Friday, August 5, 2016

2016 Mystery Quilt Reveal


Here it is! I hope you like the final result! I hope you have had as much fun sewing this quilt as I have had sewing and sharing it. The original inspiration came from floor tiles at my local printer, and when I went back to get a better photo of them last week, they had redone the floor! Seriously, they didn't ask my permission for that. The nerve. LOL


I added a 3 1/2" border on all sides, but your quilt may not need borders. It's up to you! I then quilted it using a curved ruler (tutorial coming soon!) and used leftover brown strips for a scrappy binding. 

Because the blocks finish at 9", the quilt size before borders is 54" x 72". After I added my borders, the quilt is 60" x 78". A perfect size for a single bed. If you would like to make borders like mine the instructions are below.



Assembling the quilt:

The blocks from the last step are set in six rows of eight. Sew the blocks into rows, then sew the rows together. Use care when joining the blocks to ensure the seams match up, especially on the small squares, as they will create a circle where the blocks join. 

Adding Borders:

Cut two strips 3 1/2" wide by 72" long.
Cut two strips 3 1/2" wide by 60" long.

Sew the two longer borders to each of the longer sides of the block unit.
Sew the two remaining strips to the two remaining sides of the quilt top.
Press the seams toward the borders.

Binding the Quilt:

Sew remaining strips or cut strips (I always use strips that are 2" wide, but use whichever width you are comfortable with) and piece them to make a binding at least 276" long. Press the binding in half lengthwise, wrong sides together and roll it to keep it tidy. Sew the binding to the right side of the quilt, one quarter of an inch away from the edge. Join the ends as shown HERE and fold the binding over the edges to the back of the quilt. Whip stitch down by hand or machine.


The complete Mystery Quilt Pattern with all the steps and photos is available for free download HERE. 

Enjoy every stitch!
Diane

8 comments:

  1. Fantastic!! Wish I hadn't missed out on this one...glad the pattern is still available! THANKS!! Soooo what are you going to do with yours?

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  2. Congratulations for this mystery ! It's stunning !

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  3. Awesome!! love this mystery! Now I love my scraps!!! Thank you!!

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  4. Wow, Diane - the mystery quilt is awesome! The secondary pattern where the circles meet works really well. Delightful!

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  5. I bet people had a fun time following along the mystery trail to create this beautiful quilt. Wonderful photos too!

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  6. great finish - I hope you post the quilts for us to see.

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