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MQN Mystery Quilt - Step 3 Piecing Instructions

Here is the next step in my series of posts on a mystery quilt.

Clue to the pattern:

The woman who penned Mary Had a Little Lamb nursery rhyme was strongly associated with this quilt block pattern.

 Step 3 Piecing Instructions:

It’s been awhile, but all of you should have Step 2 piecing completed. The next step will put together all those HST (half square triangles) that were made in Step 2.

 1)      Remove all the HST from Clue #3 baggie. These should all be pressed to the cool color side. Using only one cool color at a time, place two HST with right sides together, so that the center HST seams are in the same direction.

2)      Pin the seam along the cool color, so that it will form a triangle when stitched and pressed. The two stitched HST will look like a flying geese section.

NOTE: This picture shows chain piecing of HST blocks with the warm color fabric as the center triangle section.

3)      Press seams open. For many, this will appear contrary to usual quilting techniques. However, I am breaking the rules and pressing my seams open to smooth the triangle shape and reduce the bulk in the block. Besides, this is my Mystery Quilt, and I should be able to sew and press the pieces together in any process that I desire. (For those of you that have quilted for many years and cannot bring yourself to press open seams, or those who have longarm quilters that frown upon open seams in a quilt, you may press your seams to one side.)

4)      Repeat the process, for making the flying geese sections, using the other cool color HST from Clue #3 baggie. All finished sections should have a warm color triangle in the center of the flying geese section and matching cool colors in the corners. Place all the HST flying geese sections back into Clue #3 baggie, keeping each cool color together.

5)      Remove the HST from Clue #4 baggie. These HST should all be pressed to the warm color side. Pin the seam along the cool color, so that it will form a triangle when stitched and pressed. Place the first cool color HST flying geese sections back into Clue #4 baggie.

6)   Again, repeat this process with the HST from Clue #5 baggie. These HST should also all be pressed to the warm color side and the pinning and stitching completed along the cool color seam, to form a triangle of the cool color fabric in the center of the flying geese section. Place the second cool color HST flying geese sections back into Clue #5 baggie.

This is what one set of your flying geese sections will look like. The pink fabric is my warm color, while the purple is one of my cool colors.

Here are my other set of cool color flying geese. You should have placed all the geese sections with the warm color (pink center triangles, in my sample here & above) into Baggie #3. The first cool color (purple center triangles, in my sample above) are in Baggie #4, while the second cool color (green center triangles, in my sample below) are in Baggie #5.

Hope everyone is having fun making this quilt. I'll be back with more, soon.

Happy Stitching!

Published Wed, Jun 20 2012 3:41 PM by Pamela