Block 4 - Dutchman's Puzzle

We are in Week 4 of The Spicerack Sampler! And this week our block is the Dutchman's Puzzle!

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In choosing classic blocks for this collection, I knew I had to have a pinwheel of some sort.  And since I'm keeping these blocks simple in terms of color (I'm doing them all two-toned), I knew I wanted the designs to be somewhat complex.  For me that meant it had to be more than the basic pinwheel.  Enter the Dutchman's Puzzle! As soon as I saw it, I knew I had a winner!  It's a lovely pinwheel/windmill design! Makes sense as windmills are traditional to the land of the Dutch--Holland! 

I have TWO different ways you can put this block together.  Click the image below to see me assemble it on YouTube.

YouTube tutorial for the Dutchman's Puzzle quilt block.


Let's see what we can do with this design in EQ8!

Let's try it with two colors and sashing.

Dutchman's Puzzle Quilt with Sashing.

A nice, traditional look. 

But what about this?

Dutchman's Puzzle Quilt with Ombre coloring.

This one has a real modern feel!  I decided to color one single block with four shades of the same color family.  One color for each pair of flying geese, ranging from a very light pinkish/orange to a dark reddish/orange.  Then when I placed all the blocks in the design, I randomly rotated them around to come up with a freeform design.

What do you think? Which one do you like best? Let me know in the comments below!

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So much fun to be had with just the Dutchman's Puzzle block, but for now, I'm moving on to Block 5 for my sampler quilt!

If you're just now joining me in this series, here is a picture of the complete set.  These 12 blocks I'm calling The Spicerack Sampler! They're all classic quilt blocks, but I'm attempting to put a modern spin on each one.  I hope you join me in making these! They range from easy to more challenging, but they're meant to be a skill builder.  I'll walk you through each step and help you add a number of skills to your repertoire!  And these are all traditionally pieced.  No Y-seams, paper templates or foundation paper piecing.

The Spicerack Sampler quilt mock-up.

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