Grandmother's Puzzle revisited

Posted by Ruth on 25 March 2013 | 2 Comments

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Last week I made a Grandmother's Puzzle block. It was a difficult block becaues the shapes within it did not form any sort of easy construction grid. By this I mean, there is no where on the block that you can draw a straight line from one side to the opposite side without cutting through another piece. This is the reason I had to use a set-in seam.

Grandmother's Puzzle

This week I want to show you an alternative option, however it does mean we need to cut two of the large triangles up. The two units that need to be changed are these.


Both units will be made up of squares and HSTs (half square triangles). Here are the cutting instructions again. I have highlighted the sections that are different.

 

amount

5" finish

10" finish

Background fabric: 

two

two

four

1 7/8" squares

2" squares

1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles

2 7/8" squares

3" squares

2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles

Main fabric:

one

two

two

2 7/8" squares

2" squares

1 1/2" squares

4 7/8" squares

3" squares

2 1/2" squares

Corners fabric:

four

1 1/2" squares

2 1/2" squares

Center fabric:

one

1 1/2" square

2 1/2" square

From the FOUR 2" squares (or 3" for larger block) make FOUR HSTs (instructions for HST's are here), then position the sections out.

The first unit will look like this. Join them together to make the 2 1/2" square on the right (or 4 1/2" square for larger block).

For the second unit, only join the two piece together as shown. That leaves you with one HST left.

You will make these unit in the same way as we did in last weeks instructions. 

Join one of the rectangles to the last HST only making a partial seam. Start from the top and sew only halfway down the HST unit.

Now all your units are ready and can be laid out. I have numbered each seam so it is easy to follow which seam is sewn next.

Can you follow the diagram? If so, your block should look like this.

Which method do you prefer? I know which was easier.

 

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  • I'm learning so much by reading your blogs that the quilts in my head are actually turning out pretty nicely.

    Posted by Elaine, 26/03/2013 8:03am (7 years ago)

  • I know which one I like the look of better and it is not the easy construction.

    Posted by Jen, 26/03/2013 6:57am (7 years ago)

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