On Point

On Point
Pinwheel On Point


On point refers to a type of quilt setting where the quilt block is turned at a 45 degree angle.  The trees in the photo above are set on point.  In the photo below, the Pinwheel square (top right) has been set on point and surrounded with red triangles.  Some folks say when you set a quilt block on point, it resembles a diamond shape.

All blocks can be set on point but some quilt squares actually look better on point.  Notice the basket block below.  When set on point in the next photo (bottom row center), it is upright.

On Point

Sampler Quilt On Point

The video below explains how to set a quilt block on point (6 inches) along with an easy formula for figuring out the cutting requirements for any size block.


Pinwheel Runner
Four Pinwheel Blocks On Point
  • Looking for beginner block patterns to set on point?  Check out our One Block Wonders section where you will find free patterns/tutorials.
  • We also have small quilting projects where a beginner can “practice” piecing techniques before conquering larger ventures (Quick Quilts and Small Projects).
  • Check out our Shop where you can purchase kits for individual blocks.
  • Last but not least, don’t forget to browse our Gallery filled with  completed quilts and a link to directions for posting your own creations.

1 comment

  1. Help??? I am trying to figure out how to cut a triangle to fit my 12 1/2 inch unfinished block. Then, then I want to sew half squares onto the corners of this block. I have spent all morning trying. The fabric has a design which I want to use. After watching a few of your videos, I am wondering if this will not be a good idea due to stretching.

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