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Block 1 – Yankee Puzzle


There are truly only 6 blocks in this quilt.  Each block is made twice with opposing colors.  For instance if the center block is color 1 in your first block, it will be color 2 in your second block.  I will be calling the fabrics either neutral, color 1 or color 2.  You can assign these names based on your own fabrics.  The color 1 and color 2 will be the opposite for the second of each of the blocks.  Keeping the colors straight won’t matter too much until we get to the sashing and cornerstones.  Border fabrics will be referred to as Inner border and Outer border.

For the Yankee Puzzle block you will need to cut the following:


Two 4″ x WOF strips — subcut into 16 4″ squares.  Save the remainder of the 4″ strip.

One 12 1/2″ x WOF strip — subcut four 1 1/2″ pieces.  Save the remainder of the 12 1/2″ strip.

One 14 1/2″ x WOF strip — subcut four 1 1/2″ pieces.  Save the remainder of the 14 1/2″ strip.

Color 1

One 4″ x WOF strip — subcut into 8 4″ squares.  Save the remainder of the 4″ strip.

Color 2

One 4″ x WOF strip — subcut into 8 4″ squares.  Save the remainder of the 4″ strip.

YP 2

Each of the neutral pieces will be paired with each of the colored pieces to make half square triangles.

To make half square triangles (HST) draw a pencil line from corner to corner using a straight edge.

YP 3

Sew a scant 1/4″ away from both sides of the line.

YP 4

Cut between the two seams

YP 5

Press each unit open with the seam allowance facing the darkest of the two fabrics.

Trim each block to exactly 3 1/2″ square.

YP 6

Arrange the blocks as shown in the picture below

YP 7

After you have the pieces sewn together add the 1 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ to two opposite sides and the 1 1/2″ x 14 1/2″ to the remaining sides.

YP 8

Ladies, Start Your Sewing Machines!


Tomorrow at 8:00 am the first block for the quilt along will be posted.  I plan to have them posted at 8:00am every other Wednesday.

As I have mentioned before each block will be made twice.  If you are doing a two color quilt like I am then each of the blocks will be opposites.  So if the first one is predominantly red with blue accents, the second will be predominantly blue with red accents.

None of the blocks are hard, but they will require some accuracy.  Please do not skip trimming the units before putting them into the blocks.  For half square triangles (HST) I usually make my initial pieces a little larger than needed and then trim them down.  I have found this will typically give me very accurate pieces.  If you are not sure that your seams are 1/4″ I have some tips here: .

Also, I have worked out the yardage with very little waste.  That means you will be using the strips you cut for the first block in subsequent blocks.  If I cut a 4″ strip and have some leftover I put it in a sandwich bag and label it 4″.  Also, I may have you cut a strip bigger than what you need only to trim it down.  Eventually you will need that bigger size, so don’t trim down the whole strip–cut your pieces off first and then trim them down to the designated size.

I can’t wait to see how yours turn out!  When you finish your blocks each time you can email them to me at .  (replace the xxxx with 7616 for the correct email address–trying to avoid more spam.)  When I receive your pictures I will post them on this site.

Please comment below if you don’t understand anything I stated on this post.  If you don’t understand what I mean, I’m sure you won’t be the only one.  Thanks!




Yardage for Quilt Along


Have you decided on the colors for your quilt along yet?  Here is the required yardage.

Background                  6 1/2 yards

Color 1                           2 yards

Color 2                           2 yards

Inner Border                  1/2 yard

Outer Border                  1 5/8 yards


Although my electronic samples all have solid borders, I have chosen a medium-large scale print for my outer border.  I have broken down the border yardages should you decide to do the same.  I hope you will join us.

I will post the first blocks next Wednesday, February 17.

Coming Soon!!


Quilt Along


Quilt Along 2016

This is a two color quilt.  You will only need a background neutral and two other fabrics.  You might want a third fabric for the outer border or just use one of the fabrics already in the quilt.  All the blocks are traditional blocks and a new block will be introduced every two weeks.

The quilt finishes at 74″ x 92″.  I will post yardage requirements next week.  In the meantime be thinking about which two colors and which neutral you would like to use.

Please comment below if you are interested in participating.  Also once you decide on your colors I’d love to know what those are as well.

Here are some other colorways:

Christmas colors

Christmas 2016

Red and Gold

Red and Gold


QOV 2016

and my personal favorite (but not the colors I’m using)

purple and yellow

October/November BOM — Balkan Puzzle


Please make this block in October to bring to the November meeting.

When the block is complete it should be 12.5″ x 12.5″

We will be using white fabric for the background and two other colors within the primary/secondary color range.  These colors include red, blue, yellow, green, purple and orange.  Please try to stay within the purest of these colors that you can to make the final quilt cohesive.

Cutting directions

White fabric         One 7 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ square

Two 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ square

Color A (square in the middle, blue in the sample)

Four 9 3/4″ x 2 5/8″ strips

Color B (outside color, red in the sample

One 7 1/4′ x 7 1/4″ square

Piecing Instructions

Cut the large white square diagonally both ways without moving the pieces between cuts.


Cut the two smaller white squares in half diagonally.

Using your ruler with a 45 degree angle cut both ends of your Color A (blue) in opposite directions


Now you will assemble one of the four sub-blocks as follows


Sew one large white triangle to one Color B triangle (Red) as shown above.  (Sorry, I didn’t get that picture centered very well.)

Sew the small white triangle to the short side of the Color A strip (blue)


Sew the two units you just made together at their long edges


Make four of these units and assemble as follows


I hope you have enjoyed this trip to the Balkans–no passport needed!

September/October BOM


I apologize for this being so late.  My laptop was out of service for a few weeks and I’m up and running again now.

This block is to bring to the October 2nd meeting.

The block for this month is the Greek Key.  Please use Blue and White to make this block.

All pieces will be 2″ wide.

Cut 2″ strips into the following lengths:

11″ — 1 white, 1 blue

9.5″ — 1 white, 1 blue

12.5″ — 1 blue

8″ — 1 white, 1 blue

6.5″ — 1 white, 1 blue

5″ — 1 white, 1 blue

3.5″ — 1 blue

2″ — 3 white, 1 blue

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Begin with the center 4 squares.  There will be 3 whites and 1 blue.  Piece them as a 4-patch.

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I laid out the next few pieces to be sure I was getting them placed correctly.

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Keep adding the strips in the order shown in the following pictures.

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