Dutchman’s puzzle is a super awesome block whether you use a white background or use a printed background. It can make a great statement. The cutting instructions are for a white background as pictured on the top right.
(8) 2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangles
(16) 2″ x 2″ squares
Draw a line down the center of all of the 2″ squares. Sew 1 2″ square onto each of the 8 rectangles, aligning the corner and sewing down the line. Trim off excess leaving 1/4″, press, and then sew on the remaining 2″ squares to make 8 flying geese units. Sew these into groups of 2, then lay out as shown and assemble your final block.
The 4-patch star is a great block that can look completely different depending on how you choose to make your 4-patch. I chose to make mine resemble the stars in Thimbleblossom’s Summerville quilt because she’s a genius and why reinvent the wheel??
(3) 2″x 2″ squares each of 4 prints
(4) 2″ x 2″ squares
(4) 2″ x 3.5″ rectangles
I highly recommend laying out your block first as it is super easy to mix up the square placement on your flying geese. You will use the exact same method as you did in the Dutchman’s puzzle to make your flying geese. Sew together your 4-patch, then assemble your block.