This is the Windmill block and the 6th in the series from the Art of Quilting. I haven’t forgotten number 5, the Trafalgar, I just fancied the colour combo more on this one!
I’m getting a bit quicker with them now. Though I won’t yet reveal how fast as it probably still sounds a bit rubbish! But quilting certainly got easier thanks to MrsC for her recommendation to use a quarter inch foot. I ordered one pronto from Jaycotts, and was wondering why on earth my fabulous new machine didn’t come with one. The process was so much quicker and neater and much easier to control. Feeling all smug that not only did I get some patchwork done this evening, but it all lined up perfectly and according to plan, I went to put my new shiny foot in my special pull down compartment… only to realise I already had one…. doh!
History: Variations of this simple but dynamic block go back to the earliest days of quilt making. Alternative names include Dutch Windmill, Double Pinwheel and Turnstile… all suggesting rotary movement.
Level: Some experience needed to ensure the eight triangle points meet perfectly in the centre. (;-) *some buffing of nails near shoulder*)
No. of pieces: 12
Block 1: The Double Four Patch
Block 2: The Whirlwind
Block 3: The Sailboat
Block 4: The Shoo-fly
Block 6: The Windmill
29 Replies to “The Windmill quilt block”
Oh well, two is better than one! hehehe. And your points are FAB! Buff those nails, they deserve it!! 🙂
Thanks so much MrsC! It really did make a difference :-))
Lovely…and you’re right to be proud of those points.
Thanks Catherine 🙂
How annoying on the feet! Oh well, at least now you have a spare. I really like this block. Yes, getting those points all matched up in the centre – I can imagine how taxing that is.
Thanks Karen. Little things sure do please my little mind! 🙂
Ooooh, pretty! Love the fabric combination you’ve used. 🙂
Love the colors and the pattern! I am impressed with how perfectly aligned it is. I can’t keep my shapes straight at all.
Thank you! My 1/4 inch foot definitely worked its magic!