Jigsaw Puzzle Quilt


Jigsaw puzzle quilt pattern

Jigsaw puzzle quilt pattern

The quilt this week was a request.  I have spent many happy hours doing jigsaws, both when I was young and when the children were young, and so I found it great fun to work out the pattern for this quilt.  The quilt measures 46″ square and I have used 1/2 yard each of four different fabrics.  As usual, you can buy these four fabrics at a discount of 10% by clicking on this week’s special offer.

Cutting requirements for the jigsaw puzzle quilt

3.1/2″ squares:  thirty two blue, twenty seven yellow, twenty nine red, eight grey

3.1/2″ by 9.1/2″ rectangles:  six blue, five yellow, five red

For the border you will need four 3.1/2″ strips of grey fabric cut across the width of fabric

Jigsaw puzzle piece

Jigsaw puzzle piece

Making the jigsaw puzzle quilt blocks

The basic jigsaw puzzle piece looks like this, but the quilt is built from square blocks, so in fact each block is made from an H formation of the main colour of that block.  The squares on the left and the right are supplied by the adjoining blocks rather than being part of the main block.

The two blank squares within the H will be the bit that sticks out from the block above and below – that, of course, is where the planning comes in.  You have to make the blocks so that for example each blue H has the correct extra red, yellow or grey squares within it.

Basic jigsaw puzzle quilt block

Basic jigsaw puzzle quilt block

So this is the framework for the basic jigsaw puzzle quilt block.  It’s a simple nine patch block and you could use three 3.1/2″ squares across the middle where I have used a 3.1/2″ by 9.1/2″ rectangle.  For this particular block I have added a grey and a red square within the square.  Sew the squares together across each row and sew the rows to each other.

You'll need variations within each colour block

You’ll need variations within each colour block

To make the same design of jigsaw puzzle quilt that I have made, you will need:

Blue H blocks:  three with red and grey squares, two with red and yellow squares, one with two yellow squares

Yellow H blocks:  three with red and blue squares, one with blue and grey and one with red and grey

Red H blocks:  two with grey and yellow squares, one with yellow and blue, one with two blue squares and one with grey and blue.

That’s sixteen blocks altogether so they can be sewn together in four rows of four.  I should point out here that they grey squares represent the background and so they just appear a couple of times on each edge of the quilt.

Jigsaw puzzle quilt layout

Jigsaw puzzle quilt layout

Assembling the jigsaw puzzle quilt

The quilt blocks are rotated across each row so that the H is either horizontal or vertical.  This gives you the illusion that the jigsaw pieces are all interlinked as they would be in a real puzzle.  Begin with a blue vertical H in the top left corner.  This has a grey square at the top and a red square at the bottom.  Across this first row add a yellow horizontal H with blue and red squares, a vertical red H with grey and yellow squares and finally a horizontal blue with red and grey squares.

I think that the placements for the remaining rows are clear enough from the photo.  Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

For the border I have used 3.1/2″ strips of grey fabric.  You will need two lengths of 40.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 46.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the jigsaw puzzle quilt.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the quilting for beginners section.

The one thing that I haven’t done is extend the jigsaw pieces into the border.  This would have made sure that each jigsaw piece was complete, but it would have made the border much more complicated – it’s up to you whether you wish to take that extra step with your quilt.

Here’s the video:

Some of you were kind enough to ask how my quilting sessions last weekend:  I was really pleased to finish three quilts and I will try and put some photos together for you during this week.  Isn’t it satisfying to put that last stitch in the binding!
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