Are you on the hunt for a quilt pattern that gives you an eye-catching design that POPS without complex piecing?
The Double Windmill quilt pattern does just that!
It’s all about enjoying the quilty journey!
A bold design that comes together through the clever placement of the block designs.
Making it easy to piece. And super fun to see come to life.
Plus, with only a few different fabrics needed, selecting your favourite coordinating colours and prints will be easy peasy 😊
Let’s dive into the fun that the Double Windmill quilt pattern offers.
PATTERN FEATURES & HIGHLIGHTS
I know how important it is to have options, so I’ve done the math and included 9 sizes for you to choose from!
If you’re in the mood for a mini wall hanging or are feeling adventurous and want to tackle a king – this pattern has you covered 😊
Here is a full rundown of the sizes featured:
- Mini 27” x 27”
- Baby 36” x 36”
- Crib 45” x 45”
- Lap 54” x 54”
- Throw 72” x 72”
- Twin 81” x 81”
- Double 90” x 90”
- Queen 99” x 99”
- King 108” x 108”
And in case you’re wondering, the actual design never changes, just the block sizes. This ensures you don’t lose that visual impact – whether you opt to go small or large.
There are step-by-step instructions with full graphics so you’re never questioning what the next step is. The pattern walks you through it the entire way.
To help you get those perfect points, there’s a full pressing chart so that all your seams nest. If you love locking your seams together, then all you need to do is follow the pressing arrows at each stage and you’ll be golden. I also include tips if you prefer to press your seams open. I know we all have our preferences and didn’t want you to feel left out.
A full colouring page with space to glue your fabric swatches so you can see your colourway before you commit your fabric dollars.
Tags to print out so you can keep track of all your pieces and blocks.
Additional design ideas to inspire you in your colour selection.
Whew – that’s a lot in one little pattern!
BLUE DOUBLE WINDMILL QUILT – THROW SIZE
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As with most of my patterns, I typically design them with solids in mind. I just love a good solid and find they offer the most versatility, but when I pitched this design to Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine, they asked if I would consider using some prints (more on that version down below). Printed fabrics are where my love initially started with sewing, so I’m by no means adverse to using them (and my stash clearly proves I have a deep love for them too!), but I’ve been itching to make this up using only solids and I was thrilled to finally bring her to life.
And I was even more thrilled when I sat down and selected these blues with a fun and joyful pop of yellow. And pop is definitely the operative word as that center windmill blade POPS out at you!
From selecting the fabrics to stitching away, this quilt has been all about being in the moment and soaking up the enjoyment of the quilty journey.
And I had fun sneaking in a couple of different thread colours in the quilting design. A nice pop of yellow for the center windmill blades, paired with a nice deep blue for the outer blades. I love how it coordinates but has that extra detail when up close.
I originally intended to bind her in the yellow, however, since I had ordered the fabrics before tweaking the design a little (see below for more on that), I didn’t have enough. I opted instead for a mix of Capri and Oasis, which, in the end, I think works out even better as it coordinates without taking away from the yellow center. I could have totally ordered more yellow fabric, but sometimes I find working through quilty dilemmas I end up with a better solution that I couldn’t have planned for.
Here’s a full list of the materials and notions I used to create the blue Double Windmill quilt:
- Double Windmill quilt pattern – throw size
- *Robin Egg
- Oval Essence in Navy
- *50wt thread in 2000 for piecing
- 40wt Aurifil Thread in 6738 for quilting
- 40wt Aurifil Thread in 2120 for quilting
- 40wt Aurifil Thread in 1125 for binding
- 40wt Aurifil Thread in 5006 for binding
- *100% cotton natural batting
BLUEBERRY PARK DOUBLE WINDMILL QUILT – THROW SIZE
You’ve probably seen this pretty before, as she was featured on the cover of Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine Issue 67.
This was the first quilt I ever pitched to a magazine and the fact that she made the cover had me over the moon!
Plus, I got to work with one of my favourite textile designers’ prints – Karen Lewis. I just adore Karen’s work. Her clean and geometric designs always catch my eye. So, to have the chance to feature them in my first published work was pretty special. I also got to work with the *Brussel’s Washer Yarn Dyed Linen from Robert Kaufman which is just dreamy.
You’ll notice that I changed the design a little from this original publication. I initially mocked up the blue version using this design but felt there was something missing. A little punch. And so, I tweaked it just slightly, but that small change really resulted in the visual punch I’m always after in a quilt design.
Here’s a full list of the materials and notions I used to create the Double Windmill quilt – Blueberry Park version:
- Double Windmill quilt pattern – throw size
- *Storm Tree
- *Fog Plus
- *Melon Plus
- *Shell Plus
- *Wasabi Tree
- *Linen in Chambray
- Pieced and quilted in *50wt white thread
- *100% cotton natural batting
QUILTS IN THE WILD
My pattern testers have outdone themselves with their Double Windmill quilts! Honestly, seeing your versions of my patterns is definitely the best part about designing quilt patterns!
I had several new testers join me for this round and the feedback I received from them was so encouraging. One tester went so far as to say that this was the most in-depth pattern they’d ever seen! Awww. I spend a lot of time thinking through the layout, the steps and graphics to ensure it’s easy for you to follow. I want things to be crystal clear to ensure your quilty success. So many commented on loving the tips, tricks and links I include throughout the pattern so you have everything at your finger tips!
Photo courtesy of @thelittlepineneedle
This fun poppy version by Julie stopped me in my tracks. I love the fresh and bold colours – especially that lime paired with the purple and navy – soooo good!
Photo courtesy of Diane Lalumière
Diane stitched up this bold colourful baby version with a striking blue and white floral print for the center windmill blades. I love how it pops!
Photo courtesy of @aLLotaLLove
Kathleen worked with Amy from The Fabric Nerd to pull together this sweet pink and gray combo together. It’s such a great mix of organic dots with delicate florals and the cutest modern bird print all by Dashwood Studio, including: Flurry in Steel, Blush and Cream, with Emi & The Bird (too cute) plus the Dashwood Ditsies in Coral. Swoon!
Photo courtesy of @abbiquilts
Abbi created this stunning punchy version featuring *Sweet Florals White Dotted Rose by Another Point of View for Windham Fabrics paired with lots of Kona solids in *Bahama Blue, *Snow, *Peach, *Nautical and *Mango for a truly gloriously summery combination.
Photo courtesy of @thewakullaquilter
Jenny created this striking mini featuring the *Blossom collection designed by Christopher of The Tattooed Quilter. I love how it reads as solids, but once you’re up close you can see the cute little designs. It’s all about the details, right?!
Photo courtesy of ALC Creates
Angela made this gorgeous mini version featuring the most stunning floral! I seriously want that in my stash 😉 She’s paired it with that sunny yellow and fab purple dotted fabric – too good!
Photo courtesy of @prairieandocean
I’m completely in love with this moody version that Janice stitched up. Perfect timing with fall officially here!
Photo courtesy of @xforthelovex
There are a ton of prints in this version and I adore how Caitlin opted to have the smaller turquoise triangles stand out. Great example of how your colours can highlight different parts of the design.
Photo courtesy of @mgjbtx_quilts
If you’re an ombré lover then you’ll love Jocelyn’s Double Windmill quilt! I love the contrast between the muted shades and the ombré pop in the center. So clever!
Photo courtesy of @melvalovescraps
Melva from Melva Loves Scraps opted for a scrappy version! She did a great job in selecting coordinating colours for the corners with a sunny pop in the centre! Proof that you can make any quilt pattern scrappy!
Photo courtesy of @turtlequilterjo
If you’re on the hunt for a more moody inspired fabric pull then look no further than Joanne’s black, grey and red version.
Now it’s your turn!
PS Knocking this one off my Q3 2019 FAL list!