Writing patterns is hard work! And I don't really think it's my thing. But I do want to share some easy patterns for charity quilts.
My solution--write them up like recipes. Here goes.
1. Make 128 half square triangles that finish 2 in. square. Use your favorite method--Easy Angle, Thangles, drawing lines on squares, etc. If you are cutting triangles, you will need 128 dark and 128 light.
I LOVE the Accuquilt cutter. It makes dozens of triangles (literally) at one pass. You will be making your half squares with one light triangle and one dark one.
2. Sew 4 of the half square triangles into a pinwheel block. Be sure to lay them out first, so you don't get them turned wrong. (If there's a wrong way to do something, you can be sure I have done it at least once.) Some of the blocks have just 2 fabrics, the light and the dark. Others are mixed and matched, after I ran out.
3. Make 32 blocks. The blocks will measure 4.5 in. square unfinished, 4 in. finished.
4. Choose a fabric for the alternate blocks. Novelty prints are fun, but just about anything will work. You will need 31 squares cut 4.5 in. square. This will probably be 4 strips of the fabric, so you'll need about half a yard. Cut the squares.
5. Set the quilt together, following the picture. There are 7 squares across and 9 squares down. Rows 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 begin and end with a pinwheel. Rows 2, 4, 6, and 8 begin and end with an alternate square.
6. Add a border. I like to use a darker fabric for the outside border. Mine was cut 4.5 in wide, to finish 4 in. You need 4 strips, which is a half yard of fabric (a little more is a good idea, so you can square up the fabric, and in case you make a mistake). Add the side borders first, then the top and bottom.
8. Layer, baste, and machine quilt. I quilted in the ditch around each square, and put my wavy stencil on the border again. Hey, it's easy and fast, and it looks nice.
9. I bind my charity quilts by cutting straight grain strips 2.5 in. wide, sewing them together with a diagonal seam, and sewing the doubled binding on the BACK of the quilt first. Then I turn it to the front, pin it down, and sew it down by machine. This makes a durable binding, and saves me the handwork.
10. The finished measurements are: 36 in. wide x 44 in. long.