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2016 Mystery Quilt Week 1


By Barb Bergquist

Today we reveal the first clues for our Mystery Quilt Project.  You will need no special tools and this project is perfect for quilters; all you need is basic quilting knowledge and skills.  The finished size of this is approximately 74” x 74.”

Fabric Requirements

These fabric requirements cover all the fabrics needed for piecing the quilt top and binding the quilt.

Fabric 1 is the background fabric, and the fabric that you’ll see the most in the finished quilt.  You can choose a light or a dark fabric but keep in mind that it must blend with all the other fabric.  I suggest you choose a solid or a blender fabric.

Fabric 2’s shade is decided by the background fabric.  If you choose a dark background, then this should be a light colored fabric.  If your background is light, then this will be a dark colored fabric.  For example, if you choose black as your background, lemon yellow would be a good color for Fabric 2, but if I am using a cream colored background, dark brown would be good for Fabric 2.

Fabric 3 is in the same color group as Fabric 2.  If Fabric 2 is dark, then Fabric 3 should be light; and if Fabric 2 is light, Fabric 3 should be dark.  For example, if you choose pumpkin for Fabric 2, peach would be a good choice for Fabric 3.

Fabric 4 and Fabric 5 are medium shades.  They should complement or coordinate with Fabric 2 and Fabric 3.

 Fabric 
  Amt. 
1 3 ¾ yd.
2 1 ⅓ yd.
3 1 yd.
4 1 yd.
5 ⅓ yd.

Cutting Instructions

Fabric 1

  • Cut 72 squares – 4 ½".  Put 36 into a bag and label it M.  Put the other 36 into a bag labeled O.
  • Cut 72 rectangles – 3 ½” x 4 ½”.  Again, put 36 into a bag labeled A and the other 36 into a bag labeled Q.
  • Cut 72 rectangles – 2 ½” x 3 ½”.  Once more, 36 are bagged and labeled G, and the other 36 labeled K.
  • Cut 36 squares – 3 ½”, bag them and label them C.
  • Cut 36 rectangles – 1 ½” x 2 ½” labeled E.
  • Last, cut 36 squares – 2 ½” and label their bag I.

Fabric 2

  • Cut 36 squares – 2 ½” and label their bag H.
  • Cut 36 rectangles – 2 ½” x 3 ½” and label their bag B.
  • Cut 36 rectangles – 2 ½” x 8 ½” and label their bag L.

Fabric 3

  • Cut 36 squares – 4 ½” and label them N.
  • Cut 8 strips 2 ¼” by WOF (width of fabric).  Mark this bag BINDING.

Fabric 4

  • Cut 36 rectangles – 1 ½” x 2 ½”, labeled J.
  • Cut 36 rectangles – 1 ½” x 4 ½”, labeled P.
  • Cut 36 rectangles – 1 ½” x 9 ½”, labeled D.

Fabric 5

  • Cut 36 squares – 2 ½”, labeled F.

That is it for Week 1 of the Mystery Quilt.  I know this will be a lot of work cutting pieces A through Q, but I think you will be fascinated with the quilt at the end.  Join us next week when you will move from the cutting board to the sewing machine.  Happy cutting!



Barb Bergquist along with husband, Ron, own A Block Away Quilt Shop.  A dedicated quilter with more than 25 years of experience, she is now actively sharing her love of quilting through the work in her shop.

Contact Us:

Phone: (956) 638-1961
Location: A Block Away Quilt Shop
                 2706 N. 10th Street
                 McAllen, TX 78501
Hours: Mon-Sat: 9AM-9PM, Sun: 10AM-6PM
Email: barb@ablockaway.com


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