The Tarnished Windmill was designed by Bradley and Judy Niemeyer. These instructions teach a strip piecing technique that expands on our traditional foundation paper piecing approach to complete lone star units. Strips are sewn onto foundation paper to complete what we call a ‘Strip Set’. After the strip sets are completed, they are cut apart, rearranged, and resewn into a diamond star point. The technique evolved from seeing some common assembly approaches between the Summer Solstice and Bali Fever Backgrounds. Judy began experimenting with ways to speed up the creation of a lone star block with a strip to eliminate cutting, while also minimizing fabric waste.

The Tarnished Windmill star was designed using 3” strips for the strip piecing. It incorporates a paper pieced 10″ windmill block and the general assembly process was designed with no Y-Seams. It uses yardage very efficiently at just over 7 Yards of fabric for the top!

This pattern is available in Quiltster! This means you can color the quilt with your favorite fabric collections in Quiltster before you make it. Quiltster will even provide you with yardage!  You can also purchase kits designed by Quiltster Sellers right in the application!

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Click below for a downloadable .PDF of various kitting handouts!

Size: 60″ x 60″
Price: $51.00
Pattern Includes: Instructions, Cover Sheet, Yardage Information, Foundation Papers

2018 Tarnished Windmill Kitting Handouts:
 Tarnished-Windmill-Jungle-1pg-KS thumbnail_Tarnished-Windmill-RJR-Fleur-Couture-1pg-KS

Original Tarnished Windmill Kitting Handouts:
Tarnished-Windmill-Kitting-Sheet-1_600 Tarnished-Windmill-Copper-KS-1_600 Page 20 Yardage Chart for Copper Collection Sample

Tarnished-Windmill-Fire-Mini-KS-1_600 TW Petals KS 1_600 Tarnished-Windmill-Fresh-Pickins-IB-KS-1_600

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