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MQN Mystery Quilt - Step 2 Piecing Instructions

My Michigan Quilt Network friends are making a mystery quilt. Each step will offer a clue to the name of this block. Get your super sleuth skills thinking to discover the mystery, and, together, we’ll get this mystery solved. Join me, if you haven’t already.

We’ll begin the next step in piecing our mystery quilt using Clue #3, Clue #4 & Clue #5 baggies. The pictures show making HST (half square triangles) using Thangles. Alternate instructions are given for making the HST without Thangles. For the Alternate method, you have cut your strips 2-7/8 inch wide when completing the cutting instuctions.

Step 2 Piecing Instructions:

1) Remove six (2) 2-1/2 inch strips from Clue #3 baggie and six (2) 2-1/2 inch strips from Clue #4 baggie.

2) Place one strip of each color, right sides together. Lay four Thangles on the top and pin in place. Repeat for the remaining strips.

Alternate step if you are making HST without Thangles: Cut the strips, with the right sides together, into 2-7/8 inch squares. Using a sharp pencil or fined tipped pen and a ruler, draw a line from one corner to the opposite corner. I use my 45 degree angle on my ruler to ensure the line is centered.

3) Follow the directions on the Thangles package to make the HST: The Thangles sections can be cut apart and the four paper sections chain pieced. Stitch the strips along the Thangles paper stitching lines.

Alternate step if you are making HST without Thangles: Stitch a ¼ inch seam on either side of the drawn line. Chain piece several squares at once, then clip apart and chain piece the other seam.

 

4) Follow the directions on the Thangles package: Use your rotary cutter to cut the Thangles paper cutting lines. Cut apart into squares; then cut the squares through the center between the stitching lines.

Alternate step if you are making HST without Thangles: Simply cut the squares through the center on the drawn line, to separate into the HST.

5) Tear the Thangles paper off from the finished HST. First, fold the paper back along the stitched seam and crease. Holding the paper along the stitching, gently tear away the paper. The paper in the seam will easily pull off.

6) Press half of the HST seams toward the warm color and the other half of the HST seams toward the cool color. Pressing the seams, in this manner, will aide in piecing later. Place all the HST pressed to the cool color side in Clue #3 baggie. Place the HST pressed toward the warm color into the Clue #4 baggie.

7) Repeat this process using the remaining six (2) 2-1/2 inch strips from Clue #3 baggie and six (2) 2-1/2 inch strips from Clue #5 baggie.

Clue #2 to the pattern:

This 19th century block pattern is also included in the Painted Barn Quilts trail in the Midwest.

This step may take some of you awhile to complete. Take your time; the next step will be coming in a few weeks. Enjoy!

Published Fri, May 4 2012 2:08 PM by Pamela