Candy Pinwheel Quilt

Candy Pinwheel

My daughter trying her hardest to hold up the quilt

As promised, today I’m sharing the finished Candy Pinwheel quilt, made from my Candy Pinwheel block of the Festival of Half Square Triangles. (To see more on the block and quilt assembly, check out my Candy Pinwheel tutorial.) A few of you asked how I was planning on starting and ending my rows. As you can see, I decided to use a solid turquoise fabric. I really love this color, it’s probably one of my current favorites – FreeSpirit Designer Solid in Light Jade.

Candy Pinwheel Corners

For the corners, I left off one half square triangle to give this angled look. I thought that was pretty cool…my daughter (the recipient of the quilt) almost starting crying because “my quilt is missing the corners!” Well, I still like it.

Candy Pinwheel 1

As I mentioned on Wednesday, I decided to make the Candy Pinwheel blocks either all warm or all cool colors. Mostly…there are always exceptions to the rule and I do have a few that used a warm/cool combination.

Candy Pinwheel Detail

I quilted this with straight lines, 1/4″ down each side of the diagonal seams. I was actually a bit nervous to quilt this, because my daughter wanted minky on the back. I followed many people’s advice to just use a lot of pins and my walking foot (which I already use anyway) and really, the quilting proved to be a non-event. No issues whatsoever. And the end result gives a nice, poofy look to the quilted squares.

Candy Pinwheel Back

The quilt measures 39-1/2″ x 47″. It is bright, happy, super cuddly, and already much loved. And on a very random side note, does anyone know what kind of daffodils these beautiful flowers are? 🙂




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    April 6, 2012

    Its beautiful!! those corners, so unique and pretty…you are making me want to start yet another quilt (and I already have 5 on the go!!)

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    April 6, 2012

    very nice quilt! and i do love the corners.

    pretty pictures!

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    Dianne Shepherd

    April 6, 2012

    What a gorgeous quilt! Last year the sewing club that I am part of completed a couple of quilts with a minky backing. I love it because it is so, so soft. Our teacher had us use basting spray to sandwich our quilts and just a few pins. Thi sseemed to wrok very well and saved the arduous task of putting in all of those safety pins (the bit of the task that turns me off quilting the most). I hope your daughter enjoys snuggling up under her cornerless quilt!

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    Quilter Kathy

    April 6, 2012

    A beautiful quilt and gorgeous photos!

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    April 6, 2012

    I want to go there and run through those daffodils!! Perfect photo shoot site.

    I love the teal blue in that quilt and I adore the pinwheels:)

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    wishes, true and kind

    April 6, 2012

    Faith! I am in love with this quilt and your gorgeous photos!

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    April 6, 2012

    I love the fabrics you’ve used in this “happy” quilt. I’m definetly going to try this one. Thanks for sharing.

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    April 6, 2012

    So beautiful and happy! I like the corners, too. The daffodils are double daffodils and come in lots of colors. How great to have photographic access to that patch of them!

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    April 6, 2012

    Love your quilt, it’s so bright and cheery! And what beautiful shots among all those daffodils!! 🙂

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    April 6, 2012

    Love this! The solid turquoise just makes all the colors POP!
    Your daffodils look like double daffodils- here is a link that might help –

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      April 6, 2012

      Thanks Ginny! That looks like them!

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    April 6, 2012

    Wow, what a gorgeous setting for picture taking! I’ve bookmarked your tutorial for the block, I’m thinking of asking for this block in my bee!

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      charlotte @ twelfthzodiac

      April 6, 2012

      Yes, do it Katie! I would love to give this one a try! 🙂

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    elle squared

    April 6, 2012

    The use of the turqoisey-teal was truly inspired—that just makes the whole quilt, in my opinion! And could the photo-shoot setting be more perfect?! Love your work(play)!

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    April 6, 2012

    What a gorgeous quilt and a super sweet
    little one helping you hold it up! :o)

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    April 6, 2012

    Lovely quilt and the corners are a fun change from the norm!

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    April 6, 2012

    That’s too funny about your daughter so serious about the missing corners. Kids are like that. Your quilt turned out so well! I’m trying to get a visual here – how big are your squares (two half squares)? I made a pinwheel quilt awhile back but I think my squares were smaller.

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      April 6, 2012

      The individual squares are 4.5″ unfinished.

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    April 6, 2012

    it’s so pretty, and i bet it’s so cuddly with the minky on the back. 🙂 love those daffodils!

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    April 6, 2012

    It’s beautiful! I’m also a fan of that turquoise. And um, I knew they were daffodils, but that’s about as much as I know. 🙂

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    Marta S

    April 6, 2012

    Your quilts are so in tune with your name: fresh! Beautiful quilt, as always, and wonderful photos in the daffodil field. Spring has arrived! Happy Easter 🙂

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    April 6, 2012

    Love it! That is so funny that she was upset about the corners. I love them!

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    April 6, 2012

    The colors on this are awesome! Great job!

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    April 6, 2012

    What a great springy quilt! Just lovely. I love that your daughter worried about not having corners on her quilt, that would definitely be my daughters’ concern, too. I think it makes it that much more special and unique, wonderful idea.

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    April 6, 2012

    It’s a lovely spring quilt in such a spring park setting. Looks like the daffs might be Double Daffodil Tahiti:

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    April 6, 2012

    The more I look at this quilt, the more I love it. Great fabric choices!

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    diane stanley

    April 6, 2012

    Faith, this has turned out great. Love the colors and those angled corners are perfect for the design.

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    April 6, 2012

    Avery’s concern about the corners cracks me up!!! Poor girl got short-changed on her quilt, huh? Hehe! Gorgeous quilt and I’m so glad there were no problems quilting with the minky!

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    Rebecca Grace

    April 6, 2012

    1. I love the angled corners — too funny that your daughter felt you were giving her a defective quilt! 🙂

    2. So curious about your Minky experience. Did you use a batting as well, or just quilt top and Minky? I’m asking because when I used Minky for a quilt backing, I thought I’d be so slick and do my machine quilting on my quilt top and cotton batting, THEN layer with the minky, and tacked through all three layers to prevent shifting. Unfortunately, the quilt top continued to shrink in subsequent washings and the minky did not, so I got horrible sagging. It must have been the batting that shrunk because I prewashed all of my cotton quilt top fabrics. I like the added snuggle factor and body of batting, so I’m thinking of using a thin poly batt next time that won’t shrink.

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      April 6, 2012

      I did use batting – I prefer Quilter’s Dream Request Loft batting. I never get crazy shrinkage with it. I guess only time if it gets messed up after tons of washes! 🙂

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        Rebecca Grace

        April 7, 2012

        Do you use the Quilter’s Dream Poly or the Quilter’s Dream Cotton batt?

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          April 7, 2012

          I use Cotton.

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    charlotte @ twelfthzodiac

    April 6, 2012

    I too had a giggle about those corners! The angle emphasizes the hexagon shape…so cool! I could see this idea lending itself to a table runner really easily.

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    April 6, 2012

    This is a beautiful quilt! And you can never go wrong with Minky, even though it is a little slippery. Just LOVE the way it feels!

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    April 6, 2012

    awww the little one wants everything “normal”! Her 1st lesson in getting out of the box…
    Love the quilt and I have been hooked on the block now that I found some nice fabric for it! I will bring it to my UFO Society tomorrow to work on.
    Love love love your blog…

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    Nik T

    April 6, 2012

    Same question as Rebecca – did you also use batting?

    Also, I am always worried about using flannel for the back because of pilling, does Minky show wear over time, by pilling or getting matted, do you know?

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      April 6, 2012

      I just put a reply to Rebecca up above on the batting question. As far as the wear and tear of the minky, I’ve used it on a lot of smaller blankets for my son with no issues. And his stuff gets washed a LOT (potty training :)).

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    April 6, 2012

    Gorgeous. The background you chose is perfect. I’ve never seen pinwheels done this way – I love it!

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    Nik T

    April 6, 2012

    Great, thank you! And I forgot to mention – absolutely lovely quilt. I hope to try out your new block this summer 🙂

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    April 6, 2012

    Aww, poor kid, I love the missing corners! Tell her it’s ultra-cool and trendy and she’s ahead of the pack 😀

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    Terri Harlan

    April 6, 2012

    Thanks for tweeting it, I almost missed the boat. Your blog makes me want to sew everything in sight! Love the corners of this one, so beautiful. Nice job Faith.


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    Billie K

    April 6, 2012

    Such a wonderful quilt!

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    April 6, 2012

    I don’t knowwhich is more gorgeous, the setting or the quilt.

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    April 6, 2012

    Good to know that you didn’t have any problems quilting with Minkee as backing fabric. My daughter just finished a flannel quilt top and she wants to put Minkee on the back for an ultra-fluffy quilt.

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    April 6, 2012

    the “missing” corners make it so much fun!

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    April 6, 2012

    Wow, what a great quilt! All the colors you used are beautiful together. I think this candy pinwheel block might be just what I’m looking for to use on a quilt I’ve been thinking up colors for. I want to use something that looks kind of like windmills but is still abstract 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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    April 6, 2012

    Beautiful setting for photos, and I think the quilt turned out great. I know you are from Chicago. Where is the pic taken? My coworker is from there and goes back home on a regular basis to see mom and family.

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      April 6, 2012

      Hi Rita! The photos were taken in the Morton Arboretum. It’s about 5 minutes from my house and SO beautiful! If your coworker has children, they have an amazing Children’s Garden (play area).

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    April 6, 2012

    Absolutely love love love the corners!

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    April 6, 2012

    I just love where you took those photos, the daffodils and blossoms and the dark bark on the trees, such a perfect bakdrop to highlight your lovely quilt.

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    April 7, 2012

    Awwww…. poor little girl and her corner-less quilt! I love that detail AND the beautifully unexpected jade background. Nicely done!

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    April 8, 2012

    Very nice! With the minky – did you still use batting or just the minky?

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    April 8, 2012

    nevermind – I jsut read some of the previous comments and see that you did.

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    Rachel at Stitched in Color

    April 8, 2012

    Wow, what a great setting. Love it! I really like how the jade looks at the edges. Smart!

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    Dolores @ A Labour of Love

    April 8, 2012

    I love this quilt, it’s really lovely and I love how the prints are from various designs. I bought some Riley Blake flannel to back my son’s quilt and have been having second thoughts, especially when I hear about pilling. Should I be using minky instead?

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    April 9, 2012

    what a beautiful finish, Faith! so many great fabrics in your quilt. I love the missing corners. I hope your daughter can come to embrace them, too. 🙂

    thanks for linking up to finish it up Friday!

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    happy zombie

    April 9, 2012

    EYE. CAN. DY!

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    April 11, 2012

    Just wonderful! Its a fabulous block that you designed.

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    Carrie P.

    April 12, 2012

    Such a beautiful quilt. Love how you featured the flowers too.

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    April 13, 2012

    Hi Faith, I don’t remember how I got to your Flickr but I was curious about the backing on your quilt. I have a friend who used to put fleece on her quilts, but have never seen Minkie… it looks so nice!

    And I see someone has answered your question about the daffodils. I don’t know how much it matters, but they are technically double blossom narcissus–their flowers are more delicate and fragrant than other kinds of daffodils. 🙂 Did you get to smell them? I find them intoxicating!

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    Gramz Quilts

    April 13, 2012

    Faith, the pictures are lovely but they don’t compare to the real thing. Thank you for bringing your beautiful quilts, including this one, to share with the String-A-Long Quilt Guild in Chesterton, Indiana. (I was the one who asked for your autograph.) Your presentation was educational.

    I am pretty much self-taught and my quilts are neither traditional nor really “artsy”. In fact, they arose from a practical need to produce affordable gifts after a long period of unemployment. Turns out I love the process.

    You are an inspiration. Keep up the good work!

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    Ros Clarke

    April 14, 2012

    I was inspired! Here’s my Candy Pinwheel quilt top. I made all the pinwheels first, then I did the inbetween rows. There were one or two seams that had to be ripped, rotated and redone, but all in all, I’m thrilled with how it turned out. I’m going to add a white border and a scrappy binding. My plan is to quilt it and then add an oilcloth backing to make it into an outdoor rug.

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    April 25, 2012

    That is beautiful, and the “non” corners are awesome! She’s a lucky girl!