Good-Natured Warning: Making These Little Blocks is Like Eating M&Ms…Hard to Stop!
I started making these blocks about five years ago as “Leaders & Enders” a la Bonnie Hunter at quiltville.com, but I had so much fun making them–they soon took over my Brain-Free Sewing Zone. Darlene Zimmerman used this block in her Bloomin’ 30s design for Quiltmaker’s Small Quilts last summer.
Here is one little 4″ block:
There is only one patch size in this block: 1.5″ x 2.5″
Each block takes 4 patches of Color #1 and 4 patches of Color #2.
Join each Color #1 patch to a Color #2 patch.
Arranging the patches like they are in the next photo will help you begin to see the block design.
Join these into pairs like so:
You can also look at it this way—you sew both pairs together in the same exact way. In the picture above, one is rotated to show the block design. In the picture below, they are oriented identically. This is how I sew them together—it’s easier for me to make them match than to try and visualize the block design and sew them as shown above.
Rotate one and sew the sections together to complete the block.
Make as many blocks as you want and sew them together into rows. The little quilt shown is set 6 x 7 for a total of 42 blocks. I cut strips 2″ wide for the borders.
In the Brain-Free Sewing Zone, I make lots of these little blocks. Whenever I’m cutting strips for anything, I always cut a 2.5″ strip too and throw it into my pile. So I have lots of 2.5″ strips ready.
When I need Brain-Free Activity, I cut the strips at 1.5″ intervals to give me the patches I need for this block. I have thousands of these patches, 1.5″ x 2.5″.
I have made them into hundreds of these Little Windmill blocks.
When I want a Brain-Free Project, I think of a color scheme and pull blocks in those colors. It always seems to work! Here I pulled fabrics while thinking “yellow and orange.”
For this group, I pulled blocks while thinking “blue and green.”
Here’s a completed quilt I did a while back, thinking “blue, green and purple.”
Have some fun making Little Windmills of your own. If you think “bright holiday colors,” maybe your quilt will come out something like this one. It’s next to be quilted, so I can hang it up in the next few days—because the Countdown to Christmas continues!