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Holiday Mystery Project ~ Part 2

by Shelly Hazard

Step 3: Cutting and piecing

In this part of the Holiday Mystery Project, you'll do most of the cutting and piecing of the parts for the mystery quilt. The last part of the mystery project will put all of these pieces together and add the finishing touches.

For this mystery quilt, you will be doing a combination of cutting and piecing throughout the project, rather than cutting everything and then piecing it all. Machine piecing is recommended. To download the templates required for part 2 of the project, click here. These templates are actual size so you may cut them out and use them directly. NOTE: There is no seam allowance on these templates. You must add a 1/4" seam allowance to all fabric!

You may use a rotary cutter, but remember to add the seam allowance. For rotary cutting, you'll need a rotary cutter, a cutting mat, and a long cutting ruler with 1/8" markings.

Note that each of the templates has a letter written on it. Throughout these instructions, the templates will be referred to by the letter written in each one. For example, you may be asked to cut four blue A pieces. Also, some templates you may be required to cut out a reverse piece as well. These will be signified by the letter plus an "r". For example, you may be asked to cut two blue A pieces and two blue Ar pieces.

  1. Using the template marked LL, cut two LL pieces out of the dark blue print fabric and two LL pieces out of the white print fabric.
  2. Using the template marked PP, cut one PP piece out of the yellow print fabric.
  3. Sew the two LL white print pieces to the PP yellow print piece as shown below. NOTE: This piece will be referred to as Group 2.
  4. Using the template marked II, cut one II piece out of the dark blue print fabric.
  5. Using the template marked OO, cut two OO pieces out of the white print fabric.
  6. Sew the two LL and one II dark blue print pieces and the two OO white print pieces together as shown below. NOTE: This piece will be referred to as Group 3.
  7. Using the template marked DD, cut one DD piece out of the dark blue print fabric. Then flip over the template and cut out one DDr piece out of the dark blue print fabric.
  8. Using the template marked DD, cut one DD piece out of the yellow print fabric. Then flip over the template and cut out one DDr piece out of the yellow print fabric.
  9. Using the template marked II, cut two II pieces out of the white print fabric.
  10. Using the template marked S, cut three S pieces out of the white print fabric. Then flip over the template and cut out three Sr pieces out of the white print fabric.
  11. Using the pieces just cut out and the pictures below, sew the pieces into two strips. The yellow print DD and DDr pieces are the top pieces in the strip (beside the II pieces) and the dark blue print DD and DDr pieces are the bottom pieces in the strip (beside the S and Sr pieces). NOTE: These pieces will be referred to as Group 4.
  12. Using the template marked AA, cut one AA piece out of the maroon print fabric. Then flip over the template and cut out one AAr piece out of the maroon print fabric.
  13. Using the template marked Y, cut one Y piece out of the pink print fabric. Then flip over the template and cut out one Yr piece out of the pink print fabric.
  14. Sew the one Y pink print piece to the AA maroon print piece as shown below.
  15. Sew the one Yr pink print piece to the AAr maroon print piece as shown below. NOTE: These pieces will be referred to as Group 5.
  16. Using the template marked LL, cut two LL pieces out of the beige fabric.
  17. Using the template marked K, cut one K piece out of the dark pink print. Note: To use the K template, place the dotted line on the fold of the fabric and then cut to the template size.
  18. Sew the two LL beige pieces with the long sides together and then sew these pieces to the K dark pink piece as shown below. NOTE: This piece will be referred to as Group 6.

NOTE: If you are using the gold ribbon, perform the following steps. If you're not using the gold ribbon, you've now completed Part 2 of the Holiday Mystery Project.

Addition of gold ribbon:

The gold ribbon is used as an accent to particular places of the quilt and is not a required part of the top. The pieces are appliquéd on the long sides in this part. The two short ends are sewn in when the strips are put together in Part 3 of the Mystery project.

If you are planning to use the gold ribbon, you should now have twelve 3" pieces. Using the drawings below, appliqué each piece in place as shown. The bold line indicates where the ribbon should be appliquéd into place.
NOTE: Appliqué only the long edges. The ends will be sewn in place in Part 3 when the strips are sewn together.



 
 
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