Dutchman’s Puzzle


The Dutchman’s Puzzle patchwork block is a four patch block constructed from flying geese. It originated in the late 1800’s.

Other names

  • Spinning Windmill
  • Windmill Block
Dutchman's puzzle


We have provided you with a cutting diagram using rotary cutting.  The numbers show the relevant block for each patch.

The sizes and diagrams provided are for an 8″ block and have 0,25″ seam allowances included.

Dutchman's Puzzle cutting diagram
Dutchman's Puzzle rotary cutting diagram

Making the block

Using the diagram as your guide, you can stitch your patches together in two groups.

Use a 1/4″ seam allowance and press after each seam.  Start with a B block and attach two A’s.  Attach another B and two A’s.  Repeat.  Attach the two groups of flying geese to get your Dutchman’s Puzzle block.

Construction Dutchman's Puzzle

The machine embroidery version of this block is now available in our store.

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