Modern Sunbonnet Sue's Musings

Musings from the mind of a modern day Sue:
Mystery Quilt - Cutting the Fabric

This pattern will use Thangles to make half square triagles (HST). If you would prefer to make HST using a traditional method, follow the instructions at the bottom of the post for cutting a portion of the fabric strips. The fabric requirements are the same, but the fabric is cut out differently.

Fabric #1 – Dark

From 3/8 yard (1/4 yard) cut five (two), 2 ½ inch strips the WOF

If using 2 (2) FQs – cut nine (four), 2 ½ inch strips the WOF

Place strips into a baggie labeled Clue #1

 Fabric #2 – Light

Cut nine (four), 2 ½ inch strips the WOF

 Cut three (two), 4 ½ inch strips the WOF

                       Sub-cut 4 ½ inch strips into 18 (8), 4 ½ inch squares – 8 or 9 squares per strip

Place strips & squares into a baggie labeled Clue #2

 

Fabric #3 – Warm color

Cut twelve (six), 2 ½ inch strips the WOF

Place strips into a baggie labeled Clue #3

 

Fabric #4 – Cool color #1

Cut six (three), 2 ½ inch strips the WOF

After cutting several strips, it's sometimes necessary to re-square your fabric; shown here.

When I measure sub-cuts of a strip, I multiply the width up to 4 times, then place the ruler at the largest cut, first. Then, the ruler is moved back the width of the sub-cut and cut from the end. This provides more even cutting across the strip.

Cut two (one), 3 ½ inch strip the WOF

                        Sub-cut 3 ½ inch strips into 18 (8) 3 ½ inch squares – 10 or 12 squares per strip

3 ½ inch squares are cut from strip.

Place strips into a baggie labeled Clue #4

 

Fabric #5 – Cool color #2

Cut six (three), 2 ½ inch strips the WOF

Cut two (one), 3 ½ inch strip the WOF

                        Sub-cut 3 ½ inch strips into 18 (8) 3 ½ inch squares – 10 or 12 squares per strip

Place strips into a baggie labeled Clue #5

 

Fabric #6 – Coordinating color

This fabric will not be cut at this time. Set asidw with border & binding fabrics.

Cutting strips to make HST without Thangles:

Follow these alternate directions for cutting fabrics to make half square triangles in a traditional fashion. The HST for the Mystery Quilt are made with Fabrics #3, 4 & 5.

 

Fabric #3 – Warm color

Cut eleven (5), 2-7/8 inch strips the WOF

          Sub-cut 2-7/8 inch strips into 144 (64) 2-7/8 inch squares

Place strips into a baggie labeled Clue #3

Fabric #4 & #5 - Cool colors

Cut five (3), 2-7/8 inch strips the WOF

          Sub-cut 2-7/8 inch strips into 72 (32) 2-7/8 inch squares

You will still need to cut the 3 ½ inch strip the WOF and sub-cut the 3 ½ inch squares, as described above.

Place strips into separate baggies labeled Clue #4 & #5.

Here are all of my Clue baggies.

Dust the lint out of your machines and get your bobbins wound. We'll be stitching those strips together soon.

Enjoy!

 

Published Fri, Feb 17 2012 8:29 PM by Pamela