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Super Bowl Mystery Quilt for 2013


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Get Ready to Sew the Mystery Quilt
Join us in the Quilting Forum on February 3, 2013, to sew the Super Bowl Mystery Quilt. Discussions have already begun, and quilters are sharing their potential fabric selections.

If you're not ready to participate in our forum, that's perfectly okay, just follow along on your own as steps are released on the 3rd. Remember to refresh your browser occasionally to see new pages.

This mystery quilt pattern is arranged somewhat differently than past mysteries. What to expect:

  • All cutting instructions and some are available now (you'll see links to additional pages as they are published).

  • Cutting instructions are spread out on several pages, and each page of instructions applies to a specific portion of the quilt. Cut everything in advance or follow along one page at a time.

  • To make sure the pattern remains a mystery for everyone, no matter when it is seen, each page of cutting instructions will link to its own page of assembly instructions.

Choosing Fabrics for the Mystery Quilt

Quilt Size: The mystery quilt finishes at about 60" x 60" -- plan the quilt backing, the binding and batting accordingly. You'll need additional fabric to make a larger quilt or to add borders.

I'm leaving warm and cool fabric descriptions out of the fabric selections, because color value is sometimes confusing -- but it does play an important role in contrast. I encourage new quilters to learn a few color value basics before selecting fabrics.

Keep the following in mind as you choose fabrics:

  • Choose fabrics that you feel with work together well, no matter how they are arranged.
  • One fabric choice is 'very dark.' I believe you will have best results if that fabric is indeed very dark (in relation to the other fabrics). I suggest not using a dark hot fabric, such as red, unless the red shows up only as undertones, and does not dominate the other fabrics. Think of this fabric as a frame.
  • A focal fabric, which can be a pictorial or other large scale print. Another type of fabric will work just as well if you do not have a large print in your stash.
  • A blend of other fabrics that will work together, including scraps if possible. Some of these can be tone on tone fabrics or small scale prints.

Mystery Quilt Yardages

Fabric A: Large print or other focal fabric

  • 1 yard (Stash busting? You should be fine if you have 7/8 yard of usable fabric.)

Fabric B: Very dark 'framing' fabric (even black is fine).

  • 1 yard

Fabric C: the lightest fabric of the day, a light neutral will be perfect.

  • 7/8 yard

Fabric D: a medium-light fabric, darker than fabric C but not terribly darker.

  • 7/8 yard

Fabric E: a medium fabric that contrasts with Fabric D, but is not bunches darker (should be closer in darkness to D than to B).

  • 1/2 yard

Fabric F: Something a bit bright that contrasts with Fabric B -- maybe a color from the focal.

  • 1/2 yard

Fabric G: an assortment of fabrics in small sizes -- can draw from C and D above if you like, and add to it with leftover scraps; fabrics do not need to contrast very much, and it's fine if they contrast very little.

  • The equivalent of about 5/8 yard -- can be strips of fabric that are 2" wide, variety is good.

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