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Revisiting the Red and White Pinwheel

RWP Illus_1

Interestingly, I get a lot of mail about this quilt.  It must be on a boatload of Pinterest boards, but the pattern for this quilt has gone missing.  It was originally published in a national magazine, but in searching for it (my old link to the pattern is kaput), it seems to have disappeared.  The original was in a lot of different colors, but my friend Rhonda chose to make it in red and white for a class she was teaching seven years ago. I liked hers so well, I made one of my own.  The original pattern was an 8″ block, but I made the pattern to finish at 7 1/2″ (mostly so I could get it all on one page).

Since it’s not my pattern, and it’s disappeared and I get a lot of mail about it, I decided to draw it up in my QuiltPro software, rework it in Affinity Publisher software, and have it here for you for download:

Red & White Pinwheel_OPQuilt

It’s not really a pattern, but more a loose set of instructions.  It’s meant to be a scrappy quilt, but I did include a yardage chart if you are using three reds, and a white.

You can read more about it here and here.

So you don’t go away empty-handed, if you’re not interested in a two-color quilt, here’s a chart that came to me in a Guild newsletter.  It shows how much yardage is in a particular precut, and what that costs per yard.

Precut Yardage Chart

Happy Quilting!

12 thoughts on “Revisiting the Red and White Pinwheel

    1. I have to go with you, Rachel, although I did buy a layer cake recently because I needed the variety of prints in very small amounts. It seems like they were great at first,but I buy a charm pack and I simply don’t know what to do with it!

  1. Thanks for the breakdown of costs for precuts. I generally do not use them, as I wash all fabric before I use it. Your red and white quilt is gorgeous.

  2. I have always wondered about the general breakdown but I was too lazy to figure it out. I normally only buy fabric on sale but it’s still interesting to know. Thanks!

  3. This design seems perfect for the red and white palette and I don’t really know why. It just fits for reason. Also interesting to see the cost breakdown of precuts. I rarely buy them and even when I do hardly use them. Mostly because I prefer a wider mix of fabrics.

  4. Thank you for the pattern! A red and white quilt has been on my list for a while.

    The cost of precursors chart is great! I don’t buy them unless they are on clearance or a great deal. This just proves my thinking about the cost was rightl

  5. Thanks for the repost of your red and white quilt. I love the scrappiness. Red and white is a classic combination. The pre-cut info Is eye opening!

  6. I love two color quilts! And pinwheels are fun to make. Thank you for the price breakdown too. That’s important when trying to keep costs down. Although I tend to be very emotional about fabric and buy what I like when I see it. It helps that my husband keeps buying guitars. haha! 🙂

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