Like last month’s block (Clay’s Choice) this month’s is based on a 4-patch grid and is made just from squares and half-square triangles. Take care when you are making these triangle units – accurate cutting and accurate quarter inch seam allowances are a start but there is a reason all patterns tell you to press a seam rather than iron it. The debate for ‘to one side’ or ‘open’ is for another time but just remember that the seam you are pressing has both pieces on the bias which means that they stretch. If you ‘iron’ then you will encourage that stretch and the unit may end up the wrong size and shape (not by much, it’s true, but it could be enough). So just remember – quilters don’t iron, we press!

Lecture over let’s get on with the important issue – this month’s block, Schoolgirl’s Puzzle, which in the standard colour placement and in greyscale looks like this. Use your colouring sheet to choose the placement of your colours. You can write your colours in or use colouring pencils whichever seems easier and, of course, you can print the page out again if you change your mind.

These are the blocks in my original blue and yellow quilt

An autumnal colourway could have two blocks like these. Or maybe you have opted for something like pinks and greens?

These are my current blocks

And this is the reverse of one of them to show the pressing – I have given pressing suggestions in the worksheet – all the seams butt up to each other if pressed the right way which helps when trying to get your points and seams meeting and matching. For help with ‘twizzling’ or swirling those seams where four meet have a look at the last page of this 4-patch tutorial or this one on quarter-square triangles.

Are any of you posting your blocks on the UKQU Facebook pages or on your Instagram accounts? Robyn (over in Australia) has posted her first blocks on Instagram using the hashtag ‘puzzlequilttraditionalblocks’ among others. Why not join in?!

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