger pinwheels offset by smaller pinwheels. 

emilee pinwheel quilt
Emilee by Primrose Cottage

Using two fabrics for small squares really breaks up the pinwheels. Another great fat quarter friendly project, but it does require some other yardage.

pinwheel delight quilt
Pinwheel Delight by Maple Cottage Designs

One last lovely design. I love the fabric choices here. Pairing florals with a couple of other simple patterned fabrics work together perfectly with this pattern.



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