Pinwheels and Postage Stamps

Here is the completed quilt.  I am glad to finally have it done.  It did not turn out quite like I envisioned in my head and there are lots of mistakes, but I feel ok with that.  I washed and dried it today and I like how it turned out.  I promised a tutorial of sorts, so see below the pictures for that.

Pinwheels and Postage Stamps Baby Quilt

Measures approx. 32″x40″

Materials needed

  • solid and patterned fabrics.  Fq’s of patterned fabrics should be plenty for this size if  you use variety.  For the solids, buy a yard or so.
  • 1/2-3/4 yard fabric for binding
  • 1 1/2 yard fabric for backing
  • 100% cotton thread
  • batting (Bamboo/cotton blend used)
  • rotary mat and ruler

*all seams are 1/4″.

Step 1.

Cut out squares.

  • For pinwheels you will cut out 5″ squares of equal amounts of solid and patterns.  You will need two squares of each patterned and solid fabric to complete one pinwheel.  I used 12 different fabrics for the pinwheels.  So, 2 of each equaling 24 squares and 24 solid squares.
  • For postage stamp squares cut 2.5″.  I used 16 per row with 4 rows total.
  • cut sashing out of solid at 2″x44″ for on top, sides and in between each row for a total of 8
  • cut 5-6 staight bias strips for binding at 2.25×44.

Step 2.

Assemble blocks and rows.

  • Your pinwheels should come out at 9″ and then will measure 8.5″ when sewn into the quilt top.  For a good tutorial on pinwheels see here. Assemble 4 pinwheels together into a row.    Press seams open when linking pinwheels together.  Make sure to back tack on the open seams, opening the seams takes away a lot of bulk.  Trim if necessary.
  • sew your postage stamp squares in groups of 4 and trim and then assemble group of 4 into a row.  Do that to all rows until you have 4 rows total
  • Add sashing in between rows of pinwheels and 2 connected rows of postage stamp squares.  This can be better seen here

  • Add side sashing along entire length on both sides of top.

Step 3.


  • Baste backing fabric (face down), batting, and top (face up) and pin or spray to hold.
  • Quilt as desired.  I wanted a cozy looking quilt so I quilted very minimally tracing the outline of each square 1/4″ inside.
  • trim off excess

Step 4.


I use this method here




Step 5.


I always add vinegar to my wash and use dreft or woolite as a soap.  The vinegar helps fabrics from bleeding.  If you are worried (like with red fabrics) you can prewash your fabrics before starting.  Dry using low heat.

The End! 🙂

20 Responses to “Pinwheels and Postage Stamps”

  1. 1 vanessa April 8, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Where do you find the time to do this!? You’re seriously amazing!!! I love all your fabric projects…ALL OF THEM!

  2. 3 Bird and Bicycle April 9, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Lovely! The bright colors are cheerful. I am currently avoiding quilting my first quilt together, having pieced it and it sits, pinned and ready for love. I didn’t know about vinegar either – thanks for the trick!

  3. 5 shawna April 9, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    it is really beautiful jaime!
    vinegar is also a natural fabric softener and helps remove stink. i also put a splash in the kids bath and it keeps the bathtub clean. fyi…

  4. 7 Charlene April 10, 2011 at 3:51 am

    Love it! Thanks for sharing.

  5. 8 emily southerland photography April 10, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Jaime, this is incredible! I am in love with everything about it, even the bits you wanted to be dfifferent, whatever those are… 🙂 🙂 🙂

    You are my hero. Thanks for sharing!

  6. 9 Charlie Moorby April 11, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    I’m so inspired by this post! Such a lovely combination of colours… who wouldn’t be cheered up by all this! I’ve never been a huge fan of patchwork, but this has totally changed my opinion of it x

  7. 11 Amanda April 13, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    This quilt is so pretty! I love it. Thanks for the pattern. I am going to try it with a charm pack. I think it will work out.

  8. 12 laura dirks March 15, 2012 at 1:54 am

    this is really cute thanks for the awesome tutorial

  9. 14 tracey March 24, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    This is beautiful, and should be simple to make. I am going to put this project on my short list. Thank you

  10. 15 Pat Hulstine October 7, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Love this pattern! Going to try it. Thank you for this pattern!

  11. 16 The Mrs. February 18, 2013 at 1:54 am

    I absolutely loved your quilt. So much so, that I followed your tutorial (mostly) and made one of my own. Want to see?

    Thank you for such lovely inspiration.

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