Join in the fun with our exciting four part mystery quilt series!
We love mystery quilts and we know you do too, because we had lots of requests for this one in 2008, to take us from summer into autumn. This quilt is very exciting because we have instructions for three different sizes; so you can choose the one that suits you best.
For each size, you'll need three different piecing fabrics plus one background fabric. You could select them all from a single fabric range or mix and match fabrics you like the look of. Make sure there is a good contrast between the light, medium and dark fabrics for the best effect. Small prints and close designs will work well. Avoid obvious directional prints like stripes, unless you don’t mind which way they end up pointing, and beware that animals, fairies and similar may end up legless or headless!
Handy hint Choose the quilt size you would like to make; small, medium or large. Read through the instructions and carefully mark or highlight the quantities that apply to your choice of size.
This is not a difficult design to make, but accurate 1⁄4in seams are important.
Practice sewing a few small test squares together, opening out and measuring them each time, until you are happy with the finished size. Carefully follow the instructions for your quilt size and remember the saying: “Check twice, cut once!”
71 x 71cm (28 x 28in)
112 x 112cm (44 x 44in)
112 x 152cm (44 x 60in)
|Background||50cm (5⁄8yd)||1m (1 1⁄8yds)||1.25m (1 3⁄8yds)|
|Light||25cm (3⁄8yd)||50cm (5⁄8yd)||1m (1 1⁄8yds)|
|Medium||50cm (5⁄8yd)||75cm (7⁄8yd)||1.25m (13⁄8yds)|
|Dark||75cm (7⁄8yd)||1.25m (1 3⁄8yds)||1.5m (1 5⁄8yds)|
|Binding||35cm (3⁄8yd)||45cm (1⁄2yd)||45cm (1⁄2yd)|
|Backing||80 x 80cm (32 x 32in)||122 x 122cm (48 x 48in)||122 x 152cm (48 x 64in)|
|Wadding||80 x 80cm (32 x 32in)||122 x 122cm (48 x 48in)||122 x 152cm (48 x 64in)|
Figure 1: Join light and medium strips
Letf Figure 2: Cross cut into 1 1⁄2in units. Right Figure 3: Two units become a four-patch
*Choose amount depending on whether you have decided to make the small, medium or large quilt.
Figure 4: Join two four-patches into a rectangle
Place all your four-patch and rectangle units in separate bags, marking them Unit A and Unit B. Keep your part strips and spare four-patches in marked bags too.
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