The Indiana Puzzle Quilt pattern is a nine-patch format that uses a square in a square center unit surrounded by half square triangles. It’s a perfect quilt block for a beginner to get experience on these two very common basic building blocks for traditional quilts and makes a great statement when several are put together to make a quilt.
This is sometimes referred to as the Indiana Star quilt block. Use this quilt block alone for a quilt top, or combine with other nine patch blocks that are made to the same finished dimensions. When used alone, the half square triangles form diagonal lines across your quilt top creating a lot of movement.
Two fabrics are used for the the Indiana Puzzle Quilt block. It is important to make sure that the fabrics have value differentiation. Here I’ve used a dark and a light value fabric. This is a perfect quilt block to use fabrics with patterns – large or small!
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Being a nine patch quilt block, the most common sizes are divisible by three. Here is a fabric calculator for the most common finished sizes:
Here are step-by-step directions on how to make the Indiana Puzzle Quilt pattern:
Learn more about the basics of nine patch and browse through all of our nine patch quilt blocks on Create Whimsy.