Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Dutchman's puzzle

The Dutchman's Puzzle block is made with 8 flying geese units or 16 half square triangle units. Each block generally uses 3 different fabrics, a background with 2 complimentary fabrics.

To figure out how big the flying geese units should be, divide the finished block dimensions in half (12" ÷ 2 = 6" wide) and divide the finished block dimensions in fourths (12" ÷ 4 = 3" tall). Add seam allowances and assemble using your favorite flying geese method.

Jelly roll fabric assortments (about 40 strips 2½ inches wide) work with 8 inch finished blocks using half and quarter square triangle rulers. The honey bun rolls (1½ inch strips) will make a 4 inch block.

Here are some links to other quilters Dutchman's Puzzle blocks...
Pat Speth

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