Electric Fan Quilt Block Pattern

Electric fan quilt block

Electric fan quilt block

The electric fan quilt block is perhaps not appropriate for the time of year – but we can always dream and pretend that the weather is hot enough to warrant an electric fan!  It’s a four patch block and I have made it here as a 12″ square.

Cutting requirements for the electric fan quilt block

3.7/8″ squares:  four each in blue and white, four each in blue and red

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make the half square triangle units

Use all the squares to make half square triangles in the pairings listed above.  Place a blue square right sides together with either a red or a white square 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 triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Electric fan quilt block layout

Electric fan quilt block layout

Make the electric fan quilt block

Lay the squares out in four rows of four.  I find that it helps to look for the larger shapes in order to be sure that you have placed the squares correctly.  There’s a larger white triangle formed by two white triangles along each edge of the block.  A larger blue triangle forms the other half of each edge.  The middle of the block is made with a blue/red pinwheel layout.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the electric fan quilt block.

Basic quilt design

Basic quilt design

Quilt ideas

The first quilt design shows sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four.  I felt that the design of the block became lost in this quilt design

Same design with sashing

Same design with sashing

For the second design I added 2″ white sashing and this separates the blocks out, which I feel gives a better looking quilt.

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  1. Can I say “cool!” ? You’re right, the sashing makes for a much better overall appearance and they do look like those little toy windmills.

  2. Colleen McKinlay says:

    I like the sashing too. Adds a brightness to the quilt. Just wondering if this design would work using pre cuts…5 inch charm squares. I have a few packs in my stash that would look great in this design….spring colours. Thanks Rose for another winner.

  3. Lola Howard says:

    I like it better with the sashing . It looks more like a fan.

  4. Carol Tambourine says:

    It’s great with the sashing.