Thursday, March 18, 2010

Windmill Tablerunner Tutorial

Celebrate {almost} Spring!!!

Windmill Tablerunner Tutorial



• 1 Charm pack {I used Neptune}
• 2/3 yd. Background fabric { I used Moda Essential Dots Egg Shell sku#8654 11}
• 2 yards Backing/binding fabric
• 1/2 yd. Border fabric {I used Neptune sku# 23037 19}
• Omnigrid Windmill template
• Small Clover Yo-Yo maker
• Batting 42X 42
• yo-yo's
• buttons


• Choose 32 charms for the blocks.

• Carefully cut each charm into two windmill shapes using the Omnigrid template.

• Cut 3 strips of background fabric 5 inches X WOF
• open the strip and position right side up

• Lay one of the windmill charms next to the background so that you remember what orientation the template should be on the background. IF the template is flipped it will be a mirror image and the blocks will be mirror images. Speaking from experience on that issue.

• pin pieces together off setting the seam about 1/8 inch as shown and sew

• once pieces are sewn...arrange on a design wall
• sew pairs together and then rows
• Cut 4 strips for the border fabric 2 inches X WOF

• sew top borders 2 inches X 34 (measure the quilt top for accuracy)
• sew side borders 2 inches X 36

• Cut remaining background into 3 inch circles and using the small yo-yo maker
• make 16 yo-yo's for applique

• pin yo-yo's into the center of each windmill. • Applique into place using neutral thread and a small stitch.

• layer with batting and backing and stipple around yo-yo's in a meander pattern or quilt as desired.
Table topper 36X 36

 Designed by: Vickie Eapen
p.s. If you are interested in MORE inspiration or patterns using the Windmill Template check out these links.
I found several other tutorials and ideas around the internet. Check them out ;)


Jana Nielson said...

I am SO on this one! I have a Verna charm pack that I'm dying to use!
Thanks cute lady!

Brooke said...

LOVE it!!!!!!!!!!!! What a wonderful suggestion! You are the best!

Sandy said...

Very cute pattern...need to get that template. Do you think Joanns would have it?

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Thanks! I'm sure I have a charm pack or two that I could use for this. Just have to go get the template. Monday - I'll be hitting Joanns!

Unknown said...

Love windmills and yo-yos!!! This is a great match-up! I even have the templates!

Sheri Howard said...

Love those colors, looks so spring like...I need some spring!

Unknown said...

Very cute!! Love the windmill blocks!

Anonymous said...

Wow, I love this. I instantly thought of the picture I saw of Holland Michigan I saw the other day. Windmills and tulips!!

Suburban Stitcher said...

I'm glad you posted this one ;)'s a good one.

Sherri said...

So cute...yes, it definitely says spring!

SewDownunder said...

Hi, I just found your blog and thanks for the instructions on the windmills! I have a charm pack sitting around I can use to try this.

Anonymous said...

I like this a lot! I bet this would be a quickie!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Very cute Vickie. I made one of those from that template years ago by hand. It's still one of my favorites. Love yours.

Sinta Renee said...

Very nice tutorial and a cute little twist to add the yoyos in the centers! Very cute:)

Carrie P. said...

Love this runner.