Weathervane Quilt Block Pattern

  • 01 of 04

    How to Make Weathervane Quilt Blocks

    Weathervane Quilt Block Pattern
    Learn How to Make Easy Weathervane Quilt Blocks. Janet Wickell

    Weathervane is a traditional nine patch quilt block that could be classified as a star quilt design. My pattern includes cutting instructions for three sizes, along with an optional assembly method for the green/gold patchwork units that sit on the corners of the quilt block.

    The Weathervane quilt block pattern is suitable for quilters of all skill levels, but beginners should refer to the quiltmaking basics linked within instructions.

    Read page 4 before cutting fabrics, to decide if the optional assembly method suits you best.

    Cutting for ONE 12" x 12" Weathervane Quilt Block

    Alter fabrics and colors in any way you wish. Weathervane can be sewn to match a theme but feels just as much at home when it's used to make a scrap quilt.

    Gold Print (for background)

    • (12) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares
    • (4) 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares

    Navy Blue Print (for 'star' tips, small squares, and large center square)

    • (4) 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares
    • (4) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares
    • (1) 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" square

    Medium Green Print (patchwork units at outer midpoints)

    • (4) 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" squares

    Additional Quilt Block Sizes

    Cutting for ONE 9" x 9" Weathervane Quilt Block

    Gold Print (for background)

    • (12) 2" x 2" squares
    • (4) 2-3/8" x 2-3/8" squares

    Navy Blue Print (for 'star' tips, small squares, and large center square)

    • (4) 2-3/8" x 2-3/8" squares
    • (4) 2" x 2" squares
    • (1) 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" square

    Medium Green Print (patchwork units at outer midpoints)

    • (4) 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" squares

    Cutting for ONE 6" x 6" Weathervane Quilt Block

    Beginning quilters -- it might be best to start with a larger size before dipping down to the 6" square version of this quilt block.

    Gold Print (for background)

    • (12) 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" squares
    • (4) 1-7/8" x 1/-7/8" squares

    Navy Blue Print (for 'star' tips, small squares, and large center square)

    • (4) 1-7/8" x 1/-7/8" squares
    • (4) 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" squares
    • (1) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" square

    Medium Green Print (patchwork units at outer midpoints)

    • (4) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares

    How to Print My Quilt Patterns

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  • 02 of 04

    Make Patchwork for the Weathervane Quilt Block

    Weathervane Quilt Block Instructions
    Make Patchwork for the Weathervane Quilt Block. Janet Wickell

    The top row of the drawing illustrates the steps you'll take to create the gold/green patchwork units that are positioned at the outer midpoints of the Weathervane quilt block.

    Patch sizes depend on which block size you've decided to make, so instructions are a bit generic (but hopefully clear).

    Top Row of Drawings

    1. Gather eight of the smaller gold squares and the four green squares.
    2. Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner on the reverse side of each of the eight gold squares.
    3. Align a gold square with the (left upper) edges of a green square, right sides together and drawn line angled as shown top left.
    4. Follow the remaining top drawings, left to right. Sew a seam directly on the marked line. Press to set the seam.
    5. Trim through both layers about 1/4" from the seam (on the side closest to the corner of the square).
    6. Flip the gold square right side up, pressing seam towards the gold.
    7. Repeat to add a second gold square to the opposite side of the green square.
    8. Once you're comfortable with the method, chain piece for speedier assembly, and then trim back and press all squares (on one side). Chain piece again to add the second squares.
    9. Make four identical units per block.

    Bottom Drawings, Make Half Square Triangle Units

    Beginning quilters - I recommend you read the entire half square triangle tutorial before sewing.

    1. Gather the four slightly larger gold squares and the navy blue squares of the same size. The dimensions of these squares end with either 7/8" or 3/8".
    2. Draw a diagonal line on the reverse side of each gold square, just as you did for units above.
    3. Pair a gold square with a blue square, right sides together. Sew two seams, each a scant quarter inch (a tiny bit less than a quarter inch) from the marked line. Press as-is to set the seams.
    4. Slice the sewn pair along the drawn line.
    5. Place the two patchwork units on your ironing board, blue triangles on top. Carefully press each unit open to create two half square triangle units. Trim 'dog legs' at the ends of each seam -- little triangular nubs. Depending on your block size, the half square triangle units should measure either 2-1/2" square, 2" square, or 1-1/2" square.
    6. Pair remaining gold and blue squares of the same size to make a total of eight units.
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  • 03 of 04

    Assemble the Weathervane Quilt Block

    Weathervane Quilt Block Assembly
    Assemble the Weathervane Quilt Block. Janet Wickell

    Make Weathervane Block Corners, Top Drawings

    1. Gather one of the remaining (smallest) gold squares and a blue square of the same size. Gather two of your half square triangle units.
    2. Create two rows with the patchwork, upper left drawing. Sew the pieces in each row together with a quarter inch seam allowance (a scant allowance still might be best, especially for the 6" quilt block -- learn how to sew and adjust a quarter inch seam). All remaining seams are sewing with a quarter inch allowance.
    3. Press seam allowances towards the plain squares.
    4. Join the rows. Press new seam towards the row with the blue square (or reverse if your fabrics differ, and the top row's square is darker).
    5. Make three more corner units.

    Assemble the Quilt Block

    1. Gather the blue center square and all of your assembled patchwork.
    2. Arrange patchwork into three rows as shown, with the plain blue square at the center of the middle row.
    3. Sew components of each row together. Press seam allowances in adjoining rows in opposite directions.
    4. Join the rows, matching all seam intersections. Press (if you're making lots of blocks, you might want to press the final seams later, after a layout is established, for an easier matchup of adjoining seams).
    5. Your quilt block should measure either 12-1/2" x 12-1/2", 9-1/2" x 9-1/2", or 6-1/2" x 6-1/2". If it doesn't, try one of my easy ways to square up quilt blocks.
    6. Cut additional fabric and make more Weathervane quilt blocks.
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  • 04 of 04

    Alternate Patchwork Method for the Weathervane Block

    Optional Patchwork for Weathervane Quilt Block
    Optional Assembly for Weathervane Quilt Block. Janet Wickell

    The units you made on page 1 -- units that sit at the midpoints of the block's outer rows -- could be assembled using another method.

    Instead of one large square with triangles sewn at opposite sides, each of the units could be sewn by combining a flying geese unit with a rectangle, shown (as unsewn rows) right in the drawing.

    Why Would You Choose the Optional Method?

    • You like to work with flying geese.
    • No waste flying geese would eliminate the excess fabric that was clipped off during the previous assembly method. However, you can use the method shown on page 2 to sew squares to the ends of a rectangle to create flying geese.
    • The optional method lets you use different colors for the geese background and the rectangle below.

    Finished Sizes for the 2-Part Patchwork

    12" Square Blocks

    • Geese finish at 2" x 4" (cutting depends on assembly method, see below)
    • Rectangles finish at the same size (cut each 2-1/2" x 4-1/2")

    9" Square Blocks

    • Geese finish at 1-1/2" x 3" (cutting depends on assembly method, see below)
    • Rectangles finish at the same size (cut each 2" x 3-1/2")

    6" Square Blocks

    • Geese finish at 1" x 2" (cutting depends on assembly method, see below)
    • Rectangles finish at the same size (cut each 1-1/2" x 2-1/2")

    To Make Flying Geese

    • To sew with the same quick piecing method described on page 2, cut geese background rectangles the same size as (bottom) rectangles listed above. You'll need the same number of small gold squares listed in original cutting instructions. Quick Pieced Flying Geese Instructions
    • The no waste flying geese method is easy and accurate. Refer to the instructions, and to the cutting chart for that method, because patch sizes for the geese units will change. Bottom rectangles remain the same.