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Dutchman's Puzzle Quilt Block Pattern
Dutchman's Puzzle Quilt Block Pattern

Michelle, a member of the Quilting Forum, made these Dutchman's Puzzle quilt blocks.

Blocks by Michelle
Here's a quilt block pattern for a 12-inch (finished size) Dutchman's Puzzle. This design is sometimes called a Windmill quilt block.

The Dutchman's Puzzle quilt block is assembled with eight quick-pieced Flying Geese units that are sewn together in a pinwheel-like fashion.

Choosing Fabrics for Your Dutchman's Puzzle Quilt Blocks

Background: White-on-White (WOW)

Geese triangles: Two coordinating bright fabrics

Fabric selection Tips:

  • Choose two bright fabrics that are distinct from one another, but work nicely together.

  • Create contrast between the two fabrics in different ways: from color, scale or design, or a combination of those characteristics.

  • Don't worry about color value.

  • Example 1: If you choose one fabric that is a large scale multicolor print, try a second that's a tone-on-tone small scale print in one of the colors from your first fabric.

  • Example 2: pull out a bright, busy novelty print from your stash and combine it with something less busy. Fabrics should compliment each other, not compete for attention.

  • Example 3: Try combining a bright pink floral tone-on-tone with a geometric fabric in a similar color

  • Example 4: Combine two fabrics with similar scale and design characteristics, but in contrasting colors -- like bright lime and bright aqua.

You'll find Dutchman's Puzzle assembly instructions on page 2.

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