New Waterwheel Quilt – Free Pattern

New waterwheel quilt

New waterwheel quilt

The New Waterwheel quilt is far larger than I had intended it to be.  It ended up measuring 85″ by 112″, large enough for a king size bed with some left over either to drape down the sides to wrap around the pillow.  The blocks are large and very simple, so the quilt went together really quickly.

I have used twelve 27″ blocks, half in blue and white with the other half in red and white.  The fabric required is 1.1/2 yards of light blue, 2 yards of red, 2.1/4 yards of dark blue, and 4 yards of white fabric.




Cutting requirements for the New Waterwheel quilt

9.7/8″ squares:  twelve red, twelve dark blue, twenty four white

3.1/2″ squares:  thirty red, twenty four white

9.1/2″ squares:  six light blue

3.1/2″ by 9.1/2″ rectangles:  twenty four red, forty eight dark blue, seventy two white – read the pattern before cutting these as they can be made using strip piecing

For the border you will need to cut nine 2.1/2″ strips of light blue across the width of fabric.

Sew the triangles together

Sew the triangles together

Make the new waterwheel quilt block

Use the 9.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles.  As the squares are quite large I have not made them in pairs, but just cut each square along the diagonal and then sewn a white triangle to either a red or a blue triangle.

Make the striped sections

Make the striped sections

For the striped sections of the blocks I have saved time by using strip piecing.  For the new waterwheel block sew together 3.1/2″ strips of white, red, white along the length.  Cut these panels at 9.1/2″ intervals to create 9.1/2″ squares.

Central section

Central section

For the central section of the block make a nine patch unit of red and white squares.  The top and bottom rows are 3.1/2″ squares of red, white, red while the middle row uses white, red, white squares.

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

New waterwheel quilt block layout

New waterwheel quilt block layout

Assemble the full quilt block

Lay the sections out in three rows of three.  Place the nine-patch in the middle with a red/white half square triangle in each corner.  Make sure that the red triangles are on the outside, forming the corners of the block.  Between each pair of corners, place a striped block.  These should form a frame around the central area – the top and bottom ones are laid horizontally while the side ones are placed vertically.

Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  The block measures 27.1/2″ square at this stage and you need to make six of them.

Alternate quilt block layout

Alternate quilt block layout

Make the alternate block

The alternate block has most of the same elements as the new waterwheel block.  It is even easier to make because there is no nine patch in the middle – just a plain light blue square.

The striped blocks are made in exactly the same way as above, but using dark blue, white, dark blue strips.  Place the light blue square in the middle with a blue/white half square triangle in each corner, blue on the outside.  Place the striped blocks so that the stripes point away from the middle, rather than framing the middle.  Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

The alternate block measures 27.1/2″ square at this stage and you need to make six of them.

Rows one and four

Rows one and four

Assemble the new waterwheel quilt

Sew the blocks together in four rows of three.  Rows one and four are the same as each other.  Place a blue block in the middle with a red block on either side of it.

Rows two and three

Rows two and three

Rows two and three are the same as each other.  Place a red block in the middle with a blue block on either side.

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

Add the border

I just wanted a small border for this quilt because it is so large, so I used 2.1/2″ strips of the light blue fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 81.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 112.1/2″ for the sides.  The new waterwheel quilt top is now finished and ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.

Here’s the video:

Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor

Recently I visited Waddesdon Manor, near Aylesbury.  It’s a magnificent property, built originally for the Rothschild family, along with equally lovely parkland.  To see my photos click here or click on the photo.

Tom and Anna

Tom and Anna

And of course last weekend was the wedding of my second son Tom to the lovely Anna.

The church had been recently refurbished and was beautiful, the cake was carrot and banana and was delicious.  My daughter was a bridesmaid and was also beautiful.

 

My daughter as bridesmaid

My daughter as bridesmaid

Wedding cake

Wedding cake

Heytesbury Church

Heytesbury Church

My granddaughter

My granddaughter

My eldest son with my grandaughter.

 

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Comments

  1. Love your quilt gorgeous. Weddung photos. That cake. Wow.

  2. Hi Rose,
    Another winner. You cease to amaze me when I see how little time it took to make such a large quilt. It would take me days just to do the measuring and cutting.
    Happy that the wedding was such a big success. Beautiful bride – handsome groom – proud mama and a little granddaughter that’s as cute as a button. I too went to a wedding last week. It was cold out and it wasn’t pleasant having to sit outside all through the ceremony. Good that the reception was inside.

    • Hi Claire. It’s always a bit of a risk having events outside in September. We were very lucky for our wedding – a gorgeous sunny and warm day. I made the quilt sections large so that it would be quicker to make – fiddling about with small pieces always slows me up.

  3. In the last 2 months when I open the instructions for your quilt your website is “over run” by an offer from Amazon for a prize. I know it’s fake and I get out as soon as it comes up. It’s aggravating that I can’t see your quilt. I thought I’d let you know. I know it’s nothing you’ve done. I’ve experienced this problem on other websites.

    • Hi Georgann. I’m so sorry that you’re having problems. I don’t see this Amazon ad when I go on the website. Would it be possible for you just to get rid of the ad by clicking the X (usually in the top right hand corner). I know it doesn’t always work but it might enable you to see the quilt pattern.

  4. Linda Beyea says:

    You had a grand time so happy for you all .
    This week-end won’t top last week-end .
    Great photos of beautiful people .
    Thank you for sharing photos and your wonderful fun .

    • Thanks, Linda. I have so many photos of that weekend that it will take me ages to go right through them. We also had the official photographer’s photos through really quickly and he took hundreds!

  5. What a great quilt Rose. As you say, when broken down it’s much less complicated than it first looks.
    I’m so glad you had a brilliant weekend for the wedding. Great photos and your little granddaughter flying in the air made me chuckle! Interesting cake sounds yummy. And what a place for a wedding in that amazing church. Lots of great memories for you.

    • Hi Judi. It certainly was a weekend to remember. Tom and Anna are perfect for each other – and I tried not to cry during the service!

  6. Angela Wagstaff says:

    Rose, what lovely pictures and fantastic memories to have of such a wonderful day.
    The bride looked so happy and her dress was beautiful. Bridesmaid and mother of the groom were lovely too 💖💖

  7. Looks like a lovely day for a beautiful wedding. Congrats to you all. Love the quilt design. I worked near Waddesdon so visited a few times, magnificent place, specially when dressed for Christmas.

    • Hi Patsy. Yes, we were very lucky with the weather. Thanks for the tip about Waddesdon – I’ll try and return there nearer Christmas.

  8. Julia Dillamore says:

    LOVE THE WEDDING PHOTO, THE WEDDING CAKE AWESUM.
    HAVE BEEN TO WADDESDON MANOR, SO BEAUTIFUL, AND THE GARDENS ARE PERFECT.

    • Hi Julia. Couldn’t agree more – Waddesdon Manor and its gardens are really lovely. I would imagine the gardens will vary enormously through the year so I’ll definitely try and go back there.

  9. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Love the quilt. Can be done with any colours.
    Love the pictures of the wedding. The cake looks good and seems VERY BIG.
    Your granddaughter is growing up very fast was she a flower girl or ringbearer?
    Thank you for showing the pictures of the manor. It is like I am almost there.
    Hope the weather hold and you have a great time at the show this weekend.
    Have a great weekend and Happy Quilting.
    Sandra

    • Hi Sandra. You’re right – the quilt could be made in any colours. I tend to carry a lot of red and blue fabrics, so they often end up in my quilts. No doubt you will use purple! Yes, the cake was enormous – we all wondered if Tom and Anna would have to cut through all the layers when they came to the ceremonial cutting of the cake – but they didn’t. The show today went well. I had a request for a quilt in Kaffe Fassett fabrics and I’ve just had a lovely time browsing his collections.

  10. Mary Reinhardt says:

    Rose, I love this quilt. Pictures of your son’s wedding are wonderful. My grandson will be married next month to his longtime girlfriend who he met in junior high school. I live in Kenner, Louisiana ( just outside of New Orleans) and enjoy your all of your pictures.

    • Hi Mary. Good luck to your grandson and his fiancee. How lovely to have stayed with his childhood sweetheart. I’ve never been to New Orleans – although it is on my list.

  11. Rose, really nice pattern. I have some fabric that’s perfect
    for this. Thank you.
    The wedding photos are beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing them.
    Yes, the bride is beautiful as is your daughter.
    Rose you also look lovely your outfit is classy.

    • Thanks, Mary. I made the jacket and then worried that it was too bright a blue. But by that time there wasn’t much I could do about it! Glad that you’ve got the fabric ready – this quilt really does go together quite quickly because the blocks are so large.

  12. Carole Yoxall says:

    HI Rose, The quilt is lovely,great colours and blocks, which gives a really great overall design . What beautiful photos , such a pretty wedding, All the pictures were lovely but the one of your little granddaughter was magical.

    • Hi Carole. I think that the whole family were thrilled with that photo – such a magical moment. It was certainly a magical weekend.

  13. As always, thank you for the lovely pattern. But most of all, thank you for sharing your photos with us. It really helps to know you better. Hope the weather is great for your booth at the fair!!