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Whirlpool Block

Check your measurements very carefully. Your Whirlpool block should measure 12 1/2 inches when it is finished. Accuracy from beginning to end will assure that your blocks come out perfectly. Measure carefully, sew carefully, and you will have a perfect block.

For the Whirlpool block you will need:
From your background cut eight 3 7/8 inch squares
From a dark (purple) cut four 3 7/8 inch squares
From a medium (hot pink) cut four 3 7/8 inch squares

You will be making all diagonal squares for this block. First, mark your background squares diagonally through the center. (This will be a cutting line when you are finished.) Place your medium square, right sides together, with the background. Sew on either side of the drawn line, exactly 1/4 inch from the first line. Cut this square in half on the cutting line. Don't forget to trim your corners. You will now have two diagonal half-squares, which should measure exactly 3 1/2 inches. Repeat with the remaining squares.

You need eight squares like this, and eight like this.

Assemble into four units like this, and four like this.

Next put them into a unit that looks like this,
then put those four units together to look like the
Whirlpool block above.

Your finished block should measure exactly 12 1/2 inches.

One of my pattern testers said to me that Iíd already done this block, but called it the Balkan Puzzle. Itís close, but not the same pattern. This pattern uses all diagonal half squares, so it might be a little bit easier for some people. The Balkan Puzzle uses flying geese and parallelograms which arenít hard, just have scary names to some people!

This pattern can be used for personal use only and can not be used commercially without the owner's permission. No copies may be made without the owner's permission. This includes the patterns as well as any graphics and/or instructions that are associated with a pattern.
Whirlpool © Delaware Quilts August 2007

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Posted September 29, 2008
Updated June 16, 2009 (Thanks Charlene)