Playful Pinwheels

Playful Pinwheels

Over the years I have made quite a few quilts… Log Cabin, Split Rail, Nine Patch, Irish Chain, Around the World, even a Lone Star but the quilt block I return to again and again is the Pinwheel. I love pinwheel quilts. It is my go to pattern when making baby blankets.

I made my first pinwheel quilt when I was a sophomore in college. It was a gift for my then boyfriend/now hubby and is now our well loved family picnic blanket. When I found out the gender of my first child I immediately went to the fabric store and turned out another pinwheel quilt… on of course a smaller scale. Each of my girls got a pinwheel quilt too… all slightly different but all sporting the playful pinwheels.

Why the obsession with Pinwheels? I believe this all stems from the fact that my baby blankie, the one I could not leave the house without, the one my mom had to patch and re-patch until the fabric was worn completely through, the one I still have tucked away in a keep sake box in my closet was in fact a pinwheel quilt. Nothing says comfort to me like a pinwheel quilt.

Once again playful pinwheels squares are scattered across my sewing table as I am making a baby blankie for my soon to be here niece. This time I have been taking notes and lots of pictures and I will be sharing the pattern for my beloved pinwheels shortly.


Michelle ~ Wee Folk Art


  1. Hey! This is funny. I had a pinwheel quilt as a blankie when I was little. I don’t quilt so I didn’t even know what it was called until now! My grandmother made it for me. It wound up in pieces and she took a good piece of it and framed it for me and I have it hanging in my bedroom. BTW, your daughters look like you. Cute!

  2. I do a lot of non pattern sewing likes skirts and such but I’ve wanted to try my hand at a quilt. I’m thinking this would be great to start out with a doll sized blankie for the girls to use. Can’t wait to see your tutorial. Doing a little scrolling back, I agree that your daughters, especially Fairy, look like you!

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