Thursday, January 3, 2013

Whirled Quilt Block tutorial

It’s my turn again to choose a block for our do.Good Stitches group.  We'll be using black, gray and white fabrics:

Our block for this month is called Whirled:


It’s an easy block that has very little waste – love that! It’s quick to make too. 

The finished block measures 12.5”

For ONE block, you’ll need two pieces of your main fabric that measure 5” x 14”

step 1

and two 5” squares of white, cut once diagonally:

step 2

Step 1: Lay out the 5” x 14” strips.  Measure in 4.5" from each end.  Using a ruler that has a 45 degree marking, cut a 45 degree diagonal line between the two points.  This will give you four identical trapezoids.

**note: The direction that your diagonal line is cut will determine the direction that your Whirled block will "spin."  I prefer the look of the block when the fabric is cut as shown in the photo below.**

step 3

Step 2:  Using a 1/4” seam, sew one white triangle to each main print trapezoid as shown:

step 4

Repeat for next three triangles/trapezoids.  Carefully press (don’t pull on the bias edges) seam away from white triangle:

step 5

Step 3:  Sew two of these larger triangles together (1/4” seam again).  Press seam as shown below:

step 6

Step 4:  Sew the two block halves together (yep you guessed it – 1/4” seam again.)  Press the center seam to one side, again being careful not to stretch or pull the bias edges of the block.

step 7

There you have it!  One Whirled quilt block that measures 12.5”.  These were a rushed version of block instructions.  I’ll have a printable version in a day or so as well as some better photos.  These photos were the best I could do at 10:30pm :)


  1. I love this block! I think I'll bust my stash with this block.

  2. I am going to be a quilter this year. So excited. Great block ; )

  3. EEK, Andy! It is coming together REALLY nicely! One block finished and the second almost done! The tutorial is perfect!

  4. Hi Andy, I love this quilt and would very much like to use the block for the October quilt for the Comfort Circle of the do. Good Stitches bee. Are you OK if I refer to your block instructions?


  5. nao entendi como apareu este triangulo escuro para enmendar com o branco que esta cortado na diagonal? se os
    que foi cortado de 45 graus nao tem esta medida de triangulo


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