The Dutchman’s Puzzle block is constructed using four pairs of Flying Geese units. This traditional block originated in the 1890s and is also known as the Windmill block. The Dutch reference is reflected by the spiral windmill design created by the four central orange triangles.



Finished size:16in (40.5cm) square

Designed and made by Jemima Schlee





  • 25.5cm (10in) square red fabric

  • 25.5cm (10in) square orange fabric
  • (25.5 x 46cm) 10 x 20in white fabric
  • Fabric pencil and ruler


Where to buy

I have used fabrics from the Linea and Spectrum ranges from Makower UK, however, this block only uses small pieces of fabric you might find something suitable in your stash.





Before starting


Wash and press all fabrics, and read through all the instructions.


All measurements include 1/4in seam allowance




Cutting instructions


1 From the red fabric, cut one 9 1⁄4in square.

2 From the orange fabric, cut one 91⁄4in square.

3 From the white fabric, cut eight 47⁄8in squares.



Making the block


1 Lay your 9 1⁄4in square of red fabric on surface, right side up. Place one of the white 4 7⁄8in squares in the top right-hand corner, right side down, and align the two edges. Repeat this with another white square in the bottom left-hand corner, again aligning the edges. The two white squares will overlap slightly at the centre of the red square. Draw a diagonal line from the bottom right to the top left-hand corner.


2 Sew a scant 1⁄4in either side of the central line, then cut along it using sharp scissors. You now have two units of work.


3 Take one unit and press the seam allowance towards the white fabric.


4 Take the pressed unit and lay it down right side up in front of you. Place another of the white squares on the corner of the red triangle, right side down. Align the two edges on the red fabric – the corner diagonally opposite will extend over the side with the two white triangles. Draw a line diagonal line across the white square.


5 Stitch 1⁄4in either side of the marked diagonal line. Cut along the marked line with sharp scissors. You now have two units of work.


6 Press your two units with a hot iron and trim off tail ends of seam allowance to create straight edges all the way around. Repeat from Step 4 using the other unit. You now have four units. Repeat steps 1 – 6 using orange fabric in place of the red.




Assembling the block


Take two flying geese, one red and one orange, and sew them together centering the point of the orange triangle on the middle of the base of the red triangle.


2 Repeat this with the remaining three pairs of flying geese to give you four square units.


3 Join the two of your square units to make the top half of your block and the remaining two to make the bottom half. Finally, join your block with a final seam across the middle.


If you enjoyed making this block, why not make a Dutchman’s Puzzle quilt? The design above is made from twenty identical blocks. 




The fun doesn’t end here…

Each month designer Jemima Schlee will be introducing you to a different block, with easy to follow instructions. 

This is the third of nine 16in square blocks for you to make, with the final design appearing in our March 2018 

issue. As you make the nine blocks, we would like you to come up with your own quilt design. You can add more blocks or borders, experiment with colour ways and fabrics, and make the finished quilt as large or as small as you like. Anything that takes your fancy! The only rule is that it must include all nine of the blocks from the magazine.

There are great prizes to be won, including a fabulous 

sewing machine, courtesy of Bernina, for the winning design. Full details of how to enter will be given in the March 2018 issue, so watch this space and don’t forget to keep us posted on your progress.


The previous blocks are:

July Old Tippecanoe/Crossed Canoes

August Pinwheel Cross


If you have missed an issue, click here to order a copy.