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Mystery Quilt Pattern - Fabric Selection

I am writing a mystery quilt pattern for a regional quilt group that I belong to here in Michigan. This is the first installment of the pattern, giving size and fabric requirements. Although MQN members are receiving the pattern by mail, I am posting the pattern here in my blog, so that they have a visual of the steps to assist them with making the mystery quilt. Anyone else is welcome to join in, as well.

Mystery Quilt

MQN – Region 3

Are you up for the challenge of a Mystery Quilt? Then, join me in my first ever mystery quilt pattern. Each month, a new clue will be provided for making the quilt, plus a clue about the pattern. Each clue will bring you closer to finding out what the quilt pattern will be.

So, if you’re ready, let’s begin!

Basic Supply List:

Sewing Machine

Thread for piecing

Thangles size 2-inch finished – 1 package

Silk or Flower head pins, your choice

Ziploc bags & Pen

Mat & Rotary Cutter

Rulers (3 ½” and 6 ½” rulers will work to complete cutting and piecing)

12-1/2” square ruler (for squaring up finished blocks)

Iron for pressing seams

Tape measure (for determining border fabric lengths)

Quilt Dimensions:

Crib/Lap Size: 47”X63”

Twin Size:            63”X79”

Instructions will be given in the Twin Size with Crib/Lap Size in parentheses.


Fabric Selection:

Choose from your collection or make a trip to your local quilt shop for some new fabric.

When choosing fabrics, this pattern works better with several different colors. Consider choosing at least three colors on the color wheel. There should be high contrast between the light and dark fabrics. Two of the three medium shades should be similar and could be in the same color. These two similar medium shades will work better as Cool colors, while the third medium shade will work better as a Warm color. This will allow the pattern design to stand out.

Warm colors include red, orange, yellow, and combinations of all of them. Warm colors look as though they come closer or stand out in the quilt.

Cool colors include blue, green, and light purple. Cool colors recede into the overall quilt.


These are the fabrics I have chosen for the quilt.

Choose five to six coordinating fabrics.

Fabric #1 (dark shade) – 3/8 yard or 2 FQ (1/4 yard or 2 FQ)

Fabric #2 (light shade) – 1 yard  (½ yard or 2 FQs)

Fabric #3 (medium shade/contrast preferably in a warm color) – 1 yard ( ½ yard)

Fabric #4 (medium shade preferably in a cool color) – 1 yard ( 5/8 yard)

Fabric #5 (medium shade preferably in a cool color) – 1 yard ( 5/8 yard)

Fabric #6 (any shade/color that blends with the quilt) – ¾ yard ( ½ yard)

You may use any of the fabrics 1-5 for this part of the quilt, or find another coordinating fabric. This will make your quilt look different, depending upon which fabric you use.

Fabrics for finishing the quilt top:

1st Border – 5/8 yard ( 3/8 yard) – consider using Fabric #3 or another medium warm color.

2nd Border – 1-1/4 yard ( 1 yard) – consider using Fabric #4 or #5 or another cool color.

Binding – 5/8 yard ( ½ yard) – consider using Fabric #1 or another dark shade of fabric.

Cutting instructions will follow later this month. So, get your fabric pre-washed and pressed, and get your brain sharpened and we’ll get this mystery quilt started.


Published Sat, Feb 11 2012 8:21 PM by Pamela