Windmill quilt top

How to sew a windmill twister quilt top

This gorgeous quilt top is a day project using a layer cake. Who doesn’t love a layer cake. A layer cake consists of 42 10″ squares from one fabric collection. This means that they all coordinate and that you have a selection of large and small print patterns. Pre cut bundles like layers cakes are a great way to patchwork as you get all the variety of the fabric prints without creating a huge stash after! (Mind I do quite like a stash!)

You’ll be asked to sew your squares at home before you arrive. Don’t worry we’ll give you full instructions but this will allow you to take time to lay out your squares and not rush this vital step. We can then start work during the workshop on the windmill technique to create these visually stunning quilt tops.  Despite it’s sophisticated finish this is suitable for a beginner.





21 Oct 2024


9:30 am - 2:30 pm

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What will we cover?

Achievable for beginners to patchwork, the windmill quilting technique creates a visually stunning effect. With a bit of advance preparation (details below), this is a hugely satisfying one-day project.


You’ll learn basic patchwork skills including rotary cutting and machine piecing.


To ensure that you get the most of your time in the studio, you’ll be asked to sew your squares together at home before you arrive. You’ll sew them into a rectangle that’s 6 squares wide by 7 squares tall. (Don’t worry, we’ll give you full instructions.) 


Once you’re in the class, this preparation will mean you have plenty of time to lay out your squares with care. 


We’ll then show you how to use the windmill technique to create your gorgeous quilt top.  


How will I be taught?

You’ll be taught in our lovely studio by a friendly and experienced tutor, through demonstration and guidance as you work. 


You’ll also be able to ask questions, making sure everything is clear and that you’re getting the best results you can. 


Do I need any previous experience or skills?

Despite its sophisticated finish, this really is suitable for a beginner to patchwork and quilting, although you do need to be confident with a sewing machine.


Are materials provided? Is there anything I need to source myself?

You’ll need to bring:

  • 42 x 10 squares
  • 2m of coordinating fabric for your border
  • 1 reel of coordinating thread


Quilt rulers and rotary cutters will be provided, but you’re welcome to bring your own if you prefer.


What will I take home with me?

You’ll take home your beautiful windmill quilt top, as well as detailed instructions on how to make it again.



Drinks and biscuits will be available but we recommend that you bring a packed lunch with you.


During all of our workshops photographs are taken for promotional purposes only. Please make us aware at the time of booking if you would prefer not to be included.



Sarah Brangwyn
Sarah Brangwyn

Owner of Made and Making, Sarah has been sewing all her life. Her passion is helping others to gain the same level of enjoyment from mastering these creative skills. She's known for her infectious enthusiasm, her endless knowledge and for her knack for explaining things clearly, leading to lots of 'aha!' moments. You may have seen her share some of those on the TV channel Sewing Street. In a previous life, Sarah was a branch manager in an insurance firm. Taking redundancy in 2012 allowed her to follow her dream of creating a hub for sewing and craft. At Made and Making Sarah teaches sewing, crochet, needle felting and other craft courses. She's also one of the tutors for the children's workshops. When family life allows, Sarah loves nothing more than immersing herself in her own projects.

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