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2014 New Year's Day Mystery Quilt Pattern

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Mystery Quilt Layout Option
Mystery Quilt Pattern

Possible layout schematic for 2014 mystery quilt.

Janet Wickell

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On the left, are strippy columns separated by a long sash. The image on the right shows the long sash connecting the vertical columns.

There's space in each column for the same components:

  • 6 quilt blocks
  • 1 group of four flying geese (pointing either direction) in the same size we've already made -- use scraps or make them to a theme. Or replace with any patchwork that would measure 6-1/2" x 12-1/2" (unfinished) for the same for its slot in each row
  • 4 short sashing bars (try 1-1/2" x 12-1/2" or go to 2" x 12-1/2" -- it doesn't matter as long as they are all the same height

Some of the components are separated by sashing, some are not. My goal was to create a 'nookish' kind of appearance, or something like a printer's tray, but still allow the blocks to flow together a bit.

If you're using a border print, eliminate the flying geese and place a 6-1/2" x 12-1/2" piece in each shorter slot.

And actually, it doesn't matter what goes into that slot -- as long as it's 12-1/2" wide to match the width of a block and as long as the height of what's used in each column is the same.

Move things around. Experiment. I suggest you cut the short sashing pieces from Fabric A, but leave the long pieces uncut until you're sure they look good with your design.

Sewing Columns Together

  1. Arrange your blocks in any way you like as long as the guidelines above are followed. Use my layout or change it up -- you have a total of 30 blocks to play with, and sashing width is your choice -- length should be 12-1/2". My recommendations are above.
  2. Once you are happy with your columns, sew the components in each together, matching pieces carefully. Press.

Cut the Long Sashing

When I make a quilt like this, I like to use the 'textbook' size for sashing. Meaning the unfinished size the columns 'should' be if everything measures as it should. However, that doesn't always work.

Instead, use the averaging method.

  1. Measure each column's height, taking the measurement at its midpoint, not along the sides. You will have five columns.
  2. Add the heights and divide the total by 5 -- cut (or piece) each long sashing strip to that length. To piece sashing, use the technique we use to sew binding strips together if you prefer diagonal seams where sashing is joined.
  3. Sew the sashing between the columns in the same way as we do borders. Match endpoints and midpoints first, and then ease the remaining areas as necessary. You shouldn't need to, since most blocks are stair-stepped, but could mark places along the sashing where seams should be (to help you match adjacent blocks).
  4. Press the quilt and add borders if you wish. Press again and mark for quilting if necessary. Finish by sandwiching with batting and backing. Quilt and bind.

 

 

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