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Eight Hands  on craftsy.com
Annapolis, Maryland

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. ...

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Solomon's Puzzle Sampler Quilt

from Eight Hands Around
(7) Name: 'Quilting : Solomon's Puzzle Sampler Quilt
Solomon's Puzzle Sampler Quilt Solomon's Puzzle Sampler Quilt

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: solomonspuzzle.com
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"

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