Mystery Monday: #3, Part 1

Good morning! Are y’all ready to start the newest Mystery Monday with me? I’ll tell ya, I already did today’s block and it was very fast and easy. It took me about an hour (with my boys interrupting as they need). They were super excited to see me on my sewing machine on a weekend day – that meant they were allowed to play their XBox. Oh, and yes, I am actually writing this on Sunday to post on Monday morning. For the first time in forever, I am ahead of the game! Let’s see if it continues!

If you recall, two weeks ago, I posted the fabric requirements and the cutting instructions for the entire quilt. I gave two different sizes. The original post is HERE. I will copy/paste below anyway. This quilt has 12 blocks. For the small size, you will do one of each block. If you do the large size (like the original), you will make two of the same block each week for twelve weeks. The final week, number thirteen, we’ll assemble.

Fabric Requirements:

SMALL SIZE – Finishes at 50″ x 64″

  • Red #1: 2 3/8 yards
  • Red #2: 7/8 yard
  • White: 1 7/8 yard
  • Blue: 3/4 yard

LARGE SIZE – Finishes at 64″ x 92″

  • Red #1: 3 5/8 yards
  • Red #2: 1 1/4 yard
  • White: 3 yards
  • Blue: 1 3/8 yard

This is a patriotic quilt so keep that in mind when you select your colors. Red #1 will be used for borders, sashing and binding. Select something you would enjoy seeing so much of in the quilt. If you recall, I purchased my fabric (for the large size) at JoAnn’s – keeping in mind to reduce the heat on the iron – and it was said to be $67 but it was actually less. I forgot I bought a few other things. I am trying to keep my costs low so everyone can participate.

Cutting Requirements (for the entire quilt top):

SMALL SIZE – Finishes at 50″ x 64″

  • Red #1: (6) 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and (19) 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ and (11) 2″ x WOF strips (sashing) and (6) 5 1/2″ x WOF strips (border) and (9) 2 1/2″ x WOF (binding)
  • Red #2: (30) 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and (14) 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ and (4) 6 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  • White: (34) 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and (46) 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ and (20) 6 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and (4) 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″
  • Blue: (22) 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and (17) 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ and (8) 6 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

LARGE SIZE – Finishes at 64″ x 92″

  • Red #1: (12) 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and (38) 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ and (21) 2 1/2″ x WOF strips and (8) 5 1/2″ x WOF strips
  • Red #2: (60) 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and (28) 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ and (8) 6 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  • White: (68) 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and (92) 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ and (40) 6 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and (8) 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″
  • Blue: (44) 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and (34) 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ and (16) 6 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

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Shall we start on our assembly of the first of twelve blocks? The above is what we’ll be creating. I tried to shortcut these blocks to the best of my abilities, so follow along!

Requirements for the first block are below. Keep in mind, if you’re doing the LARGE size with me, you’ll have to make TWO of each block I post. So, the requirements below need to be DOUBLED from what I post. These pieces are pulled from all the ones we cut two weeks ago.

  • Red #1: (1) 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ and (2) 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  • Red #2: (1) 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ and (2) 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  • White: (2) 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ and (8) 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and (1) 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″
  • Blue: (4) 6 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

Now, let’s start according to how I wrote out the pattern. Or, let’s start with drawing our diagonal lines on following pieces:

  • Red #1: (2) 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  • Red #2: (2) 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  • White: (2) 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ and (8) 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

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Step one and two are creating the HSTs out of the (1) Red #1 3 7/8″, (1) Red #2 3 7/8″, and (2) white 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ pieces. You’ve already drawn a diagonal line on all the whites you need for this so sit down and start creating.

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I do a lot of chain piecing and, if you chain piece with me, it should only take an hour of your day to make the block every week.

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I sew on one side of the drawn line all in a row and then flip and sew on the other side. They are chain pieced, which makes them go fast.

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Tada! Now, cut them right down the drawn line, open and iron them flat.

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Take them to your cutting table and make sure each measures exactly at 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″. This is a necessary and oft-times time-consuming task. If you line up the seam in the middle on your cutting table exactly on the 45 degree line, it’s really fast and easy to trim two sides down to 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″. Then, all you have to do is cut off one last dog ear and done. If you look above, you’ll see the seam is directly on the 45 degree line – top and bottom. This ensures a perfect HST when finished trimming.

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A small army of perfect HSTs out of Red #1 and white and Red #2 and white.

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I put them on my design board so I can keep track of where everything goes as I work. The Red #1/White goes on the top left and bottom right corners. The Red #2 goes on the top right and bottom left of the block.

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Next up, the four blue 6 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ get a white 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ on the top left and the top right to create our Flying Geese. We will do this four times for one block of the week, do this eight times for two blocks (the Large size quilt).

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Sew the four (or eight) in a chain piecing method, trim a quarter inch past the sewn line and then iron open. (P.S., to create this picture for you, I had to lean my scissors against my iron. hehe)

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Do the other side identical – as shown.

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Trim and iron open, then place with the four corner units. Remember, the Red #1 goes top left and bottom right, Red #2 goes top right and bottom left. The points of the blue/white Flying Geese go inwards towards the center.

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For the final piece, we put Red #1 (3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″) on the top left and bottom right corners of the large white 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ square. trim, iron open and then add the Red #2 (3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″) pieces to the top right and bottom left.

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One piece at a time.

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When placing this piece into the center, the Red #1 matches the Red #1 on the outside – placed on the top left and bottom right. The Red #2 sides match their mates on the top right and bottom left of the outsides.

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Chain piecing the rows…

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And done. Of course, right as I was typing this last piece, I realized – I flipped the outside HSTs to face the wrong way. The red (1 and 2) are supposed to be on the outside with the whites inside. DOH!

I might fix it. I might leave it. Phooey!

There’s the first of the 12 blocks. I am doing the large quilt and making two blocks a week. If you are doing the small quilt, you’ll only make one block a week. See ya next week!

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