Material and Cut:
81 – 3.5” squares (9 each of 9 colors)
6 – 1.5” x 9.5” strips for sashing
4 – 1.5” x 29.5” strips for sashing
2 – 1.5” x 31.5” strips for sashing
4 – 3.5” strips for border--optional
**Note: you should press after each seam is sewn. It makes it much neater. Trim each block when completed before adding sashing!
|Numbered squares "Key" on felt|
Next, take one stack of squares at a time and organize in rows. Then sew together into a block. Once done, put a colored pin in the top left-hand corner. I used orange for the first row, white for the second row, and purple for the 3rd row. You can also add two pins in the second block, and 3 pins in the third block to make it easier later on. I also labeled the blocks with a piece of paper. Redundancy can be good if you don't want to solve the puzzle!
|Finished block by sashing|
|All the finished blocks in rows with marker pins|
Then sew the blocks of each row together. This is where your pinning really makes it quick and easy!
Next, sew on the sashing below all rows and also on top of row 1.
Once it was done, I realized I needed more contrast between the squares. So, beware and good luck!