CROSSWORD PUZZLE QUILT BLOCK



Crossword puzzle quilt block

Crossword puzzle quilt block

This delightful quilt block is known as the crossword puzzle block and it attracted my attention when I was browsing for fat quarter quilt blocks.  It’s not complicated to put together but care is needed because it’s very easy to sew the squares the wrong way round and so lose the design.  The finished quilt block is a massive 26″ square.

Cutting requirements

2.1/2″ squares:  fifty one blue, thirty three pink, thirty white

two 6.1/2″ white squares, four 4.1/2″ white squares, two 6.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ white rectangles

Making the crossword puzzle quilt block

Sew together strips of fabric

Sew together strips of fabric

The first five rows of the crossword puzzle quilt block

The first five rows of the crossword puzzle quilt block

Sew together 2.1/2″ strips of red and blue or white and blue fabric and cut them at 1.1/2″ intervals to speed up the piecing of the crossword puzzle quilt block.

The top five and bottom five rows are the same as each other so you will need to sew two panels as shown.

 

The left hand side of the rows

The left hand side of the rows

The right hand side of the first five rows

The right hand side of the first five rows

Here you see the left hand side of these five rows.  There is a white 4.1/2″ square in every corner and the white rectangle is in the middle of the first (and last) row.  You can see why I recommend sewing strips of fabric together first – it means that some of the squares are already sewn together at this stage.

 

The middle rows of the crossworz puzzle quilt block

The middle rows of the crossword puzzle quilt block

 

The middle of the crossword puzzle quilt block is made using the 6.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ rectangles on either side and the 2.1/2″ squares in the middle.  To save time, you could use 6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles above and below the white/red/white strip instead of three 2.1/2″ white squares.

 

 

Sew the three panels together

Sew the three panels together

 

The three panels can now be placed as shown and sewn together.  It’s a lovely eyecathcing quilt block although it requires concentration to put together even though the technique is simple.  You certainly wouldn’t need many crossword puzzle quilt blocks to make a full quilt!

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