Pinwheel Beach Quilt
Hi friends, I am here today to show you how to make a beach ready quilt - the Pinwheel Beach Quilt. The only difference between this and a regular quilt is that there is no inner batting layer and the backing is a terry cloth material. I thought this would be a fun project for a blanket to take to the park, picnics, for naps by the beach or even out on a boat as a cover up from the wind. Nights in Chicago during the summer can get a little cooler so having a cozy blanket is always nice. The terry cloth backing also gives a nice weight to the quilt so you will not miss the batting that traditionally goes inside.
Seaworthy Fabric line by Jack and Lulu for Dear Stella:
- 1 1/2 yd white confetti dots
- 1/4 yd Jolly rogers Navy JL 319
- 1/4 yd Tossed Anchors White JL 324
- 1/4 yd Set Sail Blue JL 320
- 1/4yd Stars Navy JL 322
- 1/4 yd Seahorses Blue JL 318
- 1/4 yd Go Fish JL 323
- 3/4 yd Pinstripe Navy JL 315 for binding
Cuddle Terry Cloth in Navy, I chose a 58" width: 2 yards - you will need to pre-wash and dry this material before quilting.
Coordinating thread: Aurifil Steel Blue and Aurifil White
Sewing Machine and notions (scissors, acrylic ruler, walking foot, rotary cutter and mat, iron)
Step 1: Creating your Pinwheels (All seam allowances are 1/4" unless noted)
Begin by ironing and cutting your White Confetti Dots and all of your Seaworthy fabrics except the Navy Stripe (binding fabric) into 10" squares. You will need a total of 20 Seaworthy Prints and 20 White Confetti Dot squares. While you are cutting out your fabrics make sure to pre-wash your terry cloth, it seems very flat when you purchase the material but when washed and dried it fluffs up and shrinks down a bit.
To create your pinwheels you will layer a white square and a pattern square facing each other. At your machine sew around the perimeter of the square.
Using an acrylic ruler and a rotary cutter, cut your squares into 4 triangles by cutting corner to corner on each side like shown.
Open your 4 triangles and open to reveal a half square triangle - take to your iron and press open.
Once pressed you can lay your squares out into your pinwheel shape near your machine. You can also snip away any of the little flags that are hanging off the edges to clean up the square.
When sewing your squares together lining up your seams and pinning in place helps to keep everything straight.
Once the top two and bottom two squares are all sewn together, lay your pinwheel out again to make sure you are sewing the next two sections together correctly.
Line up your middle seams and then pin in place.
Here is the back of one pinwheel showing how all of the seams are ironed open. This will help reduce the bulk in certain areas.
There you have it - Once compete pinwheel! These now roughly measure 13" square. At your cutting mat you can now trim these down to 12", lining up your middle seams on a line as you cut helps to keep everything straight.
Step 2: Creating your quilt top
Once you have all of your pinwheels cut down to 12" you can now lay them out to create your quilt top. For this particular quilt I chose to use a 4 x 5 square layout.
As you sew your rows together it helps to again to match up your seams and pin so your pinwheels will remain lined up.
Step 3: Quilting
Lay your terry cloth down on your floor, tape the corners down to create a night taut surface to pin on. Lay your quilt top face up and pin in place with large safety pins. I placed a pin in the middle of every Seaworthy fabric piece and it seemed to be a nice spacing.
For my quilting I used a walking foot and had no problem sewing the quilt top and terry cloth together. Since I wanted to hide my stitching on the terry cloth side I chose a matching thread color for my bobbin thread and used a white thread for the top. I did a straight line stitch along one side of each seam. Once you are finished trim your edges with your rotary cutter or scissors.
For my binding I used the Navy stripe and cut 2.5" strips along the width of the fabric. Sew these together and iron in half, bind your quilt by hand or machine - whichever is your preference.
You are now finished - time to enjoy your new beach quilt!
Here are some more images, I had some assistance from my son Grey - he was more interested in getting dirty in the sand though :)
Thanks for stopping by today friends,