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Pink Pinwheels

There is so much to celebrate in October! The arrival of cooler temperatures, the start of the holiday season, my birthday….and of course a new Monthly Color Challenge block. I think the Pink Pinwheels block from Patterns by Jen looks like a banner of hanging flags, perfect for all the fall celbrations.

2021 Monthly Color Challenge Logo

October Pink Pinwheels 12in block

October’s Pink Pinwheels

I love every step of the quilting process, but nothing compares to the burst of creative energy that comes from selecting fabrics for a new project. Funny how many polka dots fabrics I found in my stash!

pink fabric

The first step in this “double” pinwheel block is to stitch half-square triangles. These are my favorite quilt block component, and the perfect opportunity to chain piece. I trimmed all the units with my Bloc-Loc ruler. pink pinwheels parts

You’ve never tried the Bloc-Loc?!? Then you need to watch this video to see it in action!

After creating the center pink pinwheels, add more HSTs in the corners, and piece the block as a nine-patch.

I reversed the placement of light and dark fabric to make two of the six inch blocks.

Small pink pinwheels

Pink Pinwheels = Grapefruit

Doesn’t this quilt block remind you of a half grapefuit? I remember being surprised at a restaurant once, where they served a grapefruit-and-spinach salad, because I had only ever eaten grapefruit at breakfast. It was kind of a chore to cut along each section in order to have a spoonful, but I loved the tangy taste.

Pink grapefruit
Pink Grapefruit Halves – Photo by Laker from

No fancy recipes to share this month, just wondering who else would rather drink grapefruit juice than orange juice?

Prizes Galore!

October is the start of Q4, the last few month of 2021. We have a fresh line-up of sponsors giving away some fabulous prizes for quilters participating in the Monthly Color Challenge. You can enter to win by joining the monthly Link Up on the Patterns By Jen blog. Let’s support these sponsors and thank them for their generosity:

Dragonfly’s Quilting Design Studio  – Goodie Bag
Bea Quilter  – PDF Pattern
Quilter Chic  – PDF Pattern
Make Modern Magazine  – 6 month Subscription
P&B Textiles  – Fat Quarter Bundle of “Fracture”
Benartex  – Fat Quarter Bundle
Quilters Dream Batting  – 60 x 60 batting 80/20
The Warm Co –  1 yard Insulbrite
The Warm Co – 34 x 45 Warm and Natural Needled Cotton
Appliques Quilts and More  – $10 Gift Certificate
Patterns By Jen – Wing Clipper
Daybrook Designs –  2 PDF Patterns

More Pink Pinwheels On Parade

If you are looking for more inspiration, please visit these bloggers who are showcasing the Pink Pinwheels in October:

Jen  at Patterns by Jen
Jen at Faith and Fabric
Roseanne at Homesewn by Us
Brenda at Songbird Designs
Raylee at Sunflower Stitcheries
Crystal at Daybrook Designs
Anne at Said With Love
Ashli at Quilt 2 End ALZ

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