Welcome to the first block of our month-by-month Puzzle Quilt. As explained in previous posts the idea of a puzzle quilt is to make two (or more) identical blocks but move the colours around so the blocks look completely different – the puzzle being to find the pairs.
Each month the blocks will introduce you to a new basic unit, as well as one or two you may have made previously, so you build your skills up gradually over the course of the next few months. It will also give you the opportunity to feel more confident about using colour and where to put colours in your blocks. As I am forever telling my students: – it is your quilt, so make it according to your rules and your tastes. It’s no good asking others what colour you should make your quilts as their colour ideas will be completely different to yours in all probability – this is why it can be such a nightmare making a quilt for someone else and in their colour specifications.
Your blocks should measure 12½ inches when completed. We will then add a border to each block which will give you the opportunity to trim each block to the same size before trying to put everything together. So don’t fret too much if your blocks end up anywhere between 12 and 13 inches, although it helps if they are all only a few threads shy of 12½ !
This first block then is a 4-patch block usually known as Clay’s Choice which a nice simple one – just a few squares and half-square triangles to ease us in gently. The worksheet has plenty of ideas for changing the colours around as well as instructions for making your blocks – and a couple of blank blocks for you try out your own colourings.
The measurements given are exact and do NOT allow for trimming of any units, so please don’t be tempted to do so as they will end up too small and you will end up frustrated. Try to be as accurate as you can in your cutting and piecing and double check that that ¼ inch seam is ¼ inch and not a few threads bigger, or very much smaller – a couple of threads (no more) smaller is fine as that is your ‘scant’ ¼ inch .
These are the two blocks from the original quilt –
Here are the same two arrangements in some different colour combinations –
Block 2 will arrive around mid-February. If you have any problems with making units have a look on this tutorials page to download step-by-step photo instructions.