Broken Wheel Quilt Block Pattern

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    Make Broken Wheel Quilt Blocks

    Broken Wheel Quilt Block Pattern
    Broken Wheel Quilt Block. Janet Wickell

    Broken Wheel is an easy quilt block pattern made from quick pieced patchwork that can be sewn in a color controlled way or used to make a scrap quilt from leftover pieces of fabric that have made their way into your scrap bin.


    I've included two finished block sizes.


    Finished Block Size: 6" x 6" or 12" x 12"


    Quilting Fabrics for Broken Wheel Blocks


    • Vary print sizes to create more interest but avoid large prints for the 6" block since patch areas are small.
    • Use a few tone on tone fabrics to add...MORE visual texture without overwhelming the design.
    • Avoid stripes and other directional fabrics for small squares that will become triangles at the corners of square-in-a-square units.

    Cutting for One 6" Square Quilt Block


    For square-in-a-square blocks used in quilt block corners:


    • Dark gold print: (12) 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" squares
    • Very light print: (4) 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" squares
    • Red print: (4) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares

    For block center:


    • Green print: (1) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" square

    For strip-pieced units used at block's outer midpoints:


    • Green print: (1) 1-1/2" x 10-1/2" strip
    • Black or very dark brown print: (1) 1-1/2" x 10-1/2" strip

    Cutting for One 12" Broken Wheel Quilt Block


    For square-in-a-square blocks used in quilt block corners:


    • Dark gold print: (12) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares
    • Very light print: (4) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares
    • Red print: (4) 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" squares

    For block center:


    • Green print: (1) 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" square

    For strip-pieced units used at block's outer midpoints:


    • Green print: (1) 2-1/2" x 19-1/2" strip
    • Black or very dark brown print: (1) 2-1/2" x 19-1/2" strip

    The Broken Wheel quilt block pattern was originally published for the Backwards Medallion Sampler quilt, but use the block for any quilt you would like to make. The 6" version works perfectly when you'd like to make a baby quilt.


     


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    Sew the Broken Wheel Quilt Block

    Make a Broken Wheel Quilt Block
    Use this diagram to help you assemble the Broken Wheel quilt block. © Janet Wickell

    Make the Square-in-a-Square Units for Broken Wheel Blocks


    It's easy to quick-piece the small square-in-a-square units used at each corner of the Broken Wheel quilt block.


    Read through the Snowball quilt block construction instructions before beginning if you aren't familiar with this method.


    Step by step instructions are for the 6" quilt block. The larger block is assembled in exactly the same way but the patchwork is larger. You'll find sizes at the bottom of the page.


    The illustration's top...MORE row shows how to add one corner to a red center square. Sew remaining corners in the same way.


    1. Gather the (12) 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" gold squares and the (4) very light squares of the same size. Draw a line from one corner to the opposite corner on the back of each square.
    2. Align a marked square in the upper right corner of a larger square, placing right sides together. Sew a seam on the marked line. Trim away the excess fabric 1/4" from the seam.
    3. Flip the corner fabric right side up and press as is to set the seam.
    4. Flip the remaining corner triangle right side up and press it into place. Avoid stretching the fabrics.
    5. Use the same technique to sew a gold square to the opposite corner.
    6. Sew the remaining two corners -- one with a gold square and the other with a very light square. Press the unit. It should measure 2-1/2" x 2-1/2".
    7. Make a total of four identical square-in-a-square units. Set aside

    Sew Strip Pieced Units for the Broken Wheel Quilt Block


    Refer to the center row of the illustration. Read strip piecing tips for quilters if you aren't familiar with the technique.


    1. Make a strip set by sewing the two 1-1/2" x 10-1/2" long strips together lengthwise. Press to set the seam and then press the seam allowance towards the darker strip.
    2. Square up one end of the strip set and cut four 2-1/2" segments from it, beginning your cuts at the squared up end.

    Assemble the Broken Wheel Quilt Block


    Refer to the bottom row of the illustration.


    1. Arrange the center square and patchwork units into three rows as shown, taking care to position colors to match your chosen layout.
    2. Sew the components of each row together. Press seam allowances in top rows towards the square-in-a-square units. Press center row seams towards the center square. (If seams are too bulky when pressed towards the square-in-a-squares, try pressing towards the strip pieced units in all rows.)
    3. Join the rows, carefully matching all raw edges and seam intersections. Press the quilt block. It should measure 6-1/2" x 6-1/2".

    To Make the 12" Broken Wheels Quilt Block


    Square in a Square Units


    • Use 4-1/2" squares for each center and sew 2-1/2" squares to corners.

    For Strip Pieced Patchwork


    • Use 2-1/2" wide strips and cut 4-1/2" segments.

    For the Block's Center


    • Use a 4-1/2" square.

    When complete, the Broken Wheel's quilt block should be 12'1/2" square.