New Orleans House Project

Sunday, June 28, 2020

June Mini: A Puzzle Experiment

I've always wanted to try my hand at piecing a Rocky Mountain Puzzle block.  

Still thinking about Christmas gifts, I thought maybe I could make my Denver-residing son something (a pillow?) using the RMP block.

Since the July 4th holiday was fast approaching, I decided to dig into the red, white, and blue fabric stash for inspiration.  Using the tutorial linked above, I tried the eight inch size puzzle blocks.

It turns out, the "puzzle" is using partial seams to create the border around the center block.  It wasn't difficult to do, but design-wise, it didn't really make sense to me.  Unless one uses different fabrics for that border, the fancy piecing doesn't show up.  For future reference, I'd just construct the block using regular border-style piecing.

I made two additional blocks, then added sashing and cornerstones so the blocks wouldn't run together.  I used invisible thread to quilt around the squares and triangles in the blocks, and a decorative machine stitch in blue thread to quilt the sashing.  
The finished mini measures about 18 inches square - a good size to fit an 18 inch pillow form.  😀

The backing fabric was also from my red, white, and blue fabric stash.

Since this was an experiment, it will stay with me and I'll do another version for Dear Son.  I have a fun stack of indigo-style blues and browns that might make some great Rocky Mountain Puzzle blocks.

I did a little July 4th decorating on the bureau in my front entry hall!


  1. That turned out so cute, Angie! I’ve got to bookmark that block and your finish. Have a Happy Fourth of July!

  2. Absolutely fabulous! Hope you don't mind if I link you into my monthly mini post tomorrow. It is a perfect 4th of July mini!

  3. What a great July mini. The background fabric reminds me of fireworks or sprinklers. Glad you figured out the border could be done the easier way.

  4. What a cute little topper just in time for the holiday!

  5. That's a fun block, but I agree that the partial seams don't make sense. The backing fabric is fun too--love it!

  6. The RMP block is so pretty in those colors. You made a nice topper and love the table decor. Looking forward to seeing the pillow you make for your son.

  7. What a cute finish, and great way to display it!

    1. Thanks! I'm always looking for ways to display my blue and white porcelain!

  8. love love love it..nothing better than red/white and blue!

  9. What a perfect red white and blue quilt! Love your backing too. Sounds like such a good idea for your son too. Ya the partial seam border might make sense with four different fabrics!

  10. Very striking little quilt, Angie. Beautiful use of fabric!