4.5 inch Winding Ways
This is a classic design with gentle curves. The 4.5 inch size is a good choice for piecing by hand.
Print hundreds of shapes on fabric scraps and start sewing.
This shape collection includes instructions but there is a beautiful new Winding Ways book too. (Hardcover or download)
4.5 inch Winding Ways is a lovely size to sew by hand. Not too big, not too small.
Winding Ways is sometimes called Wheel of Mystery.
PDF DOWNLOAD –SHAPES + INSTRUCTIONS + WORKSHEETS 23 MB
System Requirements – Windows or Mac with Adobe Reader (not a phone or tablet) and any ordinary color Inkjet printer or all-in-one.
This shape collection PDF includes the three basic shapes plus a bonus double shape. There is also a 4.5 inch Deluxe Winding Ways shape collection with extra shapes for even more design variations (below).
Expanded June 2021
The double shape was added to this shape collection because it reduces the bulk in the center intersection. Very cool. If you have the original version, you can get the expanded version by logging into your account and downloading from the Winding Ways 4.5 inch link. You might also want to consider upgrading to the 4.5 inch Deluxe Winding Ways shape collection.
See all the Winding Ways sizes in the Index of Shapes.
Features of the 4.5 inch Winding Ways Shape Collection (PDF)
- shapes to print on fabric
- diagrams showing how much fabric you need
- shapes without seam allowances to print on freezer paper (just in case you want templates)
& More Good Things about Inklingo Winding Ways
- use a rotary cutter or scissors
- bonus shape to reduce bulk in the center
- optional combo layouts to save time and fabric (Inklingo quilters love combos!)
- ideal for scraps
- fussy cut some of the shapes for impressive effects
- stitching lines and matching marks make it easy to hand piece these gentle curves
- follow the innovative one-page guide to stay organized while you sew and press
Traditionally, quilters have used homemade or acrylic templates for Winding Ways. The curves in this design are much easier to sew when you print the shapes on fabric, thanks to the precision corners and matching marks. In this special case, we want the dog ears to help line up the seams, but there is a line so you can trim them off after sewing.
More Inspiration for 4.5 inch Winding Ways
There are instructions in this shape collection. However, you should consider ordering the new Winding Ways book (hardcover or download) too.
The new Winding Ways book provides an even more comprehensive examination of this classic design. It includes hundreds of photos and images with patterns for more than a dozen quilts. There are also detailed instructions for fussy cutting, scissors cutting and rotary cutting with templates.
The info in the Winding Ways book applies to any other quilt shapes, so I think you will want it even if you are not making Winding Ways yet.
There is even more inspiration on the Winding Ways Board on Pinterest and Facebook.
Some of the worksheets in this shape collection use two or three sizes. Follow a traditional pattern or get creative with the examples in the new book.
Use Winding Ways for the perfect edge on an appliqué quilt—or any quilt! A curved binding is always impressive, and my instructions for a scalloped binding are free online.
Upgrade to 4.5 inch Deluxe Winding Ways
If you bought the original Winding Ways 6 inch shape collection any time from 2010 to June 2021, you can upgrade to the Deluxe version for only $20 instead of $35. Please place a separate order on the Special Order Page. I will manually make the switch for you as soon as I see your order and email you, so you can download from your account.
Love the lines. Quilt more!
Video and Special Features
Winding Ways Video
1. APRIL 2021 – NEW HARDCOVER BOOK
There is even more detailed information about fussy cutting, rotary and scissors cutting, and designing Winding Ways quilts in my new book.
APRIL 2022 – Now also available to download!
The info applies to Winding Ways and any other shapes so I think you will want it even if you are not making Winding Ways yet.
2. Deluxe? There is also a Winding Ways Deluxe 6 inch shape collection which includes even more shapes than this basic collection to make variations.
3. There are other sizes to sew Winding Ways by hand or by machine.
Love the lines. Quilt more!
The original Winding Ways Design Book has been retired. The instructions and worksheets are included in this shape collection.