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Clue #1 – I Think I’ve Got It!

Clue #1  –  I Think I’ve Got It!
Charlotte Hawkes Jan 14, 2021

Well, here we are!  It’s finally “Clue Day!”  I have to say there is a little housekeeping that must be done before we get started.  I double checked my figures last night……..good thing I did!!  NOTE: The cutting instructions  have been adjusted somewhat.  The figures were mostly right but for an incorrect quilt size and one block was listed on my sheet as assorted and should have been background.  So in my confusion, and now that I have confused you…….I decided to give you a multitude of sizes…….everything from mystery-quilt-chicken (I don’t know if I’ll like it!) to OMG-Scrap Buster!!! (Glutton for Punishment)!!  AND, hoping that NOW I have the correct figures.  What’s a square or two off in the total count of things anyways!?!

There have been some questions about the border fabric. After I have assembled all my scrappy multicolored quilt blocks I usually look and see what color seems to be predominate or that I want to emphasize. Then I chose what I want to use for a border fabric.  But this quilt incorporates some of the border fabric in the surrounding edge blocks so, it isn’t just a straight cut border.  I suppose scrappy will work if the color, intensity and pattern are similar.  It needs to contrast with the background fabric. My quest lately is to use what I have.  If there is enough in the piece I use it.  I have more fabric and scraps than I will ever use in this lifetime.  I think most of you can probably relate to that.  I rejoice when I can use something up or reduce it to squares for the scrap boxes.

I also mentioned that I have made two quilts with this pattern.  My good friend, Kim Werth, is working right now on quilting the second one on her longarm.  The first quilt was made with a multitude of colored scraps mostly random, right out of the bin and her quilting has elevated it to royalty!  My second is made with blue scraps (white background) with a pinkish border.  I’m anxious to see what she has come up with. I’ve not often made a one color quilt but I’ve seen some of my mysteries beautifully done with one color scraps.  I really like this pattern so I have decided to make another one along with you and I think red may be in order. The first two are the 65 x 85 size maybe this one will be the chicken size.  LOL!!!

Here we go!

2021 Mystery Quilt

Scrappy 4 Patch Stars

For the confident beginner

Instructions will be provided for four sizes:  approx. 65″x 65″ / 65″x 85″ / 85″x 85″ / 85″ x 105″

Fabric requirements:

Assorted Colored Fabrics

2 1/2″ squares  =  124 / 171 / 236 / 301

5 1/4″ squares  =  9 / 12 / 16 / 20

Sets of two matching 5 1/4″ squares (should be the same color with similar pattern)  =  18 / 24 / 32 / 40

Sets of four matching 2 7/8″ squares (should be the same color with similar pattern)  =  4 / 6 / 9 / 12  (HINT: I used 6″ squares cut and trimmed to make the 4 matching square sets)

Background Fabric: can be scrappy or approx. 2-3/4 / 3-1/2 / 4-1/2 / 5-1/2 yds.

2 7/8″ squares  =  64 / 82 / 112 / 142

4 1/2″ squares  =  16 / 20 / 24 / 28

4 7/8″ squares  =  30 / 41 / 56 / 72

5 1/4″ squares  =  9 / 18 / 25 / 32

2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles  =  16 / 24 / 36 / 48

2 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ sashing strips  =  36 / 48 / 64 / 80

Outside Border Fabric  includes 3″ border and binding  =  1-3/4 / 2 / 2-1/4 / 2-1/2 yds.

2 7/8″ squares  =  6 / 7 / 8 / 9

4 7/8″ squares  =  12 / 15 / 18 / 21

9 1/2″ squares  =  2

 

Scrappy 4 Patch Stars – Clue #1

 

  1.  Using one 2 7/8″ background square that has been cut in half diagonally, sew each side to one assorted colored 2 1/2″ square as shown. Press and trim dog ears.
  2. Using one 4 7/8″ background square that has been cut in half diagonally, sew one section to the above unit as shown below. Press and trim to 4 1/2″ square. Make  60 / 82 / 112 / 142.

 

Yup!  Pretty boring!  But a necessary unit for those stars and such!  The next clue will be on February 11th.

Until next time, Happy Quilting!

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