Friday, 11 January 2013

Symmetric Mystery Quilt - strip piecing

I have decided to put the piecing for these two mystery quilts in separate posts to avoid confusion. One reduce the post size for ease of printing.

Symmetric quilt - Queen size

This is made in  7  types of blocks.

The central block is called  B7  and you will only need ONE

All the other blocks (B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6) you will need to make FOUR

Get yourself  7 bags and label then B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B7 
Please do it now - without these the pattern pieces will get very muddled. I like to use clear plastic zip lock bags so I can see where I am up to and the pieces do not fall out accidentally.

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 " 

At this stage we will be making the components of the blocks using strip piecing methods when possible.

The Background strips in this quilt are 2 1/2", 3 1/2" and 4 1/2"wide. These instructions are not for WOF strips (width of fabric strips) use the pieces you have and keep joining until you have enough to cut the requires number of sections

Join TWO  2 1/2" wide strips along the length. (make more pairs until you have enough)
Cut Sixteen 4 1/2" long      Put Eight each in B4, B6.

TWO 2 1/2" strips cross cut at 4 1/2"
Join THREE  2 1/2" wide strips along the length.
Cut Sixteen 4 1/2" long   Put Four each in  B1, B4.  Put Eight in B3.
Join 3 1/2"  and 2 1/2" wide strips along the length. Use a variety of  prints in each pair of strips so fabrics are not clumped together in the final quilt.
Cut Twenty 4 1/2" long     Put  Sixteen in B1.   Put Four in B5
Cut Thirty Six 3 1/2" long. Put Twelve in B1.  Put Eight in B2. Put sixteen in B5.
Cut Four 2 1/2" wide. Put four each in B2,.

Join TWO  3 1/2" wide strips along the length. (make more pairs until you have enough)
Cut Twelve 4 1/2" long                      Put Four each in B1, B2, B6
Cut Twelve 3 1/2" long                     Put Eight in B3   Put Four B4
Cut Four 2 1/2" long                          Put Four in B2

Join Two 4 1/2" wide strips  and then add One  3 1/2" wide strip along the length. Use 2 or more sets of prints for variety.
Cut Eight 3  1/2" long                           Put all in B2

Join Two 4 1/2" wide strips  along the length.
Cut Four 2  1/2" long                           Put all in B2

Join  4 1/2"  and 3 1/2"wide along the length.
Cut Four 3 1/2" long                        Put all in B5
Cut Four 2  1/2" long                       Put all in B5

The next few pairs use some of the high contrast frame fabric (FF) which is cut into 1 1/2" strips

Join 4 1/2" strip with an FF
Cut Twelve 3 1/2" long                        Put four in B1. Put eight in B5

Join 3 1/2" strip with  an FF
Cut Four  4 1/2" wide                           Put all in B6.

To complete the background , some extra rectangles are needed.

Using 3 1/2" strip
Cut Eight 4 1/2" long    Put all in B4
Cut Four 2 1/2" long.    Put all in B1

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