“Simple Pinwheel” Quilt and Table Runner


I’d like to draw your attention to the “Patterns” tab in my blog header. If you have a few minutes, take a look at the free patterns offered there. If you need to make a quilted gift, perhaps you’ll find an idea for a pretty or quick project that suits your budget, time constraints or fabric/color preferences.

“Simple Pinwheels,” listed on the Patterns page is a quick quilt easily accomplished with strip piecing. Here’s a picture of Marjorie’s scrappy Pinwheels quilt. What a fun way to utilize random 2 1/2″ strips. Notice that each block is composed of 2 colorful strips. I love the contrasting white sashing and blue cornerstones!

Simple Pinwheel by Marjorie Simple Pinwheel by Marjorie

FYI- one strip of colored fabric (2 1/2″ x 40″) plus one strip of background fabric yields two “Simple Pinwheel” blocks that measure 8 1/2″ unfinished. If you are working with fat quarters, one 20″ colored strip plus a 20″ background strips yields 1 “Pinwheel” block.


On a recent shopping trip to JoAnn’s Fabric andCraft store, the peppermint fabric caught my eye. I imagined a “Simple Pinwheel” table runner made with white, red, and peppermint fabric. If you’d like to make one, too, you need 1/2 yd. white, 1/4 yd. red, 1/2 yd. peppermit, and 1/2 yd. backing fabric. Cut 3 strips each of the red and peppermint fabrics; cut 6 strips of the white fabric. This yields 12 blocks.


I made two rows of five blocks each for my runner because I wanted the top to fit onto a 42″ width of backing fabric.


You could make a longer runner by using all 12 blocks, or you could make two potholders to coordinate with the runner.


Click here and here to see other “Simple Pinwheel” quilts.


Caribbean “Brick-a-Brack”

Friday was an exciting day! McCall’s Quilting linked with my blog to give both sets of blog readers a free pattern and lots of fabric choice ideas for “Brick-a-Brack.” Have you downloaded your copy of the free pattern from the McCall’s website?

If you are still undecided on a fabric palette, I’d like to suggest a shimmering option with tropical island flair . . . blue and green batik.

Brick-a-Brack Marilyn Hearnsberger fish

Besides being an avid and passionate quilt maker,  Marilyn is also a certified scuba diver. She lives just minutes from the ocean, and her home overlooks a bay. Is it any wonder she selected these fabrics?  The small fish and seahorse appliques were cut from a fat quarter. Do you see the large appliqued fish in the bottom left corner? Marilyn found the pattern for it in the April/May 2014 Quick Quilts along with the pattern for “Brick-a-Brack.”

Cover for April May 2014 McCall's Quick Quilts

Marilyn kindly sent me close-up pictures of the quilt so you can see the quilting motifs she used. She used a variegated blue thread which blended nicely with all the batik colors yet contrasted well with the light border fabric.

Brick Caribbean 3

While the interior bricks are secured with a diagonal lines, the borders on the sides of the quilt have meandering fishy bubbles. The top and bottom light borders sport wavy lines.

Brick Caribbean 2

Are you wondering how I “met” Marilyn and obtained a picture of her awesome quilt? Marilyn emailed a digital picture of her rendition of “Brick-a-Brack” to McCallsQuilting@fwmedia.com along with a short note about her quilt. McCall’s prints some of the photos they receive on a “show and tell” page. And if the photo is not selected for publication, the editors often forward it to the quilt designer. I have received reader photos of “Charmville,” “Prism,” and “Brick-a-Brack.” Your pictures and notes send a valuable message to quilt magazine editors and pattern writers, telling them what designs you enjoyed making. This helps them better plan future magazine issues.

Thanks, Marilyn, for sharing the picture of your shimmering “Caribbean Brick” first with the McCall’s editors and then with me and my blog readers!