How to make a Windmill of Amsterdam quilt block

This block dates back to 1941 and it was designed originally by Anna Killillay of Pleasanton, Iowa.

The block is pieced together with partial seams and the windmill design appears once you stitch all blocks together.

So let’s learn to make a Windmill of Amsterdam block in under 2 minutes:

Fabric needs

  • 1 squares, 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ in print A
  • 2 strips, 2 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ in print B and C

Finished block size

6″ x 6″

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

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How to make a windmill of Amsterdam quilt block video tutorial


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