Pinwheel Beach Quilt Tutorial from Modern Handcraft

We have Nicole from Modern Handcraft visiting us on the blog today! She’s sharing a beach quilt tutorial using the Seaworthy collection from Jack and Lulu – perfect for summertime!

Seaworthy is in stores and online now.


Hi Dear Stella friends, Nicole here from Modern Handcraft with a fun summer time beach quilt!

Pinwheel Beach Quilt - Modern Handcraft for Dear Stella // A Tutorial

The only difference between this and a regular quilt is that there is no inner batting layer and the backing is a terry cloth material. I thought this would be a fun project for a blanket to take to the park, picnics, for naps by the beach or even out on a boat as a cover up from the wind. Nights in Chicago during the summer can get a little cooler so having a cozy blanket is always nice. The terry cloth backing also gives a nice weight to the quilt so you will not miss the batting that traditionally goes inside.

Materials needed:

Pinwheel Beach Quilt - Modern Handcraft for Dear Stella // A Tutorial

• Seaworthy fabric line by Jack and Lulu for Dear Stella:

– 1 1/2 yd White Confetti Dots, Stella-37 White
– 1/4 yd Jolly Rogers, Stella-JL319 Navy
– 1/4 yd Tossed Anchors, Stella-JL324 White
– 1/4 yd Set Sail, Stella-JL320 Blue
– 1/4 yd Stars, Stella-JL322 Navy
– 1/4 yd Seahorses, Stella-JL318 Blue
– 1/4 yd Go Fish, Stella-JL323 Navy
– 3/4 yd Pinstripe, Stella-JL315 Navy (binding)

 Cuddle Terry Cloth in Navy, I chose a 58″ width: 2 yards – you will need to pre-wash and dry this material before quilting.

• Coordinating thread: Aurifil Steel Blue and Aurifil White

• Sewing Machine and notions (scissors, acrylic ruler, walking foot, rotary cutter and mat, iron)

Step 1: Creating your pinwheels

(All seam allowances are 1/4″ unless noted)

Pinwheel Beach Quilt - Modern Handcraft for Dear Stella // A Tutorial

• Begin by ironing and cutting your White Confetti Dots and all of your Seaworthy fabrics except the Navy Pinstripe (binding fabric) into 10″ squares. You will need a total of 20 Seaworthy Prints and 20 White Confetti Dot squares. While you are cutting out your fabrics make sure to pre-wash your terry cloth, it seems very flat when you purchase the material but when washed and dried it fluffs up and shrinks down a bit.

Pinwheel Beach Quilt - Modern Handcraft for Dear Stella // A Tutorial

• To create your pinwheels you will layer a white square and a pattern square facing each other. At your machine sew around the perimeter of the square.

Pinwheel Beach Quilt - Modern Handcraft for Dear Stella // A Tutorial

• Using an acrylic ruler and a rotary cutter, cut your squares into 4 triangles by cutting corner to corner on each side like shown.

Pinwheel Beach Quilt - Modern Handcraft for Dear Stella // A Tutorial

• Open your 4 triangles to reveal a half square triangle – take to your iron and press open.

Pinwheel Beach Quilt - Modern Handcraft for Dear Stella // A Tutorial

• Once pressed you can lay your squares out into your pinwheel shape near your machine. You can also snip away any of the little flags that are hanging off the edges to clean up the square.

Pinwheel Beach Quilt - Modern Handcraft for Dear Stella // A Tutorial

When sewing your squares together, lining up your seams and pinning in place helps to keep everything straight.

Pinwheel Beach Quilt - Modern Handcraft for Dear Stella // A Tutorial

• Once the top two and bottom two squares are all sewn together, lay your pinwheel out again to make sure you are sewing the next two sections together correctly.

Pinwheel Beach Quilt - Modern Handcraft for Dear Stella // A Tutorial

• Line up your middle seams and then pin in place.

Pinwheel Beach Quilt - Modern Handcraft for Dear Stella // A Tutorial

• Here is the back of one pinwheel showing how all of the seams are ironed open. This will help reduce the bulk in certain areas.

Pinwheel Beach Quilt - Modern Handcraft for Dear Stella // A Tutorial

• There you have it – one compete pinwheel! These now roughly measure 13″ square.

• At your cutting mat you can now trim these down to 12″. Lining up your middle seams on a line as you cut helps to keep everything straight.

Step 2: Creating your quilt top

Pinwheel Beach Quilt - Modern Handcraft for Dear Stella // A Tutorial

• Once you have all of your pinwheels cut down to 12″ you can now lay them out to create your quilt top. For this particular quilt I chose to use a 4 x 5 square layout.

Pinwheel Beach Quilt - Modern Handcraft for Dear Stella // A Tutorial

• As you sew your rows together it helps to again to match up your seams and pin so your pinwheels will remain lined up.

Step 3: Quilting

Pinwheel Beach Quilt - Modern Handcraft for Dear Stella // A Tutorial

• Lay your terry cloth down on your floor and tape the corners down to create a nice taut surface to pin on. Lay your quilt top face up and pin in place with large safety pins. I placed a pin in the middle of every Seaworthy fabric piece and it seemed to be a nice spacing.

Pinwheel Beach Quilt - Modern Handcraft for Dear Stella // A Tutorial

• For my quilting I used a walking foot and had no problem sewing the quilt top and terry cloth together. Since I wanted to hide my stitching on the terry cloth side I chose a matching thread color for my bobbin thread and used a white thread for the top. I did a straight line stitch along one side of each seam.

• Once you are finished trim your edges with your rotary cutter or scissors.

Pinwheel Beach Quilt - Modern Handcraft for Dear Stella // A Tutorial

• For my binding I used the Pinstripe and cut 2.5″ strips along the width of the fabric. Sew these together and iron in half,  and bind your quilt by hand or machine – whichever is your preference.

Pinwheel Beach Quilt - Modern Handcraft for Dear Stella // A Tutorial

• You are now finished – time to enjoy your new beach quilt!

Pinwheel Beach Quilt - Modern Handcraft for Dear Stella // A Tutorial

Here are some more images, I had some assistance from my son Grey – he was more interested in getting dirty in the sand though 🙂

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11 Responses to Pinwheel Beach Quilt Tutorial from Modern Handcraft

  1. Qlt812 says:

    Thank you very much for the tutorial using these wonderful fabrics :)!

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  3. Julia S says:

    Love this Nicole!

  4. Great quilt, fabrics and photos!

  5. Priscilla says:

    Is pattern by any chance available in PDF or any printable form?

  6. Kimmy says:

    OMG. HOW CUTE IS THIS…SIMPLE GREAT FOR SUMMER…LOVE THE TERRY CLOTH BACKING…IM SO INSPIRED. .. THANK YOU..

  7. jaisree says:

    Your pinwheel is very very interesting and beautiful. So accurate calcultions wonderful sir.
    Please host some more designs ok.
    Jaisree

  8. Carol says:

    Did you prewash the pinwheel fabrics as well as the terri cloth. I have been wanting to make picnic quilt, but couldn’t figure out what to put on the back, Great fabrics.

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  10. Melissa says:

    I’m not sure how you would get 10″ squares out of 1/4 yard cuts of fabric. Would fat quarters give you enough fabric for everything?

  11. Melissa says:

    I’m not sure how you would get 10″ squares out of 1/4 yard cuts of fabric. Did you use fat quarters?

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