Materials for Block 1 of APQ 2012 Mystery Quilt (What is the Mystery Quilt? Click here to find out!)
1—9×22″ piece (fat eighth) each of light print, medium print, and dark print
Measurements include 1/4″ seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.
Finished block: 9″ square
From light print, cut:
- one 4-1/4″ square
- ten 2-3/8″ squares
- four 2″ squares
From medium print, cut:
- four 2×3-1/2″ rectangles
- eight 2-3/8″ squares
From dark print, cut:
- one 4-1/4″ square
- two 2-3/8″ squares
- eight 2″ squares
1. Use a pencil to draw a diagonal line on wrong side of light print 4-1/4″ and 2-3/8″ squares and dark print 2″ squares.
2. Place a marked light print 4-1/4″ square atop dark print 4-1/4″ square. Sew 1/4″ from each side of drawn line (Diagram 1). Cut pair apart on drawn line to make two triangle units. Press each triangle unit open, pressing seam toward darker print, to make two large triangle-squares. Each should be 3-7/8″ square including seam allowances.
3. Mark a diagonal line perpendicular to seam line on wrong side of one large triangle-square.
4. Layer marked triangle-square atop unmarked large triangle-square; each light triangle should be opposite a dark triangle (Diagram 2). Sew pair together 1/4″ from each side of drawn line. Cut pair apart on drawn line. Press each unit open to make two hourglass units. Each should be 3-1/2″ square including seam allowances. Set one hourglass unit aside for another project.
5. Using two marked light print 2-3/8″ squares and two dark print 2-3/8″ squares, repeat Step 2 to make four small A triangle-squares. Each should be 2″ square including seam allowances. In same manner, use remaining marked light print 2-3/8″ squares and medium print 2-3/8″ squares to make 16 small B triangle-squares.
6. Position a marked dark print 2″ square on one end of a medium print 2×3-1/2″ rectangle (Diagram 3; note direction of marked line). Sew on marked line, then trim, leaving 1/4″ seam allowances. Press open attached triangle. In same manner, add a second marked dark print 2″ square to remaining end of medium print rectangle to make a Flying Geese unit. The unit should be 3-1/2×2″ including seam allowances. Repeat to make four Flying Geese units total.
7. Referring to Diagram 4, sew together four small A triangle-squares, four Flying Geese units, and one hourglass unit in three horizontal rows. Press seams away from Flying Geese units. Join rows to make a block center. Press seams away from center row. The block center should be 6-1/2″ square including seam allowances.
8. Join four small B triangle-squares to make a triangle-square row. Press seams as shown in Diagram 5. Repeat to make four triangle-square rows total.
9. Referring to Diagram 6, join triangle-square rows, light print 2″ squares, and block center in three rows. Press seams away from triangle-square rows. Join rows to make a block. Press seams away from center row. The block should be 9-1/2″ square including seam allowances.
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