Friday, April 6, 2018

2018 Mystery Quilt - Diamonds are a Quilter's Best Friend

Clue 2

Ok, copywrite stuff first.... 

You have my permission to use my pattern for your guild or sewing group mystery quilt. You may make and share copies of my pattern as long as all copies have my name and blog name on them. If you would like a pdf file for your group, please email me and I will add you to my list.  atticthreads@yahoo.com


This month we’re going to be cutting and sewing.  There are 2 sets of directions, so choose the set for your quilt, either Layer Cake Mystery Quilt or Scrappy Quilts of Valor Mystery Quilt.

Layer Cake Mystery Quilt

This month we are going to use Bag 2, marked “A and B”

          12 squares from your layer cake
          Background fabric 60 squares 3 1/4” x 3 1/4”     24 pieces 3 1/4” x 6”

Let’s start cutting up those 12 squares from your layer cake.

          REMEMBER 3 1/4” IS OUR MEASUREMENT!!

Make the first 2 cuts WITHOUT MOVING THE FABRIC. 
Cut 3 1/4” strips from 2 sides.  Put the 3 1/4” squares in a pile.
Trim the longer rectangles to 3 1/4” x 6”.  Put the rectangles in a pile.


Make the next 2 cuts WITHOUT MOVING THE FABRIC. 
Cut 3 1/4” strips from 2 sides.  Trim all the squares to 3 1/4” x 3 1/4”.
Put the 3 1/4” squares in the pile.


Shuffle the pieces in each pile for a more Scrappy look.

Layer Cake Quilt AND Scrappy Quilt of Valor Mystery Quilt


Both quilts will follow the same piecing directions!

My only rule for myself? No pieces of the same fabric in a block!

We’re going to start with 4 patches. You will be making 24.  Easy  peasy chain piecing!

Start with 48 background 3 1/4”  squares and 48 layer cake (blue) 3 1/4”  squares.  
Sew a Background square to a layer cake (blue) square, press to the background fabric.  Sew 2 of these together, making a 4 patch. Press.  You will have 24 of these blocks. Set aside.



Sew the remaining 3 1/4” background squares to a layer cake (blue) 3 /14” x 6” strip. Press to the 6” strip. Put aside for now.


Sew the remaining 3 1/4” layer cake (blue) squares to a background 3 /14” x 6” strip. Press to the 6” strip. Put aside for now.



Block A—Paying close attention to the 4 patch orientation, sew a remaining 3 1/4” x 6” background strip to a 4 patch. Make 12 of these.


Block B—Paying close attention to the 4 patch orientation, sew a remaining 3 1/4” x 6” layer cake (blue) strip to a 4 patch.  Make 12 of these.
  




Use the sections set aside earlier to complete your blocks.

Block A
Using a section with a Background 6” strip and the 4 patch section with the added background 6” strip, sew 12 of these blocks.






Block B
Using a section with a layer cake (blue) 6” strip and the 4 patch section with the added layer cake (blue) 6” strip, sew 12 of these blocks.




Put these 24 blocks back in the bag marked A & B

I hope you have as much fun with strip piecing as I do. A good movie, or some music, a glass of wine or maybe hot chocolate and piece away. 
Please send me pictures of your blocks, I love seeing quilter's fabric choices!

Happy Quilting,
Ann












Wednesday, February 21, 2018

2018 Mystery Quilt - Diamonds are a Quilter’s Best Friend

Clue 1

Ok, copywrite stuff first.... 

You have my permission to use my pattern for your guild or sewing group mystery quilt. You may make and share copies of my pattern as long as all copies have my name and blog name on them. If you would like a pdf file for your group, please email me and I will add you to my list.  atticthreads@yahoo.com


This month we’re going to be sorting, cutting and bagging.  There are 2 sets of directions, so choose the directions for your quilt, either Layer Cake Mystery Quilt or Scrappy Quilts of Valor Mystery Quilt.

Layer Cake Mystery Quilt

Put aside the 8 squares you like the least, that have the least amount of contrast between them and your background fabric. You will not be using these, but they would make a great matching pillowcase!

Bag 1, marked “FOCUS”

          Pick out the 6 squares from your layer cake that you like the best.

Bag 2, marked “A and B”

          12 squares from your layer cake

          From your background fabric cut:

                    60 squares 3 1/4” x 3 1/4”

                    24 pieces 3 1/4” x 6”

Bag 3, marked “C and D”

          10 squares from your layer cake

          10 Squares from your background fabric cut 10” x 10”

Bag 4, marked “E and F”

          6 squares from your layer cake

          6 Squares from your background fabric cut 10” x 10”

Cutting hint—I cut my larger background pieces for bags 3 and 4 BEFORE I cut my fabric for bag 2. I was able to cut some of the smaller pieces from the leftover pieces of the 10” strips I cut for bags 3 and 4.

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Scrappy Quilts of Valor Mystery Quilt

Bag 1, marked “FOCUS”

           Cut 6 squares from your BLUE fabrics 9” x 9”

Bag 2, marked “A and B”

          From your BLUE fabrics

                    60 squares 3 1/4” x 3 1/4”

                    24 pieces 3 1/4” x 6”

          From your background fabric cut:

                    60 squares 3 1/4” x 3 1/4”

                    24 pieces 3 1/4” x 6”

Bag 3, marked “C and D”

          From your RED fabric

                    90 pieces 3 1/4” x 3 1/4”

          From your background fabric

                    90 pieces 3 1/4” x 3 1/4”

Bag 4, marked “E and F”

          From your RED fabric

                    18 pieces 3 1/4” x 10”

          From your background fabric

                    18 pieces 3 1/4” x 10”


WOW! All that cutting. But remember, this is all the cutting. You can cut it all this month, or as we go. Remember, you can keep adding fabric as we go, it is after all, scrappy! Next month we'll be making blocks A and B, so just get that bag's pieces cut.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone's progress! Please send me pictures of your layer cakes and fabric selections.

Happy Quilting,
Ann

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

2018 Mystery Quilt - Diamonds are a Quilter's Best Friend!

It's that time again!

Layer Cake? Do you, like me, have a few layer cakes in your stash? Do you take them out and pet them every so often? Well, it’s time to dig one out! This year’s Mystery Quilt is based on a Layer Cake. It’s time to stop saving them and start using them to create works of art!

Don’t worry, if you don’t have a layer cake, just can’t turn loose of one or prefer to make a scrappy quilt, not a problem. In the Mystery Quilt, I will also be providing the information you need to create a Scrappy Quilt.

This Quilt is the perfect size for Quilts of Valor. The finished size, without any borders is 60”x70”. Borders will be up to you. Although I will be give some suggestions with the final directions.

Edited to add - You have my permission to use my pattern for your guild or sewing group mystery quilt. You may make and share copies of my pattern as long as all copies have my name and blog name on them. If you would like a pdf file for your group, please email me and I will add you to my list.  atticthreads@yahoo.com

Layer Cake Mystery Quilt Fabric:    
 
                     1 Layer Cake you love 

                     2 3/4 yds (I bought 3 yds) of contrasting solid fabric, nothing too
                            blendy-blendy. You need to have some contrast. If some of the
                            layer cake squares won't work, no biggie. You will not be using
                            8 of the layer cake squares, perfect for a matching pillow case!

                             I used Robert Kauffman's layer cake "Hello My Name is" with
                                  Kona Black. A bright layer cake or batiks always work great
                                  with black.




Scrappy Quilts of Valor Mystery Quilt Fabric:

                     White/cream Background fabric-about 2 3/4 yards

                      Reds-about 1 3/4 yds

                      Blues– about 1 1/2 yds AND  6 squares at 9”x9” (focus fabrics)

                               Note: it is scrappy, so you can add fabrics as needed.
                                         The smallest piece will be 3 1/4” x 3 1/4”


I used lots of different reds and blues. I had yards of the white w/red print, so I used it for my background.


Both: The above does NOT include fabric for a border. The border design
Is up to you (although I will give suggestions)! I cannot wait to see
your border variations!

Happy Quilting!
Ann








Saturday, December 3, 2016

2016 Mystery Quilt - A Scrappy End - Final Month

As always, before we get started with the Mystery Quilt, a few quilting tid-bits.

Big News - I will be returning to MQX New England in April to teach! I will be teaching 5 classes this year! I will let you know all the details, including class information, in my next blog post. Registration is open!!! Click HERE to get registered!




My friend Dar of Dar's Patchwork Garden has a Quilt of Valor block drive thru the end of the year. Check out her blog for block instructions and where to send your finished blocks.

Now, what you've all been waiting for......

MYSTERY QUILT 2016
A SCRAPPY END!


I'm still falling in love with piecing scrappy quilts! Since this Mystery was suppose to start more in the middle of the year, and life got in the way, I decided to name it "A Scrappy End". We'll be piecing the end of the year in scrappy style. 

Links             Fabric Requirements and Cuttting
                                 
                                   Let's Get Piecing - Month 2

                               Easy Chain Piecing - Month 3

Making 2 blocks into 1! or 20 into 40! - Month 4


This is our FINAL MONTH. It's time to put it all together, but there’s a twist. You have to decide which final layout you want to use! I’m giving instructions for my first design layout AND my second. Go to the end of this post for even more design layouts! 

Your first step this month is choosing a block layout for your quilt center.


A SCRAPPY END - Layout 1




A SCRAPPY END - Layout 2



Now that you've chosen your block layout, it's time to sew the blocks into rows, then the rows into a quilt center. Then add a border or two!


I used 2.5” strips to add a top And bottom border. Then 2.5” strips to add a border to each Side. I wanted my quilt to be Longer than wide, but still keeping in the Quilt of Valor size range, so I added one more 2.5” strip border to the top and bottom.

Layout 1



















Layout 2

















And, well, because I can't leave well enough alone, here are some more layouts.....











So, there you have it, A Scrappy End. A great way to finish up the year.
Please be sure and send me pictures of your finished quilts.
And don't forget to follow the MQX link above to get registered for classes!

Happy Quilting!
Ann

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

2016 Mystery Quilt - A Scrappy End Month 4

As always, before we get started with the Mystery Quilt, a few quilting tid-bits.

Big News - I will be returning to MQX New England in April to teach! I will be teaching 5 classes this year! I will let you know all the details, including class information, as soon as registration is open.



My friend Dar of Dar's Patchwork Garden has a Quilt of Valor block drive thru the end of the year. Check out her blog for block instructions and where to send your finished blocks.

Now, what you've all been waiting for......

MYSTERY QUILT 2016
A SCRAPPY END!


I'm still falling in love with piecing scrappy quilts! Since this Mystery was suppose to start more in the middle of the year, and life got in the way, I decided to name it "A Scrappy End". We'll be piecing the end of the year in scrappy style. 

Links             Fabric Requirements and Cuttting
                                 
                                  Let's Get Piecing - Month 2

                              Easy Chain Piecing - Month 3



Month 4—Making 2 blocks into 1! Or 20 into 40!!

This month we’re going to use all 20 of the 10”x10” squares and the 20 strip blocks we made in Month 2.

*****Be aware of the orientation of the strip blocks*****

We’re going to use these blocks to make giant half square triangles.

Step 1—draw a diagonal line on the back of each 10” square, corner to corner.

Step 2—Lay a 10” square on a strip block, right sides together. 
Be aware of the orientation of the strip blocks!!!!!!!!!


Sew a scant 1/4” on each side of the drawn line. Cut apart on the sold line, Press to the large triangle. (tip—make and measure 1 block first, adjust your seam allowance if necessary)

You will have 40 large half square triangles, 9 1/2” x 9  1/2”.





Since we're playing catch-up and want to complete this Mystery by year's end, I'll be posting the next set of instructions soon!

If you or your local quilt guild would like to use my pattern for this Mystery Quilt, please feel free.  You have my permission to make copies for your guild.  All I ask is that you give me credit for the pattern  If you would like it in PDF format, please email me (atticthreads@yahoo.com) and I will add you to my email list.

Happy Quilting,
Ann