Rainbow Quilt Block of the Month 2021 

Block Four

Welcome Back to the Janome Rainbow Quilt Block of the Month designed by Janome Maker Carolina Oneto!

This month we will make our fourth block. The Dutchman's Puzzle is a classic design that first appeared in the late 1800s. Return of the Swallows or Dutchman's Wheel are two names for this block. About 1895, the term Dutchman's Puzzle was first used by the Ladies Art Company, a mail-order quilt pattern company. The pattern, titled Wheel, was first published in the Ohio Farmer in 1894.




The Dutchman's Puzzle Quilt Block is so much fun to make! It's a basic block made up of pairs of Flying Geese blocks at its heart.

A larger triangle (the goose) is surrounded by two smaller triangles in this surprisingly simple block. Typically, these blocks are designed to be twice as wide as they are tall.

It's critical to choose fabrics with sufficient light-dark contrast.

Remember that all the blocks will have a finished size of 12” so that means the unfinished size will be 12 1/2



White background

· Two 8” square

Light blue

. One 8” square

Dark blue

· One  8” square




Make Half Square Triangles (HST) 8-at-a-Time

  • Place (1) White and (1) blue square with right sides together (you will work with two pairs)
  • Draw a line diagonally corner to corner.
  • Sew a line 1/4” apart from the drawn line, in both sides.



  • Cut the square units in both directions and then diagonally, corner to corner.



Press the seams and trim the block down to 3.5 inches square.


  • Arrange your HSTs in the correct layout
  • Using a quarter-inch seam allowance, sew together in rows. Join all rows, using a quarter-inch seam allowance.
  • Press your completed block and trim it down to 12.5″ square (if necessary).


And that’s all! How easy was that block? Sew simple!!!!


 I hope you enjoy this new block! And don’t forget to share it!




After you finish your block, please be sure to share a photo on your social media! We love to see what you are creating! 

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