About this Quilt

quilt-whirlygig-flatNancy Allen made Whirligig with fun, bright fabrics on a white background to create a playful, twin-sized quilt. You can do the same or use traditional fabrics to create a completely different feel to the quilt. Whirligig consists of one Pinwheel block repeated throughout. With one, fast and easy block, this quilt can be made in just a weekend or two. This pattern is simple enough for a beginner quilter but interesting enough to intrigue a seasoned quilter. Whirligig finishes at 76 x 92”, making it the perfect size for twin bed.

Design Inspiration

I think that this quilt has a whimsical feel, which is reinforced with the use of vivid jewel-toned fabrics. I like blocks that are based in tradition, but with a twist. I also like it when blocks create new patterns when put together. If this block is made without the sashing and pinwheel cornerstones, a large pinwheel is created where four blocks come together. I think this quilt design lends itself to a variety of styles and colors of fabrics. The blocks can be done with two fabrics, three fabrics or four fabrics. All of the blocks can be done with the same fabric combination or done scrappy with different fabrics in each one.

Nancy Allen, Whirligig Designer

Pattern Details

Quilt Designed and Made by: Nancy Allen
Skill Level: Easy
Finished Size: 76˝ x 92˝
Fabrics: Fabrics in the quilt shown are from the Chroma collection by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics.

Get the Whirligig pattern and More from McCall’s Quilting July/August 2018