Solomon's Puzzle Sampler Quilt

from Eight Hands Around

Solomon's Puzzle Sampler Quilt Pattern


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Quilting: Solomon's Puzzle Sampler Quilt
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Solomon's Puzzle Sampler Quilt Solomon's Puzzle Sampler Quilt

Pattern Details:

Pattern Details

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Home Decor


Wall Hanging

Skill Level:

medium skill level requirement Intermediate

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • You should know basic quilt-making skills, basic applique and piecing techniques, including using a template.

Pattern Description:

For twelve years, I worked nights and weekends and snow days to write a novel called, Solomon's Puzzle. I was so happy when I finished it and it was published. People were reading it and writing me to say they couldn't put it down! I decided that I needed a quilt to take with me to book signings. Because the book title is taken from a traditional quilt block and all the chapter titles are named after traditional quilt blocks (such as Birds in the Air - chapter 1, Rising Sun- Chapter 2), I made the quilt with those patterns.
The book also has a wonderful quilt store in it called Eight Hands Around which serves as the heart of the community. I used parts of the Eight Hands Around block (also the name of chapter 10) to create the border.
People loved the quilts and so I wrote the pattern. The pattern is unique because in addition to having instructions for all 12 blocks, it also tells why I chose the chapter titles/quilt blocks that I did, including comments about the symbolism in the blocks and the colors. Now the quilt has been a Block of the Month in several classes near my home. A group of quilters who live all over the country are making the quilt as a challenge this year.
I hope you'll join this unique community. Please keep in touch and post pictures.
Extra help, including videos of classes are available on the novel's website:
Note; there's a bonus pattern, an alternative pattern, for block six included in this online version.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • The finished quilt measured 59" x 78"


  • You need a sewing machine, rotary cutter, ruler, mat, templates, basic quilt-making supplies. The fabric requirements are 2 and 1/2 yards background fabric, 3/4 yard each of 5-7 fabrics for the blocks, 1 yard for each block frame, inner border 3/4 yard, 2 1/4 yards background for sashing, outer border and binding. The back of the quilt requires 4-5 yards of fabric

You Will Also Need:

  • You'll need a marking pencil, ten inch square Heat n Bond, Clover Bias Tape maker (optional) ThanglesTM 2", 1.5" and 1"

Pattern Reviews

Pattern Reviews

Average Review (of 1 review)
Farmergirlwendy on

Excellent Solomon's Puzzle a la' French Country  October 29, 2012

Great pattern, fun to make, dramatic results.

About Designer

About Designer

Eight Hands  on

Making things brings me great joy! My love for quilting permeated my first novel, Solomon's Puzzle, with a loveable quilt shop owner, a dream quilt shop and a quilt as part of the book's mystery. The book inspired a sampler quilt and other patterns. I love to encourage creativity.

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