Old Fashioned Windmill Quilt

Hi! I’m Elisabeth DeMoo and this is my second time here at the Moda Bake Shop. It might be my Dutch heritage, but I just love windmills! This is my take on the old fashioned windmill and the newer high-tech windmill. It is a two-part series. Today we will be creating the old fashioned block (& lap quilt) but come back on September 6th and turn your scraps into another lap quilt; or if you would like, save all your blocks to make one large quilt. I used Acreage by Shannon Gillman Orr. Isn’t it beautiful? I just love the colors. Perfect for an end-of-summer quilt. Designed into the fabric you will find scenes from summer days filled with biking, gingham picnic table cloths, clothespins, and fields of flowers.  This quilt finishes at 51.75″ x 51.75″. Here is a breakdown of the quilt.



Acreage Layer Cake®  by Shannon Gillman Orr
Bella Solid White Layer Cake® (background fabric)
Print Out – Marking & Pinning  (download and print)
Painter Tape
Disappearing Fabric Marker or Chalk Pencil
Colored Pencil


  1. Locate your “Marking & Pinning” printout. Use the Horizontal Guide & the Vertical Guide as the reference, line them up with the lines on your cutting mat, toward the middle of mat. Tape it down. If the printer cut off some of the printout, place the ruler on top of your marking line, draw a line over it with the pencil extending the marking line.
  2. Align a colored 10” square to the top right corner of the printout RSD. Line up the ruler on the marking line. Draw a line with your disappearing fabric marker. Do this to all of your colored 10” squares. (basically 1” in on the bottom and 2.5” in on the top on the right edge of square)
  3. Align a white 10” square to the top right corner of the printout RSU. Place the ruler on top of 5”  of the right side of the white square. Line up a printed 10” square RSD to the left edge of the ruler and the horizontal guide. The horizontal guide will set your printed square .5” above the white square. Use three pins to secure the two squares together. Refer to image. Do this to all of your 10” squares.


  1. Sew a .25” seam on both sides of the marker line. Do this to all of your pinned 10” square sets.
  2. On the cutting mat, place the ruler on top of your marker line. Cut. You will have a block A and a block B. Open and press flat all of block A’s and all of block B’s, pressing seems to the dark side. Keep all of the block B’s together for Day 2.stitching_set
  3. Trim the block A’s down to 9.25” x 9.25”. It is best to do this step all at one time. Refer to images – I drew a 9.25” square on my cutting mat with color pencil, lined side A to the left edge making sure the fabric fully covered that edge (check to make sure that side D’s edge is also fully covered). Then lined up side B with the bottom of the square. I cut on side D and on side A (using the mat line NOT pencil line as the guide). However I brought my ruler a quarter of an inch up from the top pencil line, side C and cut there. Bring the ruler a quarter of an inch up from the pencil line on side B and cutting there. Keeping the square 9.25″.
  4. Locate two blocks of the same color. Line up the following edges together: a fully printed edge to the edge with a larger portion of white. Press flat. Make 18 half windmill blocks.blockset_p1blockset_p2
  5. Locate two half windmill blocks of the same color. Sew them together nesting seams. Press flat. Make six big windmill blocks.
  6. Sew three big windmill blocks together to make a row a windmills. Press flat. Repeat.
  7. Sew three half windmill blocks together to make a row a windmills. Press flat. Repeat.
  8. puttingittogether Sew your rows together. Keep the half windmill on the outer sides of the quilt top. Press flat.

This quilt finishes at 51.75″ x 51.75″. Quilt as desired and bind.
If you would like a larger quilt, add borders. 

Elisabeth DeMoo



15 comments on “Old Fashioned Windmill Quilt

  1. cruisefan says:

    Very nice, good tutorial.

    I made something similar with one corner pink, one corner blue, the 3rd corner green and the last in yellow.
    Works great as a baby quilt – for parents that do not know the gender of the baby (or do not want to tell)

    Why is your quilt classified as “moderate”? I would categorize that as “easy” – may I have an explanation, please?
    Thank you.

    • I bet your quilt was beautiful!! And I would love to see pictures of it. I went back and forth with the thought of classifying it as “Easy” and “moderate”. I should probably change it… The next quilt that we will be making from the scraps is a little more awkward (not sure if that is the right word) I have us sewing off bias, the cutting is a little tricky and the middle seam is a little bulky. Thanks for the input I truly appreciate it! And let me know if you still think I should change it to “easy” after the second quilt.

  2. Elisabeth — this is just beautiful as is but… Oh!! the possibilities with other fabric choices too…. Many thanks for sharing. I love it!

  3. Rosemaryflower says:

    Elisabeth, This is a great pattern. I will make this one because it was designed by a girl from Holland
    My mom and dad are from Rotterdam, and we used to speak a lot of dutch and german and french and now I am completely horrible at all of that. — living in the US
    Okay, I love this quilt and will make it — thank you for sharing such a happy cute adorable design
    I love the fabric you chose, perfect

    • I am horrible speaking dutch also. I am first generation American so most of my moms sisters and brothers sill live in Holland. All of my dads live here in America but he still has Aunts, Uncles and Cousins there. I love visiting!! It is so green, so beautiful… Thanks for sharing and check back for the second quilt you can make with your scraps.

  4. Love your quilt – it’s beautiful. Thank you so much for the super tutorial too – I can’t wait to make this, it’s perfect for those pieces of material I can’t bear to cut up small, and a lovely relaxing pattern to make on autumny Sunday afternoons – thank you x

    • Oh yes, this is perfect to show off beautiful fabric. I work with big blocks a lot because I love the designs found in fabrics. I would love to see what you make. Thank you!!

  5. Roxy says:

    It seems like a lot of waste of fabric…the white part…I tried to find out what Day 2 meant? I’m assuming we use the scraps? I’m sure I missed reading something:) Lovely pattern.

    • I totally agree! This would be a wast of fabric and I am not ok with that. I have one more quilt that will be a tutorial using the scraps and at the end of that post I show what both blocks will look like in a quilt together. I hope you come back to see it. Thanks!!

  6. […] and I am so happy to be here with you again. If you missed day one head over to the post from the 4th of September. You will need to complete all of the steps from day one so we will start at the same point. Our […]

  7. Nargis says:

    Thank you so much I appreciate your tut. yes you are right Holland is green and beautiful ,

  8. annmarie says:

    Just thought you’d like to know that in the “errata” on the Moda Bakeshop site, it states 2 jelly rolls instead of 2 layer cakes. The quilt is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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