Friday, May 15, 2015

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

A couple of weeks ago in our quilt group we each brought 12.5” quilt blocks to donate to a charity quilt.  We were also asked to bring the instructions to make the block as well.  I've always loved the very traditional “Weathervane” quilt block, so that's what I chose to make.  And since I wrote up the instructions for my quilt group, I thought I would also share them here! 

Here’s what you’ll need:

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Print 1: 
4 @ 4.5” square

Print 2:
1 @ 4.5” sq,
4 @ 2.5” sq, and
4 @ 3.25” sq

Background: 
Cut 12 @ 2.5” square
4 @ 3.25” square

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Step 1:  On the 4 (3.25”) background squares, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner with a pencil.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Step 2:  Place each 3.25” background square RST (right sides together) with a 3.25” print square.  Sew about 1/4” on each side of the drawn line.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Step 3:  Carefully cut along the drawn line.  Press HSTs open with the seam allowance toward the print side.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Trim each HST to be 2.5” square.  You need 8 total (2.5”) HSTs.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Step 4:  As shown in the photo, lay out 2 HSTs, 1 (2.5”) background square and 1 (2.5”) print square.


Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Sew the top two squares together using a 1/4” seam.  Repeat for the bottom two squares.  Press seams away from the HSTs.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Sew the top and bottom units together, matching center seam.  Press seam open. 

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Repeat to make 4 of these Unit A blocks.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Step 5:  On 8 of the 2.5” background squares, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner with a pencil. 

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Step 6:  Place one 2.5” background square RST on one corner of a Print 1 (4.5”) square. 


Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Sew on the drawn line.  Trim 1/4” away from stitching. 

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Fold open the corner and press. 

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Step 7:  Place a second 2.5” background square RST on an adjacent corner of the 4.5” print square. 

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Sew on the drawn line.  Trim 1/4” away from seam.

  Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Fold open the corner and press.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Repeat to make 4 Unit B blocks.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Step 8:  Lay out block elements as shown in the photo. 

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Sew into rows using 1/4” seam.  Press seams of row 1 and 3 towards the center.  Press seams of row 2 away from center.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Sew rows together, matching seams.  Press.  And you’re done! 

Block should measure 12.5” square. 


11 comments:

  1. THANKS FOR SHARING neat block! This is one I will definitely use>it's a Keeper!
    HAPPY SPRING!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  2. It does look like a fun block! Thanks for taking the time to share!

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  3. Beautiful! This is one of my fave quilt blocks ever. Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial!

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  4. Thanks for the tutorial! Such a cute block. I'm in a couple of BEES on IG now so this pattern will come in handy. :)

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  5. I love this block! Thank you for taking the time to share with us!:)

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  6. Love these blocks Andy! Thanks for sharing the turorial :)

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  7. Que lindo!! e muito bem explicado. parabéns e muito obrigada por compartilhar!!

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  8. Love it! Wish it would let me Print out the instructions

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