The bachelor puzzle quilt block is a good stand alone block which is why I thought that it would make a great cushion or pillow cover. It’s a four patch block and I have made this cushion cover suitable for a 16″ cushion pad.
4.1/2″ squares: four white
4.7/8″ squares: two each in black and white, two each in black and yellow, two each in white and yellow
For the cushion backing you will need one strip of fabric 16.1/2″ by 36″
Making the bachelors puzzle quilt block
Make half square triangles with the 4.7/8″ squares in the colour pairs listed above. Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line. Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units. Press the seam allowance towards the dark fabric and trim the corners. These are now 4.1/2″ squares.
Lay the squares out in four rows of four. There is one white square in each row, but they are in a different position within each row. Although they all face in different directions, you can see that each quarter is made with the same four patch unit: a black/yellow half square triangle diagonally opposite a white square, and a black/white and yellow/white half square triangle diagonally opposite each other.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the bachelors puzzle quilt block.
How to turn the quilt block into a cushion cover
For the cushion backing you will need a strip of fabric the same width as the quilt block (16.1/2″) by 36″ long. Turn under a small double hem on both the short ends to cover the raw edges. I usually machine sew these hems, although you may prefer to hand sew them if you don’t want the stitching to show.
Lay the backing fabric down with right side up. Lay the bachelors puzzle quilt block on top of the backing with right side up. Match the middle of the of the quilt block with the middle of the cushion backing so that you have the same length of backing below and above the patchwork.
Fold the bottom edge of the backing up so that it partially covers the quilt block. Check that the fold in the backing is exactly at the edge of the quilt block.
Now fold the top edge of the backing down so that it overlaps the bottom edge of the backing and completely covers the bachelors puzzle block.
Sew all round the edge of the square – use a generous seam allowance if necessary to make sure that you catch all layers in your stitching.
Trim the corners of the square, making sure that you don’t cut the stitching. In the photo on the right you can see that the top seam is a fold so that no raw edges are showing. The side seams will need to be zig zagged to prevent fraying.
Turn the cushion cover right side out through the gap created where the two layers of the cushion backing overlap. Gently insert a cushion pad through the same gap. That completes the bachelors puzzle cushion cover. It really hasn’t taken very much time to make.