Midsummer Mystery

Materials

Based on 107cm (44in) wide fabric

Refer to the chart to find the fabric requirements for your chosen size You will also need:

  • Neutral sewing thread
  • Neutral or contrasting quilting thread
  • Small bags to keep the separate units in, as you make them, ziploc bags from a supermarket are ideal.

Finished Size

Small: approx 71 x 71cm (28 x 28in)

Medium: approx 112 x 112cm (44 x 44in)

Large: approx 112 x 152cm (44 x 60in)

Skill Level

Beginner

Hopefully you have already made Units A and B from Part One. This month we will be making three more pieced units to add to the mystery!

Handy hint 

Remember which quilt size you are making: 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!”

QUILT SIZE

Small

71 x 71cm (28 x 28in)

Medium

112 x 112cm (44 x 44in)

Large

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)

UNIT C - 16 PATCH SQUARES

  1. It's time to dig out some of those little four-patches you have been keeping safe from last month. Take two of these four patches and sew together as shown in Figure 1. Check the placement of the squares in the finished rectangle, as shown.
  2. Take two of these rectangle units and sew them together to give a 16 patch block as shown in Figure 2. Press and trim this, if necessary, to 4 1⁄2 x 4 1⁄2in. Repeat to make 4, 16 or 24* complete 16 patch blocks.
  3. At this point you should have 16, 28 or 36* Unit A four-patches left over. Keep these safe for use later.

*Choose amount depending on whether you have decided to make the small, medium or large quilt.

UNIT D HALF-SQUARE TRIANGLES

  1. Unit D half-square triangles are made with your background and dark fabrics.
  2. From background fabric, cut 1, 3 or 4* strips 3in wide across the complete width of fabric. Now crosscut these into 3in squares, to give 8, 32 or 48* background squares in total. Repeat with the dark fabric, to give 8, 32 or 48* dark 3in squares.
  3. Place one background and one dark 3in square right sides together. Draw a diagonal line across the wrong side of the lighter background square, as shown in Figure 3.
  4. Sew 1⁄4in either side of your drawn diagonal line. Cut apart on the drawn line. Open out the pieced squares and press towards the dark fabric. You now have two squares, which should look like the ones in Figure 4.
  5. Trim each square to 2 1⁄2in. Repeat this to make a total of 16, 64 or 96* squares. Now take two of these squares and sew them together as shown in Figure 5. Check the placement of the squares in the finished rectangle, as shown.
  6. Make 4, 16 or 24* rectangle units, open them, press the seam to one side and trim each one to 4 1⁄2 x 2 1⁄2in.
  7. Repeat step 6, but this time turn the half-square triangles so you end up with 4, 16 or 24* units as shown in Figure 6. Carefully check the placement of the squares in the finished rectangle, as shown. Trim each one to 4 1⁄2 x 2 1⁄2in.

UNIT E HALF-SQUARE TRIANGLES

  1. Unit E half-square triangles are made with your medium and dark fabrics.
  2. Cut one 3in wide strip across the width of fabric from medium and dark fabrics. Crosscut these strips to give 4, 8 or 10* 3in squares from each fabric.
  3. Place one medium and one dark 3in square right sides together. Draw a diagonal line across the wrong side of the medium square, as shown in Figure 3. Sew 1⁄4in either side of your drawn diagonal line.
  4. Cut apart on the drawn line. Open out the pieced squares and press towards the dark fabric. You now have two squares, which should look like the ones in Figure 7. Trim each square to 2 1⁄2in. Repeat this to make a total of 8, 16 or 20* squares.

Well done, you have three more units completed. Place them in separate bags marked C, D and E. Ziploc bags from a supermarket are perfect for keeping them safe, along with Units A and B made in Part One. See you next time!

First published in Popular Patchwork July 2008