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Quilt Block: Yankee Puzzle Quilt Block Tutorial

The Yankee Puzzle Quilt block is such a quick and easy quilt block to make and it looks great.

The block is made entirely of half-square triangles so as long as you can do those, you won’t have any problems with this one.

If you don’t know how to do this we do have a tutorial on how to make half-square triangles that you can see here

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Watch the video tutorial below or scroll down for the written instructions

What You Need:

Finished SizeFabric 1 (White)Fabric 2 (Dark)Fabric 3 (Floral)
6"6 @ 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"6 @ 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"4 @ 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
8"6 @ 3" x 3"6 @ 3" x 3"4 @ 3" x 3"
10"6 @ 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"6 @ 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"4 @ 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"
12"6 @ 4" x 4"6 @ 4" x 4"4 @ 4" x 4"

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Tools Used in this Tutorial:

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Method:

  • Lay out the main fabric squares, right side facing up.
  • Lay  4 of the contrast 1 piece, right side facing down, on top of 4 of the main colored squares.
  • Lay 2 of the contrast 2 pieces, right side facing down, on top of 2 of the main colored squares.

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  • Lay the remaining squares of contrast 1 & 2, on top of each other, right sides together.

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  • Draw a line diagonally across each pair of squares.

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  • Sew a ¼” seam on either side of the drawn line.

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  • Slice across the diagonal line that you drew across each set of squares.

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  • This will give you 2 half square triangles (hst”s).

Cut the rest of the squares in the same way. You will now have :

  • 8 half square triangles in the main and contrast 1 color
  • 4 hst’s in the main and contrast 2 color
  • 4 hst’s in the two contrasting colors.
  • Press the seams to the dark side.

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Trim all of the hst’s to following depending on your finished block size:

  • 6″ block – trim to 2″
  • 8″ block – trim to 2½”
  • 10′ block -trim to 3″
  • 12″ block – trim to 3½”.

If you need help with trimming your half-square triangles, here is a link to our video tutorial on how to do it. We also show you how in the video tutorial at the end of this post.

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  • Lay the pieces out in the following manner.

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  • Sew the squares together into rows.

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  • Lay one row on top of the other, right sides together.
  • Nest the seams so that they line up nicely when you sew the block together.

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  • Sew the first two rows together with a ¼” seam.
  • Repeat for the other two rows.
  • Sew the two sets of rows together across the middle seam.

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You have now finished your Yankee Puzzle Quilt Block. How easy was that?

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