Mice Wheel Quilt Block Tutorial

It’s time for the 36th Block of the ‘Twisted Traditional’ Quilt Along!

Mice Wheel Quilt Block Tutorial for

52 Twisted Traditional Block Quilt Along

Finished Block Size – 9” x 9”

By twisting the traditional block ‘Orion’s Wheel’ we can create a whimsical mice block.

Cutting Instructions

Mice (brown)

2 – 4” background blocks

Background (blue/green)

2 – 4” background blocks
8 – 3.5” x 2” background rectangles
Secondary Background (blues)

20 – 2” squares (I used two fabrics. You could use one or 20 … completely up to you)


Half Square Triangle

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the mice squares. Place these squares right sides together with your Background fabric squares.
Stitch a quarter inch seam on both sides of the line you drew.
Cut along the line you drew.
Press toward the background fabric. Trim half square triangle (HST) blocks down to 3.5” squares.
Flying Geese Blocks

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the 2” secondary background squares. Place these right sides together on the background rectangles.
Stitch right on the line you drew.
Trim off the corners. Press toward the secondary fabric square.
Place the other smaller square on the left side of the rectangle. The diagonal is in the opposite direction of that on the right side. Stitch along the line drawn. Trim off the excess triangle and press toward the secondary background print.
Make a total of 8 flying geese blocks.
Take your 4 HSTs, 8 flying geese and 4 secondary background squares and lay them out as shown in the diagram above. Sew this 16 patch together and press so that seams ‘kiss’ and lay flat.
Here is your Mice Wheel so far! Now – let’s make those triangles look a little bit more like mice!
Either with embroidery or a micron pen it’s time to add the mice eyes, noses, and tails.
I just drew mine on for now … I may go back later and embroider them … particularly the tails.
And with that…your ‘Mice Wheel’ block is finished!
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I can’t wait to see what all your blocks look like!  Be sure to share you blocks and any projects you make using your blocks onto our flickr group: 52 Blocks Quilt Along
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Stop back next Wednesday for another twisted traditional block tutorial!
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