February 22 ~ Quilt of the Day

on February 22 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 65 Comments

Whirlygiggles
By Michelle, greetingarts

Michelle designed this pinwheel variation for the Doll Quilt Swap. She wrote about the process and design on her greetingarts blog, and you can see more views in her quilting photo set. Michelle very generously offered to share her template in a Whirlygiggles Tutorial on her blog! Her design ties in so nicely with today’s block-along. Thank you, Michelle!

Michelle writes, “I’d seen a quilt similar to that in a book or magazine years ago, when I first started quilting and didn’t have much of a stash. I didn’t buy the book, but always had the idea of the one patch in my mind, so when the Doll Quilt Swap came along, I had a couple of trial and errors and then developed a template based on a simple square. By then, six years or so later, I had PLENTY of scraps! I hand pieced and hand quilted the whole thing (I find hand piecing MUCH MORE soothing than machine sewing), and had an absolute blast putting it all together and picking the rainbow colors and neutral backgrounds from my scrap bins.”

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65 Responses to February 22 ~ Quilt of the Day

  1. Austen says:

    Love it!

  2. Karen M. says:

    So cute—I am going to have to put it on my “someday” list for sure!!

  3. Glaucia says:

    This is so beautiful! Thanks for the template!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    I love the bright colors!

  5. Margaret says:

    This is too cute. It reminds me of scotty dogs somehow.

  6. ainhoa says:

    Such a beautiful quilt!

  7. That’s such a fun quilt. It just makes me smile.

  8. Tara says:

    I absolutely love the whimsical design and the colors used! I don’t usually like block designs, but this is totally adorable!

  9. Becca says:

    This is so fun! Fun quilt and a fun name to boot!

  10. Char says:

    What a great design–thank you for sharing it with us! I love the way it is playful. And the simplicity of the design is astounding… I love the way lots of little units create a whole new effect from a distance.

  11. Beth says:

    This is one of the most delightful quilts I’ve seen. I just can’t help saying “ROY G. BIV” when I look at it.

  12. Katie says:

    I love how the colours gradually change. Very pretty!

  13. Emily says:

    I love the rainbow colors, and whirligigs are so cute! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  14. Alison says:

    Total loveliness!

  15. Katie says:

    Very sweet quilt. I am a sucker for the bright rainbow colors!

  16. mj says:

    This is such a fun block design!

  17. Carol says:

    This just screams FUN!

  18. annie says:

    that is a cute quilt! i love the color gradation.

  19. Rose L says:

    Wow – that is so adorable!

  20. Shelley says:

    This is awesome! I am in love with pinwheels lately.

  21. Lil' d says:

    What a fun quilt.

  22. Kelli says:

    Love the bright colors!

  23. Mika says:

    So pretty!

  24. Amy W says:

    I so love this! I see similar blocks in books that I never buy…Thanks for sharing!

  25. Cassie Ogle says:

    This is such a cool block pattern! I really like the colors :D

  26. Sarah says:

    I absolutely love anything in rainbow order, and this quilt is especially pretty!

  27. Sandy says:

    i love hos the whirlygigs work their way through the rainbow!

  28. Beth says:

    this quilt is very very good looking.

  29. Kristin says:

    I LOVE this! Wonderful colors!

  30. Absolutely adore this! Somehow reminds me of something in my grandmother’s house when I was a child. We used to take out an old quilt from her cedar chest and drape it over the old porch swing to avoid splinters. Love it!
    Theresa

  31. Wendy says:

    So beautiful. I love the pattern and the colors. And the fact that it was all done by hand so beautifully is amazing!

  32. Deborah Fair says:

    What a wonderful quilt. Nice work!

  33. alicia says:

    Thats such a fun quilt. Reminds me of picnics in the summertime.

  34. Angela says:

    So fun! I love it. What a great quilt for a little boy or girl!

  35. Michele says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Very fun colors and pattern.

  36. Carrie says:

    What a fun quilt. I love pinwheels and this is just a fun, whimsical variation. I would like to try it!

  37. RobinE says:

    What a beautiful quilt! Makes me want to actually start using my scraps. :)

  38. Ellen says:

    Nice flow of colors and choice of fabric patterns.

  39. kathy says:

    Another inspiring pattern! I can’t believe I haven’t dug my sewing machine out of the mess on my work bench yet! Someday . . . :)

  40. Mellissa says:

    So much fun and a great use for scraps, thank you for sharing.

  41. renee says:

    i really love this quilt! So playful and fun.

  42. Michelle Pothorin says:

    Michelle is part of our yahoo quilting group, she does such wonderful work. I am so happy you found her. Thanks for the tutorial link!
    Mich

  43. Dawn says:

    So pretty! Thanks for including a link to the tutorial!

  44. Sara says:

    It looks so pretty!

  45. alison says:

    Wow – that’s gorgeous!

  46. Amy says:

    This is really adorable! It looks somehow very summery to me…maybe that is because I am dying for spring and summer to come!

  47. Kate says:

    This is wonderful! Great work Michelle! :D

  48. Carrie says:

    This quilt is making me so happy. I love that the neutral pieces aren’t all the same, just the same tones. What a great quilt!

  49. Julia D says:

    I love this!! I’d be temted to make a set. (a red one, an orage one…) I think the hand-work makes it so charming and much more a treasure! I love it.

  50. Carrie says:

    I love this! It’s so cheerful and a really cool variation on the pinwheel. I’m so excited that she offers a template for this…can’t wait to try it out!

  51. Amanda says:

    This looks like ALOT of work went into it! Beautiful choice of fabrics Michelle! I’m really interested in a new sewing machine for myself, so I can hopefully start a quilt sometime! :D

  52. Shelly says:

    Pinwheels are such a good memory of Grandma’s in the summer. All of these quilts are so touching, making me long for the days I lay under my grandmother’s quilting frames watching the needle move gently through the fabric.

  53. Marilyn says:

    This is such a fun quilt! I like the bright colors.

  54. Teddi says:

    Lovely – I am so inspired by all the terrific work being highlighted here!

  55. Jen says:

    Oh wow!! I love this! Such a fun variation!! This is being added to my list of quilts!!

  56. Regina says:

    What a great use of colors! Very neat technique.

  57. What a great quilt for a doll swap. The rainbow colors are great.

  58. mary says:

    I love this! Such a simple idea with stunning results!

  59. Valerie says:

    That’s a very lovely pinwheel quilt! I love the colors she chose. Thanks for the tutorial link : )

  60. Ashley Ann says:

    Oh wow! What a fun quilt. I might have to try something like that next!

  61. Solidia says:

    This is such a cute quilt! I have admired it since the doll quilt swap. Thanks for the tutorial. :)

  62. Barbara says:

    So sweet and colourful! I think I like this more than the traditional pinwheel design.

  63. Oh wow! Such a neat quilt!

  64. Allison says:

    I love this quilt, it’s so whimsical and fun! And the rainbow color choice is excellent!

  65. alison says:

    Absolutely LOVE this! Pinwheels and their variants are my favorite. Can’t wait to see the block-along patterns today….

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