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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 QuiltQuilt 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 YardagesFabric 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.