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If you, like me, are not a fan of matching seams, I have an alternative method of sewing up the Windmill Weave quilt top for you: the partial seam method.
What's a partial seam? Instead of sewing a complete seam to sew together two pieces of fabric, you will sew a portion of the seam. With the partial seam method, you will cut fewer blocks and put together your quilt top quicker.
Since the blocks for the Windmill Weave Quilt are large, they are perfect to sew up using this method.
All you need to do is follow these steps:
Yardage Cutting instructions
1. On page 3 of the pattern, follow your yardage cutting instructions.
2. Using page 5 of the pattern, sew up your strip sets.
3. Sub-cut your strip sets into four Block A components per quilt block. Note that you do not need to cut any Block B components using this method.
1. Gather all of your block pieces as shown below.
2. Start by sewing right sides together using one Block C and one Block A (rotated 90 degrees). This is where you will sew a partial seam. Sew a seam about 3.5" long.
3. Press your partial seam open.
4. Sew one block A on top. Press the seams open. Square up the blocks if needed.
5. Take one block A and rotate it 90 degrees. Sew it to the previous unit. Press the seams open and square up the block if needed.
6. Take the remaining Block A and sew it to the previous unit. Press the seams open and square up the block if needed.
7. Finally, fold a third of your block over, lining up your initial Block A and the unit together, as shown below. Finish sewing your partial seam, starting a few stitches back from where you left off before. Press the seams open and square up the block if needed.
8. Voila! You now have sewn a quilt block using the partial seam method. Repeat these steps until you've reached the required number of blocks needed for your quilt top size.
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I just purchased the Windmill Weave pattern and found this page on your website. Thank you so much for explaining this technique as it has always intimidated me. Your explanation is clear and concise and the photos explain so much to me.
I look forward to seeing what you do in the future.
Thank you so much for your kind words!
Wonderful directions! So clear, wonderful photos, takes some of the mystery out of making this great quilt! Looking forward to reading more about this and the other magical things you have up your sleeve!