1 shape, 2 blocks, 4 beginner quilts to learn foundation paper piecing with

Patchwork technique

Foundation paper piecing.

Skill level

Beginner.

Block names

  • Whirlwind block
  • Accordion block

Finished quilt

  • Whirlwind quilts: 38 inch square for all layouts
  • Accordion quilts: 74 inch square

The sizes can be easily adjusted by increasing the number of blocks.

Block size

9 inch square (9 1/2 inch square with seam allowances).

Number of blocks

Whirlwind quilt: 16 blocks in total  (4 blocks across)

Accordion quilt: 64 block

Download pattern

There are two mirrored patterns. Each of the patterns, made twice, makes one whirlwind block:

Why do you need two patterns?

Quilts where the whirlwinds rotate in different directions require both pattern sheets. The accordion pattern requires also both patterns as each “leg” faces on the opposite direction.

Colour scheme

For best results use high contrast fabrics. The background fabric can be the same colour for all blocks or different for each colour block. In both cases, use some pastel colours so that the design stands out.

Note: I highly recommend using a solid fabric for the background to avoid confusion when cutting the triangles out of a rectangle. I’m speaking from experience here…

How to make this block

This short video tutorial will teach you how to make this block:

Quilt patterns

Quilt 1 – accordion block

This layout uses the same pattern but it’s quite different. It can be done in one single colour, in a gradient, in rows of different colours and so on.

Here are some of the options for this type of pattern.

This layout could work with sashing.

Or in bright colours with no sashing.

Gradients could be also be very effective. The gradient can be used for both the background and the print, or for just the print or the background.

Quilt 2 – whirlwind with and without sashing

All blocks are of one kind. The whirlwind rotates to the left.

Same idea as before but with no sashing.

Quilt 3 – Do the twist

Whirlwinds rotate in different directions.

You need 8 blocks that rotate to the left and 8 that rotate to the right.

Quilt 4 – Disappearing whirlwind

Whirlwinds rotate in different directions.

You need 8 blocks that rotate to the left and 8 that rotate to the right.

I think this layout is very effective in that you don’t know where to look to find the pattern. The whirlwind pattern is not as obvious as in quilt 2 and 3.

The same layout as before but different colour scheme:

Close up of whirlwind block

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