Wednesday, February 22, 2012


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There are quite a few versions of
the Weathervane block, this one
is easy and looks great.

Fabric Requirements:

Fabric A: Large light print
1 - 4 1/2" square

Fabric B: Red
4 - 4 1/2" squares

Fabric C:  Green
4 - 2 1/2" squares
4 - 3 1/4" squares

Fabric D: Small light print
4 - 2 1/2" squares
8 - 2 1/2" squares - Mark
a diagonal line on back.
4 - 3 1/4" squares - Mark
a diagonal line on back.

Make Half Square Triangles

Pair Fabric C and Fabric D 3 1/4"
squares with right sides together.
Sew 1/4" away from each side of
drawn line,  cut on drawn line and
press seam to the Fabric C.
Square to 2 1/2".

Make Corner Units

Layout units as shown and sew
 together in 2 rows.  Press seams
 toward the solid 2 1/2" squares.

Sew rows together and press
seam open to reduce bulk.
Square to 4 1/2".
Make 4.

Make Outer Center Units

Place a Fabric D 2 1/2" square in
the corner of a Fabric B 4 1/2"
square and sew a thread width
away from the drawn line on the
side near the corner. 

 Press seam toward the corner.

Trim back 2 layers of fabric to 1/4".

Repeat process on the other side.

Square to 4 1/2".  Make 4.

Assemble Block

Layout units as shown and sew
together in 3 rows.  Press seams
in rows 1 & 3 to the outside and
seams in row 2 to the inside.

Sew rows together.  Square to 12 1/2".


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  2. Boa noite! é muito lindo seus trabalhos ! Parabéns!!!
    Deus os abençõe ! abraços Vilma Lange

  3. Thanks for the Tute! Great block and directions.

  4. love this block, there are so many possibilities. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Thank you for taking the time to make this tutorial, It is very clear and easy to understand. I agree lots of possibilities with this block.

  6. Thanks so much!!!

  7. Thanks so much!!!

  8. Thank you, saving this for next project.

  9. Thank the details

  10. Thanks for this beautiful pattern.

  11. “Make a seam a thread width from the line”. I don’t understand, what exactly is a thread width mean?
    Thank you

    1. Hi Alicia,
      By a thread width, I mean the width of a common piece of thread. It is a slight difference but will help to keep your block square. If you see directly on the line and then press, your corner will not go far enough. By sewing a thread width away from the drawn line, or just on the side of the drawn line, you leave room to accommodate the fold of the fabric. It’s just a small tip to make your piecing more precise. ~ Ellen

  12. Just stumbled on your site. Love, love, love the Weathervane pattern. Your tutorial is awesome. Love the pictures and directions. It's on my future projects list. Thank you...