Monday, May 1, 2017

Windmill - Free Quilt Pattern - Charm Packs

Windmill is actually a fun traditional pinwheel block with a little bit of flare to it. Windmill features using Charm Packs with very minimal waste. If you plan on making this quilt I would love to see progress photos or finished photos. Tag me on Instagram or use #letsquiltsomething . =)

Today's Free Pattern will be given in the size for Throw. Finished Size is 57" x 69".  This pattern is available in 5 quilt sizes; Crib, Throw, Twin, Full/Queen, and King which is available on my website as a PDF download. Windmill is also a beginner friendly quilt pattern that you can finish in no time. 

Fabrics used are from Craftsy in Old Time Spice! (Old Time Spice charm packs are on sale for $7.20 each here.) Background is Kona Charcoal.

Also I loved making this pattern so much, I wanted to make a size big enough for our table. The colors used within this quilt below are from Elizabeth Hartman's Rhoda Ruth Collection in left over charm squares I had and background is Kona Bone. Luckly Craftsy still has her line available here for $7.80 per charm pack

Materials:  (Throw Size. Charm Packs are 5" squares. Sew with a 1/4" seam allowance. Binding uses 2 1/2" Strips. WOF is calculated at 42" wide.)

  • Print 5" squares - 80 Squares (2 Charm Packs)
  • Background Fabric + Border - 3   3/4 yards
  • Binding -1/2 Yard
  • Backing - 4 Yards
  • Batting - 65" x 77"

  1. First separate your 5” squares into two piles. (Not make sure one of each print is in each pile.)
  2. With only one pile of 5” squares you are going to cut into 4 – 2 ½” squares per 5” square. 
  3. With your background fabric cut 2  1/2" x WOF, sub-cut into   160 - 2  1/2" squares and 80 - 2  1/2" x 6  1/2" rectangles. 
  4. With your background fabric cut 5" x WOF strips, sub-cut into 40 - 5" squares. (The rest of your background fabric will be 5" x WOF strips for your border.)

Piecing a Block:

1.  With your 2 ½” print squares and 2 ½” background squares, you’ll lay one on top of each other, right sides together and sew at a diagonal on the center. Cut ¼” away from your seam and press open. Shown Below 

2.  With your 5” print squares and 5” background squares; draw a line at a diagonal on your background square. Place your print and background squares right sides together and sew ¼” away on both sides of the line you drew. Doing so will yield you two HST per print. Shown Below.

3.  With the smaller HST made in step one, sew matching pairs together on their side. Shown Below.

4.  Continuing on building your block made in step 3, sew a matching larger HST to the bottom of the smaller HST. Shown Below. 

5.  Lastly add a 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" background rectangle to the left side of your block made in step 4. Block will be 6 1/2" square. Shown Below.

6.  With the smaller block made in step 5, use 4 blocks and sew a larger square together. Shown Below. (You may use 2 prints per block like shown on the cover or make your whole block scrappy.) Block will be 12  1/2" square. Make a total of 20 blocks.  

Forming your Quilt Top:

1.  Your quilt top will have 5 rows, 6 blocks in each row.
2.  Lastly use your 5" x WOF strips and piece together to form your borders for your quilt.

I hope you all enjoyed this months pattern.  Don't forget to share your progress on Instagram by tagging me or using #letsquiltsomething . If you have any question please fill free to go to and use the contact form. I normally can reply to you quickly Monday Through Friday! =)

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