Windmills and Pinwheels Quilt Block Challenge: Week 1

: Windmills and Pinwheels - Block 1

It’s time for our first block of the National Quilters Circle Quilt Block Challenge: Windmills and Pinwheels. Are you ready? We are! 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!


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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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138 Responses to “Windmills and Pinwheels Quilt Block Challenge: Week 1”
    • Customer Service

      Dear Monica,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      We only had block 1 on the page, but we’ve updated it to have the applique option now.

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    • Brenda Lea

      Can you send the instructions for windmill and pinwheels to my email. I’m having trouble with Facebook.

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      • Customer Service

        Dear Brenda,

        Thank you for contacting us.

        If you would like to email us you can at programdirector@program-director.net

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  1. Linda Frantz

    What does the quilt look like so I can see if it’s an easy pattern?

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    • Michelle

      The applique version looks wonderful! Will there be how to applique instructions also, as my skills are a little rusty! Thank You #

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      • Customer Service

        Dear Michelle,

        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, they 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.

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Annette,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      I have sent you an email containing the information you are requesting.

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Linda,

      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, you start with the center applique block (provided today), and mix and match your own quilt. There will also be applique patterns provided on weeks 2, 3, and 7.

      We only had block 1 on the page, but we’ve updated it to have the applique option now.

      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
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  2. Emily Gleasure

    I see the pieced center block, but would like to do the appliqués center. When will that be made available?

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Emily,

      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, they can start with the center applique block (provided today), and mix and match their 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
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  3. Diana Nelson

    In the directions for the small quilt it says 7 fabrics are required. Is the backing included in this number?

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Diana,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      We have updated the directions on the challenge, they were a bit too confusing. Can you check the site again to see if this helps you.

      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!

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  4. Maria

    I can’t wait to start on this challenge. Sadly, I found out after we left on a two month RV trip. I brought my machine, but left my accuquilt kit at home ☹️. But, I will be purchasing the fabric & downloading every week.

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  5. Sharon Morrison

    This is exciting. I hope I can keep up. I work 2 jobs and have limited time but I am so looking forward to this. It may take me a little longer so be patient with me and please pray for me.

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  6. Cheryl Raymes

    I thought I signed up to get email instructions but did not get them.

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Cheryl,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      Sign up link:

      https://go.nationalquilterscircle.com/a17042/?

      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, they 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

      Reply
  7. Candy

    I am having trouble getting the challenge block as I have signed up for it several times

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Candy,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      Here is the link:https://go.nationalquilterscircle.com/a17042/?

      Or if you visit the site you can find them by searching for “challenge”

      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!
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      Joan
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    • Customer Service

      Dear Patti,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      First step is to sign up at: https://go.nationalquilterscircle.com/a17042/?

      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, they 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.

      We only had block 1 on the page, but we’ve updated it to have the applique option now.

      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
  8. Brenda Lea

    Can you send the instructions for windmill and pinwheels to my email. I’m having trouble with Facebook.

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  9. Eleanor Zwicker

    Looks very interesting. I enjoy these quilt challenges and am learning a lot. I have not figured out how to post a picture as yet of what I have done. Hopefully I can get someone to show me how to do that, as I am sure it is easy–just haven’t done it yet.

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  10. Meghann

    I have a love hate relationship with flying geese, lol. Looking forward to the challenge

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  11. Mary Brock

    I don’t have a accucut machine. How do you find out what size the pieces are that you cut? Is there measurements a templates?

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Diane,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      The only instructions that have been released so far are week one. Week two comes out next Friday.

      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
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    • Customer Service

      Dear Jan,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      The challenge started on June 21 and each week there will be more instructions released every Friday at 5:00 am CST.

      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!

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  12. Lisa

    what does the smaller version (non appliqué) look like? what does it leave out?

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  13. Rose LaMont

    Are the fabric requirements the same for the pieced and appliqué quilts?

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Rose,

      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.

      We only had block 1 on the page, but we’ve updated it to have the applique option now.

      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. Donna Prince

    First Challenge and quilt. can’t wait. what sizes do we use for the 64×64. same as the full size quilt?

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Elke,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      The best part of the challenge is you can use any colors you want.

      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!

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      Joan
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  15. Karen Efterfield

    Where do I find a picture I can print of the finished project? Is there a coloring page? Thank you. Karen Efterfield

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  16. ..

    Add the resulting size of the triangles such as in the last cutting step, and instead of just saying “die #4, state the size of the die for those of us who have the dies but not the qube set with their stupid labels.

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Subscriber,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      I appreciate your feedback and it has been forwarded to the proper department. Your comments are important to us and help with the development of our online video streaming community. We will continue to listen and work hard for your complete satisfaction.

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  17. Sandra

    Since there are only 6 fabrics for the small quilt how will this change the quilt look and blocks. Is there a picture of the two different sizes?

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Carroll,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      The new blocks get released every Friday morning.

      Have Fun.

      Joan
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  18. Faye Deagle

    Hi, Please help!!!! It’s Thursday June 27th, and I just went on the Challenge site to download and print out the pattern instructions, however week one is not available for download, but week two is. I’m hoping I can still get week one. Please advise.

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  19. Hazel A Allen

    Is it possible to have a picture of Winmills and Pinwheels that could be printed of with the instructions? We would greatly appreciate it. It would help us so much. Thanks a million for all your hard work. We love it.

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Hazel,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      We do not have a printable picture at this time, unless you can us your snipping tool on the one on the site.

      I will also pass along your request to the right department.

      Sincerely,

      Joan
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  20. JEANNIE D SMITH

    I’m sure I’m doing something wrong but when I click on the link for week 2, all I can see is the instructions for week 1. Please help. I enjoyed doing the first block but now I’m stuck. Thanks

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Bev,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      If you are having issue with downloading, you can take a snip-it and then put it in a email to print.

      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
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  21. Anita L Beyer

    I somehow missed the applique info for week 1. Got week 2 fine but now I cannot access week 1. Help, pls!

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Anita,

      Thank you for contacting us.

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

      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
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  22. patty Allison

    Hello I am trying to find the pic of both of the finished quilts and cant. can you send me a link? thank you!! also I am not getting the weekly block in my email. I have to go to the website

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Patty,

      Thank you fro contacting us.

      Here is the link with the picture: https://www.nationalquilterscircle.com/article/fabric-requirements/

      If you have joined the challenge you may want to check your spam/junk folders.

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

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    • Gma NancyPants

      I am just starting. Is it correct that #6 fabric is less for the large quilt than the small quilt

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      • Customer Service

        Dear Nancy,

        Thank you for contacting us.

        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 have any other concerns, please contact us at 1-855-208-7187, or chat with us on our site.

        We greatly appreciate your business!

        Sincerely,

        Joan
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  23. april froude

    I will be on holidays the first three weeks of August. Will I still be able to download the blocks when I get back?
    Thank-you

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    • Customer Service

      Dear April,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      Yes, all the released blocks will stay on the web site until the end of the challenge.

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

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  24. Florence Gentle

    Its too late to catch up now, will there be another challenge starting soon.

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  25. april froude

    Wondering how I will get my week 7 and 8 as I will be on holidays until the 25 of August and will have no internet service.

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Janet,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      That would depend on how many blocks wide you want to go and how many blocks long you want to go.

      And also depending on the seam allowance.

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

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  26. Karen Efterfield

    I would like to know when week seven will be online? Thank you, Karen Efterfield

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Karen,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      That will be out on August 2nd.

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

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Maggie,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      Blocks are released on Fridays.

      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.

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  27. Susan Walters

    I have signed up and have not received an email letting me know the next block is available. I did find the link to the website but week 8 will not let me click on it for the final? Please get back to me. Thank you, Sue

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Susan,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      Week 8 will be released this Friday, please stand by.

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

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      Joan
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