Falling in Love with the Dutch Windmill Pattern
Lately I have been working on my own Dutch Windmill blocks with the intention of making another quilt. The process has been so enjoyable, I thought I would share with you some of my new blocks. These are just 2 of the 8 blocks that I made last week.
By the end of the week I was whisking the fabric from my cutting board and through my machine like I was working a professional assembly line. It was fun and relaxing.
I will be mixing the windmill blocks with another pattern that I designed, so focusing my attention on this new quilt has been a delightful creative adventure everyday.
OK, so onto the tutorial….
Dutch Windmill Tutorial Part 3
Todays tutorial is all about building the Mill House. This cute little house is so simple and it can be embellished in a variety of ways. Today I am giving you a drastically scaled down version of the mill house construction. Remember, I’m not giving away all my secrets to this block, so for information regarding measurements, cutting & pressing, as well as nifty tips and tricks, you will have to purchase the pattern from my Etsy page or you can contact me directly and I will send you a PayPal invoice.
To begin you will need your “I“, “J” and “L” pieces.
Step 1: Cut the “L” pieces as directed and attach them to the sides of the “J” rectangle and press as directed in the instructions.
Step 2: Attach the roof (Piece”I“) to the top of the house.
Step 3: Press and trim as directed.
That’s it: You are done!
This looks a lot easier than it really is though, I told you it was simplified. There are several tricks to getting everything to line up properly: The cutting, pinning, stitching and trimming steps to be exact. There are certain things that need to be done in order to make it fit into the the rest of the quilt block. Working with diagonals can be fun, if you know how to handle the fabric properly.
Happy Creating Everyone!!