The spinning squares of a whirligig patchwork will add a sense of movement to a quilt design. One plain fabric should be chosen for the background to compliment the colours of the whirligigs. This quilt design can be pieced using a sewing machine or by a hand-sewer with needle and thread. A small baby quilt using two fabrics may be a good starting point. The pattern can be expanded with additional squares or extra borders for a larger whirligig quilt.
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Things you need
- 1 yard light-coloured cotton quilt fabric
- 1 yard dark-coloured cotton quilt fabric
- 1 yard cotton muslin backing fabric
- 1 yard quilt batting
- Needle, size 9
- Sewing machine
- Straight pins
Cut a piece of cardboard measuring 12 inches square. Mark the top and bottom edges every 4 inches with the pencil.
Draw a diagonal line through the square from the top 4-inch mark to the bottom 8-inch mark. Cut through the square on the diagonal line to create one whirligig pattern piece.
Cut 16 pattern pieces of light-coloured fabric. Cut 16 pieces of dark-coloured fabric.
Sew each dark fabric piece to a light piece with a 1/4-inch seam. Use a straight stitch to create eight squares of two fabrics.
Sew two squares together. Alternate the light and dark fabrics to create a rectangle. Repeat and sew the two rectangles together. Alternate the light and dark fabrics to make one whirligig pattern square.
Repeat to create four whirligig pattern squares. Sew the four squares together to complete the quilt top.
Layer the quilt top over the batting and backing, which should be cut to the exact measurement of the finished quilt top.
Pin the three layers together with the safety pins every 4 inches. Hand sew the quilt layers together on the stitch lines of the patchwork pattern.
Add a 2-inch strip of binding to the quilt edges, right sides of fabric down, with a 1/4-inch seam. Fold and hand sew the binding to the back of the quilt.
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