I don't know the exact origin of the Dutchman's Puzzle quilt block, but I have read from multiple sources that it has been around since the late 1800's. Whenever I am stitching one up, I can't help but think about the generations of women who did the same over the last century. Of course, a lot of these women would have been stitching by hand, or maybe treadle sewing machine...but we have a kinship just the same.
What I love about this block is the implied movement the rectangles make. Like a windmill...get it....Dutchman's Puzzle? Even more so than a standard pinwheel block, this pattern looks like it is spinning in the wind. As a rule, my quilts usually are composed of many different types of blocks (because I have a taste for all things chaotic), but this block would really shine used alone.
This is a relatively simple block. It you keep an eye on your seam allowances (make sure they are a scant 1/4") and remember to press well after each seam....you should do just fine.
Cassandra and Alex met at work - where they slaved away together for 13 years (until Alex abandoned Cassandra for a new company). Cassandra likes to say that they were like "an old pair of shoes" - ...
Cassandra and Alex met at work - where they slaved away together for 13 years (until Alex abandoned Cassandra for a new company). Cassandra likes to say that they were like "an old pair of shoes" - they just fit. As a designer and writer respectively, they have naturally dove-tailing creative abilities. However, their shared inability to focus does, occasionally, make it tough to get anything done efficiently.View all patterns by designer (10) »