Block-Along Highlights ~ Pinwheel & Cartwheel (Whirligiggle)

on March 3 | in Quilt Block Sew-Along, Sew-Alongs | by | with 40 Comments

Take a peek at these fun pinwheel and cartwheel blocks from the Quilting Month photo pool:


1. Jacquie G, 2. lizziwhizz, 3. alissaravelry,
4. friedazzzzz, 5. knitsmith, 6. kristinglas,
7. byrnedoutmom, 8. kotkarankki, 9. knitsmith
Some of these blocks were pulled from larger, pieced blocks and many include links to blog posts.
Be sure to click in for more detail!
Main page Whirlygiggle Doll Quilt top with vintage fabrics: dickespaulinchen

And the quilts!… Small variations in the quilting, size and placement of pinwheel blocks can make a huge difference in your design.


CampFollowerBagLady pieced this quilt top with 3D charm pack pinwheels.
She included a 3D Pinwheel Tutorial in her Flickr sets if you want to make one too!


Check out the patchwork detail of lots and lots of pinwheels together in Shar211‘s quilt!


Ohsewfresh‘s pinwheel blocks are different sizes, giving her pieced top great visual depth.
She used the Swell collection from Urban Chicks.


Contrasting thread gives the quilting extra impact in this doll quilt from wholeclothdesigns.

Be sure to take full advantage of
Week 1’s Three 9-Patch Variations, Week 2’s Irish Chain, Shoo Fly & Variable Star or Ohio Star, Week 3’s Log Cabin, Courthouse Steps & Squares in Squares and Week 4’s Pinwheel & Cartwheel (Whirligiggle) Block-Along tutorials to continue with the quilting fun. We’ll highlight more finished projects next week!

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40 Responses to Block-Along Highlights ~ Pinwheel & Cartwheel (Whirligiggle)

  1. Becca says:

    I love them!! Such great inspiration this month!

  2. Erin says:

    These are so fabulous! I can’t wait to attempt the pinwheel.

  3. kirsten says:

    I will get to those cartwheels. Thanks for all the great tuts.

  4. Mary says:

    The contrasting thread certainly changes everything. I’ll have to remember that for all my crafty sewing. Thanks.

  5. Cheryl says:

    I always have loved the pinwheel block but for some reason never took a shine to the whirligig block. These quilts have changed my mind! I love the whirligiggle quilts, they are so fun.

  6. Susan F. says:

    Although Spring is popping out in many places in the USA, it is not in the Northeast quite yet, so we have lots of white snow. The colors of these quilts, pinwheels and whirlygigs are so much fun to see. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  7. love the whirlygig design! Now if i can only find some time to learn to quilt!

  8. Lil' d says:


  9. lola says:

    I love the whirligiggle block! I’m thinking about using it to make a doll quilt for my niece. I hope it goes fast since I’ve got a week.

  10. Claire says:

    Oh, I love pinwheel quilts! Thanks for featuring these.

  11. Elizabeth says:

    What inspiration! I love them!

  12. LadySnow says:

    Those quilt blocks are awesome!

  13. water works says:

    That doll quilt is awesome. I love the contrasting thread. That’s very daring….I always make the thread match as closely as possible just to hide my imperfections!

  14. Christine says:

    I’m so impressed with the talent of everyone who participated. Keep up the great work!!

  15. Amanda says:

    These are gorgeous! I have loved this month so much, it has gone by too fast! I can’t wait for the next thing to come! 😀

  16. alison says:

    The pinwheel and cartwheel blocks are my favorite. All of those blocks are quilts are gorgeous!

  17. Kate says:

    I really enjoyed this month alot! Thank you SO much sewmama! 😀

  18. Tia says:

    Thanks so much for showing my 3D pinwheel. That was a super fun top to make. I am so happy you inspired me! Now I need to stack and quilt it. GREAT Quilting Month! I had a wonderful time.


  19. Carol says:

    Fun! I love the doll quilt. I think it must be the colors.

  20. Amy W says:

    Oh how I love whirligiggles! They are all so great!

  21. Kate says:

    I’m so in love with the whirligiggle. I just don’t know if I can commit to a whole quilt made from templates. I’m a rotary kind of girl ;).

  22. Libby says:

    Wow! These are awesome.

  23. Kellie says:

    Pinwheels are my absolute favorite!

    Thanks for the eye candy and inspiration this month!

  24. michelle says:

    I love the pinwheel designs! I will definitely try one of these designs someday…….when I’m more experienced in sewing! Love your site!

  25. Alissa says:

    Thanks for again featuring one of my blocks!! I need to get on the whole turning them into a quilt top part of this…!

  26. Frieda says:

    I have really enjoyed trying out the new blocks. The pinwheel block has always been one of my favorites and I can see me making lots more in the future.

  27. Carrie says:

    I love the composition by Ohsewfresh. Great idea doing the same pattern but in different sizes!

  28. Ohsewfresh – That is such a cheerful quilt. I really like it a lot!

  29. kris says:

    Thank you so much for all the great ideas in quilting month! I am so inspired I am not sure where to begin!

  30. Julia D says:

    such beautiful work!! I’m just itching to get bhind my rotary cutter and machine!!

  31. Ellen says:

    Anybody else going through “quilting month” withdrawal? How about continuing with a block of the month???

  32. Allison says:

    wow wow wow – thank you so much for putting all of this together! What a fun month it’s been – while I didn’t participate (hiding behind mama’s apron in shame) I did enjoy watching everything unfold!

  33. Michele says:

    Beautiful quilts!

  34. Amy says:

    all such talented people!

  35. Courtney says:

    The last doll quilt is to die for! I love the quilting with the contrasting thread and I am definitely going to try to steal that idea sometime soon.

  36. Mimi says:

    This has been a great month of quilting…please don’t stop

  37. Apple Cyder says:

    Love that last one! So interesting and pretty.

  38. Andrea Elizabeth Johnson says:

    These quilts are so cheerful and lively! I love the color choices.

  39. Cocoa says:

    I’m really in love with the whirligiggle designs! I think I see a new quilt in my future.

  40. alison says:

    This week was my favorite! The pinwheels and cartwheels were so much fun to make and to see. I love all the blocks and quilts you’ve featured in this post and they’ve given me so many fabulous and fun ideas for working with these – my favorite – blocks. Thanks!

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