Stump the chump: pattern puzzle #1

stump_the_chump_traciI meant to post this yesterday but time got away from me.

Traci Akierman took my challenge to heart. If you recall, in this post I said it would be fun if someone sent in a pattern puzzle for me to solve (stump the chump) so this is what she sent (at right).

I have minimal details if you want to play along. All pieces are 2 per, none are on the fold. Piece 3 is interfacing. That is all the information I have.

Amended (thanks Alison): Piece #2 is not a cut out, it is its own piece.  I laid it in there to reduce picture size.

I haven’t solved this puzzle yet (officially) so I’m not quite certain how to go about having you play along. I suppose you can wait to post links to your guesses once I arrive at a solution or I give up. I’ve been a bit buried work wise so I haven’t done much with this pattern beyond digitizing it and blowing it up 400%. My version of this file is slightly larger if you want to play with it or even, to compare it to the image Traci sent me.

My plan is to plot this tomorrow, cut it out of fabric and lay seam edges whichever way until I can figure out a solution I won’t be embarrassed to post. Of course, it’s always possible I won’t figure it out and this chump got stumped. Either way it will be fun.

Again, please don’t post hints or solutions! Thanks everybody.

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14 Comments on "Stump the chump: pattern puzzle #1"

3 years 3 months ago

I think it’s funny that Kathleen says post no hints and then that’s just what so many folks do!

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Anne Gibson
3 years 4 months ago


The drawings reminds me of the Sewing Workshop’s Teagarden T. It comes to mind because I made the top last November.

Lisa Blank
3 years 4 months ago

I’m having fun playing with this but for the life of me can’t figure out what to do with the cutout to the right of the “1” label.

Chris V
3 years 4 months ago

On the plus side, the comments so far are fairly obvious observations – or maybe I just think that because they match my first thoughts :) I won’t have time to play until over the weekend, so we’ll see if anybody’s realities match. I’m guessing people don’t think of this sort of out-loud speculation as hints, even though they actually are (just because you thought it doesn’t mean everyone else did).

For this sort of group work, you can’t just turn off comments, or you wouldn’t get Allison’s type of necessary clarification. While I like the idea of working ‘alongside’ you, Kathleen, you may indeed need to pre-work these challenges, as not everyone will get the same intent from the post. Pity :(