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

In the fi rst three parts of this series we completed all the blocks needed to make our fabulous mystery quilt. In this final instalment we will assemble the blocks, construct and add the borders, and finally
quilt the finished top!

Handy hint 

Take care when constructing the blocks: make sure you have the right unit in the right place and the right way round, otherwise this will not work!

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)
 
BLOCK ASSEMBLY
ALL SIZES

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

  1. Each block is assembled from units made in Parts One–Three. Join the units in rows as shown in Fig 1.
  2. Join the rows to complete the block. Make one, four or six* blocks.
  3. Press the completed blocks and trim, if necessary, to 16 1⁄2in square.

SMALL QUILT - ADDING THE BORDERS

INNER BORDERS

  1. From the medium fabric cut one 2 1⁄2in strip across the width of fabric and crosscut to give eight strips 4 1⁄2in long.
  2. Top and bottom borders (make two): Using four of the strips you have just cut, plus two of your remaining four-patch squares (unit A), four half-square triangles (unit E) and two flying geese (unit H),
    assemble as shown in Figure 2.
  3. Right and left borders (make two): Using four of the strips you have just cut, plus four half-square triangles (unit E) and two flying geese (unit H), assemble borders as shown in Figure 3.
  4. When you have assembled and pressed the borders, attach them to your quilt top, making sure to match them the right way round, with the seams butted up so that your half-square triangles are aligned
    properly. Attach the side borders first, then the top and bottom borders.

Handy hint At this stage you may wish to add just plain borders but as you have already made all the pieces it is not
too much work to construct these and they add to the mystery of the pattern. Make sure to follow the right instructions for your quilt size.

MIDDLE BORDERS

  1. From the background fabric, cut two strips 2 1⁄2in across the whole width of the fabric and crosscut to give eight strips 8 1⁄2in long by 2 1⁄2in wide.
  2. Top and bottom borders (make two): Using four of the strips you have just cut, plus four of your emaining four-patch squares (unit A) and two flying geese (unit G), assemble as shown in Figure 4.
  3. Right and left borders (make two): Using four of the strips you have just cut, plus two flying geese (unit G), assemble as shown in Figure 5.
  4. When you have assembled and pressed the borders, attach them to your quilt top, making sure your seams match so that you end up with sharp lines. Attach the side borders first, then attach the top and bottom borders.

OUTER BORDERS

  1. From the dark fabric, cut four strips 2 1⁄2 x 24 1⁄2in. 
  2. Top and bottom borders (make two): Using two of the strips you have just cut in step 1 , plus four of your remaining fourpatch squares (unit A), assemble borders as shown in Fig 6.
  3. When you have assembled and pressed the borders, attach a plain dark strip to each side, then attach the top and bottom borders.

MEDIUM QUILT

ASSEMBLING THE QUILT CENTRE

  1. Take the four blocks assembled above: Join two of the blocks together as shown in Fig 7. Make two units.
  2. Sew the two units together to complete the quilt centre. See Fig 8.

INNER BORDERS

  1. From the medium fabric cut two 2 1⁄2in strips across the width of the fabric and crosscut to give eight strips 4 1⁄2in long and four strips 8 1⁄2in long.
  2. Top and bottom borders (make two): Using four of the 4 1⁄2in strips and two of the 8 1⁄2in strips you have just cut, plus four four-patch squares (unit A), eight half-square triangles (unit E) and four flying geese (unit H), assemble as shown in Fig 9.
  3. Right and left borders (make two): Using four of the 4 1⁄2in strips and two of the 8 1⁄2in strips you have just cut, plus eight half-square triangles (unit E) and four flying geese (unit H), assemble as shown in Fig 10.
  4. When you have assembled and pressed the borders, attach them to your quilt top, making sure to match them the right way round, with the seams butted up so that your half-square triangles are aligned properly. Attach the side borders first, then the top and bottom borders.

MIDDLE BORDERS

  1. From the background fabric cut three 2 1⁄2in strips across the width of the fabric and crosscut to give eight strips 8 1⁄2in long and four strips 12 1⁄2in long
  2. Top and bottom borders (make two): Using four of the 8 1⁄2in strips and two of the 12 1⁄2in strips you have just cut, plus four four-patch squares (unit A) and four flying geese (unit G), assemble borders as shown in Fig 11.
  3. Right and left borders (make two): Using four of the 8 1⁄2in strips and two of the 12 1⁄2in strips you have just cut, plus four flying geese (unit G), assemble borders as shown in Fig 12.
  4. When you have assembled and pressed the borders, attach them to your quilt top, making sure your seams match so that you end up with sharp lines. Attach the side borders first, then the top and bottom.

OUTER BORDERS

  1. From the dark fabric, cut four strips 2 1⁄2 x 40 1⁄2in.
  2. Top and bottom borders (make two): Using two of the strips you have just cut, plus four of your remaining four-patch squares (unit A), assemble borders as shown in Fig 13.
  3. When you have assembled and pressed the borders, attach a plain dark strip to each side, then add the top and bottom borders.

 

LARGE QUILT
ASSEMBLING THE QUILT CENTRE

  1. Take the six blocks assembled above: Join two of the blocks together as shown in Fig 7. Make three units.
  2. Sew the three units together to complete the quilt centre. See Fig 14.

INNER BORDERS

  1. From the medium fabric cut three 2 1⁄2in strips across the width of the fabric and crosscut to give eight strips 4 1⁄2in long and six strips 8 1⁄2in long.
  2. Top and bottom borders (make two): Using four of the 4 1⁄2in strips and two of the 8 1⁄2in strips just cut, plus four-patch squares (unit A), eight half-square triangles (unit E) and four flying geese (unit H), assemble as shown in Fig 9.
  3. Right and left borders (make two): Using four of the 4 1⁄2in strips and four of the 8 1⁄2in strips you have just cut, plus 12 half-square triangles (unit E) and six flying geese (unit H), assemble borders as shown in Fig 15.
  4. When you have assembled and pressed the borders, attach them to your quilt top, making sure to match them the right way round, with the seams butted up so that your half-square triangles are aligned properly. Attach the side borders first, then the top and bottom borders.

MIDDLE BORDERS

  1. From the background fabric cut four 2 1⁄2in strips across the width of the fabric and crosscut to give eight strips 8 1⁄2in long and six strips 12 1⁄2in long.
  2. Top and bottom borders (make two): Using four of the 8 1⁄2in strips and two of the 12 1⁄2in strips you have just cut, plus four four-patch squares (unit A) and four flying geese (unit G), assemble as shown in Fig 11.
  3. Right and left borders (make two): Using four of the 8 1⁄2in strips and four of the 12 1⁄2in strips you have just cut, plus six flying geese (unit G), assemble as shown in Fig 16.
  4. When you have assembled and pressed the borders, attach them to your quilt top, making sure your seams match so that you end up with sharp lines. Attach the side borders first, then the top and bottom borders.

OUTER BORDERS

  1. From the dark fabric cut five strips 2 1⁄2in wide across the width of the fabric. Join these strips together along their shorter edges and then crosscut to give two strips 40 1⁄2in long and two strips 56 1⁄2in long. 
  2. Top and bottom borders (make two): Using the two 40 1⁄2in strips you have just cut, plus four of your remaining fourpatch squares (unit A), assemble borders as shown in Fig 19.
  3. When you have assembled and pressed the borders, attach a plain dark strip to each side, then the top and bottom borders.

QUILTING AND FINISHING
ALL SIZES

  1. Give your quilt top and backing a good press. Layer the quilt by placing the backing fabric wrong side up on a clean flat surface, followed by the wadding and then the quilt top, centrally and right side up; the backing and wadding are slightly larger than the quilt top. Pin or tack in place.
  2. Quilt as desired. Sue chose to quilt with an all-over pattern of holly and berries since this was made as a Christmas quilt.
  3. To bind the quilt, trim the excess backing and wadding level with the quilt top edges. Take the binding fabric and cut three, five or five* 2 1⁄4in strips; join at right angles, pressing the seams open to reduce bulk. Trim the ‘ears’ and fold in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press. Match the raw edges of the binding to the raw edges of the quilt top and sew in place, folding a mitre at each corner. Fold the binding over to the back of the quilt and neatly slipstitch in place by hand.

First published in Popular Patchwork September 2008