Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Summer Scrappy Mystery Quilt 2016

2014 Mystery Quilt, pattern available here.

The time has come to announce that YES there will be a summer scrappy quilt mystery for the summer of 2016! I'm so excited to get this started and to let you know when and how this is going to work. I've chosen a quilt that I've wanted to make for a long time. I drew up the block for this pattern a couple of years ago when I saw a commercial floor mat that inspired me. I find lots of quilt designs in floor patterns, don't forget to look down!

I will give you some information now, some color ideas, yardage and border options. You will have a couple of weeks to consider your choices before we actually begin sewing, so this is really just an introduction. I want you to have lots of time to change your mind over and over again, please tell me I'm not the only one who does that?

Here are the facts as they stand now...

1. The blocks will be 9" finished, the quilt will have 48 blocks.
2. The quilt will be 54" x 72" unless you add borders, then it will be 64" x 82".
3. Your quilt will be a large throw without borders or a twin size with borders.
4. It will be scrappy! I will give yardage in case you want to go less scrappy.
5. This quilt will be entirely strip cut, and strip pieced. It will be perfect for fat quarters.
6. There are no triangles or fancy shapes, just rectangles and squares.
7. Here's the fabric yardage you will need...

Main colors or biggest pieces (2 yards total)
Little scraps or accent pieces (1 yard total)
Background fabric or scraps (4 yards total)
Borders, optional (2 yards)
Binding (half yard)
Batting (twin size)
Backing (3 1/2 or 4 yards with borders)

Some things to consider...

I think the more fabrics you use the better it will look (but I always say that!) You can make this quilt with three fabrics. Or you can make this quilt with one background and one main fabric with little scraps for the accents. You can make this quilt with scraps for the main color and one fabric for the accent and one fabric for the background. I would suggest that there is a high contrast between the background fabric and the other fabrics. I would suggest that the background stay fairly consistent if it's scrappy. The largest pieces will be 3 1/2" square, so keep that in mind if you are digging through the scrap bin!

Next week...

I'll be back with some color options and ideas. I'll also answer as many questions as I can at that time. I haven't started sewing yet, and I am fairly certain what colors I'll use, but that could still change.

We will begin with the first clue on Friday July 1st! There will be five steps so we should be able to complete this quilt in July! It's going to be fun and easy. I hope you will consider joining in a sewing along!



  1. Hmmmmm my scrap buckets are overflowing with I"d just need a background fabric and one accent...I've never done a mystery...but LOVE all your this sounds fun! (And I've been wanting to get those buckets emptied again.)BUt then again I have a TON of fat quarters I'd love to bust through...oh my I'm already changing my mind! LOL!

  2. What a good idea Diane ! I will think about your proposition because you know, in July and August we are on holidays in France and i know I won't be home all the time ! Maybe I will do a doll quilt ?

  3. I am so excited! Do you have a button? I will spread the word on my blog when I am back from my work conference.

  4. Sounds like a fun summer project! I can hardly get into my sewing room as it is right now, but I'll happily watch the fun.

  5. I just got you book in the mail this week and wanted to tell you that it's a great book: I especially love your cover quilt! I have to make that one! And seeing that you're starting a mystery quilt along, I'm going to give it a go! :-) I'll be gone the 1st week of July, so hopefully I can catch up when I get back. Looking forward to it and will be doing a scrappy version: the more fabrics in a quilt, the better!! Hugs, H in Healdsburg

  6. Ohh what fun !! I'll have fun watching along from the sidelines.


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