Easy Windmills Quilt Block Pattern

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    Use Flying Geese to Make Windmills Quilt Blocks

    Windmills Quilt Block Pattern
    Janet Wickell

    Use the Windmills quilt block pattern to make blocks that finish at about 10-1/2" square. Six Windmills quilt blocks are shown in the illustration. They've been rotated from row to row and you'll discover other ways to rotate the blocks to create unique layouts.


    We could sew the block a more typical size if we pieced it with templates, or used paper piecing techniques, but when sewn side-by-side with other Windmill blocks, a slightly unconventional finished size doesn't matter one bit.


    We'll...MORE sew the block in quarters. Split the block visually along its vertical and horizontal midpoints and it becomes obvious that the design is made up of four squares, with the majority of its patchwork from Flying Geese units.


    • Each section of geese is flanked on two sides by large triangles.
    • Small triangles are sewn to each end of a row of geese. The block's center could be constructed from a quarter square triangle unit, but we'll stick to individual triangles.
    • Even though the triangles are not the same size, they are all cut so that the fabric's straight grain runs along their short sides. (Learn how quilt setting and corner triangles differ.)

    Windmills Quilt Block Options


    1. It's most economical to use the no waste Flying Geese method to sew lots of identical geese. They're assembled in groups of four, and you'll need six each of the two geese types to make a block similar to the block shown. Two geese of each would go unused, so instructions using that method are for two quilt blocks. Repeat to make additional blocks.
    2. For another type of quick pieced flying geese, an angled seam is used to sew squares to the ends of rectangles. A portion of the square is trimmed off and discarded, creating waste. However, this method is a very good choice when using small pieces of leftover fabrics to make a scrap quilt. Instructions for the rectangles and squares method are at the bottom of page 2.

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    Windmills Quilt Block Fabrics


    The block contains just four fabrics, a black print and a mauve print for geese and large triangles, plus two lighter prints for backgrounds. Use more fabrics if you wish.


    Cutting for Two Windmills Quilt Blocks with No Waste Flying Geese


    Black Print


    • (3) 4-1/4" x 4-1/4" squares
    • (2) 3" x 3" squares
    • (4) 4-1/8" x 4-1/8" squares

    Mauve Print


    • (3) 4-1/4" x 4-1/4" squares
    • (2) 3" x 3" squares
    • (4) 4-1/8" x 4-1/8" squares

    Light Print for Black Geese Backgrounds


    • (12) 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares

    Light Print for Mauve Geese Backgrounds


    • (12) 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares

    OPTION: Cutting for ONE Windmill Quilt Block Sewn with Alternate Quick Pieced Flying Geese


    Black Print


    • (6) 2" x 3-1/2" bars
    • (1) 3" x 3" square
    • (1) 4-1/8" x 4-1/8" squares

    Mauve Print


    • (6) 2" x 3-1/2" bars
    • (1) 3" x 3" square
    • (1) 4-1/8" x 4-1/8" squares

    Light Print for Black Geese Backgrounds


    • (12) 2" x 2" squares

    Light Print for Mauve Geese Backgrounds


    • (12) 2" x 2" squares

     


     


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  • 02 of 02

    Sew Flying Geese for the Windmills Quilt Block Pattern

    Windmill Quilt Block
    Janet Wickell

    Windmill Blocks with No Waste Flying Geese


    See the bottom of the page for geese assembly using rectangles and squares.


    1. Find a 4-1/4" black square and four of the 2-7/8" light squares that will be the backgrounds for the black geese. Draw a line on the reverse side of each light square, from one corner to the opposite corner.
    2. Use the no waste flying geese method to sew the small squares to the large square. The instructions are on two pages and may seem confusing at first, but is...MORE actually very simple and results in accurate flying geese. Read both pages before beginning.
    3. Repeat to make a total of 12 flying geese using the black/light squares combination.
    4. Repeat the process by sewing the other 2-7/8" light squares to the 4-1/4" mauve squares. You will have 12 more flying geese.
    5. All flying geese should measure 2" x 3-1/2".
    6. Sew three identical flying geese together, one on top of the other. Repeat to sew all geese into groups of three.
    7. Cut each of the 3" x 3" black squares in half once diagonally. Center and sew one of the triangles to the top of a column of black flying geese. Press seam allowance towards the dark triangle. Repeat to sew the remaining dark triangle to the top of the remaining column of black geese.
    8. Cut the 3" x 3" mauve square in half once diagonally. Center and sew one of the triangles to the top of each column of mauve geese.
    9. Cut the light 3" squares in half once diagonally. Center and sew one triangle to the bottom of a geese column. Press.
    10. Cut each 4-1/8" x 4-1/8" square in half once diagonally.
    11. Center and sew a black triangle to each side of a mauve geese column. Press seam allowances towards the large triangle. Make three more identical units.
    12. Sew a mauve triangle to each side of a black geese column. Press seam allowances towards the large triangle. Make three more identical units.
    13. You should now have eight square units with flying geese running at a diagonal through their centers.
    14. Use a rotary ruler to check each square's dimensions. Corner triangles are generally rounded up to the next rotary cuttable size, and they could be a hair too large. If they are, use the square ruler to trim the excess, but take care not to remove the 1/4" seam allowance that must remain around each square.

    OPTION: Make Flying Geese from Rectangles & Squares


    1. Refer to the alternate quick pieced flying geese method. Draw a diagonal line on each small light square, from one corner to the opposite corner. Sew one of the 2" squares to each end of a 2" x 3-1/2" rectangle (sew on the line as instructed in ​the tutorial).
    2. Make a total of six each of the two types of flying geese.
    3. Refer to steps 5 - 14 above to finish the quilt block (remember that cutting for this option results in one block, not two).

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