I think that the four winds quilt block is absolutely stunning. It’s a Nancy Cabot nine patch block and I’m sure that I’ll be making this block again many times. It’s made almost entirely from half square triangles with just a few squares. To see a quilt made using this block, click on four winds quilt pattern.
Cutting requirements for the four winds quilt block
To make the four winds quilt block as a 24″ block you will need:
light blue: twelve 4.7/8″ squares
dark blue: four 4.7/8″ squares and four 4.1/2″ squares
white: eight 4.7/8″ squares and four 4.1/2″ squares
red: four 4.7/8″ squares
Making the four winds quilt block
The half square triangles are made in the usual way. Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a seam 1/4″ either side of the marked line and then cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.
Make half square triangles in the following combinations: six squares each of light blue/white, two squares each of dark blue/white, two squares each of light blue/dark blue, four squares eachof red/light blue.
Lay the patchwork squares out in six rows of six squares. Refer to the photo to make sure that you have the triangles facing the right way to fit the design. Basically you should end up with a pinwheel in each corner, four rosebuds pointing outwards and a red star type design radiating out from the middle.
Sew the squares together first in pairs across each row and then sew the pairs together to complete each row. Sew the rows together. Some of the joins of the seams can be quite bulky so it is worth pinning at the joins to ensure that the seam allowances go in opposite directions to reduce the bulk. That completes the four winds quilt block – a really striking quilt block!