Delaware Quilts
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Old Maid's Puzzle
Block 1689a in Block Base, also known as Jacks on Six,
Double X, Three and Six, Cat's Cradle, Kindergarten Block


For a 12 1/2 inch Old Maid's Puzzle block you will need:
From your background cut three 4 7/8 inch squares
From a dark cut three 4 1/2 inch square
From a medium cut three 4 7/8 inch squares

For a 6 1/2 inch block you will need:
From your background cut three 2 7/8 inch squares
From a dark cut three 2 1/2 inch square
From a medium cut three 2 7/8 inch squares
   

You will be making several diagonal squares for this block. First, mark your background squares diagonally through the center. (This will be a cutting line when you are finished.) Place your medium square, right sides together, with the background. 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 4 1/2 or 2 1/2 inches. Repeat with the remaining 4 7/8 and 2 7/8 inch squares.
When you have finished making your diagonal half squares, follow this diagram to put your Old Maid's block together.

Your finished block should be either 12 1/2 or 6 1/2 inches, depending on which size you decided to make.
   
Here is a wall hanging I made with my Old Maid's Puzzle blocks


This pattern can be used for personal use only and can not be used commercially without the owner's permission. No copies may be made without the owner's permission. This includes the patterns as well as any graphics and/or instructions that are associated with a pattern.
Old Maid's Puzzle Delaware Quilts May 2008

Posted January 30, 2009

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