New Beginnings Mystery Quilt Block 1


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Free Mystery  Quilt Along!! I love them and this is a mystery sampler designed to be a skill builder so everyone (including beginners) can join in! You will revist many skills that are essential for making most quilts! Let’s practice our accuracy skills, 1/4 inch seams,  color play and start planning our quilting from the very beginning. Scrappy blocks would be awesome! I would suggest making all the connector blocks from the same fabrics for consistency in the design. The connector block will be revealed next so you could work ahead! This Mystery Quilt even has a name– New Beginnings! I like starting a brand new year with lots of goals and motivation. Or if you are in the mid winter doldrums or funk this may be just the solution to regain your creative mojo!

I chose to use a fat quarter bundle of 15 FQ. It should have 5 clearly light, 5 medium and 5 dark fat quarters. The yardage is in the EQ list above. The connector block is the burgundy approximately 2 yards and the black is a half yard. I used a red, black, grey white color way in one version of the quilt and another version of the quilt is the blue, yellow and  white color way. Instructions are in the last color way listed.

Here is the pattern!!!
Churn Dash Block
Cut 2 white squares that are 4 7/8 and 2 squares 4 7/8 blue
Cut 4 rectangles white 2 ½ by 4 ½ inches
Cut 4 rectangles yellow 2 1/2 by 4 ½ inches
Cut 1 square light blue 4 ½ by 4 ½ inches
1. Draw diagonal line on the white 4 7/8 squares. Pair up the white square with 4 7/8 inch blue square. Sew ¼ in on either side of your line then cut on the drawn line leaving 2 hst (half square triangles). Square up your patch using a square up ruler
Note: You could easily use 5 inch white and blue squares for this step but you will need to do a fair amount of squaring up and YOU CANNOT FORGET to do this step because the patch will be oversized and need trimming down.
2. Pair up the yellow to white rectangles and sew into squares, press
3. Layout block as shown in the picture
4. Assemble unit in to rows and then join rows to form block
Tips to avoid clipped off points:
Iron your fabric before cutting and after each seam
Accuracy in you ¼ in seam is essential , Pin your seams together helps!

I am going to do a Facebook live during this free Quilt along to answer questions and give demos so stay tuned, I even bought some makeup for the camera, lol!!!

Quilt on ,


Here is week 2:



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