Wind Chimes Quilt Pattern

Wind chimes quilt

Wind chimes quilt

For the wind chimes quilt pattern I have used two very different blocks with two totally different colourways.  The first block is called Windmills and I have made four of these in brown, yellow and white.  The second block is called Southern Belle and I have made five of these in blue, green and white.  I think that the name ‘wind chimes’ sprang out at me because when I looked at the quilt the southern belle quilt blocks reminded me of wind chimes hanging in the corners of a room.

The wind chimes quilt measures 42″ square and I have used just over 1 yard of white fabric with 1/2 yard each of green and brown, together with 1/4 yard each of blue and yellow.  The blocks are all 12″ finished size.

Cutting requirements for the wind chimes quilt

3.1/2″ squares:  sixteen white, twenty four green, ten blue

3.7/8″ squares:  eight each in brown and yellow, twelve each in brown and white, eight each in yellow and white, fifteen each in green and white, five each in green and blue, five each in blue and white

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making half square triangle units

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 and cut along the line.  This will produce two half square triangles which are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the dark fabric and trim the corners.

Windmill quilt block layout

Windmill quilt block layout

Making the wind chimes quilt block

Lay the squares out in four rows of four.

Completed windmill quilt block

Completed windmill quilt block

There’s a white square in each corner with a brown/white and a brown/yellow half square triangle on either side of each corner.  The pinwheel in the middle is made with yellow/white half square triangles.  Note that the brown triangles are always on the outer edges of the block and the yellow and white triangles are always placed together to form larger yellow or white triangles.

You should find that you have eight brown/white half square triangles left over – these are for use in the quilt border.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the windmill quilt block.  Make four of these.

Southern belle quilt block layout

Southern belle quilt block layout

Making the Southern Belle quilt block

Isn’t that a delightful name for a quilt block?  This is also a four patch block, so lay the squares out in four rows of four.  The blue and green squares are all in the second and third rows and the half square triangles are all along the edges.

Completed southern belle quilt block

Completed southern belle quilt block

Note that the white triangles are placed so that they form larger white triangles.  The blue triangles together with blue squares also make larger triangles.  The green triangles are placed to form either larger triangles or, together with the green squares, to form that crown shape.  You should find that you have four green squares left over.  These are for use as cornerstones in the quilt border.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the southern belle quilt block.  You will need to make five of these.

Rows 1 and 3 of the wind chimes quilt

Rows 1 and 3 of the wind chimes quilt

Assembling the wind chimes quilt

The blocks are placed in three rows of three.  The first and third rows are made with a southern belle block at each end with a windmill block between them.

Row 2 of the wind chimes quilt

Row 2 of the wind chimes quilt

Row 2 is made using a windmill block at each end with a southern belle quilt block at each end.

Sew the blocks together across the rows and then sew the rows to each other.

Border strips for the wind chimes quilt

Border strips for the wind chimes quilt

Adding the quilt border

For the border I have tried to continue the brown of the windmill blocks to complete the diamond shape.  You will need to cut eight 3.1/2″ lengths of white fabric 15.1/2″ long.  Make these into four border strips by sewing together a pair of brown/white half square triangles with a white 15.1/2″ strip on either side.

Add the border strips

Add the border strips

Sew one of these to the top of the quilt and one to the bottom, making sure that you have the pair of brown triangles pointing away from the middle of the quilt.  Sew a 3.1/2″ green square to each end of the remaining two border strips.  Sew one of these to each side of the quilt.

That completes the wind chimes quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.

Here’s the video:

When I moved here I planted a mock orange shrub just outside the back door, hoping that the wonderful smell would drift through the house when it’s in bloom.  It’s in full bloom at the moment and it’s exactly as I had hoped – the fragrance drifts into the house whenever the back door is open.  I shall have to plant myself another one when I move.



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  1. Ann M Rippel says:

    Beautiful quilt.

  2. Gail Eliot says:

    You don’t have to apologize for technology.LOL. I think you should take a break before, during, and after the move! You have such beautiful quilts and ideas. I’m behind due to a move, too. Thank you for such beautiful designs. You have given us enough to last awhile!

    • Thanks, Gail. Good luck with your move. I’m looking forward to my move now – just want to get it over and done with!

  3. Wonderful block Rose – I love Blue too and find it hard not to use it in my Quilts. All the very Best of Luck with your upcoming move on the 28 July – I do hope it stays dry for you.

    Keep up the Good Work xx

    • Thanks so much, Helen. Yes, sunshine would be nice for the day of the move. When I moved here it rained non stop all day and then just when we were driving here with all our belongings the solicitors rang and said that I couldn’t move because the money for my old house hadn’t come through!

  4. karin wijaya says:

    dear Rose, your link to my email its okay. I have received Wind Chimes Quilt Pattern 2 times.
    I love this quilt, it cute really
    Thank you Rose

    • Thanks, Karin. Apologies for sending you the link twice. You must have seen the quilt the first time just before or after the site crashed.

  5. Marilyn Larkin says:

    Hello Rose,
    so sorry for you that the website crashed, I am sure we all knew what was happening, just more stress for you to get it fixed. Windchimes is a charming I love the contrast between the brown and blue. It’s great with quilts you can get so many different looking quilts just by changing one or two colours, sad you can’t do that with your solicitor! I hope the stress goes away all too soon and the solicitor gets onto the settlement for you. Take care. Marilyn

    • Hi Marilyn. I’m just relieved that the website is up and running again now. Like you, I’m always astonished at how different quilts can become with different colours. My solicitor has come up trumps for me – completion set for July 28th which was the date that I had hoped for.

  6. THank you for another lively quilt. I wish you all the best in your new home.

  7. Thanks for letting me know. I kept seeing an error and wondered if it had something to do with Yahoo. I like your block. Each week puts a smile on my face because I say “how does she do it?” Guess she’s some type of genius.
    I’ll be looking to make an appliqué lap top or a table runner after I catch up on my household chores. I’ve been glued to the TV watching the British Open. It’s the only sport I enjoy watching. It’s 11PM your time and the last group just finished. They surely won’t finish that late tomorrow. Hope your move goes swimmingly.

    • Hi Claire. When I saw that the site wasn’t working I could only think ‘why on a Friday, of all days!’ Good luck with the applique. The weather at the open has been awful – they did so well to clear the water in the time that they did. Let’s hope that they have better weather today.

  8. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Love the quilt. Was picturing it as 3 quilts one with the Southern Belle and one as theWindmill and one the way you have it. Of course I would have to put in a bit of purple. Right now I am doing a windmill pattern of sorts It is not like yours but is coming out rather well. I think I take your patterns and they always come out like my own. Wish I could smell your orange blossom I bet it smells heavenly.
    Good luck with your move that should be coming up shortly.
    Happy Quilting.

    • Hi Sandra. You’re right – each block would make a pretty quilt in its own right. My garden looks good to me but I suspect that it might look a little overgrown to the new owner. I have lots of roses which tend to ramble – bit like me, I suppose!

  9. Just a moment to thank you for all your beautiful patterns. This one just moved to the top of my to-do list.

  10. Hi Rose – I love that scent too – and how lucky was I to find something very similar at the airport on my way to Florida – in case you are interested it’s called Orange Blossom and is by Jo Malone. It’s rather expensive, but the fragrance lasts.
    Love the latest quilt – you are such a star to keep up with it all at such a busy time. Hope you made some time for the tennis this afternoon – it was SO exciting! C’mon GB tomorrow too!
    Best wishes, Brenda

    • Hi Brenda. Thanks for that. I’ll look out for that perfume. I’m afraid I missed the tennis – I didn’t realise that the Davis Cup had started so soon after Wimbledon. I thought that it was just the golf and the cricket on at the moment. Looking at St Andrews golf course this morning reminded me of the times that I watched my son play – it always seemed to be raining.

  11. Carol Smith says:

    Thank you it was worth the wait I really like this one. Like Janny I can also see it in different colour ways. Do you ever have 5 mins to yourself! Love everything you do wonderful website thanks again. Love Carol x

    • Thanks, Carol. Do tell us what colours you’d use. I regard quilting as time for myself, so yes I do get plenty of me time – but a good book comes a close second.

  12. The quilt is worth the wait following the website crash and I expect your new mock orange shrub outside your new back door will be too.

    • Hi Isabel. It’s been so frustrating this afternoon, knowing that the website was down but not being able to do anything about it. Yes, I think I’ve been lucky with my mock orange – I’ve enjoyed the best of it this year and should be able to plant one at my new house in time for next year.

  13. Dear Rose
    I tried to post earlier but unsure if my message was lost in the ‘crash’?..
    I just wanted to say thank you for your lovely chatty and helpful newsletter. It inspires to me have a go even though I’m a novice quilter with more enthusiasm than skill or experience at the moment!
    I wish you all the very next with your move .

    • Hi Jane. Yes, I think your previous comment must have been lost – I haven’t found it anyway. I think that enthusiasm is the biggest requirement for quilting – all the rest will follow. Just regard each quilt as being a series of small steps.

  14. Dear Rose – Isn’t that just the way. You get things as you want them but wish they had been a bit more instant before it’s time to move on. Really like this (despite all the challenging triangles). Of course as I’m awkward I can visualise it in different colour-ways but that’s just personal choice. Thank you for posting it especially when you must be so busy.
    all best Janny

    • Hi Janny. I’m sure that your colour choices would be better than mine! I have this terrible failing of needing to put blue in somewhere in most of my quilts. Actually, it’s not so hectic now that I have most of the packing done. I’m just terribly nervous that we’ve got so close to the asked-for completion date without my solicitor committing to the date yet.