This has been a very long five weeks. I have learned so much while doing this! I do hope that a few of you actually attempt what I did and show me your work. I’ve offered a giveaway if you do but, quite honestly, I just wanna see if someone else attempts what I’ve done. It means a lot to me, after all the struggle, trials and failures as I worked this out. I will say that the next Mystery Monday, which begins this afternoon, is already complete. I made the top already so I know my math and instructions are solid. The only mistake would be when I translated my notes to writing it up in the blog.
I have always used graph paper for what I create. Rarely do I use patterns someone else created. I like to joke that, “If it’s on graph paper, I can create it.” That’s true – except when I try to tell someone else exactly what yardage to buy or what to cut. You don’t see when I realize a mistake and fix it or forgot something and have to add it in. I recently started using a “Quilter’s FabricCalc” made by Calculated Industries. It’s a calculator designed specifically for quilters. I have played with it for the duration of the creation of this Mystery Quilt Monday. I have learned, screwed up and learned some more. With what I learned, I generated the next Mystery Monday quilt and already finished the top! If I add borders, then I’ll have to add that in but, as of right now, borders are not part of the equation. Yet.
So, shall we finish this Mystery Quilt and call it done so we can do the next?
I was attempting to take pictures of the last step when the kitty decided he wanted to play. Yes, the materials listed below are in ADDITION to what you cut last Monday. A total of 16 white 15 1/2″ x 15 1/2″ squares will be needed. I have already added the white fabric addition to the first in this series, so if you started from there, you should already have the fabric necessary.
White: (8) 15 1/2″ x 15 1/2″
We are going to start by sewing these together, two at a time. When done, you’ll have four pieces that are 30 1/2″ x 15 1/2″. I guess you could cut them at 30 1/2″ x 15 1/2″ and skip this step but then you won’t have the seam to assist you in sewing these to the quilt top.
On all four sides, you’ll attach the 30 12/” x 15 1/2″. To center it on the section (as it doesn’t go edge to edge), use the seam to line it up with the seam between the two green flower blocks.
See? This is what will happen if you cut them to 15 1/2″ x 15 1/2″ and then piece them together.
This is what you’ll do on all four sides of the top.
This is where the kitty jumped in and started messing things up. I do hope you can see what we created by sewing the pieces to the outsides, though. Tell me if this did not make sense? You are going to cut across the top, on the diagonal, as it lays right now, a quarter inch past the seam lines on the green. Do this on all four sides. It will trim off half of each of the 15 1/2″ x 15 1/2″.
Quarter inch trimmed straight across.
This is the end result. It measures at 84″ x 84″. We could have a large lap quilt or add a border to make it a queen sized quilt.
So very pretty on my bed!
I will say that I’ll be removing the green flowers on this one and adjusting them so they all point UP like they were supposed to. Not sure how I messed that one up but I’m sure I’ll fix it and adjust the tutorial accordingly.
This top was a pain in my butt the entire time. I think I’m done with it! As soon as I fix the errors. I’ll probably hang this one on my wall because it was so difficult to get done. The wall I am talking about is what you see when you first walk into my home. I put difficult quilts or quilts that mean a lot to me on this wall. Nothing the size of a queen, thought. So far, I have only hung twin sized quilts. We’ll see if this one will fit.
I do hope you enjoyed this tutorial. I tried really hard but was amazed at how much I learned along the way! This next one I am going to write up is a breeze. It took me 5 hours one afternoon for the entire top. I had someone ironing for me but the rest (cutting, piecing, planning, plotting) was all me. I may add borders to make it a twin or keep it as a long lap quilt. We’ll see!
UPDATE: I forgot to add the original! Terribly sorry.
- Title: Marigold Garden
- Designed by: Susie Ennis
- Quilter’s Newsletter, January ’82
“This new quilt design sparkles with cheer because of its bright and energetic colors. It is lovely made with a white background, and also very pretty with a pale print background. Use either prints or solids for the marigolds.
“The quilt is fairly easy to piece, having long straight seams and a reasonable number of patches – 859 of them. It could easily be stitched on the machine, although some quiltmakers will prefer to set in the angled patches by hand. Either method of stitching will work well for this quilt: by hand, by machine – or a combination.”