Thursday, 17 January 2013

Symmetric Mystery Quilt Blocks B1

The colors in the diagrams DO NOT indicate the colors you should use but rather are designed to improve pattern reading.
1. the frame fabric(FF) and feature fabrics have a consistent color;

Blue is 1 1/2" wide frame fabric
Feature fabrics - various sizes

2. the cut size of the rectangle.
Aqua    4 1/2"  x 2 1/2"
Pink   4 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Yellow 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Beige   3 1/2 " x 2 1.2"

The measurements are the cut size
(for example the aqua 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" will be 4" x 2 " in the final quilt.)

Place the feature pieces into block bags:

B1   TWO 8 1/2"wide x 12 1/2" high   TWO 12 1/2" wide by 8  1/2 " high     
B2   TWO 9  1/2" wide x 6 1/2 " high    TWO   6  1/2" wide x 9 1/2 " high
B5   FOUR 7  1/2" x7 1/2"     FOUR 5 1/2" x 5 1/2  "

B7   ONE 18 1/2" x 18 1/2 "  

The bags now each contain all the pieces to make each block except the lengths of frame fabric.

Piecing block B1- use the pieces in bag B1and some lengths of the frame fabric.

Finished Block

Border feature fabric panel with Frame fabric (FF) strips

Join the following groups:



Add single 3 1/2 x 2 1/2" (beige in diagram, red tone on tone in photo) on the top of the unit with 3 pink and 3 aqua rectangles. Sew only the outer half of the seam.  The pin points to the section of the seam that is not sewn

Add FF along the newly created long edge.

Add 4 1/2" x 3 1/2" with FF (see photo).  

 Add the group (that has beige and yellow pieces in the diagram above) along the side that has some FF.

Add the final pieced section  to extend the L shape

Now we add the framed feature fabric sections. The quilt is is assembles in 4 sections that go around the B7 block. As the orientation of the feature fabrics may be significant the instructions will be for each of the 4 sections. Check that you are adding the feature fabrics so that they are the right way up. After the feature fabrics are added place the blocks in 4 new bags labeled North, West, South and East.


Firstly add the long side of the framed feature fabric.

Then sew down the shorter side and close the seam that was half sewn.

The photos show the North orientation.

PLEASE ask if  you need further help. Love to hear from you even if you dont. If you are willing to share photos send them to and I will add them to the post.

Cheers Deborah 


  1. so, i am taking the cut strip set pieces out of the baggie to make these right? and adding the frame fabric to the feature fabric.....i do have to say, this is fairly confusing to follow as written. soldiering on though. thrilled that this is posted though--really want to work on it a lot! was fondling my baggies today thinking i soooo wanted to work on them--now i can! will post a picture tomorrow i hope....

  2. ABSOLUTELY LOVE this so far deborah! i read through again and early looked at the pictures and then figured out what i was supposed to do. i LOVE it! i did end up taking out all my parts from their baggies so that i could make sure that i controlled the placement of the different colors. i didn't want too much touching and pooling of one color and would have if i hadn't gone in and robbed peter to pay paul from the different baggies. i think when you see my picture you will see what i mean--i posts it at stash busters.....


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