This quilt pattern is one of those lovely designs that show more secondary patterns the longer that you look at. I have made it using four of Nancy Cabot’s four winds quilt blocks and it measures 48″ square. I have used 3/4 yard each of red, white and purple with just under 1 yard of blue fabric.
3.1/2″ squares: sixteen white, sixteen purple
3.7/8″ squares: twenty four each in blue and white, sixteen each in purple and blue, six each in red and blue, ten each in red and white
2.1/2″ strips cut across the width of fabric for the borders: four purple and four blue
1.1/2″ strips cut across the width of fabric for the borders: eight red.
Making the four winds quilt block
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. Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.
You should end up with forty eight blue/white half square triangles, thirty two purple/blue, twelve red/blue and twenty red/white.
Lay the squares out in six rows of six. There are a lot of half square triangles in this block, but that doesn’t make it a difficult block – you just have to check the photos carefully to see which way to place the triangles.
The first three rows are shown on the left with the squares sewn together across the rows. The remaining three rows are shown on the right. I hope that this gives you a clearer idea of how to place the patchwork squares.
When you have completed all six rows sew the rows to each other to complete the four winds quilt block. Make four of these and sew them together first in two pairs and then sew the pairs of blocks together to make a square quilt top.
Four winds quilt borders
I have used four quilt borders to give a really good frame to the quilt. The first one is made using 1.1/2″ strips of red fabric. Cut two lengths of 36.1/2″ and sew them to the top and bottom of the quilt first. Then cut two lengths of 38.1/2″ and sew one to each side.
For the second and third borders I have used 2.1/2″ strips of blue and purple fabric. Begin with two 38.1/2″ lengths of purple and sew these to the top and bottom of the quilt. Then cut two 42.1/2″ lengths of purple for the sides.
For the third border cut two blue 42.1/2″ lengths for the top and bottom and then make up two blue 46.1/2″ lengths for the sides of the quilt. This length is just too long to be made from one strip of blue fabric – I trimmed some of the blue squares left over from making the quilt and sewed them to the blue strip to make the required length.
Finally for the fourth border I returned to the 1.1/2″ strips of red fabric. Once again these lengths will need to be made from two lengths of fabric. Make two lengths of 46.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the four winds quilt pattern. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding and full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section, towards the bottom of the page.
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