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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" - ...

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Dutchman's Puzzle Quilt Block

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(7) Name: 'Quilting : Dutchman's Puzzle Quilt Block
Dutchman's Puzzle Quilt Block
Dutchman's Puzzle Quilt Block

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Sew with a straight stitch
  • Press
  • Use a rotary cutter

Pattern Description:

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.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 12" x 12" Quilt Block


  • Quilters cotton
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread
  • An iron and ironing board
  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Quilting ruler

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