I always wanted to make a Missouri Puzzle quilt, so recently I did. It really isn't a hard block, it just has a lot of pieces. But when you break it down they are all easy pieces, and put together it makes a pretty block and a lovely quilt. These directions are for a ten inch block which is the size I made for my quilt. Other sizes are listed below.
For a ten inch Missouri Puzzle block you need:
Five 2 1/2 inch dark squares
Six each light and dark 2 7/8 inch squares
One strip of both fabrics 1 1/8 inch wide by the width of the fabric. (You may need two depending on the width of your fabric.)
First we will make our triangle squares. First, mark your lighter squares diagonally through the center. (This will be a cutting line when you are finished.) Place your dark square, right sides together, with the light. Sew on either side of the drawn line, exactly 1/4 inch from the first line. Cut this square in half on the cutting line. (Don't forget to trim off the corners or dog ears) You will now have two diagonal half-squares, which should measure exactly 2 1/2 inches.
You need a twelve triangle squares for one Missouri Puzzle block.
| Sew two pairs of triangle squares like this,
|| and two pairs like this
From your light 1 1/8 inch strip you need to cut eight 2 1/2 inch pieces. From the dark 1 1/8 inch strip you need to cut four 2 1/2 inch pieces. Sew them together as shown here.
With the remaining 1 1/8 inch strips of light and dark you need to make four nine patch squares with 5 darks and 4 lights as shown here.
And now you can put your block together as shown below.
Make two like this, the top and bottom row.
Make two like this, the second and fourth rows.
And this is the middle row. You only need one!
My Missouri Puzzle block
||Here are other sizes needed to make different size blocks. |
For a 6 inch block cut your squares 1 3/4 inches, 2 1/8 inches for the triangle squares, 7/8 for the nine patches and 1 3/4 by 7/8 inches for the strip units.
For a 9 inch block cut your squares 2 1/4 inches, 2 5/8 inches for the triangle squares, 1 1/8 for the nine patches and 2 1/4 by 1 1/8 inches for the strip units.
For a 12 inch block cut your squares 2 7/8 inches, 3 1/4 inches for the triangle squares,
1 1/4 inches for the nine patches and 2 7/8 by 1 1/4 inches for the strip units.
Remember these are all finished sizes, in the quilt.
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Updated June 22, 2020