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Irish Puzzle (KCS 1931), Bear's Paw (LAC 1897 #162), etc.

Irish Puzzles, Kansas Troubles

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Irish Puzzles are pinwheels with prominent sawtooth rows. We've also included two related blocks below,
Kansas Troubles and Barrister's Block. Click on a left-column block to see a whole-quilt mockup.

Kansas Troubles


Kansas Troubles
Kansas Troubles
Kansas Trouble/Grand Right & Left/Lucasta's Block

The traditional Kansas Troubles block goes back to 1897 (Ladies Art Company, #210). It is the only block on this page with 2 sawtooth points per row instead of 3, but thanks to its pinwheel setting, its kinship with the Irish Puzzle block is unmistakable.

The "Make It!" icon links to a page on quilt historian Barbara Brackman's Civil War blog. Preceding the block instructions is a wonderful history of the pattern and its name.



Kansas Troubles

This turbocharged variation of Kansas Troubles popped up around 1970 in a volume called Q Book, Blue Ribbon Quilts, according to Jinny Beyer, who cites it in her wonderful Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns (2009).

Irish Puzzle


Irish Puzzle

Irish Puzzle
Climbing Rose/Flying Dutchman/Forest Path/Indian Trail/Kansas Troubles/North Wind/Old Maid's Ramble/Prickly Pear/Rambling Road/Rambling Rose/Storm at Sea/Tangled Tares/Weather Vane/Winding Walk

The LAC first published this 2-color block as #27 in 1897. The names listed above are from Ruth Finley, who researched and published them in Old Patchwork Quilts and the Women Who Made Them (1929). In 1934, Nancy Cabot of the Chicago Tribune added one more: Blue & White.

In 1931, the Kansas City Star called this block, a 4-color variation, Indian Trail -- as well as Forest Path, Rambling Rose, North Wind, and Irish Puzzle.

Irish Puzzle
So far as we know, the 3-color Irish Puzzle has no other name.

Irish Puzzle (KCS 1931), Bear's Paw (LAC 1897 #162), etc.
Bear's Paw
Bear's Paw

Like so many other blocks, this one was named by the Ladies Art Company in 1897 (#162). The block has shared every name for the Irish Puzzle blocks above except Climbing Rose, Blue & White, and Kansas Troubles.



Barrister's Block



Barrister's Block
Lawyer's Puzzle/The Saw

When this fearsome-looking block was first published in 1897 (LAC #63), it was in only 2 colors, but 3-color variations use the same name.

In a whole-quilt design, the only difference between a Barrister's Block and an Irish Puzzle is where the block-division lines are drawn. Take a look:

Block 1 is an Irish Puzzle.

Block 2 is a Barrister's Block.