Mystery Monday Step 5

The last of the cutting! You can download a printable version of this week’s instructions here.

This week you will need Fabrics A, B, C & D

Unit 5. More half-square triangles.

Take careful note of the fraction involved in the measurement this week – we really do mean ⅝”

Cut 2, 3⅝” squares of A and then cut diagonally into two (4 triangles)

Cut 16, 3⅝” squares of B and then cut diagonally into two (32 triangles)

Cut 16, 3⅝” squares of C and then cut diagonally into two (32 triangles)

Cut 2, 3⅝”squares of D and then cut diagonally into two (4 triangles)

Stitch the B and C triangles together into 32 squares

Press and trim “ears”

Stitch the D and A triangles in the same way to make 4 squares.

Press and trim “ears”

Put all half-square triangle units into Bag X.

This week’s double check:

Those three bags continue to fill up

Bag X should now contain – 18 of Unit 1; 32 Unit 5 B/C; 4 Unit 5 A/D

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

8 Unit 4 CECA; 4 Unit 4 CACA

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

See you next week for Step 6 – happy stitching!

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 forum

Chris had one of those two- o’clock-in-the-morning ideas last night.  (This could be more information than we need – B)  So in a moment of enthusiasm (?), ignorance (?) or a mixture of both, we’ve thrown technological caution to the winds and set up a mailing group /forum for those of you ‘doing’ the Monday Mystery(s).  It’s a Yahoo! group, which we will moderate so it is NOT public.  Those of you for whom Chris could find an e-mail address (it was two o’clock in the morning) will have received an e-mail invitation to join.  Apologies if you have been missed – please follow the link and join in (if you would like to).  We just felt it would be somewhere you could swap notes, howls of anguish, cries of delight, and all the other things that go with attempting to make a quilt from our instructions.  Especially when you don’t know what you’ll end up with!  Our understanding is that there should also be somewhere there where we/you can post photos as you go along too – if you find it, please use it!

Mystery Monday 8

We’re not sure who has stolen several weeks’ worth of time – can you believe that this is the final week of our first Mystery Monday project ?  Anyway, this is where all your hard work comes together.  You can download a printable version here.

You will need to retrieve your blocks from the ‘safe place’  you stowed them in and find yourself enough space to lay them out. A clear patch of floor perhaps, or put a plain quilt or sheet over the bed – or if you have a design wall …

And now … there are SO many options!  You should have 4 of Block 2 and 12 of Block 1 to arrange, as they say, according to your preference. You can put the 4 blocks together in the centre –

Or you can put the 4 blocks in the corners …

And, as you can see, you just twiddle the blocks around until you find an arrangement you like! If you take a photo of each arrangement you can then browse through these until you’ve made up your mind and then arrange the blocks as seen in the photo.

Then its just a matter of joining them all together.  We recommend that you stitch the blocks into pairs and then into fours. Stitch the fours into two sets of eight and finally join those to complete the quilt top. Sorry -no photos  of our blocks ‘cos we still haven’t made up our minds which arrrangement to make! (It will probably take more coffee and brownies to come to a conclusion on this).

Rather than just joining the blocks edge to edge you could also add a narrow sashing if you wish.

Then a border – with or without sashing

Finally – as it says in all the best magazines – layer the top with wadding and backing, quilt as desired and bind to finish. Don’t forget to add a hanging sleeve and a label.

So there we are!  We’d love to see pictures of your version of this Mystery Monday project (it doesn’t have to have all the blocks stitched together) –  we’ll include them in future posts (we may even give them their own page on the blog!)   If you’re wondering how you will fill your time now that this project is finished you’ll be thrilled to know that plans for the next Mystery Monday project are at a highly advanced stage and the requirements list will be posted in a couple of week’s time. 

PS  100th blog post giveaway – just a reminder that the draw for our fab. prizes is on Wednesday – to be included in the draw all you need to do is leave us a comment at the foot of that post.  Good luck!