2021 Mystery Quilt

Our 2021 mystery quilt will be a little different than in years past.  Instead of sign-ups, this mystery quilt will be open to all.  The monthly clues will be posted right here on our Website.  

Notes:

Quilt size - 64" x 82", cutting instructions are given for making each individual block type (of which there are three) so you can adjust the quilt size.

While the original intent of this pattern was to use scraps, it can certainly be made from yardage.

This quilt is Charm Square (5" x5") friendly, but if using scraps or yardage, do not cut your fabric until you are given cutting instructions. 

Step One: Separating value 

Value is very important in this quilt!  There should be a definite distinction between the dark, mid and light valued fabrics. Roughly separate your fabrics into piles before cutting.  Taking a black and white photo can help you differentiate between values.   

The next step will be the cutting instructions, which will help you determine how much of each value you'll need.  

Edited to say the following:

Because people asked, here is the approximate yardage needed:

Dark Value - 2 yards

Mid value - 2.5 yards

Light value - 1 yard

Here's the scary part, the pattern does not state required yardage (because this is supposed to be scrappy) so these numbers are based on MY calculations!  You might want to wait until step two to verify!  

Below is my first attempt at pulling out medium value fabrics for this mystery quilt.  Though I was satisfied with my color choices, I decided to look at the black and white version of the picture I'd taken.  Can you see that one fabric screams "dark" in comparison to the rest of my fabrics?  The cute blue giraffe fabric didn't make the cut.  Value is very important in this quilt. Taking a black and white photo of your fabrics will take the guesswork out of the selection process!

Step Two: Cutting Instructions

Dark Value

(12) 1.5" x 1.5"

(62) 1.5" x 5"

(80) 5" x 5"

Mid Value

(31) 1.5" x 1.5" 

(48) 1.5" x 4"

(80) 1.5" x 5"

(124) 4' x 5" 

Light Value

(20) 1.5" x 1.5"

(62) 1.5" x 4"

(48) 4" x 4"

Step Three: Block A Construction:
 
Each block:
(4) 5" x 5" Dark
(1) 1.5" x 1.5" Light
(4) 1.5" x 5" Medium 
See image below for layout and construction of each block.  Finishes at 10.5" x 10.5"

Make 20
 

PRESSING MATTERS

If you follow the arrows indicating which way to press your seams, you'll see that the designer suggests pressing open on block A.  I asked her about this, and she said it's a personal preference. I prefer pressing to the dark side on this block.  I love the way seams nest together with some forethought. .  I'll let you know when the next clue comes out, which way I pressed my seams to make the magic happen.

Step 4:  Block B Construction
       

Each block:

(4) 4" x 4" Light    
(1) 1.5" x 1.5" Dark  

(4) 1.5" x 4" Medium

See image below for layout and construction

Finishes at 8.5" x 8.5" 

Make 12

PRESSING MATTERS
If you followed the arrows indicating which way to press your seams, you'll see that the designer suggested pressing open on block A.  I asked her about this, and she said it's a personal preference.  I prefer pressing to the dark side on block A.  I love the way seams nest together with some forethought.  If you're like me and want your seams to nest, on block B:    
       1) Sew 2 medium strips to either side of dark square. Press to dark.
       2) Sew 2 light squares to either side of medium strip. Press to light. 
       3) Repeat step 2
       4) Join sections to make the block, press these seams to the light.  
       See the back side of my quilt block B for illustration.  
 

Step 5: Block C Construction

Are you following the designers instructions for pressing?  Great, then just follow the arrows and press your seams open.

But if you'd prefer your seams to nest during construction:

1) Sew light strips to either side of medium square.  Press to the light.

2) Sew 2 medium 4" x 5" rectangles to either side of dark strip.  Press to the dark.

3) Repeat step 2.

4) Join sections to make block C. Press these seams away from medium rectangles, towards the center of the block.

I've posted a picture below.  I'm very visual, and having a picture usually helps me understand instructions.  It might help some of you too.   My quilt is constructed already, so I had to trim down the photo a bit, so as to not show the adjacent blocks.  I know how you are (I'd be the same way) looking for clues for the next step. 

Final Step!

Well, here we are at the final step of this mystery.  When I asked Erica Jackman of kitchentablequilting.com for permission to use her free Plaid-ish pattern, her reply was a simple "Yes, that sounds great! I just ask that you please give me credit."

Thank you so much Erica, and here is your credit!

If you are on Instagram, a search for #plaidishquilt will bring up lots of different versions of this pattern. 

Here is the tutorial Erica posted on her website, but no need to download the pattern as I've posted it below. 

 

To see and/or print the pattern, click on the link below.  It is a link to the complete pattern, as provided by Erica. 

Here is my version of the Plaid-ish 2021 Mystery Quilt.  Because I wanted it to fit my bed, I added extra columns down either side and a row across the bottom.  It measures approximately 90" x 80".