Mystery Quilt Week 4

Week 4 of 4

“It’s A Mystery” Quilt Challenge by Sharon Wasteney, Something Stitched

Always use a ¼” seam allowance. Press seam allowances toward the solid.

Block E requires these pieces:

(2) 6 ½” x 21 ½”;

(1) 6 ½” x 9 ½”;

(1) 6 ½” x 6 ½”;

(4) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares, one of each print numbered 1through 4.

 

Sew #1 print to #3 print, press seam to #3; sew #2 print to #4 print, press seam to #2. Join #1,3 to #2,4 forming a four patch block.

Sew 6 ½” x 9 ½” to left edge of four patch and 6 ½” square to the right edge.

Sew 6 ½” x 21 ½” to top and bottom of enhanced four patch block.

 

 

 

 

 

Finished size of Block E will be 21 ½” width and 18 ½” height.

Block F requires one each of these pieces:

(1) 3 ½” x 18 ½”;

(1) 6 ½” x 9 ½”;

(1) 9 ½” x 18 ½”,

(1) 3 ½” x 6 ½”;

(4) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares, one of each print numbered 1 through 4.

 

Sew #2 print to #4 print, press seam to #4; sew #1 print to #3 print, press seam to #1. Join #2,4 to #1,3 forming a four patch block.

Sew 6 ½” x 9 ½” to left side of four patch block and 3 ½” x 6 ½” to the right side.

Sew 3 ½” x 18 ½” to top of enhanced four patch.

Sew 9 ½” x 18 ½” to bottom

 

 

 

 

 

Finished size of Block F will be 18 ½” width and 18 ½” height.

Sew block E to block F. Sew E/F to A/B/C/D piece.

You’re done!! I told you it was simple. I hope you enjoy thinking about how you might quilt this project. As with many modern designs it leaves a lot of negative space for stitching.

Prepare top to be quilted by layering backing, batting and top. Baste as desired and quilt as desired. I quilted mine with interlocking squares in various sizes corresponding with the sizes used in the top but it could also just use some vertical and horizontal lines with a heavier or decorative thread to stand out or hand stitch with big stitches in a contrasting thread. This is a great opportunity to let quilting take center stage.

 

 

Week Three of Four Mystery Quilt

Week 3 of 4

“It’s A Mystery” Quilt Challenge by Sharon Wasteney, Something Stitched

Always use a ¼” seam allowance. Press seam allowances toward the solid.

 

Block C requires these pieces:

(1) 3 ½” x 18 ½”;

(1) 6 ½” x 9 ½”;

(1) 9 ½” x 18 ½”;

(1) 3 ½” x 6 ½”;

(4) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares, one of each print numbered 1through 4.

Sew #2 print to #3 print, press seam to #3; sew #4 print to #1 print, press seam to #4. Join #2,3 to #4,1, forming a four-patch block.

Sew 3 ½” x 6 ½” piece to left edge of four patch block. Sew 6 ½” x 9 ½” to right edge of four-patch block.

Sew 3 ½” x 18 ½” to top of enhanced four patch and sew 9 ½” x 18 ½” to bottom of block.

 

 

 

 

Finished size of Block C will be 18 ½” width and 18 ½” height.

 

Block D requires these pieces:

(2) 6 ½” x 21 ½”;

(1) 6 ½” x 9 ½”;

(1) 6 ½” x 6 ½”;

(4) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares, one of each print numbered 1through 4.

Sew #3 print to #1 print, press seam to #1; sew #4 print to #2 print, press seam to #4. Join #3,1 to #4,2 forming a four-patch block.

Sew 6 ½” square to left edge of four-patch block and 6 ½” x 9 ½” to right edge.

Sew remaining 6 ½” x 21 ½” pieces to top and bottom of enhanced four-patch block.

 

 

 

 

Finished size of Block D will be 21 ½” width and 18 ½” height.

Sew block C to block D.

Sew C/D piece to bottom edge of A/B block then set aside for final row.

 

 

 

 

 

Two-thirds done. How easy is this!!

 

 

Rusted and Felted

Today I will be joining a group of fiber arts enthusiasts at the Rockport Center for the Arts to share the rust dyeing technique. Coming from a farm background I am familiar with how equipment rusts if not taken care of. I remember greasing plow blades and cultivator shovels to prevent rust. Now I am looking for all kinds of bolts and washers and nails and chains and anything else that is or can be rusted to create an interesting pattern on fabric. The sample shown combines a Tyvek leaf ( my favorite technique) on a rust dyed background with felted leaves on the side. I painted the background fabric using Setacolor paints with commercial batiks that combine so well with hand dyes. Made on a rainy day, it reflects the mood of the day with the sun trying to shine but the rain prevailed. Looking forward to the exciting but unknown results that take place when a group with artistic bent comes together.

To Dye For

 

 

 

 

My morning and early afternoon was spent dyeing vintage linens and over dyeing other fabrics with a Texas friend. While she likes bright colors I tend to stick to the more grayed organic tones. I like to dye fabrics with someone who is my opposite in color choices because it compels me to pour those bright colors over my linens and enjoy the surprising results. I can’t think of any vintage linen I have dyed that I haven’t liked when I finally took it out of the dryer. They may not be as bright as I had hoped, they may have been brighter than I hoped, but they always have an amazing beauty that pleases my artistic muse and I seem to find a use for them. Because I like to make nature inspired art quilts I find I need those bright bits of color to make the project more interesting. Bright bits of color in friendships make my life more interesting as well.

Week Two of Four Mystery Quilt

Week 2 of 4

“It’s A Mystery” Quilt Challenge by Sharon Wasteney, Something Stitched

Always use a ¼” seam allowance. Press seam allowances toward the solid.

 

Block A requires these pieces:

(2) 6 ½” x 24 ½”;

(1) 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″;

(1) 6 1/2″ x 12 1/2″

(4) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares, one of each print numbered 1 through 4.

 

Sew #1 3 ½” print square to #2 print square, press seam to #2; sew #3 print to #4 print, press seam to #3. Join #1,2 to #3,4, forming four patch block.

Sew 6 ½” solid square to the left edge of the four patch.

Sew 6 ½” x 12 ½” rectangle to the right edge of the four patch.

Sew 6 ½” x 24 ½” rectangles to the top and bottom of the enhanced four patch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finished size of Block A will be 24 ½” width and 18 ½” height

 

 

Block B requires these pieces:

(1) 9 ½” x 15 ½”;

(1) 3 ½” x 15 ½”;

(1) 3 ½” x 6 ½”;

(1) 6 ½” x 6 ½”;

(4) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares, one of each print numbered 1 through 4.

 

Sew #2 print to #3 print, press seam to #3; sew #1 print to #4 print, press seam to #1. Join #2,3 to #1,4, forming a four patch block.

Sew 6 ½” square to left edge of four patch. Sew 3 ½” x 6 1/2” rectangle to right edge of four patch.

Sew 9 ½” x 15 ½” rectangle to top of enhanced four patch.

Sew 3 ½” x 15 ½” to bottom of enhanced four patch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finished size of Block B will be 15 ½” width x 18 ½” height.

 

Sew block A to block B on the 18 1/2″ edge and set aside.

 

I told you it was simple!!

Since this is my first try please know that I will gladly accept suggestions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 1 Mystery Quilt (corrected version)

Wow!! I was so motivated to try this that I made a mistake.  You will need 2 1/2 yards of background solid or reads as solid rather than 1 5/8 yards.  So then there are some additional cuts to be made. The new directions as as follows and thank you to my wonderful artsy group for trying this and making the corrections.  In actuality the directions were for four blocks rather than six.

Week 1 of 4

“It’s A Mystery” Quilt Challenge

Finished Quilt Size: 39.5” x 54.5”

 

Fabric Requirements:

  • 2 ½ yd of solid or “reads as solid” for background
  • 1/8 yd of at least 4 different coordinating prints for accent

(optional substitute: 24 different 3 ½” squares)

  • 2 ½ yd backing

 

 

Cutting:

Background-

Cut 6 strips 6 ½” by width of fabric (wof);

Subcut each strip as follows:

Strip 1-21 ½”, 3 ½”, 12 ½”

Strip 2-21 ½”, 9 ½”, 6 ½”

Strip 3- 24 ½”, 6 ½”, 6 ½”

Strip 4-24 ½”, 9 ½”, 3 ½”

Strip 5- 21 ½”, 9 ½”, 6 ½”

Strip 6- 21 ½”, 9 ½”, 3 ½”

 

Cut 2 strips 3 ½” x wof;

Subcut strip 1: 18 ½”, 15 ½”;

Subcut strip 2: 18 ½”

 

Cut 2 strips 9 ½” x wof;

Subcut strip 1: 18 ½”, 15 ½”;

Subcut strip 2: 18 ½”

 

Coordinating prints-

From each of 4 prints cut six 3 ½’ x 3 ½” squares (24 total)

Label each stack of six squares 1-4

 

Binding: Cut six strips 2 ½” x wof