One year ago this month, I completed and published my first quilt pattern, Dutch Windmill. I had every intention to sell it online and in stores, but then I became ill and all my intentions fell by the way side as did all my designs for subsequent patterns. Fast forward one year and I feel great! So good in fact that I have decided to revisit the pattern and to pick up where I left off.
To celebrate this one year anniversary, I have decided to publish the step by step instructions for the block here on Created by Bella. I will publish a little of the pattern each week with clear photographs, simple instructions and some added tips and tricks here and there.
What will not be contained in the online instructions will be the measurements, pressing instructions (which are super important for this block), trimming notations or important tips that will be needed by the person making the block. If you would like this additional information you will have to purchase a PDF version of the pattern which can be obtained on Etsy for $5.00.
Without further ado, lets get onto the pattern.
In the pattern instructions there are 12 different size pattern pieces. Each of these is labeled with a letter, so you will have A-L. To keep in accordance with the written pattern, I will use the letters to identify the pieces.
Today’s piece of the pattern is the Center Rotor. This is the easiest part of the pattern and many people reading this tutorial have already made quilt blocks like this.
Take your 4 “B” pieces and mark them with a diagonal line on the back of the squares as shown.
Place one of the “B” squares on the bottom right corner of the “A” square and stitch on the marked line.
Rotate the whole block and add a second “B” square as shown. Stitch on the line.
Trim off the excess fabric and press open.
Place the last two “B” blocks onto the piece and again, stitch on the marked lines. Trim off the excess and press open.
This section of the block needs to be pressed well and trimmed. For full instructions please purchase the pattern here: Created by Bella Etsy Shop
Attach the 2 “C” pieces, one on each side.
Lastly, sew the 2 “D” pieces on the remaining two sides.
This center block needs to be trimmed down to the correct size. For the correct measurements and other pertinent information you need to purchase the pattern.
There you have it, the first of several tutorials on the construction of the Dutch Windmill Quilt block.
If you do decide to purchase the pattern, know that it comes with full technical support from myself. Also, this quilt pattern may not be used for consumer purposes without express permission from me. I worked really hard creating this pattern and I would appreciate it if production of this piece remains ethical. Thank you.
If you decide to make this block, please share your end results with me, I would LOVE to see your work!