Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Yankee Puzzle

 This block will sew up quickly.  Especially since you know how to make flying geese four at a time.  The original pattern called for all half-square triangles.  But I decided to get ride of at least 8 seams for you.  If you are making a scrappy Yankee Puzzle and you want to make half-square triangles, I have included some instructions at the end.
 Cutting instructions:

  • Cut one square from a print 7 1/4" x 7 1/4"
  • Cut one square from another print 7 1/4" x 7 1/4"
  • Cut 8 background squares 3 7/8" x 3 7/8" 

 With a pencil, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each 3 7/8" background square.
 This is the same flying geese technique from Block 1, except larger.  Place a 3 7/8" background/white square on the corner of one of the print 7 1/4" squares.  Place another 3 7/8"square on the opposite corner overlapping the points in the center.  Pin in place if needed.
 Stitch a 1/4" seam along each side of each pencil line from corner to corner.  Yes, right through the overlapping squares.  Just click on the picture if you need a closer look.
 Using your rotay cutter and ruler, cut on the pencil line separating the two units.  Press the seams towards the  white triangles.

Place another white square in the corner or point of the heart shaped unit.  The diagonal line is vertical.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along each side of the pencil line.
 Using a rotary cutter and ruler cut along the pencil line.  Press the seams towards the white or background triangles.
Trim of the dog ears.  True up the rectangles to 3 1/2" x 6 1/2".  There will not be much to trim off.  Make sure those diagonal seams in the corners are centered.

 Lay out the flying geese units in the order that you want them.   Sew one red flying geese unit to one green flying geese unit. The red will be at the base of each unit.  You will have 4 units of two flying geese measuring 6 1/2" square.  Press all seams towards the top green unit.
Again lay each unit out forming the block design. Sew two units together forming a row.  Press seams towards the bottom of the red flying geese triangle.  Sew the two rows together, nestling center seam.  Press center seam to either side.
And there you have it...............  Yankee Puzzle

Note:   If you want a more scrappy look and want to make the half-square triangle units, here are the directions.  Cut 8 print squares and 8 background squares measuring 3 7/8" x 3 7/8".   Sew them together using the half-square triangle method we used in the Whirpool Block CLICK HERE.  Arrange squares in the Yankee Puzzle pattern above and stitch them together in rows.

Now for the fun

Congratualtions to  Jeanenne Nielsen

winner of last weeks block submission drawing!  

 Jeanenne Nielsen's Clay's Choice Block - love that red print!

 Sandra's Clay Choice - great combo

Colleen Fifield's Broken Wheel.  Love the Noteworthy gray in the center.

 Another block from Colleen - her Clay's Choice.  Colleen I love that stripe and polka dot together!

My Christmas Clay's Choice Block 

And your block will go here.........please send it to me!  Even if you are just beginning and are on block 1 we want to see it!  Send your pics to

Happy Sewing!

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