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Dutchman's Puzzle Quilt Block Tutorial

Dutchman's Puzzle Quilt Block Tutorial

The Dutchman's Puzzle pattern is a simple block constructed of pairs of flying geese blocks. It is a very old design, originating in the late 1800's. It is also commonly known as a Windmill Block or Spinning Windmill Block because the triangles are reminiscent of the famous Dutch windmills.

Dutchman's Puzzle Quilt Block Tutorial

Fabric needed:

Geese:

Color 1: Four 3 1/2" x 6 1/2"
Color 2: Four 3 1/2" x 6 1/2"
Sky: Sixteen 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"


Mark diagonal lines on the back of all sixteen 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" background pieces.

With right sides together (RST), place the marked square on one corner of a 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" goose piece. Stitch ON the line. *Remember: If you stitch just one thread width off the line (toward the corner), it will give you just a teeny bit extra room for when you flip and press the piece back.

Trim corner off 1/4" from stitching line.

Press toward the corner.

Place another 3 1/2" marked sky square on the opposite side of the goose piece. Stitch on the line (or a thread off toward the corner).

Dutchman's Puzzle Quilt Block Tutorial

Trim the other corner off 1/4" from the stitching line.

Press toward the corner.

Dutchman's Puzzle Quilt Block Tutorial

Repeat to make 8 flying geese. Layout flying geese as shown.

Stitch together in pairs (one light pink, one dark pink).

Press. You will probably find it easier to press to the side that has no seams in the middle.

Dutchman's Puzzle Quilt Block Tutorial

Lay out your pairs and make sure everything is going the right direction.

Stitch two pairs together. Repeat for the other two pairs.

Press. Again, it's going to be easier to press to the side that has no seams in the middle.

One last seam. (You can pin the center, if desired, to make sure that you'll have awesome points - or you can just butt them up against each other.)

Dutchman's Puzzle Quilt Block Tutorial

Voila!

Dutchman's Puzzle Quilt Block Tutorial

Here is what my finished quilt might look like if I stuck with this color palette.

Dutchman's Puzzle Quilt Block Tutorial

Of course, I have to show you what a two-color block might look like as a quilt. I added sashing to this one.

Dutchman's Puzzle Quilt Block Tutorial

But wait! What if you change just four of the sky pieces to a different fabric? Another pinwheel inside of the pinwheels?! Wow! Experiment with your fabrics and see what other variations you might like!

Dutchman's Puzzle Quilt Block Tutorial


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