Spring Pinwheel Potholders and Giveaway


When Anna from the Etsy store Ciao Bella Solids asked me to participate in her blog hop and blogger bundle giveaway I jumped right on it! I absolutely love working with solid colors and she let me put together a super fun and springy palette! (Pst… check out her great solids! They are all Moda Bella Solids and they are $5.49 per yard! (That’s a steal!!!) If you need more than 5 yards, check with Anna because she’ll make you a custom listing for just $5 per yard!)

After looking at the color card I chose the following colors:


From top to bottom: Horizon Blue, Sunshine, Aubergine, Raspberry, and Chartreuse (To enter to win a Fat Quarter Bundle follow the instructions at the end of this post!)

If you want to purchase one right away, before they are gone you can find them here:

1 Yard Bundle (1 yard of each color for 5 yards total) $27.50

1/2 Yard Bundle (1/2 yard of each color for 2 1/2 yards total) $12.50

Fat Quarter Bundle (1 FQ of each color) $6.50

And here they are with my prints mixed in:


Aren’t they fun, bright, and cheerful?!?

I decided to get my Mother’s Day Gifts out of the way and use the fabrics to make some Pinwheel potholders.


They’ve been in my sketchbook for a while and it’s so nice to see them completed! My favorite part is that the pinwheels are 3D. Oh, and I love the little quilting I did to add “movement” to the pinwheels!


They are super easy to make! Here’s how:

For each potholder front you’ll need:


4 – 5″ squares of a background fabric

2 each – 4″ squares of two coordinating fabrics for pinwheel


Stack the two coordinating prints (one of each) right sides together. Draw a line from one corner to the opposite corner.


Stitch 1/4″ to either side of the line


then cut the two pieces apart ON the traced line.


Open each piece and press, then fold so the wrong sides are together and press again.


Repeat with the other two 4″ squares. You’ll end up with 4 triangles total. (Only 2 are pictured here.)


Place one triangle in the bottom right hand corner of one background square, matching up raw edges with the corner.


Fold the top triangle corner down to the bottom corner and pin.


Repeat with the remaining background and triangle pieces.


Layout in the pinwheel shape.


Sew top and bottom pieces together, press seams open.


Stitch together to complete the block. (Because of all the fabric bulk in the center I started in the center and stitched to the edge, then flipped it around and sewed from the center to the other edge. This way it doesn’t get stuck under your presser foot!)

Press well, make your quilt sandwich, and quilt as desired. Trim down to a 9″ square, add your binding, and admire your spring pinwheels!!


Ready for the giveaway? It’s easy to enter to win a Fat Quarter Bundle of the solids spring bundle!

Leave me a comment by Midnight, April 29th! Let me know what your favorite thing about spring is. That’s it! I’ll choose a winner, contact you, and post on Tuesday, April 30th. Directly afterwards, Anna will send you a bundle, post haste! (Sorry, U.S. entrants only.)

Be sure to visit fellow Hot Tamales from the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild:  Danielle at Nacho Mama’s Quilts and Jen Eskridge (next week) to see their fun bundles! Lots of chances to win!

Happy Sewing!



  1. totally awesome!

  2. Delaney Eldridge says:

    I love the pinwheels!
    My favorite part of the spring it the blooming! All of the blooming!

  3. These are adorable! Thanks for the tutorial. My favorite part of spring is all of the beautiful flowers :-)

  4. I love spring the earth begins to blossom, it’s time to start the garden, really enjoy being outside in the fresh spring air.

  5. Kim Cotcher says:

    I love the cool mornings and the wildflowers on the highways. Also my birthday is in the spring. That is a nice thing too!

  6. I found you via Instagram. What a clever idea to make the pinwheels 3d. I love the warm weather an flowers spring brings. :)

  7. Bluebonnets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are always my favorite spring thing – next to blooming Bradford Pear trees :)

  8. Favorite part of spring is the longer days, and kids getting out of school so I can spend more time with them!

  9. My favorite part of spring is how everything around us starts over, fresh and new, with beautiful colors and fragrance.

  10. Great tutorial! My favorite part of spring is when the snow melts. Thanks for the chance!

  11. Patt Poole says:

    Favorite time of the year! Love taking walks in the fresh air, listening to singing birds and seeing all the plants and flowers in bloom.
    Love the 3D pinwheels!

  12. Spring. Here, it kind of feels like spring all the time, but I like how everything greens up and cool breezes blow. It is my favorite time of year. And my birthday is in the spring too!

  13. I love having more hours of daylight!

  14. I love the newness of everything and the fresh smell. It’s also nice to have a bit of cool weather right before the heat arrives in Texas.
    I love these pot holders!!!


  15. These pinwheels look so hard but are so easy!! My favorite thing about spring is watching everything go from brown and drab to absolutely stunning. And the amazing thing is it seems to happen overnight. babscorbitt@gmail.com

  16. I love all of the blooming trees – magnolias especially! Thanks for the chance to win!

  17. LOVE the pinwheels!!!
    My fave thing about Spring is all the fresh smells…and all the beautiful colors! :)

  18. Kathy Cvitanovich says:

    ….tilting my head up to the sky and feeling the sun kiss my cheeks while I breath in spring flowers…

  19. The best part of spring is the longer days: now the sub is aging when I go to work, and it’s still up when it’s time to go home!!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  20. My favourite thing about spring is the return to life; a new beginning signaled by the rebirth of the surrounding flora.

  21. My favorite thing about spring is: wildflowers, birds chirping, and trees blooming. Everything outside smells good when there is a light breeze and the temperatures for being outside are perfect. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Your pinwheel potholders are so unique and super cute. I’ve never seen any like these. Great job!

  22. Pam Gilpin says:

    My favorite thing about Spring are all the vibrant colors that push through the drab background, and totally changes the landscape and attitudes. :)

  23. Nancy of IN says:

    I love the spring flowers and the trees waking up.
    Cute potholder. Thanks for tutorial.

  24. Cindy Lewis says:

    My favorite thing about Spring is that it feel like a new beginning. I also love how each day brings more and more light.
    I can’t wait to show off this tutorial to my quilting/crafty friends. They are so cute. A perfect item to have around for a last minute hostess gift, teacher gift, or for a friend.

  25. My favorite thing about spring is the warmth! It’s been a long cold winter. I plan to spend a lot of time outside hunting pinecones and dandelions with my two-year-old granddaughter. Thanks for the potholder tutorial. These just make me smile! I’m going to try one this weekend!

  26. Cute pattern! My favorite thing about spring is cherry trees in bloom.

  27. Lisa Marie says:

    My favorite thing about spring is the blooming flowers and trees. Makes me happy just looking at them! Love your potholders, thanks for sharing!


  29. The energy that spring brings!

  30. Bambi Mayer says:

    Spring for me means the awesome wildflowers in the Hill Country. I worry all winter long that we didn’t get enough rain for a good spring showing and regardless of the amount that we get something beautiful blooms in the spring. Love your clutches and potholders! Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway.

  31. usairdoll says:

    Neat pot holders! Thank you for the tutorial, these I want to make. All great colors. I love the rain in spring that brings out all the new buds on trees and flowers.

    Thank you and Ciao Bella for a super giveaway and a chance to win.


  32. SewLindaAnn says:

    I know it’s too late for the giveaway, but I wanted to tell you thanks for the taxi applique and I love the pinwheel project. Adding you to my growing list of blogs to read!

  33. Jessica says:

    Is there anyway to find out what fabric you used for your background and prints? :)

  34. Thanks for the great tutorial – thanks to your instruction I made a cute pinwheel potholder… thanks!!

  35. Spring is about renewal. Of flowers, relationships and families.

  36. Karla P says:

    Love them. Something different and cute.

  37. Carole Akers says:

    I love to be outside to see all Gods creations, everything is new again. Love the pinwheels.

  38. THESE ARE SO STINKIN’ CUTE !@!!!! I LOVE THEM !!!!! I need potholders and now I need to get cracking on making THESE awesome ones ! thanks for the tute !!

  39. fav thing about spring is the rain and warm weather bringing wildflowers…love the pinwheel pattern…thanks!

  40. I love these pinwheels. Looks hard, but so easy. Thank you.

  41. I love reawakening of the earth. Leaves on the trees ( new clothes), the earth is poping with flowers and the beautiful smell of newness. On the down side – pollen on everything.

  42. Spring! The return of the warmer weather, the earth awakening again with fresh grass, new blossoms, the mama ducks bringing their new ducklings to feed, what’s not to like?

    • The pin wheel potholders are so pretty, and I look forward to making some for Christmas Presents. The 3-D adds a new, and playful touch to these potholders. I love the spring season with new fresh smells, bright greens, and other bright colors coming together just as the quilter who begins a new project putting together the colors and shapes that begin with scraps as a diamond in the rough toward spectacular beauty when fully complete. Thank you for this pattern.

  43. THANK YOU SOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!! (YEP I AM yelling this) I saw a baby quilt probably about 4 1/2 yrs ago that had 3D pinwheels on it but that was before I was doing any quilting. Since then I have searched for that so I could make one for my Granddaughter after she was born. I’ve begun searching again now that I have a 2nd Granddaughter in hopes of finding it and still I’ve been unable to find it. Truthfully, I had given up to avoid driving myself totally batty. LOL I know your tutorial was created as a potholder, but I’m sure this would be just as easily made into a baby quilt, so thank you very, VERY much.

    I used to follow your blog but for some reason I’ve stopped getting any notifications so now I’m going to subscribe again and hope I’ll once again start getting them. I’m thankful that Make and Takes blog spotlighted this today so I saw it since I did not see it for the lack of notifications or I would have seen this a month ago when you posted it. YAY for them.

  44. Wow, thanks for the inspiration.

  45. Your pinwheel potholders are so neat. I intend to get busy and make myself a set of them.

  46. Janet Cates says:

    My favorite thing about spring is watching the woods come back to life as the weather gets warmer, leaves and blooms pop open and the birds return filling the air with a cacophony of their song. It’s definitely the most beautiful time of year.

  47. Thanks for this tutorial! I make small (15 x19 approx.) quilts for Alzheimer patients to fidget with and thus relieve some of their frustration. I’ve been looking for simple and secure 3Ds. This one will be great. Thanks again!

  48. I love the flowers and all things that bloom in the spring.
    A great pattern I will try it.

  49. Great block! Spring means no more shoveling snow!

  50. Evelyn Wonner says:

    I love the new life that spring brings, the fresh colors in the flowers that are opening up for the first time since winter. I admire the colors that you picked for your pinwheels and you have inspired me to look around my garden and fabric stash to make spring inspired gifts for new and old friends.


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