So I stitched up five more blocks, for the gals in my hive for the 4x5 Modern Quilt Bee! I played around a little bit with fabric placement on these variations, which will give you some alternative ideas for putting this block together.
Weathervane Block Tutorial
final block size: 12.5", finishes at 12" in a quilt
all seams are a scant 1/4", unless otherwise noted
5 different printed or solid fabrics plus one neutral fabric
|2.5” squares||2.5” x 4.5”||4.25” square||4.5” squares|
|Fabric A - Yellow||4|
|Fabric B - Light magenta||4|
|Fabric C - Medium Purple||1|
|Fabric D - Dark Purple||4|
|Fabric E - Blue||4||2|
1. Cut all of your fabric as shown in the chart above.
2. Begin by pairing up your 4.5" center square with one of the 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles of Fabric A. Right sides together, seam one rectangle to the top of your square, then another to the bottom of your square. Press seams open.
3. Match a 2.5" square of Fabric B on both ends of another 2.5" x 4.5" rectangle of Fabric A. Repeat with the remaining 2.5" x 4.5" rectangle.
4. Next, take your pieced strips and add to the right and left sides of your pieced center square (or as shown below to the top and bottom). Press seams open.
6. Next, let's make the outer ring for the block. We'll first be making some flying geese, followed by some HSTs. To make the flying geese, trace a line across the diagonal of all of your neutral squares, then place one at a time on the 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles from Fabric E, as shown below.
Stitch just a few threads to the right of your line, just slightly closer to the corner. Repeat for all four 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles.
Fold back your neutral fabric to line up with the corner of your printed fabric. Press well. Trim excess seam allowance down to 1/4".
Using the remaining four neutral squares, line up raw edges and ensure that your diagonal line makes a triangle when it intersects with the existing neutral square/triangle. Stitch just a few threads closer to the corner again, fold back, press, and trim excess seam allowance.
7. Next, gather your 4.25" squares of blue and your neutral. Right sides together, stitch all the way around the squares using a scant 1/4" seam. Cut diagonally across your square twice, to create 4 HSTs. Finger press seams open, the finish pressing with your iron.
8. Trim each HST down to 2.5" square, lining up the seam at the center of your HST with the 45 degree mark on your rotary ruler.
9. Lay our your remaining pieces as shown below and seam together to complete block. Press seams open as you go.
Ta da! A finished weathervane block!
As always, I would love to see your blocks in my Flickr group, Stitching with Don't Call Me Betsy. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you have a fantastic weekend :)