I ♥ My Windmill Quilt

I’ve been longing to get back to my windmill quilt and today, after a three-week break, I finally did. With Valentine’s Day coming up next week, it seems appropriate to be working with red and white fabrics.

You may recall I’m making this pattern by Deb Eggers:

a mid-winters night quilt pattern
“Controlled scrappy” is the look I’m going for, with a mix of reds for my darks and two red-on-white prints for my lights. Here’s a light and dark block side by side:

dk and lt windmill block
My plan is to use a few additional red-on-white prints for the pinwheels in the center of each windmill block. After making the two complete blocks you see above, I decided to hold off on final selection of fabrics for the pinwheels until after all of the blocks were laid out on my design wall. I wanted to be sure the red fabrics, some of which are brighter than others, were balanced across the quilt with no like fabrics touching in rows or columns. A bit obsessive-compulsive, perhaps? Oh, maybe just a bit . . .

I decided on a 4 x 5 setting, requiring 20 blocks, and sewed the outer strips of each block, leaving the middle strip unsewn because of the missing pinwheel centers. I was having difficulty laying out the partial blocks on my design wall until I hit upon the idea of using just one V block from each windmill block.

This is what I wound up with:

windmill quilt V blocks

It’s just coincidental that laying the blocks out this way created some elongated hearts. Sweet!

Satisfied with the placement above, I laid all of the blocks out:

windmill quilt layout
I am already in love with this quilt!



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6 Responses to I ♥ My Windmill Quilt

  1. That’s amazing, Dawn! Like everything you do!

  2. Auntie Em says:

    Wow, what a terrific pattern! I totally understand your controlled approach. I’m the same way.

  3. Vickie says:

    Hi friend,
    This is going to be another terrific quilt. You are brilliant to have figured out a way to see all the colors at once. You know that design would also make a nice quilt. Happy sewing!

  4. Diane says:

    Oh boy oh boy, Nubs, this is just spectacular! And in time for Valentine’s Day too!

  5. Sandy says:

    Oh my gosh, Dawn…I LOVE that quilt. It is beautiful.

  6. AnnMarie says:

    I love the results from your obsessive tendencies.

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