Pin-Whirl Block: Watch it Twist and Turn

Here’s my block from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8:

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Pin-whirl, block #721 designed by June Dudley for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8.

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I love the watery blues and greens in this one. The fabric is Serenity by Cheri Strole for Northcott. Calming colors, yet it’s such an active block with the varying angles of the pinwheels and the triangles at the sides. Plus, with different colors on opposite sides of the block, fun things can happen. It all depends on how you put the blocks together.

Setting #1
For the simplest effect, watch what happens when the block is repeated. The aqua and lime create a woven effect across the top.

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Pin-whirl, block #721 designed by June Dudley for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8. Block is repeated.

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Setting #2
In this next setting, every other block is rotated and secondary designs appear inside the aqua and lime pinwheels.

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Pin-whirl, block #721 designed by June Dudley for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8. Alternate blocks are rotated.

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Setting #3
Next, take a look at this setting where every other block is reversed. If your photocopier/printer has a reverse function you can use that. Otherwise, lay the foundation face down on a light board and trace the foundation on the back of your paper, and then duplicate the reversed foundation.

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Pin-whirl, block #721 designed by June Dudley for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8. Alternate blocks are reversed.

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Setting #4
Finally, the alternate blocks here are both reversed AND rotated. It barely looks like the same design anymore—where did those big diamonds come from? 

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Pin-whirl, block #721 designed by June Dudley for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8. Alternate blocks are reversed and rotated.

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I love the versatility of this block and all that can happen with some simple twists and turns! Which setting do you like best? And what colors would you be playing with if you made this block? Share your ideas in a comment below.

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All volumes of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks are available for purchase at QuiltAndSewShop.com/100Blocks. Digital versions are currently available with limited copies of some print versions are available. Watch for new issues at local quilt shops and newsstands in May and November.

About June Dudley

I'm the Editor-in-Chief of Quiltmaker magazine. I have enjoyed quilting for many years. And I love to collect fabric, thread, books and all things quilty. I especially like batiks, bright colors, florals, dots, stripes and anything purple or teal.
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2 Responses to Pin-Whirl Block: Watch it Twist and Turn

  1. Marilyn says:

    I like, like, like #4!!! I have no imagination. I would have just sewn the original block side by side…Thanks for helping me see the other possibilities!!!

    Marilyn in MS

  2. Barb Johnson says:

    Setting #2 is my favorite! I like how the secondary design echos, but doesn’t overwhelm, the blue center pinwheel. Thanks for sharing your ideas about how to use this great block!

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