Serve up style with a pot holder themed for summertime get-togethers. Fabrics are from the Wishwell: Cheery Blossom collection by Vanessa Lillrose and Linda Fitch for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.
Pinwheel Pot Holder
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Inspired by: Get the Scoop from designer Natalie Crabtree

Project tester: Sarah Huechteman

Finished size: 10-1/2" square

Finished block: 10" square


Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width.

  • 7"-square each gray print and red print (block)
  • 18×21" piece (fat quarter) aqua print (block, backing)
  • 18×21" piece (fat quarter) red floral (hanging loop, binding)
  • 10-1/2"-square cotton batting
  • 10-1/2"-square insulated batting, such as Insul-Bright

Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order.

From gray print, cut:

  • 1—6-1/4" square, cutting it diagonally twice in an X for 4 small triangles total

From red print, cut:

  • 1—6-1/4" square, cutting it diagonally twice in an X for 4 small triangles total

From aqua print, cut:

  • 1—10-1/2" backing square
  •  2—6" squares, cutting each in half diagonally for 4 large triangles total

From red floral, cut:

  • 3—2-1/2×21" binding strips
  • 1—2×5" strip

Assemble Pinwheel Block

1) Sew together a gray print small triangle and a red print small triangle (Diagram 1). Add an aqua print large triangle to make a triangle unit. Trim the unit to 5-1/2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make four triangle units total.

Pinwheel Pot Holder

2) Referring to Diagram 2 for unit orientation, sew together triangle units in pairs. Join pairs to make a Pinwheel block. The block should be 10-1/2" square including seam allowances.

Pinwheel Pot Holder

Assemble Pot Holder

1) Place aqua print 10-1/2" backing square right side down. Top with insulated batting 10-1/2" square, cotton batting 10-1/2" square, and block right side up. Baste layers together.

2) Quilt as desired. Project tester Sarah Huechteman machine-quilted horizontal straight lines 1" apart through the aqua large triangles and echo quilted a small triangle in each gray and red small triangle.

3) With wrong side inside, fold red floral 2×5" strip in half lengthwise (Diagram 3). Lightly press and unfold. Fold long raw edges in to meet at center crease. Fold in half lengthwise, enclosing raw edges and aligning folded edges; press. Edgestitch long edges of double-folded strip.

Pinwheel Pot Holder

4) Fold prepared strip in half crosswise, aligning raw edges, to make a loop. Referring to Diagram 4, center loop raw edges on back of quilted unit.

Pinwheel Pot Holder

5) Bind quilted unit with red floral binding strip, catching loop edges in stitching, to complete pot holder.