Ready for a little fun and maybe a few surprises? How about joining in for a Mystery Quilt? 12 weeks of instructions. Every Friday, beginning November 2, 2018 and running thru January 18, 2019, around 10 am in the morning, Sew by the Bay will post instructions to make a different 24" x 24" Block. You can choose from your own stash, or sign up early to request a weekly fabric kit to be picked up at the Sew by the Bay Quilt Shop. You will need to pick ONE main Focal Point Fabric to be the center of each block as well as the binding for the Quilt. You will need 3 yards of this Focal Fabric. A small multi-color print would work best. Sew by the Bay will have a 3 yard Suggested Focal Print Package available for purchase if you want to have a starting point to choose the rest of your fabrics from. This block center will not be revealed until the final week of the Mystery. You will need to pull 16 coordinating fabrics from your Focal Fabric for best result. Yardage amounts of each of the 16 coordinating fabrics will be posted here. You will also need seven yards of background fabric, White, White on White or Black would be recommended. You want a background fabric that will allow your Focal Fabric and Coordinates to "Pop", not blend into. To get an idea of how many people are interested, sign up under our class section: Mystery Quilt Sign Up
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Fridays beginning November 2, 2018 thru January 18, 2019 Twelve 24" x 24" Blocks making a 72 1/2 x 96 1/2 finished quilt
Fabrics Needed -
Multi color Main Focus Fabric/Binding - 3 yards to Coordinate with 16 colors below for use in week 12 7 yards background fabric - suggest White, White on White or Black for use in weeks 1 thru 12 16 coordinating colors for block components: Color One - 3/4 yard for use in weeks 2,4,5,7,10 Color Two - 3/4 yard for use in weeks 3,4,9,10,12 Color Three - 5/8 yard for use in weeks 2,4,10,11 Color Four - 1/4 yard for use in weeks 1,8 Color Five - 1/2 yard for use in weeks 4,6,9 Color Six - 1/4 yard for use in weeks 6,9 Color Seven - 1/4 yard for use in weeks 5,11 Color Eight - 1/4 yard for use in weeks 7,8 Color Nine - 3/8 yard for use in weeks 1,10,12 Color Ten - 1/4 yard for use in weeks 3,9 Color Eleven - 1/8 yard for use in weeks 7 Color Twelve - 1/2 yard for use in weeks 1,6,8,10 Color Thirteen - 1/2 yard for use in weeks 1,3,7,8,12 Color Fourteen - 5/8 yard for use in weeks 2,3,6,7,10 Color Fifteen - 1/2 yard for use in weeks 2,5,11,12 Color Sixteen - 1/3 yard for use in weeks 5,11 Optional - 6 1/4 yards for backing 5 yards lightweight Fusible
Step 1 - From your background fabric, cut twelve rectangles 12 1/2" x 24 1/2". One rectangle will be used in each of the twelve blocks over the next twelve weeks! Let's make some flying geese!! (use your favorite method for flying geese, unfinished size to be 3 1/2" x 6 1/2". My favorite method follows): Step 2 - From your background fabric, cut sixteen squares, 4" x 4". Step 3 - From each of your fabric choices #four, #nine, #twelve and #thirteen, cut one square 7 1/2" x 7/1/2". Step 4 - Take two of the sixteen 4"x4" squares. With right sides together, place the two squares on opposite corners of each of the 7 1/2" x 7 1/2" squares. Step 5 - With a fabric marker, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on background fabrics. You will sew 1/4" on both sides of this line.
Step 6 - Using scissors or your rotary cutter, cut along the drawn line between to two sewn lines. Iron the two points flat. Step 7 - Place another 4"x 4" square on each of the two parts you just cut apart. Draw a diagonal line from point to point, sew 1/4" on each side of the drawn line, cut on line with your scissors or rotary cutter. Iron points flat, square your piece to be 3 1/2" x 6 1/2"'
Repeat this step with all four of your 7 1/2" x 7 1/2" blocks. You will have four flying geese of each color.
Sew two sets of eight flying geese together into strips, you choose how you want your colors, pattern or scrappy.
Final Step - Sew one strip in alternate directions on each side of the 12 1/2" x 24 1/2" rectangle background piece you cut in the first step. (In my rush to get to the International Quilt Market in Houston, I forgot to pack my iron, so I did not sew my strips to the rectangle in the picture until I actually get them pressed. You get the idea tho!)
Set Block One aside! We will add an applique Center in Week 12! I hope you enjoyed this block. Look for Block Two next Friday!!