For the wind chimes quilt pattern I have used two very different blocks with two totally different colourways. The first block is called Windmills and I have made four of these in brown, yellow and white. The second block is called Southern Belle and I have made five of these in blue, green and white. I think that the name ‘wind chimes’ sprang out at me because when I looked at the quilt the southern belle quilt blocks reminded me of wind chimes hanging in the corners of a room.
The wind chimes quilt measures 42″ square and I have used just over 1 yard of white fabric with 1/2 yard each of green and brown, together with 1/4 yard each of blue and yellow. The blocks are all 12″ finished size.
Cutting requirements for the wind chimes quilt
3.1/2″ squares: sixteen white, twenty four green, ten blue
3.7/8″ squares: eight each in brown and yellow, twelve each in brown and white, eight each in yellow and white, fifteen each in green and white, five each in green and blue, five each in blue and white
Making half square triangle units
Make half square triangles with all the 3.7/8″ squares in the colour pairings listed above. Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This will produce two half square triangles which are now 3.1/2″ squares. Press the seam allowances towards the dark fabric and trim the corners.
Making the wind chimes quilt block
Lay the squares out in four rows of four.
There’s a white square in each corner with a brown/white and a brown/yellow half square triangle on either side of each corner. The pinwheel in the middle is made with yellow/white half square triangles. Note that the brown triangles are always on the outer edges of the block and the yellow and white triangles are always placed together to form larger yellow or white triangles.
You should find that you have eight brown/white half square triangles left over – these are for use in the quilt border.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the windmill quilt block. Make four of these.
Making the Southern Belle quilt block
Isn’t that a delightful name for a quilt block? This is also a four patch block, so lay the squares out in four rows of four. The blue and green squares are all in the second and third rows and the half square triangles are all along the edges.
Note that the white triangles are placed so that they form larger white triangles. The blue triangles together with blue squares also make larger triangles. The green triangles are placed to form either larger triangles or, together with the green squares, to form that crown shape. You should find that you have four green squares left over. These are for use as cornerstones in the quilt border.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the southern belle quilt block. You will need to make five of these.
Assembling the wind chimes quilt
The blocks are placed in three rows of three. The first and third rows are made with a southern belle block at each end with a windmill block between them.
Row 2 is made using a windmill block at each end with a southern belle quilt block at each end.
Sew the blocks together across the rows and then sew the rows to each other.
Adding the quilt border
For the border I have tried to continue the brown of the windmill blocks to complete the diamond shape. You will need to cut eight 3.1/2″ lengths of white fabric 15.1/2″ long. Make these into four border strips by sewing together a pair of brown/white half square triangles with a white 15.1/2″ strip on either side.
Sew one of these to the top of the quilt and one to the bottom, making sure that you have the pair of brown triangles pointing away from the middle of the quilt. Sew a 3.1/2″ green square to each end of the remaining two border strips. Sew one of these to each side of the quilt.
That completes the wind chimes quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video:
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