The Louisiana Quilt Block

The Louisiana quilt block is a fun spin off from the windmill pattern. Try different colors to see what dimension you can come up with.

The Louisiana quilt block uses rectangles and the flying geese patchwork unit.

To complete one block for a sampler quilt:

Block size: 8 inches

Fat quarter fabric in three colors
(red, white and blue)

Step 1 - Use the rotary cutting techniques.

Cut 8 patches 2 ½” square from the red fabric.
Cut 4 patches 2 ½” x 4 ½” from the white fabric.
Cut 4 patches 2 ½” x 4 ½’ from the blue fabric.

Step 2 - Use the flying geese patchwork unit method.

On the back of each 2 ½” red square, draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner. Mark a second line ½” away from the first line.

With right sides together, position one of the squares at one end of the rectangle. Stitch along the first drawn line from corner to corner. Stitch along the second line.

Cut between the drawn lines with your rotary cutter or scissors. You will have an extra half square triangle for a future project.

Press the small triangle patch up, turning the seam allowance toward the small triangle.

Position the second square on the opposite end of the rectangle, rights sides together. Be sure to turn the marked lines up. Stitch along the lines as before.

Press the small triangle patch up as before.

You will need a total of 4 red and blue flying geese patch units.

Step 3 - Sew one flying geese unit to a white rectangle with the triangle (or geese) pointing towards the white fabric.

Repeat this for the remaining flying geese units and rectangles.

Step 4 - Sew one rectangle/geese unit to another rectangle/geese unit.

Be sure to check the picture for the correct place of the flying geese unit. This will effect the look of the windmill.

Step 5 - Sew the remaining rectangle/geese units making sure to check for the correct pattern placement. .

Step 6 - Sew the rows together to complete the Louisiana quilt block.

Go to Free Quilt Block Patterns from the Louisiana Quilt Block