Mystery Quilt Challenge #3

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” 
― John Lubbock


Some respite!

Perhaps not from the heat of late summer, nor the drought that is in everyone’s thoughts, but from the frenetic planning and rushing of the December holidays and the “back to school” drama of stationery lists, lunchboxes and sport practice for those of us who still have school age children.

So here is a chance to take a deep breath, mop your brow, and take  the time  this month to do some quilting catch-up.

And if you are up to date and would like a challenge – scroll down!

6. Completing the border strips.

Number required: 4

Design: Checkerboard

Method: Strip piecing to make a 4-patch checkerboard

Design size: 4″ x 39.5″

Final dimensions including seam allowances: 4 1/2″ x 40″

Here is a link for a YouTube video on making a 4 patch:

You will be cutting 2 1/2″ strips to make a 4 patch that fits the requirements for your border strips, as per video instructions.

Cutting requirements: If using 2 colours the strips will need to be 2 1/2″ x 32″ x 8 in each colour. The strips must the be cut into 2 1/2″ pieces, making a border that is 4 1/2″ wide.

Or you could sew a double 4 patch.

Once you have sewn up these strips, join them to the border strips #5 from the previous month, sandwich and quilt your borders. Once these are attached to the 4″ border of last month it will make an 8″ wide border. The #5 strips will measure 3 3/4″ wide, and the #6 strips will measure 4 1/4″ wide.

And that- Clementine – is that!


For those that would like a challenge:

This is a 16 patch with a border, then strip pieced triangles setting the 16 patch on point. You will need 5 of these per border strip, making it  a total of 20 squares. The strip pieces triangles are cut from #5 last month.

Step #1:

Make a 16 patch using 1 1/2″ strips, 6″ long. Once these are sewn and trimmed the block will be 4 1/2″ square. Make 20 of these.

16 patch quilt block pattern

Step #2:

Sew a border around each block – the border is 1 1/8″ wide. Cut 40 x 1 1/8″ x 4 1/2″ for the sides of the block, then 40 x 1 1/8″ x 5 3/4″ for the other 2 sides of the block. Your block should now measure 5 3/4″ square.

Step #3:

Now set them on point by cutting triangles from the border strips you sewed up last month. (You will need to sew more of the strips from Block #5 though). Sew these triangles to each side. Trim to 8″ square.

Step #4:

Join 5 squares to make up one border length.

So there we are….another step closer to the final product. Happy quilting


Nicky Hunter-Smith has been helping produce samples each month to show MQG members what next! These are her 5 applique blocks which she designed herself and quilted on her embroidery machine
This quilt has been intended as a scrap quilt, here Nicky shows how she has used her scraps to sew the backing for her blocks
My applique blocks. I had patterns by McKenna Ryan which I adapted to fit. I have then densely quilted each block.using Aurifil Threads.


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