BLOCK Friday: Wheel Quilts

Not all curves are created equal! Quilters know that, but sometimes it’s nice to be reminded. We have all kinds of tricks (and techniques) up our sleeves, which come in handy when we’re discussing quilt blocks that can be a bit of a challenge. We’ll get to those soon, but let’s look at the quilts first!

In today’s BLOCK Friday, we’re looking at quilts that feature quilts blocks incorporating wheels in some way. The traditional Wagon Wheel quilt block is complete with spokes and a center circle (like those pictured above). The number of spokes varies, as does the circumference of the center circle, but the shape remains the same and is easily recognizable. If you’re interested in making a traditional Wagon Wheel quilt block, Fons & Porter has a Wagon Wheel Template Set that makes cutting your pieces for your blocks a breeze.

 

Let’s start this off with Liz Porter’s gorgeous quilt, Wheels of Chance. The name of this quilt refers to spinning your wheels for fortune or, as the pioneers were likely to do, taking your chances on the Oregon trail. Liz thought this was a fitting name since this quilt design is somewhat challenging, but when finished, extremely rewarding. It’s a striking throw-size quilt pattern featuring Nine-Blade Fan quilt blocks with a piano key border. It’s one of those quilts that you could sit and stare at for hours. It’s mesmerizing!

Those tricks and techniques we talked about earlier? Follow our Sew Easy step-by-step tutorial on creating Nine-Blade Fan blocks using the Fons & Porter Nine-Blade Fan Template Set to make this quilt a bit less challenging and improve on piecing accuracy.

Country Fair Quilt

Bed-Size Quilt Patterns

 

Country Fair, by Deb Tucker, features scrappy Carpenter’s Wheel quilt blocks. If you look closely, you can see that this quilt top is pieced from Flying Geese units, Diamond Square units and Four Patch units instead of the usual diamond shapes. Deb used her Wing Clipper tool and Square 2 tool to make this quilt come together with precision and a bit more simplicity than it would require otherwise (this quilt is rated intermediate, although it looks challenging). Plus, a beautiful quilt that doubles as a scrap quilt pattern always rises to the top of the to-make list.

 

Wheel of Fortune Quilt

Throw Quilt Patterns

 

20 pie-shaped units, each with a pinwheel inside, make up the wheels in this fat quarter friendly quilt by Jean Nolte. Choosing a variety of prints for the quilt blocks in Wheel of Fortune really brings them into focus against the white background with a piano key border framing it all in. This quilt will put your curved piecing skills to the test, but our Sew Easy: Piecing Curves video will build up your confidence to make quick work of those curved blocks. And, if you’d like to make cutting your pieces a snap, the Wheel of Fortune Template Set is the way to go. This quilt is a great place to start for those of us who are a bit nervous about piecing curves—it’s simple enough that, if you follow the steps one by one, you’ll be just fine.

 

There are so many amazing quilt patterns out there in the quilting universe and these are no exception! Enjoy the process and let us know if you have any questions… we love reading your comments!

 

Happy Quilting!

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Carrie Sisk

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Carrie's first sewing machine was a gift from her dad—a better gift was never given. A crafter, trained pianist and experienced paintballer, when the opportunity arises, she's hiking in Yosemite or Rocky Mountain National Park.

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