How to make a Balkan Puzzle block using 2 1/2″ squares – Quilting Tips & Techniques 151

This video shows how to make this delightful Balkan Puzzle block, using 2 1/2″ squares. The block measures 8 1/2″ so will be an 8″ finished block.


About GourmetQuilter

My name is SusanClaire Mayfield and I live in a delightful old home in the country in New Zealand. I have been quilting for many years and have been designing quilting patterns for a long time now! I love to design and write patterns for quilts and bags and other quilt related items and now have quite a large range.
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5 Responses to How to make a Balkan Puzzle block using 2 1/2″ squares – Quilting Tips & Techniques 151

  1. Karen says:

    This block is delightful, and the alternate color placement you showed how versatile it can be. Thank you for all your tutorials and blogs…keep them coming! You’re style of teaching, even on a houseboat, is quite inspiring.
    One question though, why don’t you leave your squares “netted” together while you chain piece? I find when I do that it lessens the chances of me turning things the wrong way.

    • Hi Karen, thanks for your enjoyment of the block. I often do keep my squares “netted” but am also quite happy to just do the regular chain piecing. I have done several larger quilts “netted” but sometimes I just get in a tangle!!

  2. don't know how to quilt-yet-quilter says:

    what is ‘netted’/’netting’ method?

    • Karen says:

      when you stitch your segments together, such as a 9 patch….don’t clip the threads in between. the threads will act like pins. stitch rows together….then attach the other squares to the left or right of the corresponding rows. you’ll have all 9 pieces semi-sewn together all held together by the threads, either vertically or horizontally. then sew the rows to each other.
      linda marquedant on Simply Colorful shows it often.

  3. eva says:

    i’ve watched a couple of your videos/tutorials, and i am never disappointed. you explain everything so well, without being patronizing. i always look forward to the next one i see.
    L-O-V-E the balkan puzzle block….. definitely going to go in my to-do binder!!!
    thanks so much!!! love your blog

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