Dutchman's Puzzle Puzzled

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by , 04-30-2012 at 06:18 AM (552 Views)
Hello everyone. Just found this forum. I am just learning to quilt and have been working on our class project. (class is done). I am trying to figure out why I am having such trouble with a simple Dutchnans Puzzle. When completed, it is a 6" square. The light fabric square of 2 3/8" is cut diagonally to create the smaller triangles and the dark fabric, a square of 4 1/4" cut 4 ways to create the larger triangles. The measurement of each goose is then 2" high by 3 1/2" long. I sew with a 1/4" foot the first light triangle onto the dark triangle, press it open, trim off dog ear, and go back and sew the second light triangle on and press. I am then ready to square it up and cut dog ears. But each one is just a bit different and so when I end up putting it together, it sure is not perfect by a long shot!! Do I just need to be patient and practice, practice, practice or am I doing something wrong? Any suggestions? It seems like my material has trouble with stretching as well because each piece seems to curve. p.S. I was the only one in class who had to throw my first square in the trash!!!! Oh my! I do the other squares just fine BTW.

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  1. LeslieFrost's Avatar
    Hi! Welcome to QB! Questions like this will probably get more answers in the Main section, than in a Blog.

    I'm not a great piecer, but I do know that triangles are notorious for stretching. You could try starching your fabric before you cut it. I use Mary Ellen's Best Press -- it is a kind of starch in a spritz bottle -- and it helps to stabilize the fabric. I think you get less fraying also, if you use starch or Best Press.

    If that does not help, please repost your question in the Main section, and you'll get lots of good advice.
  2. Odeliasimone's Avatar
    Thanks for your prompt reply. I will try and figure out how to post my question to the main section. Again thanks for the tip...a good one.


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