Today let's take a look at the Indian Puzzle quilt block. This three-color traditional block uses Flying Geese, Square in a Square and Half Square Triangles to form a very interesting block. At the end I show what happens when you change up the color placement and values. Let's get started!
Fabric Requirements for a 12" Finished Indian Puzzle Quilt Block:
- Light/White: 1 - 4.5" square, 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles, 4 - 3" squares, and 12 - 2.5" squares
- Medium/Blue Floral: 4 - 3" squares, and 4 - 2.5" squares
- Dark/Blue: 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles, and 12 - 2.5" squares
Square in a Square Unit:
Flying Geese Units:
Putting It All Together:
You can get an entirely different look just by changing up the colors of this block. Here are just a few of the possibilities that I put together.
This one is the block as I've shown in the tutorial. Now let's see what happens when you start changing up the colors!
This one is fun - all the dark fabrics are toward the center and create a star design, and the light fabrics outline the star.
For this one I added in another color. All sorts of secondary designs start showing up!
Here's one with a border made of Hourglass blocks with Half Square Triangles in the corners.
And here's the block alternating with a simple chain block for another look:
Then you have all the possibilities of putting the block on point. Here's one example with the block alternating with an Hourglass block:
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