Monday, April 29, 2013

Quilter's Puzzle Blocks Triangles Patterns

The Quilter's Puzzle Blocks Triangles digital cutting design available from Snapdragon Snippets in the Silhouette America online store can provide some fun pattern play for children and adults. A paper tray (sold separately) holds sixteen paper "blocks" that have colored triangles on solid cream squares on the front and the back surfaces. These can be re-arranged to create many traditional quilt blocks. You can copy the block designs shown here on this post, or come up with original designs of your own.

Find the "Crooked Road" (Drunkard's Path) variation available through Silhouette America, and find the patterns in a post that follows this one. Then watch for additional patterns in the near future. 

To create this set, glue a triangle to background square, then a square to the box top (or bottom). Color suggestion: cut 2 triangles from each of 4 paper or fabric prints in two color groups. For greater variety of designs, also cut and 1 extra box, 14 plain “background” and 4 colored squares, and 1 additional triangle from 5 prints to attach to BACKSIDE of blocks. Find the tray and box tutorials elsewhere on this blog.

This block is called "Twisting Star".

This block is called "Zig Zag".

This block is called "Double Z".

This block is called the "Boston Star".

This block is called "Cake Stand".

This block is called "Evening Star".

This block is called "Flying Dutchman".

This block is called "Thousand Pyramids".

This block is called "Square in A Square".

This block is called "Square in A Star".

I hope you (and your little people) have fun testing your imagination

using these fun traditional patchwork designs. My grandson Aiden, a kindergartner, helped me "road test" this puzzle set. The pattern play provided him lots of entertainment time (he had blocks from two patterns to experiment with. His smile in this picture shows he was having fun.

Here is one of the patterns that he came up with using just the triangle blocks. Should have known a young imagination could do even better than years of experience in the "patchwork business". 

And one more that Aiden "discovered" while playing. It probably has a name in the patchwork compendium - something like "Square in a Square".

I think Aiden's creations are wonderful!

I would suggest making your puzzle box and tray set with your own color choices,
then setting up your laptop or desktop computer opened to this blog post
and "challenging" a youngster to match the designs they can see, one by one.

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