Michele Holt
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Who is ready for another mystery quilt? The Marvelous Mystery of 2020 was so much fun, I just had to make another one.
Facebook users are invited to join the private group "My Quilting Beehive Mystery Quilters" to ask questions, share photos, and join others making this mystery quilt. 

The Plan:
This quilt will be presented in eight parts. New instructions will be posted every three weeks. The final instructions will be posted on September 10th. I will post reminders on my Facebook and Instagram pages when the instructions are posted.
The finished quilt will be 68" x 68"

Recommended Ruler:
We will be making Flying Geese units in this quilt. I recommend the Creative Grids Ultimate Flying Geese tool (https://www.creativegridsusa.com/products/CGRDH4)
or your favorite flying geese trimming tool.

My Inspiration:
When I was designing this quilt, I was inspired by traditional two fabric quilts like those amazing red and white quilts I was lucky enough to see on display at the Park Avenue Armory back in 2011.  If you haven’t heard of the “Infinite Variety” exhibit, go to this link and be amazed: 
https://folkartmuseum.org/exhibitions/infinite-variety-three-centuries-of-red-and-white-quilts/

While I love traditional quilts, it is the year 2021, and I wanted to make something more modern. I also love color… so even as I was planning it out, I couldn’t help but want to add more color… so this quilt has a few options for fabric. I am using an ombre' batik that makes me think of the ocean and creamy sand colored Moda Grunge

Fabric Requirements (I rounded up, so you don’t need to buy extra, unless you want to) Click here to print fabric requirement handout

Part Five: Wild Goose Chase Variation blocks

Click here for Pattern Instructions for Part Five
The block we are making is a variation of the traditional Wild Goose Chase block.
TIPS:

When you sew the flying geese to the double four-patch units, put the flying geese on top. 
Watch the points as you sew to make sure you do not cut off your points

 


Make sure your double four-patches do not get turned around when you are making this block.

 


Pin carefully to match points around the center square. 
Put one pin in exactly through the points you are matching.
Pull it in tight to line up the points (red pin head in photo).
While holding the points tight, pin on each side of the point to hold it (white pins in photo).
Leave the pins in until they are almost at the needle when sewing so the fabric cannot shift.
Part Four: Sixteen Sets of three Flying Geese

 

 

 

Click here for Pattern Instructions for Part Four
Our next step is to make flying geese.

TIPS:
***Refer to month one tips for how to piece and trim the flying geese units.
When piecing your flying geese, sew with the triangle point on top so you can see where the two seams cross.
Sew your seam so it runs just a smidge to the right through this intersection (leave just enough space for the thickness of the thread). Instructions say to press seams to one side, but you can press them open if you prefer.
 

 

Part Three: Double Four Patches


Click here for Pattern Instructions for Part Three
This month you will make 16 double four-patch blocks.

TIPS:
We are "strip piecing" the four patch units.  After you sew your strips together, line up a horizontal line on your ruler (I used the 4" line) on you ruler with the seam line. Then you can shift your ruler at 2" increments.  I started by cutting at 8", then 6" then 4" then 2".

My ombre' fabric has light and dark-- I considered fussy cutting to use all light or all dark, but finally decided to put one of each in each four patch. Chain piecing (sewing one after the other without cutting the threads) makes this a quick job.

You can press the seams to one side, or press around in a circle in one direction to help reduce bulk in the center.
You can check out this link for details on pressing seams of your four patch
https://www.aquiltinglife.com/2015/02/four-patch-quilt-block-tips.html/

Part Two: Half Square Triangles
Click here for Pattern Instructions for Part Two

Instructions show how to make flying geese 8 at a time.


Mark lines 1/4" on each side of the center diagonal in both directions

Sew on your marked lines

Cut in half horizontally, vertically, and diagonally to make 8 triangles

Line up the center diagonal with the 45 degree line on your ruler to trim two sides

Rotate block and line up ruler to trim the remaining two sides

Trim to make 24 large and 8 small half square triangle units

If you are making a scrappy quilt-- use a different fabric for each set.
If you would like more variety, you can make them two at a time
If you make your half square triangles two at a time, use twelve 5" squares for the large unit and four 3" squares for the small units.
Mark and sew 1/4" from each side of one center diagonal, then cut apart on the center diagonal.

Part One: Our first step will be to make the center block for the quilt!

Click here for Pattern Instructions for Part One

Making Flying Geese four at a time


Mark lines 1/4" from each side of the center diagonal of the four smaller squares.

Place two small square right-sides-together on the large square.
The corners will overlap in the center.
Sew on marked lines.

Cut on center diagonal.
Press seams toward small triangles.

Place one remaining marked square on each unit as shown.
Sew on marked lines.

Cut on center diagonal between sewn lines.


Use Creative Grids Ultimate Flying Geese Tool (or your favorite Flying Geese Ruler) to trim blocks to the required size.

 

 
Tips for part one:

Pin to match points. Seams are pressed in opposite directions so they will nestle.

Sew with the flying geese unit on top so you can see the point when you are sewing.

Sew through the "x" where the two angle seams cross to keep a nice sharp point