Rocky Mountain Puzzle Quilt Block Pattern

Rocky mountain puzzle quilt block

Rocky mountain puzzle quilt block

The Rocky Mountain Puzzle quilt block pattern reminds me of several blocks such as the Jacobs Ladder block, but I do like the white square in the middle.  You could use it to add a little colour to the block if you wanted to make it for a scrappy quilt.  It’s a four patch block and I have made it here as a 12″ square finished size.

Cutting requirements for the rocky mountain quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  three white

3.7/8″ squares:  five white, five brown

3.1/2″ by 2″ rectangles:  two brown

6.1/2″ by 2″ rectangles:  two brown




Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make the half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares for this.  Place a brown and a white square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This gives you two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.

Rocky mountain puzzle quilt block layout

Rocky mountain puzzle quilt block layout

Make the rocky mountain puzzle quilt block

Lay the squares out as shown.  Place a white square in the middle and in two diagonally opposite corners.  Place the small brown rectangles above and below the central square, with the longer rectangles on the sides.

The half square triangles are rather more easy to place than sometimes.  On the left hand side and across the top place five half square triangles with the brown triangle always in the bottom right.  For the left hand side and the bottom place five half square triangles with the brown triangle always in the top left.  I sometimes struggle with getting the triangle placements correct so it pleased me that these are so easy to place.

Partially sewn block

Partially sewn block

Assemble the block

First sew the rectangles to the top and bottom of the central square.  Then add the rectangles to the sides.  Sew the pairs of half square triangles together above and below the central square.  Then sew the square and three half square triangles together in a column on each side of the block.

Finally sew the three columns to each other to complete the quilt block.

Quilt design ideas

Basic quilt design

Basic quilt design

For the basic quilt idea I have shown sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four.

I think that I would probably make this with more colours – maybe in the central square – to give the quilt a bit more interest.

Quilt with alternate blocks rotated

Quilt with alternate blocks rotated

As an alternative design, I have shown the same quilt but with alternate blocks rotated to create a little more for the eye to look at.

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Comments

  1. Caroline Saganash says:

    Thank you for this pattern, I have been looking to make one for awhile 🙂

  2. Very effective – it’s incredible how you can achieve so many different looks with just two colours by moving the shapes around.

    • Thanks, June. I always love how different a quilt block can look with just a slightly different colour added, or if the blocks are rotated.

  3. Love this and you make it look so easy, i must try this out.

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