Friday, July 1, 2016

2016 Mystery Quilt Clue #1

Clue # 1

Cutting Instructions:

Background fabrics- cut 32 strips 1 1/2" x 18 1/2" 
Accent colors fabrics- cut 16 strips 1 1/2" x 18 1/2"

Why 18 1/2" long strips? 
Because that is the length that can be cut from fat quarters or leftover sections of fat quarters. If your scraps or strips are shorter, cut more as needed. If your strips are longer, you can trim them down to 18 1/2" or you can use fewer. Simply adjust as needed for the final numbers required. Read all of the steps below before begining to determine how many additional/fewer strips you may need.

Sewing Instructions:

Sew one background strip onto each side of the accent strips as shown above. Press the seams toward the darker strips. You will have 16 strip sets.

Cross Cutting Instructions:

Trim the end of each strip set as shown, and cross cut the strip set every 1 1/2" as shown. You should be able to cut 12 sections from each strip set. This will result in 192 units. Make more strip sets if needed to reach 192.


To save time, layer the strip sets four at a time and cut them together. Be careful to keep them straight and not let them shift. Layer them slightly offset so that the seams are not creating a large amount of bulk while cutting. See the side view below of the units after they have been cut.

The photo above and the first photo at the top of the post is the final result of Clue #1. This is what 192 finished units look like. These units will measure 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" each.  This may seem like a lot of strips and sewing and cross cutting, but it is the hardest and most time consuming clue. It actually took me less than one hour of sewing, pressing, and cutting.

Have fun and get busy! Clue #2 will be posted next Friday morning!

Enjoy every stitch!

PS. I do not have a PDF download available of this clue, but I will put together the entire set of clues and make a downloadable pattern with the final reveal. Thanks for your patience.


  1. I usually don't bother with mysteries, but I always love your designs--so I will be diving in! Thanks for generously leading us with a mystery pattern!

  2. Was there a supply list for this Diane? Thanks, Annette Norton


      Here's the link Annette, I really should have linked it in the post. Sorry!

  3. let's go playing! thanks Diane!!!

    1. I'm so excited to have you join us!! Have a wonderful day!

  4. I like your clear directions and great accompanying photos.

  5. I'm going to play along! My first mystery quilt!

    1. I'm so happy to hear that Stephanie! I do hope you will have fun and enjoy it!!

  6. I'm joining in too Diane. This will be my fourth quilt to date......started sewing when I retired, so a very late starter! So looking forward to getting the clues each week. Thanks for leading the way.


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