Quilting Beehive 2020 Marvelous Mystery
Welcome to My Marvelous Mystery Quilt! We have 12 months of quilting fun
ahead of us! This quilt will be a great project for quilters of all
levels. Directions have been written with beginners in mind. The quilt
includes 12 sampler style blocks that will finish at 6” square and
various block units that will be used to put all the sampler blocks
together. What will it look like? Well, that is the fun of a mystery
quilt and I won’t tell! But I promise it will be beautiful.
There will be a few fabrics used throughout the quilt, but the rest will
be “planned scrappy.” This means you will pick fabrics (at least 12
different fabrics) that coordinate with your main-focus fabric to use in
the scrappy parts. The focus fabric will be used as the outer border of
the quilt (and can be used in scrappy parts). The finished size of the
quilt will be determined by your border width. The main body of the
quilt will be 63” x 63”. You can choose your border width to be 6”, 8”
or 10” to make your finished quilt 75”x 75” or 79”x79” or 83”x83”.
Instructions will be posted
the second Saturday of each month. If you would like to get an email
with the instructions, please send an email to
and I will add you to my Marvelous Mystery email group. I have also
created a private Facebook group “My Quilting Beehive 2020 Marvelous
Mystery.” If you would like to join, visit My Quilting Beehive on Facebook
and find the "Groups" link. It is for
sharing your photos of work in progress, asking questions if you are
having trouble, and motivating each other to keep working on each
month’s portion of the project.
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**Click here for Month 1
This month you will select fabric and make the first two sampler blocks.
Here are photos of my fabric selections.
The first shows the main fabric, accent fabric, and background fabric.
The second photo is my focus fabric with coordinating scraps from my
may add or remove scraps as we progress.
Here are the first two sampler blocks
here for Month 2 Instructions
This month you will make a set of four patch blocks
and another sampler block.
When you are cutting, you will cut some extra strips
that will be used later in the borders.
Label these and set them aside.
|While you are cutting, you will make some
strips that we will use later. Label them and set them
|Four Patch Block
52 Four Patch Blocks
After you sew
together your strips, line up a straight line on your ruler with
the seam line. This will insure your cuts are
square/straight. In the photo, my ruler is 10" from the cut
edge... I will cut at 10", then slide it to make cuts at 8", 6"
4" and 2".
|You can press final seams to
one side, or if you would like to reduce bulk in the center, you
can open up your seam to press it flat. I found an online
tutorial to help you
| Courthouse Steps Block
Here for Month 3 Instructions
This month, we will make some flying geese,
cut our focus fabric border, and make a sampler block
Have you made Flying Geese blocks before? If not,
this is your chance!
I learned how to make 4 at a time a long time ago. For years, I made
them and trimmed the best I could using my plain ruler-- then I got the
Creative Grids "Ultimate Flying Geese Tool." It is so much easier to get
perfect blocks with this ruler. It makes 8 sizes from 1" x 2" up to 4" x
There are similar rulers by other brands. The
Quilt in a Day
Flying Geese rulers come in different sizes. For this quilt you
would need size small which makes 1 1/2" x 3" and 3" x 6" finished sized
Studio 180 makes the "Wing Clipper" which can cut 1" x 1 1/2" up to 5
Marti Michell has a flying geese ruler-- It has you cut all of your
triangles then sew (not the four at a time method I have shown in my
directions). It makes accurate geese and if you have it you will
need to follow the instructions that come with the ruler to make your
Making Geese 4 at a time (step by step):
Click on each image to enlarge
In addition to flying geese, we will be
making the following:
here for Month 4 Instructions
This month we are sewing 13 of your Flying Geese
units onto squares.
You can match the fabrics like I did, or mix and match to make them
We are making two sampler blocks this month
block 5 is the Churn Dash Block.
Sampler Block 6 is Shoo Fly.
Both sampler blocks have Half Square Triangles
Be sure to line up the diagonal line on your ruler with the seam when
squaring up your block.
here for Month 5 Instructions
This month, we are cutting some background fabric
We are sewing our four patches from month 2 together, then making a
16-patch sampler block.
Tip-- when I laid out my 16 patch for the sampler, I
used numbered pins to keep my rows in order.
For this block, you can choose just 2 fabrics for a checker board
effect, or make it scrappy.
I used my focus fabric to border my scrappy 16-patch.
for Month 6 Instructions
This month you will be making 12 sets of 4 flying
geese-- larger than the ones we made in month 3.
Refer to month 3 post for step by step
instructions for the sampler block make one block and one reversed
block. Only one will be used in the quilt.
here for Month 7 Instructions
This month, you will sew a square to each end of the flying geese that
you made in month 6 and make two sampler blocks.
Here are some tips for making the quarter square
here for Month 8 Instructions
We are making our last two sampler blocks (Hooray!)
and we are sewing squares onto the small flying geese from month 3
You need to square up each time you add triangles to your
center square. The first time, you are trimming to 4 3/4".
When you line up your ruler, make sure you have 1/4" beyond
the point of the center square for a seam allowance. Your
half way point is 2 3/8". The top and bottom corners of the
center square should be 2 3/8" from the edge of the ruler.
When you sew, place the wrong side of your center square on
top so you can see the seam. This will help you keep the
Once you add your second set of corner triangles, your block
will need to be trimmed to 6 1/2". The half was point is 3
1/4". Your top and bottom corners of the second square
should be 3 1/4" from the edge of the ruler.
Line up your 45 degree line with the diagonal when trimming
your half square triangles. Pinwheel should be 4 3/4" x 4
Reduce bulk in your center seam by pressing the center seams
like we did in
Watch your corners when you are sewing the triangles to your
pinwheel. The 1/4 seam allowance will line up with the
diagonal of the pinwheel
Just like in block 11, this block will be trimmed to 6 1/2"
x 6 1/2". The 3 1/4" line of your ruler should line up with
the center diagonal of your pinwheel block.
here for Month 9 Instructions