The following is the step by step instructions for the Dutch Windmill pattern that I designed. 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.
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.
Begin with the “E” and “F” pieces. First you need to cut them into the appropriate sizes. (PDF Printable Instructions)
Once cut, lay the “F” piece onto of the “E” piece and stitch them together. You will have 4 individual sections now.
After careful pressing of the seam allowances, you are going to cut each blade into 4 sections.
Using 4 pieces of the “EF” block at a time, begin sewing them together to form 4 strips of 4 blocks. Here is where assembly of this block and uniting them with the following pieces becomes tricky. For added information you will need the complete instructions.
“H” is the next piece of fabric that you will need and it sits opposite the “G” piece. Pin as per the instructions. Stitch and press and trim as directed.
Take the rotor that you made in lesson 1 and lay it to one side of one of the windmill blades as instructed and stitch.
Take a second windmill blade and attach it to the opposite side. Press as instructed.
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.
Cut the “L” pieces as directed and attach them to the sides of the “J” rectangle and press as directed in the instructions.
Attach the roof (Piece”I“) to the top of the house.
Press and trim as directed.
That’s it: You are done with the Mill House!
Putting It All Together:
Take 1 of the remaining pre-made windmill blade sections and set it along the left side of the mill house. Align as described in the pattern, stitch in place, press and trim as directed.
Take one of your “K” pieces and align it on the opposite side of the windmill blade. Align as described in the pattern, stitch in place, press and trim as directed.
Using your last blade section, attach one of the “K” pieces to each side as described in the instructions. Press and trim.
Set up your 3 block sections as shown. Stitch the 2 center blades to one of the sky sections, then to the other. Be careful to align all seams and press as directed, or nothing will fit smoothly.
Your final step is to attack the “L” triangles to each of the 4 corners. Make sure you have properly trimmed your block as instructed or they will not fit properly.
The last thing you have to do is to press and trim your block. For complete directions on how to do this you will need to purchase the full PDF pattern from my Etsy shop for $5.00.
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!