Block-of-the-Month Mystery QuiltDecember 2, 2016
Hi, fellow GO! Getters! It’s Gina from Gem Hill Quilts. A few weeks ago, I came home from a trip to find some unexpected AccuQuilt boxes waiting for me. I felt like a little kid opening my presents on Christmas morning! In those boxes were the GO! Cutting Mats, Rulers and Rotary Cutter! First, the GO! Rotary Cutter is super-light and fit very comfortably in my small hand. The rulers have clearly defined vertical lines which really help when making those quick rough cuts of fabric to use in the GO! Fabric Cutters. The GO! Cutting Mats are sturdy, extra-thick and double-sided with the grid and the numbers on both sides. So cool! Thank you, AccuQuilt!
If you are interested in checking out these Rotary Cutting Supplies, you can find them at your local AccuQuilt Signature Dealer .
Are you up for a little suspense? This month, I start a 3-month Mystery Quilt using the GO! Qube 8″ Mix and Match Block as well as the GO! Qube 8″ Companion Set-Classics! It starts with making pieced units and blocks that will ultimately come together into a quilt which will be revealed at the end of the 3-month period.
It’s completely pieced (no applique) and easy enough for an adventurous beginner to tackle but interesting enough for the more experienced quilter. It’s just a wonderful way to explore your GO! Qube and your GO! Qube Companion Set!
To make this quilt, you will need about 4-6 fabrics, depending on your choices for borders and binding. You can look at my color choices and get comparable fabrics.
But, another trick to choosing fabrics for a quilt is to use a large-scale, multi-color print as an inspiration and getting fabrics to match that print. And, funny enough, you actually do not need to use the large-scale, multi-color print in the quilt. Using only the coordinating fabrics is usually enough to give you a quilt that you will enjoy. An option is to reserve the large-scale, multi-color inspiration print for a possible wide border. For the most part, this fabric selection trick works for mystery quilts because you focus on a color palette that you already love!
Somehow, in planning for this project, I ended up with 3 colorways! The first is “Arabesque,” from a beautiful collection courtesy of Quilting Treasures. I call the second colorway, “Spring” because the light and airy colors remind me of that season. The third colorway is traditional and I’m calling that “Joyce,” because my friend, Joyce Overberger, is making that sample in her colors.
Remember that when choosing fabrics for a quilt, the contrast between colors actually does a lot of the work to make each fabric sing. So, always make sure there is a good contrast between your fabrics.
While all the colors can be monochromatic tonals, it’s always interesting to use a print here and there. So, if you would like to use a print, choose one for Color 1 as I have done for Arabesque. I tend to think of Color 1 as the “pop” that makes all the fabrics work together.
I see Colors 2 and 3 as coordinating fabrics, usually tonals or fabrics with a really small print. The darker of these two fabrics could be used as the border or maybe as the inspiration color to use for the border print.
For the background, you can choose either the lightest or the darkest of the fabrics.
By the way, the fabrics for Joyce came together because of an inspiration print.
Isn’t that a beauty? I love this print and it is actually meant to be used in another project. So, we’ll have to wait and see if it ends up on the borders of this Mystery Quilt!
Yardage and Cutting Directions
This quilt will be about a wallhanging-size without borders. By following the shape number indicated, you can still make this project even if you have a different size (6″, 9″ or 12″) of the GO! Qube and the GO! Qube Companion Set. Just to give you an idea, if you use the GO! Qube 12″ Sets, this quilt will be lap-size!
While the yardage listed below is more than sufficient to make the whole quilt, the cutting directions are NOT complete. There will be additional cutting in both the second and the third months so hold on to your leftover yardage!
* Make sure that Shape 9: GO! Chisels are cut the correct way. Color 2 fabrics should always be placed right side down while Color 3 fabrics should always be placed right side up on the die. Do not fan-fold.
Four Patch Unit
Layout and sew the two Shape 2 Color 1 squares with the two Shape 2 Background squares to create a Four Patch Unit.
Half Square Triangle (HST) – 4″ Finished
Layout and sew a Shape 3 Color 1 triangle with a Shape 3 Background triangle to create a 4″ Finished HST Unit. Make 8 of these.
Half Square Triangle (HST) – 2″ Finished
Layout and sew a Shape 5 Color 2 triangle with a Shape 5 Background triangle to create a 2″ Finished HST Unit. Make 4 of these.
Layout and sew the four 2″ Finished HST Units to create a pinwheel.
Quarter Square Triangle (QST) – 4″ Finished
Layout and sew two Shape 4 Color 1 triangles with two Shape 4 Background triangles to create a 4″ Finished Square.
Also, layout and sew two Shape 4 Color 3 triangles with one Shape 4 Color 2 triangle and one Shape 4 Background triangle to create a 4″ Finished Square. Make 4 of these.
Sew a Shape 5 Background triangle onto the tapered end of a Shape 9 Color 3 Chisel to create a rectangular Chisel unit. Repeat for the remaining Shape 9 Color 3 Chisels as well as for all the Shape 9 Color 2 Chisels.
Double Chisel Unit
Layout and sew a Color 2 Chisel unit with a Color 3 Chisel unit as shown. Make four of these.
Layout and sew a Color 2 Chisel unit with a Shape 8 Color 2 rectangle as shown. Make four of these.
So exciting! We’re moving on to making a block for the quilt!
Layout four HST units, four Chisel-Rectangle units and the Pinwheel unit. Sew units within each row together and then, sew rows together into a block that measures 12 1/2″ square.
Layout four HST units, four Double Chisel units and the Color 1/Background QST unit. Sew units within each row together and then, sew rows together into a block that measures 12 1/2″ square.
At this point, you should have two 12″ finished blocks, 4 QST units and a Four Patch unit. Post pictures of your work here if you can!
See you here right around Christmas for the second installment of this Mystery Quilt! In the meantime, come and visit my site to see some of my other projects including several made with the GO! Fabric Cutter.