Stitch By Stitch Quilters' Guild
Marshall, Missouri

A Message from our new Guild President

Christi Bentley:

 

2020 President’s Mystery Quilt

 

This year I will offer a mystery quilt project with one clue a month that will be provided in our newsletter, Facebook page and also on this website!  In honor of the upcoming 2020 Presidential Election (and let’s hope this is not the only honorable thing about the election), I am calling this the President’s Mystery Quilt.  

 

I will be giving directions for a throw-sized (approximately 57” x 57”) quilt, but yours may be larger or smaller if you decide to only make a few blocks or add blocks or get creative on some borders.  There will be one clue each month. You will have a whole month to complete the clue! I think this is something everyone can participate in if they wish. Remember, it is meant to be fun and is totally voluntary!  With only 1 clue a month, it may take you until the November election to get this quilt totally finished!  --President Christi Bentley

 

 

Fabric Requirements:

 

10 fat quarters (or equivalent of) assorted darks - red, green, purple, navy, rust, etc. prints. These need to be strong in value.  You can limit it to certain colors, or make it very scrappy, but the value needs to be strong. You can go with really deep dark prints, or bright bold prints as long as the value is strong.

 

10 fat quarters (or equivalent of) assorted cream and light beige prints

 

4 fat eighths (or equivalent of) assorted medium gold and tan prints (or another color of your choosing, but a medium value).

 

Potential borders:  ⅜ yard of coordinating fabric for inner border, 1 yard of coordinating fabric for outer border, ½ yard for binding.  I usually wait until the end to select border fabrics, but some people like to know about borders at the beginning.

 

You will also need a Tri-Recs tool.  If you don’t have one, find someone who does and ask to be their buddy for this project.  Remember you have a whole month to work on each clue. And yes, this does mean that there are triangles involved.  (But Carol Dickerson, you made it to Africa and back, I think you can handle a few triangles!)

 

Also, this is a great project to make from scraps.  I made mine totally from scraps. If you use Bonnie Hunter’s scrap users system, check your 2” and 3.5” strips/squares bins for your colors.  I have heard someone say, “I can’t start another quilt, unless it’s a scrap quilt.” (Judy Smith - this means you can play!)  

 

I won’t be including photos in the newsletter, but will post some on facebook after the newsletter goes out each month.  I will also ask our webmasters to post the clues on the website and facebook pages. And I have decided to play along and make the quilt again.  But I’m changing my colors. Since it is a Presidential Mystery, I’m changing my darks to reds and blues, leaving the lights and medium golds the same, and will hopefully have a patriotic quilt!

 

Clue #1:

 

If you are using fat quarters:

Cut 20  2” strips from the assorted dark prints

Cut 20  2” strips from the assorted light prints

 

Use one light and one dark strip to make 20 strip sets.  Press to the dark side.

 

From the strip sets, cut 200  2” segments.

 

If you are using scraps, use the equivalent to make 200  2”segments.

 

 

Clue #2:

 

  If you are using fat quarters,

 

Cut 4  2” strips from the assorted dark prints

Cut 4  2” strips from the assorted medium gold prints

 

Use one dark and one medium strip to make 4 strip sets.  Press to the dark side.

 

From the strip sets, cut 26  2” segments.

Join 2 segments together to make 13 4-patch units making sure to have the darks and mediums placed diagonally from each other, not side-by-side touching.  The seams should nest together for sewing.  Spin the seams after sewing.  Units should measure 3.5” square (unfinished - will finish at 3” in the quilt).

 

If you are using scraps, make 13 4-patch units from 2”squares using 2 medium gold 2” squares and 2 dark print 2” squares.

 

If you are using fat quarters, 

 

Cut 4  2” strips from the assorted dark prints

Cut 4  2” strips from the assorted medium gold prints

 

Use one dark and one medium strip to make 4 strip sets.  Press to the dark side.

 

From the strip sets, cut 26  2” segments.

Join 2 segments together to make 13 4-patch units making sure to have the darks and mediums placed diagonally from each other, not side-by-side touching.  The seams should nest together for sewing.  Spin the seams after sewing.  Units should measure 3.5” square (unfinished - will finish at 3” in the quilt).

 

If you are using scraps, make 13 4-patch units from 2”squares using 2 medium gold 2” squares and 2 dark print 2” squares.

 

 

Clue #3:

Cut 48 3.5" assorted light squares

Cut 12 3.5" assorted dark squares

 

Clue #4:

 

Using the segments from step 1, join 2 segments together to make 100 4-patch units making sure to have the darks and lights placed diagonally from each other, not touching. The seams should nest together for sewing. I made sure to run mine through the machine dark square first (like BH does) so that they are all going the same way and it helps the seams nest. Spin the seams after sewing. Unit should measure 3.5” square unfinished (will finish at 3” in the quilt).



Clue #5:

 

Using a dark 3.5” square and 4 light 3.5” squares from Clue #3, and 4 of the 4-patches from Clue # 4, make a stepping stone block. Place the dark square in the middle and the 4-patches in the 4 corners (dark fabric in the corners) and the light squares on the sides, top and bottom. Make 12 stepping stone blocks. Block should measure 9.5” and finish at 9” in the quilt.


Stay tuned for more clues for our President's Mystery!!