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MQN Mystery Quilt - Making the Block & Reveal

Making the Block:

We are about to put together the mystery quilt blocks. Have you figured out the block pattern? Let's put together our Mystery Block!

Putting together the Block Rows

1)      Stitch Row 1 to Row 2 –

Row 1 is shorter than Row 2, so place it on top. Match the rows at the center triangle tips, being sure to join the rows with a pin through the tips. This ensures that one tip will not be cut off. Match the seams and overlap Row 1 by ¼ inch past the seam of Row 2, pinning to secure while stitching.


I place a pin through the tip of each triangle, but do not put it back through the fabric. Then, I place a pin on either side of the center to anchor the fabric. Finally, I remove the pin through the tips.

2)      Stitch rows together; press seams toward Row 1.

3)      Stitch the combined Rows 1 & 2 to Row 3 –

Row 2 and Row 3 are the same length, so it doesn’t matter from which side of the seam you sew. Determine if either side appears longer and place that side of the seam down. This will allow the feed dogs to ease the seam as you stitch. Match the seams and pin together.

4)      Stitch rows together; press seams toward Row 2.


Finishing the Block

1)      Go to Clue baggies #4 and #5. Remove the remaining 3-1/2 inch squares. Using your rotary cutter and a ruler, cut the squares at a 45 degree angle through the center, forming two triangles. These are the corners of the block.

2)      Stitch the corner triangles to the block rows. Place the long edge of the triangle to the matching fabric end of Row 3 or the side of Row 1. Center the triangle by matching the points and creasing in the center. Place the crease at the seam of the row triangles. Pin in place.

3)      Stitch; press seams toward the corner triangles.

4)      Place the completed block onto your cutting mat with the block on the diagonal. Center a square ruler on the block, so that the previously sewn triangles form the block corners. The light squares will extend beyond the ruler. Trim these triangles along the edge of the ruler. My blocks measure 11-3/4 inches. Trim all blocks to the same size.


You have completed your first Godey’s Lady Book mystery block. Sarah Josepha Hale was the editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book in the mid-1800’s. The block, in the collection of Carrie Hall blocks at the Spencer Museum of Art, is done in two colors. I preferred the look of the Godey’s Lady’s Book block portrayed on the side of the Lytton Library in Iowa to make this mystery quilt. Finish making all your blocks. Then, get ready to put them together.

Happy Stitching!

Published Wed, Sep 12 2012 8:16 PM by Pamela