This "Pinwheel" block is listed in Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns as block #1121.
#1 On point blocks using plain blocks in between.
By using a striped fabric for the pinwheels
more apparent motion can be added to the "wings'.
#2 Using all one color for the pinwheels and all one color for
the background allows the pinwheels to float on the
background. The plain blocks could be quilted in an outline
of the pinwheel to unify the design.
#3 Here 81 blocks are arranged as in the quilt #2 above,
in an overall repeat for a large quilt. But variations are
introduced in the striped fabrics used to make
the pinwheels and different background fabrics.
Each group of 9 blocks is set in a 9-patch arrangement.
#4 Similar to the quilt #2, but with plain fabric blocks
matching the background arranged to form borders
of the pinwheel blocks. A little faster to make with
less piecing due to the plain blocks. NOTE that the
pinwheels are reversed in direction as they alternate
to add little more movement to the wheels.
#5 Exactly the same as quilt #4, but in a very different color scheme.
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