DUTCHMAN'S PUZZLE TUTORIAL

Finished size: 40” x 40”
Fabric required: 
2/3 yard light
2/3 yard dark

Cut: 
2 squares light, 21-1/4” x 21-1/4”
8 squares dark, 10-7/8” x 10-7/8”

Make four no-waste geese units at once: 

1. Start with one light square and four dark squares. You will create four flying geese units with these pieces. 

2. Mark a diagonal line on the backs of all dark squares. 

3. (Generously!) pin two dark squares to the corners of one light square, right sides together with the lines pointing in toward the middle. Sew a ¼” seam on either side of the diagonal line. (Figure 1)

A note on pinning: Pin from the outer edges in. You want the right angles of your squares to match. It's also helpful to place pins toward the edges (away from your drawn line) for extra stability. These pieces are big and tend to shift!

Figure 1

Figure 1

 

4. Cut down the middle on the marked line and press seams toward the small triangles. You now have two units that we will sew and cut once more. (Figure 2)

Figure 2

Figure 2

 

5. Pin one dark square to the remaining corner of the light square on a pieced unit, with the diagonal line pointing toward the middle. Pin the last dark square to the corner of the other light square in the same fashion. Sew a ¼” seam on either side of the marked line for both units. (Figure 3)

Figure 3

Figure 3

 

6. Cut on the drawn lines, and press seams toward the dark triangles. You now have four flying geese units. (Figure 4)

Figure 4

Figure 4

 

7. Repeat steps 2–6 to make four more flying geese units.

Assemble the Block

8. Sew two flying geese blocks together along their lengths with triangles facing one direction. Do this three more times until you have four square blocks made of two geese each.

9. Arrange the four blocks as shown in the block above so the geese point in a clockwise direction. Sew blocks together to finish.