This quilt quite took me by surprise. Usually I have a rough idea of what sort of secondary designs I might get when I sew several blocks together, but the circles in this indian puzzle quilt were a very welcome bonus when I saw them. The finished quilt measures 58″ square and I have made nine blocks, using 1.3/4 yards of light brown fabric, 1.1/4 yards of pink and 1 yard of dark brown.
Cutting requirements for the indian puzzle quilt
3.1/2″ squares: thirty six light brown, thirty six pink
3.7/8″ squares: thirty six each in pink and light brown, ninety each in dark brown and light brown
Making the indian puzzle quilt block
Use all the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles in the combinations listed. 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 and cut along the line. This produces two half square triangle units which are 3.1/2″ squares.
Lay the squares out in six rows of six. There’s a light brown 3.1/2″ square in each corner with a pink 3.1/2″ square just diagonally in from the corners. The pink/light brown half square triangles are placed either side of the corner squares. Along the edges between the corners there are two dark brown/light brown half square triangles placed to form a larger light triangle pointing outwards. Inside these are two more light/dark brown half square triangles forming a larger triangle pointing in towards the centre. The centre itself is made with four light/dark brown half square triangles placed to form a light diamond in the middle.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together. I find it simplest to sew the squares together in pairs across each row and then sew the pairs of squares together across the rows. This completes the indian puzzle quilt block, which is 18″ finished size. Make nine of these. Sew them together in three rows of three to make the quilt top. This is when all those lovely secondary designs suddenly become visible!
The border for the indian puzzle quilt
I have used 2.1/2″ strips of pink fabric to make the border. You will need to cut six 2.1/2″ strips altogether. Make two lengths of 54.1/2″ and sew them to the top and bottom of the quilt. Make two lengths of 58.1/2″ and sew them to the sides. That completes the top for the indian puzzle quilt. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of how to carry out these steps can be found at the bottom of the make a patchwork quilt section.
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I have gathered together many of the quilt sayings that I have found. You might find them amusing. Click on quilt humour.