Who doesn’t love a good mystery? Here’s the scoop on the 2012 Mystery Quilt created exclusively for you by designer Monique Dillard of Open Gate Quilts. Throughout the year, you’ll get instructions for eight blocks (one in each 2012 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine and two additional blocks online). Make one of each block in the fabrics of your choice and set it aside for the end of the year. In the December issue, we’ll give you a mystery quilt setting joining all the single blocks together.
Clue #1: Pick Your Background Fabrics: First choose a light color, which will be the background fabric in the blocks, setting pieces, pieced inner border, and middle border. (For her quilt, Monique used assorted cream and tan prints.) Here are the amounts you will need:
- For blocks: Four 18×22″ pieces (fat quarters) of assorted light prints
- For setting pieces and pieced inner border: two 5/8-yard pieces and two 1/3-yard pieces of assorted light prints
- For middle border: 1/2 yard light print
Clue #2: Choose Your Medium Fabrics: Select one or more medium colors, which will be used in the blocks, setting pieces, and pieced inner border. (For her quilt, Monique used assorted red prints.) Here are the amounts you will need:
- For blocks: Five 9×22″ pieces (fat eighths) of assorted medium prints
- For setting pieces and pieced inner border: Five 3/8-yard pieces of assorted medium prints
Clue #3: Gather Your Dark Fabrics: Choose one or more dark colors, which will be used in the blocks, outer border, and binding. (For her quilt, Monique used assorted black prints.) Here are the amounts you will need:
- For blocks: Three 18×22″ pieces (fat quarters) of assorted dark prints
- For outer border: 1-1/4 yards of dark print
- For binding: 5/8 yard of dark print
Clue #4: Make Your First Block: Using the instructions in “Start Today, Finish Tomorrow” in the February 2012 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine, make one pieced block. (Or click here for instructions for making the first block.)
Having trouble choosing a palette of fabrics? Consider the following sample blocks. This block of batiks is an extra Monique pieced while making the “Start Today, Finish Tomorrow” table runner.
A variety of 1930s prints and solids will make a cheerful quilt.
These are the fabrics Monique’s quilt is made from–they’re from her Memories of Provence collection for Maywood Studios.
Reproduction prints and small florals come together for a traditional look.
Try solids in a variety of colors paired with a light gray background.
I hope you join us for the fun!
Elizabeth Tisinger Beese, Senior Editor
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