The Mill Wheel quilt block is a perfectly delightful block – I’m so pleased that I found it. It’s classified as a four patch block and I’ve made it here as a 12″ square.
Cutting requirements for the mill wheel quilt block
3.7/8″ squares: six each in dark blue and cream, two each in light blue and cream
Making the half square triangle units
Make half square triangle units with all the squares. Place a dark blue or a light blue square right sides together with a cream square. Mark a line along the diagonal and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line.
Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units. These are now 3.1/2″ squares. Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and clip the two corners where the fabric sticks out.
Making the mill wheel quilt block
Lay the squares out in four rows of four. As usual, it’s most easy to look for the larger shapes. The four dark blue/cream half square triangles in the middle are placed so that the dark blue triangles form a diamond shape in the middle.
If you begin at the top left corner and look clockwise round the edge of the block, you’ll see that there’s a larger dark blue triangle formed from two half square triangles followed by a larger light blue/dark blue triangle again formed by two half square triangles. This pattern is repeated down each side and across the bottom of the block.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the mill wheel quilt block.
For the first quilt idea I have shown sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four. Not a terribly interesting quilt.
So then I decided to use an alternate block. This quilt is still made with sixteen blocks, but in this case there are eight mill wheel blocks and eight diamond in a square blocks as an alternate block. Definitely much more interesting.
Finally, I reduced the size of the quilt to nine blocks in three rows of three. This was made with four mill wheel blocks and five alternate blocks – I found it surprising how different it looks from the bigger version.
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