Hi there! Are you ready for another mystery quilt top? I had a bunch of fun with the last one, even though the learning curve was frustrating as all hell. This one is much easier and I’ve already finished my top! I have yet to decide on borders but it’s done! I know my math is solid and, actually, there is a little bit extra on my yardage requirements that allows for uh-ohs.
As I said on my last post, this top took me five hours from start to finish – including cutting. I had someone (Jen, of course) doing the ironing but the rest was all me. She kept pushing me to finish it, even though I wanted to give up for the night. Speaking of finishing – I have some UFOs created this past week that I missed posting on Wednesday. She’s not pushing me very hard and neither is my other friend, Julie. She’s been sick so I understand. I’ve prayed a bit, hoping she’d get better soon!
Shall we begin? We’re going to try and keep this to TWO weeks. I want to finish this top before St. Patrick’s Day and then get started on my Fourth of July Mystery Quilt. That one will take, at least, 6 weeks from start to finish!
For this top, we want to think Irish when selecting our fabrics. We’ll get two variations of green, one lime and one green, plus a yellow and a red. The above is what I used. I would have liked a bigger contrast between the two greens but, I think it looks pretty good as is.
- Lime: 2 7/8 yards
- Green: 1 3/8 yards
- Yellow: 1/4 yard
- Red: 5/8 yard
- Backing (your choice): 4 1/3 yards
Materials List (cutting all for the entire quilt top):
- Lime: (14) 2 1/2″ x WOF strips and (12) 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ and (6) 5 1/2″ x WOF strips
- Green: (16) 2 1/2″ x WOF strips
- Yellow: (2) 2 1/2″ x WOF strips
- Red: (7) 2 1/2″ x WOF strips
The strips will be used to strip piece and then cut into sections. The (6) 5 1/2″ x WOF strips are your border. If you want an additional border when you’re finished, you’ll have to select and cut your own but your backing requirement will change. There are (6) additional green strips included in the cutting requirements for your binding. If you wish to change the number of borders I use (only one in my plan and in the original from the Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine), you’ll have to adjust your binding strips. Remember, WOF is cut from selvage to selvage.
To acquire the (12) 6 1/2 x 6 1/2″ lime pieces, you can cut (2) strips at 6 1/2″ and then subcut at 6 1/2″ to square them up. This will be BLOCK C.
We’ll sew our strips today and then cut them. We’ll assemble next week. Because we’re strip piecing them and the cutting, it’ll go super fast!
To start, we’re going to sew our greens together. We need to do (2) where the lime green is on the outside and the dark green is in the middle and (4) where the dark green is on the outside and the lime green is on the inside. Go ahead and sew the strips.
We’re going to cut them into sections: They will be cut at 2 1/2″ each.
When done, you’ll need (62) green/lime/green and (31) lime/green/lime. There will be extra pieces when you are done cutting. Just set them aside and you can use them to make a pillow later on. This will be BLOCK B.
I ironed all my strips the same direction and, because they are identical, I was able to switch them so the seams “nested” together. Makes for fast and accurate piecing into 9-Patches. Go ahead and sew these together to create (31) 9-Patches. as seen here.
Next, we’ll sew (3) strips of lime/red/lime. We’ll cut this into (40) 2 1/2″ sections as we did with the above. There will be extras. Just set them aside for use in another project. Do not resew together into 9-patches, yet! We have to do the next step.
For the final strip sewing, we’ll need to sew (2) red/yellow/red sets. Sub-cut them into (20) 2 1/2″ sections of red/yellow/red. Again, there will be a few extra. Set them aside to use elsewhere.
We’ll create (20) 9-Patches out of the these strips as shown here. This will be BLOCK A.
That’s it for today. Not a lot but a great deal of the quilt top already finished. Set this aside and I’ll see ya next Monday to finish up!