Nancy Zieman Block Four 2015 Block of the Month



We are one-third of the way through the 2015 Adventure Quilt—my first Block of the Month journey. I’m planning my finished quilt to include 24 total blocks, making two scrap blocks each month from the same pattern with different fabrics.

Our fourth Block of the Month pattern is the The Ferris Wheel Block. The Trace ‘n Create Quilt Template— Dresden collection is the quilting tool that helps you create this scrap-friendly block.

Remember, this quilt will be a scrap adventure for you and me. Total yardage for the entire quilt is not provided; rather we are working in a color palette of scraps (or Fat Quarters).

If you’d like this block pattern as a downloadable PDF, please click the “Print Post as PDF” button at the lower right of this post.

Notions, Fabrics and Supplies:


Trace 'n Create Quilt Template Dresden Plate Collection by Nancy Zieman



Getting Started:

Throughout this adventure, I am working in a scrappy palette of three colors.  As I rummaged through my quilting fabric scraps, I found that I had the most of these colors on hand.






Keep in mind that you may need to add interchangeable pieces as the months progress. I found out last month that some of my go-to fabrics were now gone. As this quilt adventure progresses, you too may need to buy additional fabrics during the process. How’s that for an excuse to buy fabric?

The Ferris Wheel Block

The block this month measures 12-1/2″ x 12-1/2″, and it measures 12″x 12″ once it is stitched into a final project. A 1/4″ seam allowance is included.

Create the Wedges:

  • Choose fabric strips and cut to these widths:
  • White print—2-1/2″ wide x 22″ long
  • Green print—1-3/4″ wide x 22″ long
  • Black print—1″ wide x 22″ long


Nancy Zieman April Block of the Month | 2015 Adventure Quilt



  • Stitch strips together to form a row, as we did in January’s Block of the Month to create a strip set 4-1/4″ wide x 22″ long.
  • Press seam allowances in one direction.
  • Align wedge template on strip set. Trace along each side of template. Rotate template, align along previously marked line. Trace along opposite side of template.


Nancy Zieman's 2015 Block of the Month




Nancy Zieman April Block of the Month | 2015 Adventure Quilt



  • Rotary cut on the marked lines. 

Nancy Zieman April Block of the Month | 2015 Adventure Quilt



Create the Ferris Wheel:

  • Separate the wedges into the two color/strip orientations. In the featured blocks, one group of wedges will have a polka dot strip along the top or wide end; the second group of wedges will have the polka dot strip along the lower/narrow end.
  • Ten strip set wedges are needed for each Ferris Wheel block.
  • Pair a colorful wedge with a white wedge; stitch ten pairs for each ferris wheel.
  • Press the seam allowances toward the darker fabric.
  • Stitch the pairs together to create a complete circle.

Adventure Quilt Block of the Month Quilt | April 2015 | Nancy Zieman



  • Lay the block right side down on the smooth side of the interfacing. Pin.

Nancy Zieman April Block of the Month | 2015 Adventure Quilt



  • Use a 1/4″ seam allowance to stitch around the Ferris Wheel.

Nancy Zieman April Block of the Month | 2015 Adventure Quilt




Nancy Zieman April Block of the Month | 2015 Adventure Quilt



  • Carefully trim away the center of the interfacing, leaving about 1″.

Nancy Zieman April Block of the Month | 2015 Adventure Quilt



Note from Nancy: Save the interfacing for making a smaller Ferris Wheel Block design. Or, use it to create the center circle, which happens in a few steps. 
  • Use a point turner to smooth the curved edge as the interfacing is turned to the wrong side.


Nancy Zieman April Block of the Month | 2015 Adventure Quilt



  • Press.

Nancy Zieman April Block of the Month | 2015 Adventure Quilt



Audition the Background and Center Circle Fabrics:

  • Audition background fabrics for the quilt block.
  • See the alternate wedges used in both fabric audition photos below.


Nancy Zieman April Block of the Month | 2015 Adventure Quilt




Nancy Zieman April Block of the Month | 2015 Adventure Quilt



Create the Center Circle: 

  • For the center block circles, layer and pin a 4-1/2″ square of interfacing onto a 4-1/2″ square of fabric, matching smooth side of the interfacing and right side of the fabric.
  • Use the Circle Template from the Dresden Collection to trace the smallest circle on the fusible, bumpy side,  of the Sof Shape interfacing.


Nancy Zieman April Block of the Month | 2015 Adventure Quilt




Nancy Zieman April Block of the Month | 2015 Adventure Quilt



  • Stitch directly on the marked line using a slightly smaller stitch length.
  • Trim 1/4″ past the stitching line using a pinking rotary blade.


Nancy Zieman April Block of the Month | 2015 Adventure Quilt



  • Carefully remove the center of the interfacing, leaving about 1″. 
    Nancy Zieman April Block of the Month | 2015 Adventure Quilt



  • Use a point turner to smooth the curved edge as the interfacing is turned to the wrong side.

    Nancy Zieman April Block of the Month | 2015 Adventure Quilt



  • Press. 
    Nancy Zieman April Block of the Month | 2015 Adventure Quilt



  • Pin the finished circle to the center of the Ferris Wheel block. 
    Nancy Zieman April Block of the Month | 2015 Adventure Quilt



Note from Nancy: You may find the circle template is too large for the block center, covering up the narrow fabric strips. Simply use a glass or cup to trace a smaller circle size. If you choose a see-through glass, you’ll also be able to fussy-cut your centers. 
Nancy Zieman April Block of the Month | 2015 Adventure Quilt

Center the Circles on the Background Fabric

  • Center the Ferris Wheel Quilt Block on the 12-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ background. Pin.
  • Also center and pin the center circle to the block.
  • Edgestitch or zigzag stitch both circles—the Ferris Wheel design and the center circle block to the background fabric with monofilament thread.


Nancy Zieman April Block of the Month | 2015 Adventure Quilt



  • Press. 
    Nancy Zieman Block Four 2015 Block of the Month



  • Stitch a second block from the remaining wedges. 
    Nancy Zieman April Block of the Month | 2015 Adventure Quilt



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What would a quilt look like?

As part of this Block of the Month series, I’ve included ideas of what a quilt might look like if you made it with only this month’s block. Some of the concepts have sashing and others do not. I hope you like this brainstorming session!

  • This table runner is constructed using five total blocks in the two featured color variations. The first white border gives a peaceful break in the overall bold green and black design.

Adventure Quilt Block of the Month Quilt | April 2015 | Nancy Zieman



  •  The following quilt uses 49 Ferris Wheel blocks set in an altered “Trip Around The World” quilt layout and framed with a large border. This quilt will be called Trip Around the Ferris Wheel.

Adventure Quilt Block of the Month Quilt | April 2015 | Nancy Zieman



  • With white tone-on-tone cotton sashing, this traditional quilt setting is bright and fresh. The cornerstones are created using the circle template, using the instructions (above) for the Ferris Wheel appliquéd circle centers.

Adventure Quilt Block of the Month Quilt | April 2015 | Nancy Zieman



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Link to all the 2015 Adventure Quilt Block of the Month Series

(In the 2015 Adventure Quilt Block of the Month series, we’ll be making twelve fun blocks from five different templates/tools: Carefree Curves Template, Dresden Template, Grandmother’s One-Patch Template, Lone Star Template, and the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge.)

See the previous three 2015 Adventure Quilt Blocks HERE.


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