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

So far, in Parts One and Two, we have made Units A, B, C, D and E of our Mystery Quilt. Here in Part Three we will make three different Flying Geese units and a nine-patch block. This will complete all the units needed and we will assemble them together next month.

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 F FLYING GEESE

  1. These Flying Geese are made with background fabric geese and dark sky. Cut one strip 5 1⁄4in wide from background fabric, and cut 1, 4 or 6* 5 1⁄4in squares from this strip. Cut 1, 2 or 2* strips 2 7⁄8in wide from dark fabric and cross cut into 4, 16 or 24* squares.
  2. With right sides together, pin a small dark square into one corner of a large square, then pin another small dark square into the opposite corner as shown in Figure 1. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each small square as shown.
  3. Sew from corner to corner, 1⁄4in either side of the drawn line and cut apart on the line. See Figure 2. Open one of the resulting units and press the sky triangles away from the goose as shown in Figure 3.
  4. Now pin another small square in place as shown in Figure 4. Draw a diagonal line as before, sew 1⁄4in either side of the line and cut on the drawn line. Repeat this with the remaining unit. Open out your four units; press and trim each one to 2 1⁄2 x 4 1⁄2in, as in Figure 5. Repeat to make a total of 4, 16 or 24* units.

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

UNIT G FLYING GEESE

  1. These Flying Geese are made with dark fabric geese and background fabric sky. Cut 1, 1 or 2* strips 5 1⁄4in wide from dark fabric and crosscut into 2, 6 or 9* squares. Cut 1, 2 or 3* strips 2 7⁄8in wide from background fabric, and crosscut into 8, 24 or 36* squares.
  2. Using the same method as for the Unit F Flying Geese above; make 8, 24 or 36* units looking like Figure 6.
  3. Now take one of each of the two types of geese you have just made, Unit F and Unit G, and sew them together as shown in Figure 7. Press and trim each one to 4 1⁄2 x 4 1⁄2in. Repeat to make 4, 16 or 24* units. Note, at this point you should have 4, 8 or 10* of Unit G left over.

UNIT H FLYING GEESE

These Flying Geese are made with medium fabric geese and dark fabric sky. Cut one strip 5 1⁄4in wide from medium fabric and crosscut into 1, 2 or 3* squares. Cut one strip of dark fabric 2 7⁄8in wide and crosscut into 4, 8 or 12* squares. Make 4, 8 or 10* units as before, which should look like Figure 8.

UNIT I NINE-PATCH

  1. The last piece of the puzzle! Cut 1, 1 or 2* strips of light fabric 2 1⁄2in wide. Crosscut into 1, 4 or 6* 2 1⁄2in squares and cut 4, 16 or 24* 1 1⁄2in squares from the remainder. From medium fabric, cut one strip 2 1⁄2in wide and crosscut into 4, 16 or 24* 2 1⁄2 x 1 1⁄2in rectangles.
  2. Sew a medium rectangle to one side of the light 2 1⁄2in square, right sides together. Open and press the seam towards the square. In the same way, sew another medium rectangle to the other side of the square, as shown in Figure 9. Trim if necessary to measure 4 1⁄2 x 2 1⁄2in. Make 1, 4 or 6*.
  3. Now take one light 1 1⁄2in square and sew right sides together to a medium rectangle, along the short edge. Open out and press the seam to one side. Now sew another 1 1⁄2in light square to the other side of the medium rectangle as in Figure 10. Open and press as before. Trim if necessary to measure 1 1⁄2 x 4 1⁄2in. Repeat to make 2, 8 or 12* of these.
  4. Now piece together the parts of the block as shown in Figure 11. Press and trim to 4 1⁄2in square. Repeat to make 1, 4 or 6* units.

Congratulations, you have completed all of the units, keep them safe until next Part Four

First published in Popular Patchwork August 2008