Four Star Square Mystery Quilt
a free mystery quilt pattern
So Far? In Part Four you began sewing connecting corner triangles. In this Part you will finish the remaining corners and begin putting some blocks together into larger units. Last time you sewed blocks with connecting squares at adjacent corners like this blue and yellow example at the right:
Using the same sewing and trimming technique that you used in Part 4 for connecting the 2.5 inch corner squares to the larger 4.5 inch blocks you will connect more corner squares, to your 4.5 inch squares of Fabric C. (If you used the suggested fabric patterns Fabric C will be a plaid fabric, but you may have chosen a patterned fabric?)
Review the Step-by-Step instructions for sewing and trimming the corner squares on this page. But this time you will be sewing to opposite corners of the 4.5 inch square and not to adjacent corners. Your finished sewn blocks will look like this diagram at the left:
1. Lay out 28 4.5 inch squares of Fabric C which you cut, place them in a stack right side up.
2. Now pull out 28 - 2.5 inch squares of Fabric A (the light & bright fabric) and 28 - 2.5 inch squares of Fabric B (the deep background fabric).
3. Sew (with right sides together as you did in Part 4) one of each small Fabric A squares onto a corner of each of the 28 - 4.5 inch squares of Fabric C. You can chain sew these in a series if you put the stacks handy to your sewing machine and do them all in a series, then cut them apart. Trim the "inner" flap excess of the Fabric A square as you did in Part 4. Press the corner of Fabric A square into alignment with the underlying corner of Fabric C.
4. Now, stack and rotate the Fabric C squares around to the opposite corner. Sew the 2.5 inch Fabric B squares to the opposite corner from the one you just sewed, remember to place them right sides together before you sew. Trim and press. Your finished blocks (28 of them) should look like this in arrangement:
Now we will join a few of the blocks you made in Part 4 to some of the plain Fabric B blocks which have not yet been sewn. (I got email from a few people worried about these unsewn blocks - here you will sew some of them.)
5. Take the 4 baggies into which you put the blocks in from Part 4. One-at-a-time from each baggie remove ONLY 2 of the blocks you made that look like this blue and yellow block in arrangement (your fabrics may differ).
To each side of this block sew a Plain Fabric B block so that you will have 3 blocks sewn in a row that look like this when done. Be sure to use a 1/4 inch seam when sewing the blocks together. Press the seams toward the outer blocks.
You will sew two strips like this from each Baggie. Put them back in the baggie when each pair is finished. You should still have TWO blocks like the center one above which are unsewn in each baggie and one unsewn Fabric A - 4.5 inch square.
6. Take the Unsewn Fabric A - 4.5 inch square and the two remaining Fabric B blocks with corners of A fabric. Place one of the Fabric B blocks on each side of the Fabric A block - join these into two strips (with 1/4 inch seams) that will look like this and press the seams toward the center.
Put each group back into its baggie when finished.
Next : Part 6 = More joining of blocks as the Mystery begins to emerge.
I especially want to credit Mary Ellen Hopkins for her technique of adding the connecting corners. There are a lot of tips on doing this type of quick half square triangles, but hers are among the best! The Kansas Dugout block is the other we will be making for our Mystery Quilt - see what Mary Ellen does with it here. Mary Ellen Hopkin's Web page is http://www.maryellenhopkins.com.