Windmill Quilt

This is such a fun and pretty quilt. I made it with a Michael Miller layer cake pack. It’s a tessellation with a square cut first and then sliced diagonally. I first made this with my AccuQuilt system in September 2010. And 12 years later I still love this quilt block.  This is the original blog post showing how to make this with the 4-1/2″ strip die.

Because it’s one of my favorite blocks and stitches up so quickly, I decided to have a custom die made which  will eliminate the trimming to size. While I have used the square die to trim to size – the ability to have a custom die is really nice. It is a directional shape, so fabric has to be placed on the die with either right or wrong side up always.

This quilt will be going to the Alamance Regional Cancer Center. This is my quilt ready for binding:

And this is how the block goes together:

Make four of the Windmill blades:

Arrange them into a four patch and sew together:

Add strips to two of the outside edges of the four patch – strips are cut 2-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ and 2-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ for a finished 8″ block.

Arrange blocks in sets of four for placement in quilt:



4 Replies to “Windmill Quilt”

    1. Hi Karon, That does work – it requires some trimming, but not nearly as much as starting from a square. I used the 6-inch finished tumbler and cut it in half at 3-1/4″. It is directional so you get one blade going clockwise and one blade going counterclockwise. When sewn together, you have a 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ patch (unfinished). In order to make a perfect tessellation, you have to fold that patch in half and cut it at 2-1/4″ so that the final patch is 4-1/2″ (4″ finished). But it does work. Great idea.

      1. I should have known that you had though of using the tumblers. Thanks for the in-depth explanation. You give a lot to the quilting community, thank you.

        1. Karon, the tumblers were your idea – I had not thought of that. And it is a great idea. I just tried it out to see how it would work after you suggested it. There are so many ways to do things, and I think of some, but I am always amazed at how creative everyone else is too. Again – great idea – keep them coming.

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