When I saw that Soma of Whims and Fancies was once again hosting her annual Trunk Full of Quilts online show, I was inspired to look through my own archives to see what I could possibly have to share. Sooooo here it is:
I'm realizing my
obsession, okay um love, of pinwheels quilts began in 2012 with my very first pinwheel quilt: my Classroom Monster quilt. I made this one for my second grade class. Look closely and you will see the fabric is full of googly eyes, polka dots and little critters!
Every year, my students LOVE this quilt!
As a beginning quilter, I loved this little pinwheel pattern for a few reasons. 1. It uses fat quarters. It seems as a new quilter, I was continuously purchasing them as I began my quilty journey. Every new quilt store I entered, they were like eye candy and I always left with a bagful! 2. It's an easy pattern as I learned to cut, match and sew seams. 3. It was fast. Nothing like the satisfaction of finishing a lap quilt in a weekend! (I was hooked)
To say the least, I did a lot of stash busting using this pattern!
I made this cute Picnic Quilt:
Then this Spring Pinwheels, which I gifted to my sweet Aunt:
And another for my our oldest daughter:
I also made a summer tablecloth using some happy sunflower fabric:
And I created this colorful Rainbow Pinwheel quilt:
I had soooo much creating this one! Notice half of each pinwheel was created from "made-fabric":
Okay, okay, seriously just how many quilts can someone make from one pattern!?!?!?
Welllll....I did share this pattern with fellow blogging friend Jasmine. LOL! For a look at a few more different versions of this pinwheel pattern, click over to Jasmine's who blogs at Quilt Kisses. I mailed her a copy of this pattern and am so inspired at how she used the background color in the pinwheels and added cornerstones! I love her clean, fresh look.
Seriously though, back in December of 2014, I was inspired by our Tuesday Archives Layer Cake Linky, to try something new! So I set out to create a quilt from an Aneela Hoey Cherry Christmas layer cake for my December ALYofF goal. I chose a NEW to me Spinning Pinwheels pattern from Shannon at Modern Tradition Quilts:
We love this little Christmas Quilt:
(But it could feed into my desire to purchase wayyy tooo many layer cakes! lol!)
So there you have it, my trunk full of Pinwheel Quilts. Most of which, are being well used as they bring comfort to kids, aunts, daughters and pups alike. Ya gotta love that!
Thanks again to Soma for organizing this annual event and to you, for stopping by.
Click the picture below to see more Trunks full of inspiring Quilts!
PS: Can you believe pinwheels has NOT been a Tuesday Archives theme!
It's certainly added to the list now...until then, check out this week's Mug Rugs.
Oh my stars, I'm in love with all of the colorful goodness !ReplyDelete
And by the looks of it, Jackson is also !! lol
Boy, you really do like that block! I like your pieced sections, very creative. Jackson yawning is just too stinkin' cute, he is ready for all kinds of naps in these pics.ReplyDelete
Pinwheels are so much fun. In my head, I have a big scrappy pinwheel quilt planned! This is great motivation to get to it!ReplyDelete
You have such wondeful quilts! Love this trunk show!ReplyDelete
Pinwheels make for such fun quilts - and they move the eye in great joy.ReplyDelete
NICE!!! I like the idea of one theme. Those are great, but I just LOVE the one with the "made" fabric.ReplyDelete
oh Jackson! so handsome. The pinwheels are so happy! Fun to see so many.ReplyDelete
Looks like Jackson loves pinwheel too. Love the Orange and lime one!ReplyDelete
I love pinwheels too. You've made a wonderful collection :)ReplyDelete
They are so beautiful and cute doggie too ♥ReplyDelete
Quite a variety of the same pattern. Love the one made with made fabric. Guess Jackson does, too. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Love your collection of pinwheel quilts! Certainly one pattern that is so versatile and happy!ReplyDelete
I love all your different looks of your pinwheel quilt. How can we get the pattern? Hugs,ReplyDelete
Pinewheels are certainly appealing. My favorites among your beautiful pieces are the Spring Pinewheels and the Christmas Quilt. 😄ReplyDelete
Beautiful pinwheel quilts! That block is a favorite of mine also Val. Jackson is sure a cutie!ReplyDelete
Wow, I *LOVE* your pinwheel quilts! So much yummy color and movement! I've never made one, can you believe it?ReplyDelete
Just the other day, I was thinking I needed a fast, fun pattern just right for fat quarters. I think you have provided the answer for me. What size do you cut the initial squares for your pinwheels?
Thanks for the inspiration!
A wonderful group of quilts--fun!ReplyDelete
I love the pin wheel block too. Your quilts are just lovely. I love the rainbow one with the made fabrics and the Christmas one!ReplyDelete
Pinwheels work so well in a quilt yes that is a challenge for me to use some of my scraps for a pinwheel quilt, like how you have one with scrappy pieces and also the variation with the spinning pinwheels must check out how to do thatReplyDelete
Great quilts. I'm a fan of pinwheels too.ReplyDelete
cute post and fun quilts!ReplyDelete
Val~they are beautiful, I really love your Christmas quilt. Pinwheels are fun and nothing wrong with that. Now you will have to try Missouri Star tutorial on the Pinwheel in a churn dash! That's what I am currently working on.ReplyDelete
It always amazes me how changing up the fabric can create a totally different looking quilt. Your pinwheels are beautiful!ReplyDelete
What fun! I love pinwheel quilts too and yours are beautiful!ReplyDelete
This is a sweet collection Val. Especially love the scrappy quilt and the Christmas quilt.ReplyDelete
wonderful pinwheels. I have yet to perfect pinwheels- thanks for sharingReplyDelete
Wow! That's a lot of pinwheels! They are all so happy! I think you were brave to do pinwheels as a beginning quilter. They would have scared me--all those seams coming together in the middle! But you obviously mastered them right away.ReplyDelete
Such a great assortment of pinwheels! So glad they are well loved - that is the best part of making a quilt. Love the blue and yellow one..... I must resist making one (something about 30+ in process things) but it will be difficult with your pretty ones in this post.ReplyDelete
I loved seeing all of your pinwheels together. It is a great fun pattern. I nearly made it a second time, but then turned it into a disappearing pinwheel instead. I love your use of bright colors!ReplyDelete
I never knew there was so much that could be done with a pinwheel. Love them all.ReplyDelete
Oh how I love all your pinwheel quilts. They brighten up my day, totally. My favorite must be thos scrappy ones. Great job.ReplyDelete
The pattern may be the same, but they all have such a different vibe. Very fun. I'm still in love with the rainbow pinwheels.ReplyDelete
Thank you for participating to my Fabric, Thread and Yarn link party. Have a nice week!ReplyDelete