We're spending a year making gorgeous quilt blocks using the classic patterns and fresh modern fabrics from Anna Griffin and Blend Fabrics. Last month we made the Churn Dash Block and before that the Friendship Star. As we go along you can search for 'classic' in the search box above to access all of the posts.
For May, I'm so excited to show you the Dutchman's Puzzle quilt block. It's a classic block and it's perfect for us to practice making flying geese. Plus there's a sweet pinwheel design in the block. What's a flying goose? It's the little rectangle unit made of three triangles. Our Dutchman's Puzzle block is made up of 8 flying geese.
The fabrics for this tutorial were provided by Blend Fabrics. This is the beautiful Clementine collection by Ana Davis.
Everyone who makes at least one Dutchman's Puzzle block with us in the next two weeks will have a chance to win this bundle of 10 Clementine fat quarters. Just join our facebook group the SewCanShe Sewcialites and put a picture of your block in our Classic Blocks: Fresh Fabrics photo album by May 19th, 10pm Eastern to enter! Our facebook group is full of sweet sewing gals... you'll love it.
So are you ready to get started?
We're going to use a flying geese shortcut method that I think I first saw demonstrated by Mary Fons on Quilty TV but I can't find the video again or I'd link to it. Don't you hate that? I'm so glad I have all my favorite sewing tutorials saved here in the SewCanShe Archives so I know just where to find them! Anyway... it's a great method when you need to make 4 flying geese in the same fabrics.
Each Flying Dutchman block will require two large squares and eight smaller squares. We're using the iPhone quilt block app BlockFab to calculate our cutting dimensions for any size block, so if you have an iPhone or iPad I highly recommend downloading it so you can pick any size block you want. I'm making 10'' blocks, but I'll also give you the dimensions for a 12'' block.
Cutting instructions for a 10'' block:
- With two different main fabrics - cut 2 squares 6 1/4''
- With your background fabric - cut 8 squares 3 3/8
Cutting instructions for a 12'' block:
- With two different main fabrics - cut 2 squares 7 1/4''
- With your background fabric - cut 8 squares 3 7/8
Sewing Flying Geese Units
Start by drawing a diagonal line down the middle of all the small squares. I used a frixion pen that disappears under an iron, but a pencil would be fine too. This is your cutting line, not your stitching line.
Place two small squares on top of one large square, right sides together as pictured. The smaller squares will overlap in the middle and make a continuous diagonal line.
Sew on both sides of the diagonal line with a 1/4'' seam allowance.
Cut the block apart along the line. Open the block and press the seam to one side. I pressed to the print side. I think it's a little more difficult to work with that way, but if I pressed toward my light colored Kona Snow, the seam allowances might show through.
Now place two more smaller squares on the remaining corners. Stitch on either side of the line.
Cut apart along the line and you now have 4 flying geese units that need to be pressed and trimmed!
Press the seams to one side again and trim units up nice and neat. The flying geese for a 10'' block should be 3'' by 5 1/2''. For a 12'' square block they'll be 3 1/2'' x 6 1/2''.
Making the Dutchman's Puzzle Quilt Block
Repeat with the remaining large and small squares to make 4 more flying geese units. Sew the units together in sets with one of each. Make sure that the same unit is on the top in each set. The units on the bottom will form the pinwheel in the block.
Arrange your double flying geese units in this formation, and sew together row by row.
And that's it!
This is a perfect time to practice chain piecing. I made over 100 flying geese for 13 squares! More coming about that later. :)
So... random.org will pick the winner of that Clementine fat quarter bundle on the evening of May 19th. You only have to make 1 block (in any fabric combination) to enter, but I know you'll want to make more!