Friday Finish: Pinwheel Pizzazz Baby Quilt and Tutorial


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This little quilt has been a long time in the making.  Kelli made it a few years ago, then let the top sit.  Then a couple months ago I told her to bring some quilt tops home and I would work to get them quilted.  Well it was finally this quilts turn on the quilting frame.


Now that it’s done I am wondering why we took so long to finish it.  Isn’t it just the cutest thing??

It measures 32 ” x 36″ and is really simple to make.  I used this thread on top Maxi-Lock® Swirl – Variegated Thread 3,000 yds – #61 Peachy Orange Parfait.  It blended beautifully.


The pattern can easily be adjust to make the quilt bigger.   The quilt is made with two charm packs plus a little yardage.


If you look, you can see that the blocks are pinwheels.  Sometimes a light color makes the pinwheel and other times, the dark color makes the pinwheel.

We put together a pattern for you and you find  Pinwheel Pizzazz Directions here.  If you make one of these quilts or any of our quilt patterns we’d love for you share it with us and we will feature it here on the blog.

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  1. Wow!! I love this quilt!! Thanks for sharing the pattern with us!!

  2. Jan S. says:

    Super cute – I’m on the lookout for a baby quilt idea – for a boy. They are so much harder to make than girl quilts! Thanks for the directions.

  3. Ava says:

    This is so cute.

  4. I like that! and it looks so easy. Thanks for the tutorial.

  5. Lynette says:

    Nice job!! Whoop Whoop :D I love cheery quilts like this.

  6. Kymberly says:

    Really cute quilt. I love that block, but when I made it I used jelly roll strips. Fun idea to use charm packs instead.

  7. Aimee says:

    Nice. looks like a cute, quick pattern. This would be another great way to use up some of my out-of-control scraps. Thanks for sharing

  8. Dot says:

    I like the border, too! Thanks for the pattern.

  9. jessica says:

    So bright and beautiful!

  10. Jeneta says:

    That IS the cutest thing!! Thanks for sharing – this pattern is going to come in handy.

  11. What a bright, happy quilt! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Diannia says:

    Do you have any problems with the Maxi Lock? I note that it says it is for sergers and when I used a brand from JoAnn’s marked for sergers, it kept breaking. My local quilt shop said that serger would break because of the speed of the longarm. Of course they also suggested something they sold but I passed. LOL!

    Where do you purchase this brand? I LOVE Bottom Line for top and bobbin but when I checked on it lately, it has jumped to $13-$16 per cone, depending on where you purchased it. SO … I am in the market for a good, reasonably priced thread.

  13. Really cute!

  14. Sharon Brennan says:

    OH MY GOSH!!! This is the cutest quilt!! I love it and will definitely be making it. Thanks for the directions!!

  15. gmw21064 says:

    Okay, am I reading the directions wrong? I’m unable to divide a 5″ charm square into 3 equal parts that measure 1.5″ each. Please let me know if I’m missing part of the directions! Thanks

  16. Elizabeth Moore says:

    While on your website two days ago I saw a long arm tutorial for a swirl pattern. It was done by a male quilter. Unfortunately I didn’t note the site and now can’t find it. Can you help?

  17. Aileen says:

    Where is the pattern

  18. Jo says:

    Please press the pattern link under the last photo. A PDF document will open up. You will need a Adobe Reader to view it. If you don’t have that program, find a free download of it here.

  19. Jean Foreman says:

    I fell in love with a photo of your Pinwheel Jelly Roll quilt. I have searched through your website for a pattern. Each block has a pinwheel surrounded by a pinwheel enclosed in a square frame interlocked in an oval frame. Is there a pattern available? Please advise.

  20. Jo says:

    We have this…
    and we have this…
    I don’t know if either of these is what you’re looking for. Did you save a picture of it? You can email me at with a photo and I can try to identify it.

  21. Jo says:
  22. Angie says:

    That link is not working. I am also looking for the pattern. I have a jelly roll that I think that this would be perfect for!

  23. Angie says:

    Never mind! I see that when I clicked on that link it downloaded to my computer. Thank you so much!