Calico Puzzle Quilt Block

Calico puzzle quilt block

Calico puzzle quilt block

The calico puzzle is a very simple quilt block but I have to say it’s not one of my favourites.  I felt that it did not live up to its name, which sounds quite quirky.  I checked how I had placed the triangles several times because they just looked wrong, but this is in fact how the quilt block is made.  It is classified as a nine patch and I have made it here as a 6″ square.  You could make it a 9″ block by using 3.1/2″ and 3.7/8″ squares and you could make it a 12″ block by using 4.1/2″ and 4.7/8″ squares.




Cutting requirements

2.7/8″ squares:  two each in dark blue and white

2.1/2″ squares:  four light blue and one dark blue

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Making the calico puzzle quilt block

Use the 2.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles.  Place a dark blue 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 to produce two half square triangle units.  Press the seam allowances towards the blue triangle and trim the corners of the squares.

Calico puzzle quilt block layout

Calico puzzle quilt block layout

Sew the squares in rows

Sew the squares in rows

Lay the patchwork squares out in three rows of three.  The dark blue square is in the middle with a light blue square on each edge.  The four half square triangles are placed in the corners – but do check the photo to see which way to place them because I certainly didn’t find it intuitive and there aren’t really any larger shapes formed to help with the placement.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the calico puzzle quilt block.  I have a suspicion that this block might make some interesting designs when several of them are sewn together, but I can’t summon up the enthusiasm to make more of them!

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  1. gladys wahl says:

    check your pictures, the finished one is different from the one sewed in rows, i am thinking that the one that you have sewn in rows may be the right one and I can see thst several set together would bring out another pattern

    • Thanks, Gladys. I have now found that there are several versions of this quilt block. I think that in my photos I have shown the block upside down compared with the one where I have shown the rows only. I think that I will make up the other version and add that to the pattern.