Windblown Square Quilt Pattern

Windblown square quilt

Windblown square quilt

For the Windblown Square quilt I decided to use simple four patch quilt blocks.  I chose three blocks which all have a white diamond forming in the middle of the block.  Obviously one of them was the windblown square quilt block.  Altogether I used three different blocks plus a simple half square triangle for the corners of the quilt.

The quilt measures 64″ square, using sixteen blocks which are all 12″ square finished size.  The fabric required was 2.3/4 yards of white, 1.1/2 yards of red, 3/4 yard of blue and 1/2 yard of gold.  You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.

Completed quilt blocks

Completed quilt blocks

Cutting requirements for the windblown square quilt

12.7/8″ squares:  two red, two white

3.7/8″ squares:  sixty eight blue, thirty two red, thirty two gold, one hundred and thirty two white

3.1/2″ squares:  thirty six white

6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles:  eighteen white

For the border you will need to cut five 2.1/2″ strips of red across the width of fabric.

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make the half square triangles

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units.  Place a white square right sides together with either a red, blue or gold square and mark a line along the diagonal.

Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the line and cut along the line.  This produces two half square triangles which are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the coloured fabric and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Flywheel quilt block layout

Flywheel quilt block layout

Make the flywheel quilt block

This is a delightful block that reminds me of a laurel wreath.  Lay the squares out in four rows of four.

Place a white rectangle at the beginning of row one and the end of row four. Add four blue/white half squares in the middle, placing them so that the white triangles form a white diamond.  Lay a white square in the top right and bottom left corners.  Add a half square triangle on each edge of the block to form a stripe with the blue triangles from the central area.  That just leaves you with two spaces for a white square at the end of row two and the beginning of row three.

Sew the patchwork pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  The block measures 12.1/2″ square at this stage and you need to make nine of them.

Windblown square quilt block layout

Windblown square quilt block layout

Make the windblown square quilt block

This block is made entirely with half square triangle units.  Lay the squares out in four rows of four again.  Begin by placing four gold/white half square triangles in the middle, forming a white diamond in the centre of the block.

Along each edge place two blue/white half square triangles to form a larger blue triangle pointing inwards.  Alongside these place a blue/white and a gold/white half square triangle to form a larger white triangle, also pointing inwards.

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

The block measures 12.1/2″ square at this stage and you need to make eight of them.

Broken dishes quilt block layout

Broken dishes quilt block layout

Make the broken dishes quilt block

The third block is made entirely with red/white half square triangle units.  Begin with four half square triangles in the middle forming a white diamond surrounded by red.

Along each edge place two pairs of half square triangles, each pair facing a different way from the other pair.  To check the correct placement, look out for a white corner to the block and a larger red triangle pointing outwards on each edge.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block.  At this stage the block measures 12.1/2″ square and you need to make four of them.

Make the corner blocks

Make the corner blocks

Make the corner blocks

This block is simplicity itself.  Cut the 12.7/8″ squares along one diagonal to make two triangles.  Sew a red and a white triangle together to form a square again.

The block measures 12.1/2″ square at this stage and you need to make four of them.

I chose this design for the corners so that they would blend with the border and give a circular feel to the quilt design.

First two rows

First two rows

Assemble the windblown square quilt

Sew the blocks together in five rows of five.  Row one begins and ends with a corner block.  Between these place blue, gold and then blue blocks.

Begin and end row two with gold blocks.  In the middle place blue, red, blue blocks.

Row three

Row three

For row three, the central row, place a blue block at each end.  Between these place red, blue, red blocks.

Rows 4 and 5

Rows 4 and 5

The final two rows are similar to the first two rows.

Make row four with gold, blue, red, blue, gold blocks.  This is exactly the same as row two.

In row five you need two corner blocks at the ends with gold, blue, gold blocks in the middle.  This is the same as row one but with the corner blocks placed so that the red triangles form the bottom two corners of the quilt.

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

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

Add the windblown square quilt border

Use 2.1/2″ strips of red fabric for the border.  You will need two lengths of 60.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt, with two lengths of 64.1/2″ for the sides.

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

Here’s the video:

Dragon sand sculpture

Dragon sand sculpture

Last week I paid a flying visit to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands.  It was wonderful to feel the warmth of the sun after all the snow that we seem to have had in Birmingham this winter.  I haven’t managed to sort through my photos yet so I’ll show them to you next week.  I have managed to find the sand sculpture photos, though.  The men making these were so clever – they worked really quickly to make the most wonderful designs.

It hasn’t shown up in the photo, but this dragon had smoke coming out of his nostrils.

Trees and volcanoes

Trees and volcanoes

A similar technique must have been used to produce smoke coming out of the volcanoes at the back of this sculpture.  The trees at the front fascinated me.  It certainly beats any sand castle that I made with the children when they were young!


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  1. This quilt is definitely a winner – love everything about it. Also grateful for you sharing a little sunshine from your holiday with us as we literally freeze here.

    • Hi June. Thanks for your kind comments. I wish that I was back in the Canary sunshine now – but glad that I’m not trying to travel in these dreadful conditions. I feel for all those people who have been stuck in their cars for long periods.

  2. Doe Harden says:

    Love this quilt, even though I’m not that fond of quarter square triangles. Love to see more of the sand sculptures!
    Love you,

    • Hi Doe. I’m afraid those are the only sand sculptures that I saw. They were very complex and totally fascinating. Glad you liked the quilt.

  3. Sorry about the website not showing the article about the 11 earthquakes in the Canaries. It’s where I found the information.

  4. Hi Rose,

    The first thing I said when I saw your quilt pattern was “WOW! “Now how beautiful is this! “Good job!”

    I envied your trip to the Canary Islands so I clicked on a few Websites and found › News › Thanks for introducing me to a new place that I knew nothing about. It was most interesting.

    Looking forward to next week.

    • Hi Claire. The Canaries tend to be considered as our nearest place to visit for winter sunshine. I did some sightseeing and a lot of walking. There were some people swimming, but I only managed a few paddles as there was quite a strong wind while I was there.

  5. Irena Mangone says:

    Love your quilt Rose and your photo. Are Great so much talent out There. We have Been roasting here in Queensland. Its Been 34, 36, 37 and 38. Degrees here and humid.

    • Thanks, Irena. I gather it’s very hot over there – my daughter is currently on holiday in Australia. Very, very different from our gloomy weather. Roll on springtime!

  6. Hi, Rose–
    Thank you for another beautiful top that’s easy to make. I have a bundle of FQs in Southwest colors and I’ve been looking for a pattern to show them off. I think this pattern will work. I’m fairly new to your site and always look forward to your posts. Do you ever design quilts specifically for precuts?

    • Hi Roberta. I’m sure the quilt would look great in your colours. I have a few quilt patterns for jelly rolls but not many specifically for fat quarters – thanks for the idea. I’ll try and make one up some time.

  7. Hello Rose – I see you’re a real travel devotee – a woman after my own heart. Thanks for all the quilt designs – different from the usual types we see over and over. We too, in New Jersey are a little tired of winter but – “this too shall pass”.

    • Hi Mimi. Glad you like the quilt. I love to travel – and there are so many places that I haven’t seen. I think that your weather in New Jersey has been far worse than ours over here, but I still feel that winter has lasted far too long this year.

  8. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Love the quilt and the colours,but I may have to add a bit of purple. Today is the start of Chinese New Year so my hubby and I went for a late lunch at the Chinese Buffet. We do not have any kind of big celebration around here. We pretty much are out in God’s land. No one is around.
    Love the sand sculptors wish I could do something like that. And no we never made even a good castle out of sand. Glad you get out so much on your adventures and take us with you. Thank you. I am seeing lots of things I never would have.
    Have a great weekend and enjoy the celebrations. Happy Quilting

    • Hi Sandra. I’m sure you’ll find plenty of ways to add a little purple to this quilt – it would work with most colour combinations. Birmingham has a huge celebration for Chinese New Year – one section of the city is completely taken over with the celebrations and it’s always very colourful and noisy.
      Like you, I was never terribly successful with sand castles – I thought that it was because I lacked the patience, but these guys made their sculptures really quickly. True skill.

  9. Hi from Paula in Tasmania.Getting some much needed rain here so it’s a great time to shut myself in my ‘junk room’ and get organised to make your lovely quilt

    • Hi Paula. I’m sure your rain must be very welcome – I gather the heat in your part of the world has been extreme. As you say, it’s a good opportunity to settle down to some sewing.

  10. Hi Rose lovely quilt – one day I’ll get round to making one of your quilts ?. Always seem to be busy stitching – so many sewing projects to do!?. Enjoy?. I’m off to Australia for holiday – probably bring back some fabric with a few more new patterns to do!??. Love it ?. Enjoy Chinese New Year – Year of the Dog I believe ??

    • Hi Dianne. Hope you have a wonderful time in Australia. You’ll certainly notice the difference in temperatures! They have a strong quilting tradition over there so I’m sure you’ll find plenty of quilt shops.

  11. Rose, I can’t believe how complex this, lovely quilt, looks
    yet with your tutorial it’s very doable, thank you.
    Love the photos of the sand sculptures.
    Glad you enjoyed your break in the sun

    • Thanks, Mary. It certainly is a very easy quilt to make – provided you’re okay with so many half square triangles!

  12. HI Rose, what a wonderful trip for you. Love the dragon, how awesome is that? Smoke from the volcanos…wow.
    I also love your quilt. I love to make quilts that look like you worked so hard, but you didn’t. This is beautiful. I’m going to make this one with a fat quarter bunch I recently bought.
    Thanks for the quilt and the awesome pictures. Can’t wait to see the rest of them.
    Have a great weekend.

    • Thanks, Linda. You’re right – the quilt looks deceptively complex even though it’s such a simple design. Glad you like the pattern.

  13. Carole Yoxall says:

    Love this quilt Rose , you can feel the movement , brilliant. Great photo’s of the sand sculptures , how lovely to catch some winter warmth xx