Windmills and Pinwheels Quilt Block Challenge: Week 5-6

How has the National Quilters Circle Quilt Block Challenge: Windmills and Pinwheels, been going for you so far? We love seeing all the beautiful blocks you’ve created! This week, we are providing the next two weeks of instructions: block five and the center/small quilt finishing instructions. The center instructions below will teach you how to make both the center of the large quilt, and how to finish the smaller quilt. Over the course of eight weeks we will be making the Windmills and Pinwheels pattern designed by Toby Lischko of Gateway Quilts and Stuff.

The Windmills and Pinwheels quilt is a fun blend of pieced points and curved applique. Made in a medallion style, you can either piece or applique a large center block and then build upon the center as you work your way through this eight- week challenge. For several of the blocks you will be given the choice of patterns- one a pieced block designed by Toby and one a slightly different pieced version designed by Ashley that incorporates applique. The applique design inspiration came from one of the main print fabrics, which features flowers. While we have provided applique templates for you to create the same designs, feel free to play around and create your own- we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Looking for the fabric requirements? Find them here!

The finished quilt size for the large option is 86” x 86” and the small option is 58” x 58” Click the button below to download a PDF with instructions for your first block, or the center applique pattern to build around. And make sure to share your progress in the Quilt Block Challenge Facebook Group – we can’t wait to see everyone’s work!


If you haven’t signed up for the Quilt Block Challenge, there’s still time! You can sign up here to make sure you get the block assignments delivered to your inbox each week.

Find the other challenge materials here:
Fabric Requirements
Windmills and Pinwheels Week 1
Windmills and Pinwheels Week 2
Windmills and Pinwheels Week 3
Windmills and Pinwheels Week 4
Windmills and Pinwheels Week 5-6
Windmills and Pinwheels Week 7
Windmills and Pinwheels Week 8

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63 Responses to “Windmills and Pinwheels Quilt Block Challenge: Week 5-6”
  1. gramef16

    I am making small quilt and not using fabric no7. So what are the directions to small quilt?

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Eva,

      Thank you fro contacting us.

      You have two options to make this quilt, the first is with no applique. You just download the blocks weekly and finish as normal. If you’d like to make the applique patterns, then you start with the center applique block, and mix and match your own quilt. There will also be applique patterns provided on weeks 2, 3, and 7.

      If you have any other concerns, please contact us at 1-855-706-3538, or chat with us on our site.

      We greatly appreciate your business!

      Sincerely,

      Joan
      National Quilters Circle Video Membership

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      • Customer Service

        Dear Margaret,

        Thank you for contacting us.

        We’re giving you an extra week to work on the extra materials from the Windmills and Pinwheels Quilt Block Challenge! There is no new pattern download this week, but be sure to check back on Friday, August 2nd for the new instructions.

        If you have any other concerns, please contact us at 1-855-706-3538, or chat with us on our site.

        We greatly appreciate your business!

        Sincerely,

        Joan
        National Quilters Circle Video Membership

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  2. ROSLYN Preston

    Are we supposed to be sewing all the blocks together or is that instruction later on?

    Thanks Ros

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  3. Glenna

    Have I missed the border dimensions? Did not see them posted to this point and it looks as if they come before Block 5?

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  4. Anita L Beyer

    I am doing the small quilt, so do not have fabric 7 as stated in this weeks challenge block. Are the blocks done for the small quilt? Just add a border?

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Anita,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      You have two options to make this quilt, the first is with no applique. You just download the blocks weekly and finish as normal. If you’d like to make the applique patterns, then you start with the center applique block, and mix and match your own quilt. There will also be applique patterns provided on weeks 2, 3, and 7.

      If you have any other concerns, please contact us at 1-855-706-3538, or chat with us on our site.

      We greatly appreciate your business!

      Sincerely,

      Joan
      National Quilters Circle Video Membership

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      • Lynne Keogh

        In the fabric instructions file, it says there are two sizes -86×86 and 58×58″. Fabric 7 and Fabric 8 are for the large version. In the Center Instructions (available with week 5) are more instructions for the smaller sized quilt. I am not making this quilt yet, so I can’t answer any other questions, sorry. Hope this helps.

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  5. Donna Heath

    I am having so much fun. I have never done a quilt like this before. I can’t wait until Friday comes and we get new directions. 🙂

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    • gramef16

      You still did not answer my question about week 5 I am complete through wk 4 on sm quilt

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      • Shirley Martenson

        Week five contains finishing instructions for small quilt unless you are waiting for week 7 to make different appliqués to mix in.

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  6. Blanche gilley

    Would like to do this challenge. Haven’t started either one yet.

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  7. Cecile Murray

    I like and it’s fun to do windmill and pinwheel Quilting block challenge

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  8. Nancy Krehlik

    I have signed up for this, but am not receiving the emails/ instructions. Please send!
    Thank you…Nancy

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  9. Geraldine Snelgrove

    The block 5 – 6 only has the pattern for 5. Can you please correct this error?

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Geraldine,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      It is week 5-6 not blocks 5-6. Sorry for the confusion.

      If you have any other concerns, please contact us at 1-855-706-3538, or chat with us on our site.

      We greatly appreciate your business!

      Sincerely,

      Joan
      National Quilters Circle Video Membership

      Reply
  10. Renee Samms

    I am working on the large quilt. I didn’t see any instructions for a border for the large quilt. Did I miss something? I have block 5 completed and today’s email just shows block 5, nothing for block 6. I am confused….

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Renee,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      Look in the center instructions for block 5 and you will also see border instructions.

      https://www.nationalquilterscircle.com/article/windmills-week-1/

      If you have any other concerns, please contact us at 1-855-706-3538, or chat with us on our site.

      We greatly appreciate your business!

      Sincerely,

      Joan
      National Quilters Circle Video Membership

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Elaine,

      Thank you for contacting us. I am happy to hear you are interested in the Premium Membership. Please follow the steps below to receive the annual membership at an introductory rate of just $3.00:

      1. Click on the email link: https://go.nationalquilterscircle.com/c17611
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      4. Fill in your Billing Details and create an account password.
      5. Fill in your debit/credit card information.
      6. Finish by clicking Complete Order.

      You will receive a confirmation email when your order has been completed. We greatly appreciate your business!

      If you have further questions, please contact us at 1-855-706-3538, or chat with us on our site.
      Sincerely,

      Joan
      National Quilters Circle Video Membership

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Betty,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      We’re giving you an extra week to work on the extra materials from the Windmills and Pinwheels Quilt Block Challenge! There is no new pattern download this week, but be sure to check back on Friday, August 2nd for the new instructions.

      If you have any other concerns, please contact us at 1-855-706-3538, or chat with us on our site.

      We greatly appreciate your business!

      Sincerely,

      Joan
      National Quilters Circle Video Membership

      Reply
  11. Bea Mandel

    What about block 6.? Instructions say blocks 5-6. but no indications as to block 6.

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Bea,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      We’re giving you an extra week to work on the extra materials from the Windmills and Pinwheels Quilt Block Challenge! There is no new pattern download this week, but be sure to check back on Friday, August 2nd for the new instructions.

      If you have any other concerns, please contact us at 1-855-706-3538, or chat with us on our site.

      We greatly appreciate your business!

      Sincerely,

      Joan
      National Quilters Circle Video Membership

      Reply
  12. Bea Mandel

    What about block 6.? Instructions say blocks 5-6. but no indications as to block 6.

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Bea,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      We’re giving you an extra week to work on the extra materials from the Windmills and Pinwheels Quilt Block Challenge! There is no new pattern download this week, but be sure to check back on Friday, August 2nd for the new instructions.

      If you have any other concerns, please contact us at 1-855-706-3538, or chat with us on our site.

      We greatly appreciate your business!

      Sincerely,

      Joan
      National Quilters Circle Video Membership

      Reply
      • Kay Anicker

        Just don’t understand why you put on last weeks info Block 5 & 6. It’s clear about what to do for the large quilt and the small one. Just can’t figure why you put block 6 when there was nothing to do. Why wasn’t this weeks info the block 6 instructions? Ive completed all that I have to date and would like to continue with the last blocks and finishing.

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        • Customer Service

          Dear Kay,

          Thank you for contacting us.

          We’re giving you an extra week to work on the extra materials from the Windmills and Pinwheels Quilt Block Challenge! There is no new pattern download this week, but be sure to check back on Friday, August 2nd for the new instructions.

          If you have any other concerns, please contact us at 1-855-706-3538, or chat with us on our site.

          We greatly appreciate your business!

          Sincerely,

          Joan
          National Quilters Circle Video Membership

          Reply
  13. Karen O'Brien

    Hi, it appears to me that Week 6 is the same as Week 5 – is this correct? Just want to be sure I have not missed anything.
    thanks, Karen

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Karen,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      You haven’t missed anything we just are giving an extra week to get this week completed before moving on.

      If you have any other concerns, please contact us at 1-855-706-3538, or chat with us on our site.

      We greatly appreciate your business!

      Sincerely,

      Joan
      National Quilters Circle Video Membership

      Reply
  14. Terri J Miles

    It’d be great to get this in my e-mail…I keep forgetting to get it on mondays.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Terri,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      Here is the link to sign up at:https://go.nationalquilterscircle.com/a17042/?

      If you have any further questions, please contact Customer Service at 1-855-706-3538, at your earliest convenience, or chat with us on our site.

      We greatly appreciate your business!

      Sincerely,

      Joan
      National Quilters Circle Video Membership

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Carol,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      The finishing instructions have not been released yet as we are only on week 7. Stay tuned for those.

      If you have any other concerns, please contact us at 1-855-706-3538, or chat with us on our site.

      We greatly appreciate your business!

      Sincerely,

      Joan
      National Quilters Circle Video Membership

      Reply