Monday, November 28, 2016

"Courtyard" Mystery Quilt Clue 8

Clue 8:  Border

We’ll be adding a 3” border all around.  Mine is going to be purple, because I like purple.

Sew 2 of the 3-1/2" Border strips to form a long (approx. 80") strip; repeat with another pair of strips.

Cut one of the remaining strips in half and sew one of the halves to a remaining full strip to form a strip approx. 60" long' repeat with the remaining half and full strip.

Measure the length of the quilt (measure in the center).  Cut the 80" strips to that length and sew one to each long side of the quilt. Press seams toward the border.

Measure the width of the quilt, again measuring in the center.  Cut the 60" strips to that length and sew one to the top and to the bottom of the quilt.  Press toward the Border strips.

NOW all that’s left is the shouting.  After the quilting and binding, of course.   

I hope you enjoyed making “Courtyard.”  I would love to see photos of your finished quilt!


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Monday, November 21, 2016

"Courtyard" Mystery Quilt, Clue 7

Now we’re going to rotate and place the blocks, and sew them into a top.  The seams should all be pressed so they “nest” up against the seam next to them.   I sew the rows together, and press the seams in the top row one direction, the seams in the next row the opposite direction, and keep alternating.  But you can do it the way you usually do.)

Paying careful attention to the orientation of each block, arrange and sew the blocks into 6 rows of 4 blocks each, as shown below.  (To keep from getting confused, or my eyeballs rotating around in my head, I follow the direction the Blue “arrow” is pointing in each block.)  Every 2 x 2 block section repeats.

When sewn together, it creates a secondary, interlocking pattern.

It's all over but the shouting.  Well, and the border.....  See you next week for the final clue.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

"Courtyard" Mystery Quilt: Clue 6

Putting the Blocks Together!

1.  Using the units you completed in Clues 3-4, arrange and sew a sub-block as shown below.  The 4-patches should be placed so the final seam you pressed are oriented direction of the dashed red arrows.

2. Sew the top two units together, and press in the direction of the solid black arrow.  Sew the bottom two units together, pressing in the direction of the solid black arrow.

3.  Sew the top and bottom units together, pressing in the direction of the black arrow.  The block should measure 8-1/2" at this point.

Repeat to make a total of 24 sub-blocks.

4.  Arrange the subunit with the Pink/Purple units from Clue 5 and the Pink 4-Patches from Clue 3 as shown, placing the Pink 4-Patch so the final seam you pressed is oriented in the direction of the dashed red arrows.

5.   Sew the two left-hand units together, and then the two right-hand units together; press in the direction of the solid black arrows.

6. Finally, sew the left- and right-hand units together, pressing toward the left (the side with the Pink 4-Patch).

Repeat with the other sub-blocks and units to make a total of 24 blocks.  The blocks should measure 12-1/2".

Next week we'll arrange and sew the blocks together into the top.

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Monday, November 7, 2016

"Courtyard" Mystery Quilt: Clue 5

Clue 5:  Pink Strips
Now we’ll start to work with those Pink and Background2 strips that are still waiting for some action.

1. With RST, sew a Pink 6-1/2” x WOF strip to a 2-1/2” x WOF Background2 strip along the long side;  press toward the Pink strip.  Repeat with the remaining 2 Pink  and 2 Background2 strips.


2.  Subcut the strip sets from Step #1 into 2-1/2” segments.  You will get 16 segments per strip set, and from all the strip sets you’ll have a total of 48 segments.

3.  Divide the 48 Pink/Background2 segments into two stacks of 24 segments each.  Set one aside and use the other as your working stack.

4.  Using a segment from your Pink/Background2 working stack, sew it to a Purple 2-1/2” x 8-1/2” strip, making sure the strips are oriented as shown.    Press toward the purple strip.


Repeat with the remaining 23 Pink/Background2 segments from your working stack and 23 Purple strips, for a total of 24 units.

5.  Now retrieve your reserved stack of Pink/Background2 segments, and sew a Pink/Background2 segment to a Purple 2-1/2” x 8-1/2” strip, making sure the orientation is as shown below.  Note that this orientation is different from that of Step #4.

Repeat with the remaining Pink/Background2 segments and Purple strips, to make a total of 24 units with this orientation.

You will have 24 units of each orientation.

Next week we'll start putting subunits together.

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