Four seasons quilt

Four seasons quilt

I came across the weathervane quilt block pattern and thought that it would be a good basis for a seasons quilt.  I have made sixteen blocks in four different colour ranges – one each for winter, spring, summer and fall or autumn.  They are 12″ blocks and I have used white as the background fabric across all the blocks.  The finished quilt measures 54″ square and I have used 1.1/4 yards of white with less than 1/2 yard (about 11″) of each of eight coloured fabrics.  These are paired together with four dark and four medium fabrics.

Cutting requirements for the four seasons quilt

For each quilt block you will need:

2.1/2″ squares:  four white, four dark colour

2.7/8″ squares:  four each in white/dark colour, four each in white/light colour

one 4.1/2″ square in dark colour, four 2.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ rectangle in light colour.

As a guide, for the whole quilt I cut four 2.1/2″ strips and ten 2.7/8″ strips of white.  For each block I cut in the dark colour two strips 2.7/8″ wide and one 4.1/2″ square and in the light colour two strips each of 2.1/2″ and 2.7/8″.

Making each four seasons quilt block

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles with the 2.7/8″ squares.  Place a white square with a coloured square, 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 to produce two half square triangles.  You need eight white squares and four squares of each colour for each block.



Weathervane quilt block layout

Weathervane quilt block layout

Lay the squares out with the large dark square in the middle surrounded by the light rectangles and the dark 2.1/2″ squares.  The white 2.1/2″ squares are in the corners and the half square triangles are placed on the edges of the quilt block.  To get the direction of the triangles correct, you can see that the blue triangles make one larger triangle pointing away from the middle while the white triangles make two larger triangles pointing in on each edge.



Sew the squares together in pairs

Sew the squares together in pairs

Begin by sewing as many of the squares as possible together in pairs.  On the top two and bottom rows you can sew the patchwork pieces together across the row. For the middle row you need to sew the two triangles on each edge together first so that they will be the right size to sew to the blue rectangles.




Sew the rows together

Sew the rows together

Continue sewing the squares together to complete five rows of patchwork.  Sew the rows to each other.  I find that it helps to reduce bulk in the seams if you press the seam allowances open at those seams where you have two half square triangles meeting.  It spreads the layers of fabric.




Weathervane quilt blocks

Weathervane quilt blocks

Make four of the weathervane quilt blocks in each colour pairing.  Across the top you can see winter and spring while summer and autumn (fall) are in the bottom row.  Sew the blocks of one colour together in rows.

I thought of placing the colours in diagonal rows but decided that I wanted each season to have a complete row to itself.  I also considered placing sashing between the rows but decided against that because it would have split up the white squares and diamonds which form quite a nice grid across the quilt.


Border for the four seasons quilt

Border for the four seasons quilt

Border for the four seasons quilt

I have used quite a strong colour to frame the quilt for the border.  The strips are 3.1/2″ wide and you will need two lengths of 48.1/2″ to sew to the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 54.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the four seasons quilt top.  It can now be layered, quilted and bound.  You can find more on these steps in the beginner quilting section.


Here’s the video:


I know that this won’t apply to many of you, but I have been asked many times to start holding workshops.  I have set a date for the first one on Saturday 17th August, 2013, at a village hall just outside Ludlow.  This one will be aimed at the complete beginner who would like help getting started on their first quilting project.  For more details click on quilting workshops.

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  1. You know I love this quilt. Good luck on your workshops! How fun.

  2. Hello Rose,
    You keep coming up with so many new ideas and the Four Seasons pattern turned out another beautiful quilt. Have you ever thought about writing (in your spare time) a book? I’m sure it would sell like hot cakes.

    • Hi Claire. Thanks for the vote of confidence. Yes, I would dearly like to write a book. I need to step back a bit and take the time to plan one, I think.

  3. Sandra T says:

    Hi Rose 🙂
    Just wanted to let you know that I am self taught quilting except for your quilting patterns and tips, because of your easy to understand visuals I having applied your way of breaking down a pattern to all my quilting and I really am pleased at how well and how much I have and still am improving.
    Thank you very much!!! Awesome help!!

  4. Thank you, Rose for the beautiful quilt. It’s beautiful.

  5. Another great quilt, Rose. To be honest, I don’t think you have designed a quilt I didn’t like!
    Your Scottish friend living in Canada

  6. Adore this quilt,Love all the colours and how they relate to all the seasons,.Thank you Rose, another stunning winner .Wish I lived closer so I could come to your workshops,what a great way to learn to quilt,I’m sure everyone will have a great time,Kind Regards Carole

  7. This is a beautiful pattern, thank you Rose for letting us see it. I only wish I lived a bit closer as your tutorials would be great I’m sure.

    • Thanks, Ann. Glad you like the pattern. I’m afraid the workshops will only be of interest to those who live near enough.

  8. Very nice Rose I love the way the white seems to make it all work. Definitely one I will attempt when I am more confident. You make it all seem so easy. I would love to come to your workshop but 9000 kms is a tad too far!

    • Thanks, Irene. Yes, the white patterns were a bit of a bonus. I agree – 9000 kms would be quite a trek for a workshop!

  9. I do like your designs and clear instructions. Could you have used flying geese units to make up sections of these blocks? I think they’re much easier when piecing together small bits of fabrics. At least it is for me! SMILE & everyone will smile with you!! Thanks for posting your designs.

    • Hi Carol. Yes, you could certainly use flying geese if you prefer. I tend to stick to half square triangles where possible as I feel that they are more easy for beginners.

  10. Todos são maravilhosos. Obrigado

  11. Pat Mullaney says:

    Rose I love this pattern I am going to make this in soft colours Thank you

  12. ohhhh neato! I heart the green blocks!

  13. Very lovely Rose, carry on the good work
    Thanks Rhoda

  14. Jeanne Marie says:

    I love all four seasons and the colors are so lovely, thank you for the quilt plan that you made and presented to use all, HUGS and CHeers Jeanne Marie

  15. what a lovely quilt–just right for the summer—-I will have a go in making one—well done Rose, you always come up with something nice for us to make.

    • Thanks, Jean. Glad you like it. Yes, it is quite summery – just right when we’re having such lovely weather here in the UK.

  16. i love the spring block.

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