Mystery Monday Step 3

Today’s the day for Step 3 of our current Mystery Monday project – you can download a printable version of this step here.

For this step you will need fabrics A, B, D and E.

Unit 3  Half Square Triangles

The finished size of these units is 2” and you will need to make –

32 units using fabrics E and B

32 units using fabrics A and B

16 units using fabrics A and D

Here’s how to make the units:

From Fabric E cut 16 squares 2⅞”

From Fabric B cut 16 squares 2⅞”

Pair these squares RS together and stitch into half square triangle units by marking the diagonal and stitching ¼” away on both sides of the marked line.  Alternatively you could mark the two stitching lines and not the cutting line.

(We confess that this is usually our preferred option even though it requires two lines to be marked, not one – we have convinced ourselves that this is a more accurate method as you can perhaps see from the photo below, the unit on the right was done with two lines)


Press flat to set the stitches before cutting apart and pressing the half square triangle units.

Trim “ears” from units .

You should have a total of 32 EB units – put 16 of these into Bag Z and the remaining 16 into Bag Y.

From Fabric A cut 16 squares 2⅞”

From Fabric B cut 16 squares 2⅞”

Pair these squares RS together and proceed as above to make a total of 32 pressed and trimmed AB units.   All 32 AB units now go into Bag Y.

From Fabric A cut 8 squares 2⅞”

From Fabric D cut 8 squares 2⅞”

Pair these squares RS together and proceed as before to make a total of 16 pressed and trimmed AD units.  All 16 AD units go into Bag Z.

Double check everything:

Bag X should now contain – 18 of Unit 1

Bag Y should now contain – 44 Unit 2 BDB; 4 Unit 2 ABA; 16 Unit 3 EB; 32 Unit 3 AB

Bag Z should now contain – 16 Unit 2 ABD; 16 Unit 3 EB; 16 Unit 3 AD

………. and that’s it for this week – Step 4 is waiting in the wings ready for next Monday!

Mystery Monday oops

Maggi has just pointed out that our maths is rubbish (actually she was more polite than that!) and that we’ve made an error in the number of pieces we asked you to cut out. The bad news is that its even more. Here’s the amended list.

Unit 2     Flying Geese. The finished size of this unit is 4” x 2”.

From Fabric A cut 4 rectangles 2½” x 4½”          or 1, 5¼” square cut in 4 diagonally

From Fabric B cut 16 rectangles 2½” x 4½”        or 4, 5¼” squares cut in 4 diagonally

From Fabric D cut 44 rectangles 2½” x 4½”        or 11, 5¼” squares cut in 4 diagonally

From Fabric A cut 16 squares 2½”                     or 8, 2⅞” squares cut in half diagonally

From Fabric B cut 96 squares 2½”                     or 48, 2⅞” squares cut in half diagonally

From Fabric D cut 16 squares 2½”                     or 8, 2⅞” squares cut in half diagonally

The amended pdf is now available to download.

It only concerns the number of B squares and triangles – A and D remain the same.

Keep cutting … Remember you have an extra week for this step. Now its time to go and lie down in a darkened room.

PS. For those of a fretful mind (we know who we are – B) – the yardages are fine!

Mystery Monday

This is where it starts to get just a little bit more serious and we sew fabric together as well as cut it apart.  There are quite a lot of units in this week’s instructions – and you’re all probably recovering from Festival of Quilts – so this week’s instructions will be repeated next Monday as well – so you will have two whole weeks to complete these units (how generous is that? B). You can download a printable version here.

This week you will need fabrics A, B, and D.

Two sets of instructions are given – if you have plenty of fabric then speed-piece using rectangles and squares; if fabric is in short supply then cut squares and then triangles.

Unit 2. Flying Geese. The finished size of this unit is 4 x 2 inches.

From Fabric A cut 4 rectangles 2½” x 4½”          or 1, 5¼” square cut in 4 diagonally

From Fabric B cut 16 rectangles 2½” x 4½”        or 4, 5¼” squares cut in 4 diagonally

From Fabric D cut 44 rectangles 2½” x 4½”        or 11, 5¼” squares cut in 4 diagonally

From Fabric A cut 16 squares 2½”                     or 8, 2⅞” squares cut in half diagonally

From Fabric B cut 44 squares 2½”                     or 22, 2⅞” squares cut in half diagonally

From Fabric D cut 16 squares 2½”                     or 8, 2⅞” squares cut in half diagonally

Flying Geese from triangles

(You can increase the size of the following pictures by clicking on them)

Lay out one large and two small triangles in the correct arrangement.

With the large and one small triangle RS together, and with lower and diagonal edges aligned, stitch from top to bottom ¼” from the cut edge.

Press the seam in the direction of the smaller triangle.

Position the remaining small triangle RS together as shown (note lower edge aligned and “crossover” at the top) and stitch.

Press this second seam allowance towards the small triangle.

Trim “ears” and press.

You could lay out and stack all the pieces for one set of Flying Geese units and chain piece your way down the stack for the first small triangles.  Snip apart, press then similarly chain piece your way down the second stack for the remaining small triangles, snip these apart, trim and press.

Flying Geese from rectangles and squares

Depending on your degree of accuracy and level of experience you can choose to either mark and stitch or just aim and stitch.

If you like the comfort of stitching on a marked line then you will need to mark the diagonal on the WS of each of the small squares.

TIP: If you detest waste of fabric you may find that it’s worth taking the extra time and marking a second diagonal ½” from the first.  This means that you can stitch along both marked lines and then cut between the two lines and you have a dinky ready-pieced half square triangle unit. We leave it to you as to what to do with all of these – perhaps put them in yet another bag to await inspiration?

With RS together align a small square with the right hand, top and lower edge of a rectangle.  Stitch on the marked line.

Press to set the line of stitching then trim away to leave a ¼” seam allowance.

Turn back the newly-pieced triangle(s) and press.


In the same way align the second square with the left, top and lower edges of the rectangle and stitch on the marked line.  Double check the direction of the diagonal to be sure that you will end up with a Goose unit, not a parallelogram.  Also notice the overlap at the top edge.

Press the stitched line flat then trim away.

Take a moment to admire the X on the WS of the unit– this will be a most useful reference point in the later stages of this Mystery.

TIP:  If a (background) fabric is directional you can create a livelier final look by changing the direction whenever possible.  So, for instance, in the pictures above you can see that the wavy line pattern on the background fabric is running in the same direction for both small triangles – it would look better/more interesting if the waves went down one triangle and across the other.

What you need to make for this step

Make 44 Flying Geese units using D rectangles (triangles) and B squares (triangles)

When pressed and trimmed, put these units into Bag Y.

Make 16 Flying Geese units using B rectangles (triangles) and A squares (triangles) and D squares (triangles).  Take care with the positioning – A should be on the left each time.

When pressed and trimmed put these units into Bag Z.

Make 4 Flying Geese units using A rectangles (triangles) and B squares (triangles).

When pressed and trimmed, put these units into Bag Y.

Your double check:

Bag X should now contain – 18 squares cut in Week 1

Bag Y should now contain – 44 Flying Geese BDB and 4 Flying Geese BAB

Bag Z  should now contain – 16 Flying Geese ABD

Sit back and await further instructions!

Mystery Monday Week 1

So here we go with the first step of our second Mystery Monday project.  No stitching is involved this week, just a little easy cutting – you’ll be finished in no time at all!

You can download a printable version too.

You’ll need Fabrics A, C and E only for this step and we recommend that you spray starch the fabrics before you begin.

From Fabric A cut 6, 4⅞inch squares.

From Fabric C cut 2, 4⅞inch squares.

From Fabric E cut 10, 4⅞inch squares.

Double check measurements and quantities against this list and then place all the squares in Bag X.

Please make sure that you have made a handy fabric reference for yourself before next week – we think it’s an essential item!  Here’s a reminder of what Barbara’s looks like – very high tech –

PS.  Teeny hint – if you’re going to Festival of Quilts later this week you may want to acquire some Christmas themed/coloured fabric. It will be that time of year before you know it, and perhaps just time to squeeze in a small, festive Mystery Monday  project …

Mystery Monday 6

OK Mystery maniacs – its Week 6 already! And, the news you’ve all been waiting for – we’re going to start putting the units together.  We hope you can remember where everything is ….

For this week’s instructions you will need 24 of Unit 1 and 24 of Unit 2 to make 12 of Block 1.

Download a printable version

Each block requires

  • Two A+B triangle units (Unit 1). Fat quarters – one Aa/B and one Ab/B unit
  • Two B+C 4patch units (Unit 2)

1. Stitch units into pairs.

2. Stitch pairs to complete block

3. Make a total of 12 Block 1. Put to one side.

So after that little flurry of activity you’ll have to wait a whole week to see what happens next.  Let us know how you’re getting on!

Mystery Mondays 5

Thanks to the miracles of modern technology, internet access and WordPress the fifth instalment of our Mystery Monday series is here, even though Chris is miles away from her usual desk at Chris&Barbara HQ.  To be absolutely sure that this post is up in good time for early bird readers Barbara has pressed “publish” at one minute after midnight.  This is useless information but somehow it seemed important!

For this week’s instructions you will need Fabrics B and C to make 8 of Unit 4.

Download a printable version here.

1. From each of Fabrics B & C cut one 4⅞” x 42″ (full width) strip

Fat quarters – use both Ca and Cb and cut 1 strip of each.

2. Pair the strips (without stitching) RS together and cut apart into 4⅞” squares. You will need a total of 4 squares of each fabric.

Fat quarters – you will need 2 squares of Ca and 2 of Cb

3. Mark a diagonal on each lighter square, then stitch ¼” away from this line on both sides.

4. Cut apart on marked line, press seams and trim away “ears”

Unit 4 is complete. Make 8 and put to one side.

We know Maureen and Maggi and Angie are stitching along – anyone else willing to own up?  No Quilt Police will visit your home …

Free Pattern

The final block in our Four-Patch Sew-Along Sampler is now on the website. This time we’ve chosen a block called Turnstile – yet more half-square triangles, but quarter-square ones too by way of a change! When we get round to it examples of quilts will show up on Flickr and on the EQ Doodles.

It was good to meet with many of you at Malvern  and yes, Barbara did catch the flight to Jordan – just have to hope she gets back now.  Chris will be doing Saturday’s Jelly Roll class with help from Ann Jermey (thanks, Ann!)