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Small Dutchman’s Puzzle Wall Quilt

Waste Triangle Project
Copyright 2002 by Pat Speth, Author of Nickel Quilts

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This project is a great way to make use of the waste triangles created while making certain quilts in the book Nickel Quilts or from other projects. For lecture and workshop information email Pat Speth at Pat@PatSpeth.com

Project Information

  • Block Size: 5" (if you trim the waste triangles to 1 ¾") See step 1 before trimming.
  • Quilt Size: 46" x 50"
  • Block Set: 4 x 6
  • Number of Blocks: 24
  • Half Square Triangles needed for project: 192 pairs or 384 singles
  • Half Square Triangles needed for each block: 8 pairs or 16 singles

Materials Required

Border print needed:
1 2/3 yds. If 7 repeats of the stripe
3 1/3 yds. If 4 – 6 repeats of the stripe

The above yardage is based on a stripe width of 3 ½". If the width of the stripe is more than this purchase additional yardage, ¼ yd. for each additional inch in the width of the stripe for fabric with 7 repeats, 1/3 yd. for each additional inch in the width of the stripe for fabrics with 4 – 6 repeats.

Binding:
½ yd. or cut binding from leftover border print fabric. Cut 6 binding strips 2 ½" wide x 40".

Setting & Corner Triangle fabric needed: 1 yd.
Backing fabric needed: 3 yds.

Construction

The Small Dutchman’s Puzzle block is made up of 8 Flying Geese Units.

Each Flying Geese Unit is made up of 2 Waste Half Square Triangle Units.

  1. Select either a matching pair of Waste Half Square Triangle Units or 2 singles, whatever you have on hand. Press one to the dark the other to the light before trimming up to 1 ¾" square.

  1. Trim the Waste Half Square Triangle Units to 1 ¾" square. Sew the 2 Waste Half Square Triangle Units into Flying Geese Units.

  1. Join 2 Flying Geese Units to form a set.

  1. Join 4 sets of Flying Geese Units to form the block.

  1. Cut 10 squares 8 3/8" x 8 3/8". Cut the squares twice diagonally to yield 40 side-setting triangles.

  1. Cut 8 squares 4 ½" x 4 ½". Cut the squares once diagonally to yield 16 corner triangles.

  1. Sew the blocks, side setting triangles, and corner triangles into rows.

  1. Join block rows to the border strips.
  2. Add the side borders. To determine the length of the side borders measure the quilt top length, add to this 2 x the width of the border stripe + 1".
  3. Add the top and bottom borders. To determine the length of the borders measure the quilt top width including side borders, add to this 1".
  4. Miter the corners.
  5. Layer the quilt top with batting and backing, baste the layers together. Quilt as desired, bind the edges, add a label and enjoy.

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