I came across the weathervane quilt block pattern and thought that it would be a good basis for a seasons quilt. I have made sixteen blocks in four different colour ranges – one each for winter, spring, summer and fall or autumn. They are 12″ blocks and I have used white as the background fabric across all the blocks. The finished quilt measures 54″ square and I have used 1.1/4 yards of white with less than 1/2 yard (about 11″) of each of eight coloured fabrics. These are paired together with four dark and four medium fabrics.
Cutting requirements for the four seasons quilt
For each quilt block you will need:
2.1/2″ squares: four white, four dark colour
2.7/8″ squares: four each in white/dark colour, four each in white/light colour
one 4.1/2″ square in dark colour, four 2.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ rectangle in light colour.
As a guide, for the whole quilt I cut four 2.1/2″ strips and ten 2.7/8″ strips of white. For each block I cut in the dark colour two strips 2.7/8″ wide and one 4.1/2″ square and in the light colour two strips each of 2.1/2″ and 2.7/8″.
Making each four seasons quilt block
Make half square triangles with the 2.7/8″ squares. Place a white square with a coloured square, 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 to produce two half square triangles. You need eight white squares and four squares of each colour for each block.
Lay the squares out with the large dark square in the middle surrounded by the light rectangles and the dark 2.1/2″ squares. The white 2.1/2″ squares are in the corners and the half square triangles are placed on the edges of the quilt block. To get the direction of the triangles correct, you can see that the blue triangles make one larger triangle pointing away from the middle while the white triangles make two larger triangles pointing in on each edge.
Begin by sewing as many of the squares as possible together in pairs. On the top two and bottom rows you can sew the patchwork pieces together across the row. For the middle row you need to sew the two triangles on each edge together first so that they will be the right size to sew to the blue rectangles.
Continue sewing the squares together to complete five rows of patchwork. Sew the rows to each other. I find that it helps to reduce bulk in the seams if you press the seam allowances open at those seams where you have two half square triangles meeting. It spreads the layers of fabric.
Make four of the weathervane quilt blocks in each colour pairing. Across the top you can see winter and spring while summer and autumn (fall) are in the bottom row. Sew the blocks of one colour together in rows.
I thought of placing the colours in diagonal rows but decided that I wanted each season to have a complete row to itself. I also considered placing sashing between the rows but decided against that because it would have split up the white squares and diamonds which form quite a nice grid across the quilt.
Border for the four seasons quilt
I have used quite a strong colour to frame the quilt for the border. The strips are 3.1/2″ wide and you will need two lengths of 48.1/2″ to sew to the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 54.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the four seasons quilt top. It can now be layered, quilted and bound. You can find more on these steps in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video:
I know that this won’t apply to many of you, but I have been asked many times to start holding workshops. I have set a date for the first one on Saturday 17th August, 2013, at a village hall just outside Ludlow. This one will be aimed at the complete beginner who would like help getting started on their first quilting project. For more details click on quilting workshops.