QUILT BLOCK PATTERNS – WATERWHEEL
The waterwheel quilt block is one that I think looks really striking so I have made it up to show you even though I haven’t yet made it into a quilt. As so often in quilting, there are several quilt block patterns all called waterwheel, but this is the one that I like.
Making the waterwheel quilt block
To make the waterwheel quilt block you will need five four patch units and four half square triangle units – it really is that simple. The four patch units are made by sewing together 2.1/2″ squares in pairs and then sewing the pairs together. You will need two units using red, black and white fabric, two units using brown, black and white fabric and the central four patchunit is made using just red and brown fabrics.
Make the half square triangles using two 4.7/8″ white squares with one red and one brown square. Lay one coloured square with one white square, right sides together, and draw a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This gives two half square triangle units. Repeat with the second pair of squares.
Lay the patchwork squares out as shown, taking care to put the squares with the triangles facing the right way. Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together to complete the waterwheel quilt block.