Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Enigma Quilt Block

Hello!  It's Amy here with you today!  I'm trying something new today. I thought I would walk you through a complex quilt block, step by step, using pieces cut from your Sizzix dies.

This block is called Enigma and it used three basic dies that you may well have in your collection.  You will need to cut the following:

From a dark print:  Cut 4 parallelograms 
From a dark print (the same or different as seen here): Cut 4 quarter square triangles 
From a light print: Cut 4 half square triangles 
From a light print (the same or different as seen here): Cut 12 half square triangles

Once you have your pieces cut, it's time to begin assembling the block.  The block is made of four quadrants.  I will show step by step images for the lower right quadrant of the block above.  Each quarter is assembled in the same manner.

die cutting

Lay your pieces out as desired using my block to help you with proper placement.

Start by sewing one quarter square triangle to the long side of one parallelogram.

Press your seam and stitch the other quarter square triangle in the same manner.  Set this unit aside.

Next, sew one half square triangle to one short side of the quarter square triangle.

Press your seam open and attach the other half square triangle to the other side of the quarter square triangle.

You should have two units that look like those above.  Now, with right sides together stitch the seam between the two units. 

The result is a quarter of the block as seen above.  Following my block for fabric placement, create three more quarters.

Finally, simply sew the top quarters together, then the bottom quarters, and then stitch the center seam.  Take care to match your points.

The result is a 8" finished block that really appears to be tricky and yet, with the help of perfectly die cut pieces, was completely manageable.

I haven't decided what to make with my block yet.  Here is a quick mock up of a quilt made with a number of these blocks.  I am thinking of some sort of sampler of blocks made with these dies.  If there is interest, perhaps I can share a different block each month or bimonthly.  Does this appeal to the quilters out there?  Let me know in the comments!


Would you like to learn more about die cutting fabric and quilting with Sizzix?  Visit the Quilting page on to learn more about our quilting dies and product.
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  1. It's a great idea to have a series of blocks made with Sissix dies!

  2. I would love a regular quilt block post!

  3. Super cute block and great tutorial. Thank you. Love it!


  4. i don't quilt, but love the patterns for cards!
    Thanks for sharing, and I would be interested.
    Sandra ltb

  5. Yes, I love the block. I'd be happy to see you do more. I'm out of the United States for 10 months, and of all my creative machines, I think I miss my Sizzix Big Shot (and of course, my dies) the most! Jeannie

  6. I didn't realize there were vids about quilting on the Sizzix quilting page, didn't even know there was a page just for quilting! Thanks for sharing that link! Yes, I would love to see more fabric cutting for quilts here. I've not purchased any of the quilt dies yet, but it's on the bucket list!

  7. Yes, more quilting blocks. Especially please do Storm at Sea!!!

    1. Storm at Sea is a great idea. I will look into it! Thank you for the suggestion.

  8. Oh seriously are the bomb! This is amazing!

  9. I'm not much of a sewer, but my little Susan sees all your fun projects and wants to take it up! Just hand stitching Sizzix flowers now, but I can see where this is headed, because she keeps pulling me into the fabric section when we're at the craft store! THX for the inspiration, Amy ~

  10. Would love to see a regular series on quilt blocks!

  11. Thanks for the great tutorial - would LOVE to see more! I really like the links to the individual dies used.

  12. WoW!! Amazing!! I am not a quilter, but I'd like to try to learn!! THANKS for sharing and I'd LOVE a regular series on these ideas!! Have a Fabulous Week!! =)

  13. Amy, I am totally in for the series! I'll make sure I have the dies!


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