Indian puzzle quilt

Indian puzzle quilt

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

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

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.




Indian puzzle quilt block layout

Indian puzzle quilt layout

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 in pairs across the rows

Sew the squares in pairs across the rows

Completed indian puzzle quilt block

Completed indian puzzle quilt block

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.

Here’s the video:

I have gathered together many of the quilt sayings that I have found.  You might find them amusing.  Click on quilt humour.

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  1. Just love your website. And look forward to your newsletters. You are a very talented woman!

  2. hai rose,
    Wonderful explanation. Thanks for sharing ur quilting design(INDIAN PUZZLE QUILT )and helpful instructions. Being an Indian i am very proud of that name.once again thanks for that name and uploading the quilting design

  3. Hello Rose, Thank you for sharing. I really enjoy watching and you explain everything so well for us beginners.

  4. wonderful designs and helpful instructions like to watch her.

  5. Hi Rose,
    Love your tutorials, you make it look so easy for a ‘newbie’ as I am.
    The pattern look s so easy I think I can manage it. Keep them coming please.

  6. Rose, this seems to be an especially “do-able” quilt. I’m putting it on my list of “want to” quilts! Thanks for your expertise.

  7. Rose I love all your Quilt patterns, you most certainly are good at ideas, keep them coming ,
    Thanks Rhoda

  8. Helen MacNaughton says:

    I love your web site, your quilts and your expertise. How do you make so many quilts?
    A Canadian fan.

  9. Nancy Newman says:

    Love the new look of your site. Much easier to read. Thanks for updating.

  10. Thank you so much Rose for sharing your lovely quilt patterns with us! I appreciate your generosity!

  11. Jacqueline says:

    Hi Rose. I can’t wait to receive ur emails each week. Ur teaching style is wonder I am a fairly new quilter. Keep those quilt tutorials coming!!!

  12. Marion Barrett says:

    Hi Rose,
    Another of your lovely quilts. Always enjoy seeing your latest quilt and how it is made.
    Thanks for the pleasure, keep on sewing. Best wishes

  13. Norma Davis says:

    Love you video’s. You explain everything so well. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful quilts.

  14. francesca says:

    Me encanta este edredon ,como todas tus labores,gracias.

    • Google translation of Francesca’s kind words: I love this quilt, like all your work, thanks.
      Thanks, Francesca. I’m glad you like the quilt. rose

  15. Ann Cross says:

    Thanks again Rose for your Friday quilt. I look forward to your lovely ideas and instructions and wonder what you do with all the quilts you make.
    Ottawa, Canada

    • Thanks, Ann. I’m glad you like the quilts. I am trying hard this year to actually finish the quilts and then I’ll probably try and sell them through the website. For the moment I just have a huge pile of unfinished quilts! rose

  16. Very nice, Thank you for shareing.

  17. Hello Rose, once again you have made me happy. Every quilt patten you show us is so pretty! But the wonderful thing is you make it easy to do. Thank you you are super. Nola

  18. Robyn Bursill says:

    Hi Rose,
    This is another lovely quilt and it looks so easy to do and by having 3 colours I can think of many colour combinations that would make it striking. I always love to see what you are making and your describe it all so well. Its also nice to hear what’s going on in your part of the world, spilt water and all.
    cheers Robyn
    Sydney, Australia

    • Thanks, Robyn. I agree – it would look great in many other combinations of colours. I’m just glad that the water was only spilled on the floor, not the quilts! rose


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