Disappearing Windmill Block

It’s always fun to try a new technique. I found a Disappearing Windmill block while thumbing through Missouri Star Quilt Co. Block Idea book. I picked it up at Country Manor Fabrics along with a Moda Layer Cake called Miss Kate by Bonnie & Camille. Love the colors in this collection!

Miss Kate by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics
Miss Kate by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics

Take two squares and put them right sides together. Then sew 1/4 inch seams all the way around the outside.

With right sides together sew 1/4" seams all the way around the block.
With right sides together sew 1/4″ seams all the way around the block.

Cut the block point-to-point through the middle both ways.

Cut the block diagonally.
Cut the block diagonally.

Press the resulting four blocks to the dark fabric. Sew them back together. Pressing after each step.

Use a pin to match the points in the half-square triangles before sewing.
Use a pin to match the points in the half-square triangles before sewing.

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Here’s where I messed up. I didn’t have a 1/4″ foot on my machine. I estimated 1/4″. After all that cutting and sewing back together, I can’t get a 12 3/4″ square pinwheel block that the book says I should have gotten. If I had, the block should have been cut into nine equal 4 1/4″ blocks. Mine blocks were slightly smaller.

The Windmill block is coming together.
The Windmill block is coming together.
Cut the block into equal 4 1/4" squares.
Cut the block into equal 4 1/4″ squares.

Rotate the squares to make the Shoofly block below…

Shoofly block

…or rotate the block to make the Churn Dash block.

Churn Dash block
Churn Dash block
Completed Shoofly block
Completed Shoofly block

You might remember the Disappearing 9-Patch block tutorial I did a while back. Here’s a link. Have fun!

 

 

2 thoughts on “Disappearing Windmill Block”

  1. Thanks for posting this, Cindy! I can’t wait to try it out when our house is finally ready and we get all of our furniture and things delivered! We’re hoping that you and Mike will come to visit soon. Love, Iris

  2. Your craft and sewing room will be a lovely space for you to create Iris. Mike and I will come and see you soon. 🙂

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