It’s time to start putting together our mystery quilt. A newsletter went out to the MQN region members with the first two piecing instruction steps. For anyone outside the MQN group, that had an interest in completing my mystery quilt, here is the first step of piecing instructions. We will begin with the baggies labeled Clue #1 and Clue #2. Remember that the numbers in the parentheses are for the smaller quilt top.
Step 1 Piecing Instructions:
1) Remove five (2) dark 2-1/2 inch strips from Clue #1 baggie and five (2) light 2-1/2 inch strips from Clue #2 baggie.
2) Stitch one dark strip and one light strip together across the WOF. Chain piece three (1) more strip combination together. For the larger quilt, cut the fifth dark strip and one light strip in half. Stitch these half strips together.
3) Press all the seams to the dark fabric.
4) Cut dark/light stitched strips into 72 (32) 2-1/2 inch sections. Be sure to square up the end first, trimming off the selvedge. Each section should measure 2-1/2 X 4-1/2 inches. Place these sections back into Clue #1 baggie. Each dark/light strip should make 16 sections, with the half strip making 8 additional sections.
5) Cut remaining light strips into 72 (32) 2-1/2 inch squares. Each strip, folded, will be cut eight times to make 16 squares. Place these light squares back into Clue #2 baggie with the larger 4-1/2 inch light squares.
I cut strips by trimming away the selvedge end, then measuring & cutting a 20-inch section. I then sub-cut into two 10-inch sections, followed by two 5-inch sections on one end that is again sub-cut into two 2-1/2 inch square sections. I repeat cutting the second 10-inch section, making sixteen squares from the folded strip.
Below are my finished Clues.
Each step will include a clue to the block pattern. Here is the first clue.
Clue #1 to the pattern:
This block is found in the collection of Carrie Hall historical blocks at the Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas State University.
Have fun with this mystery and I will have the next step in a couple of weeks.