Today I’m happy to share with you my Tilting Windmills design. Let’s start with some background.
I was an editor for Quiltmaker, one of Quick Quilt’s sister publications, for 11 years. Now I’m launching a small business where the main thrust will be to expand the speaking and teaching I do for quilt groups.
Tilting Windmills is destined to become part of a new program I am building called “One Little Block, So Many Possibilities.” It’s a trunk show of quilts based on this humble little block that I call a Baby Windmill.
The Baby Windmills story started in the early 2000′s when I wanted to sew in the evenings, but was too tired to make creative decisions. I cut a bunch of 1.5″ x 2.5″ patches in sets of four and left them beside my machine. Whenever possible, I’d make a few blocks.
I tried limiting my palette to just one color.
For the color option, we made this variation. The windmill patches are light prints, and each block’s background is a different color that reads as a solid.
My big idea with Tilting Windmills was to enlarge the block drastically for a quilt that would come together quickly.
A couple of things to notice about the completed design:
• The large patches show off large scale prints nicely.
• If the dark fabrics are dark enough, you can get away with active prints for the backgrounds.
• Large patches make a lovely canvas for gorgeous quilting.
I think you’d enjoy making Tilting Windmills. It’s fast and it’s easy!
My website will launch soon but in the meantime, I can be reached at the Quick Quilts email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I have three programs available and am building several more. I’d love to come and entertain your quilt group! Please contact me—I promise you a fun-filled event and quilts, quilts, quilts.
Thanks, Diane! If you’d like to make your own version of Diane’s Tilting Windmills quilt and don’t yet have a copy of the February/March 2017 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine or download the Tilting Windmills digital quilt pattern separately from our online shop.