The 2017 Fat Quarter Mystery is a mystery no more! Team Nancy Zieman appreciates everyone of you who have tuned in each month, on the third Saturday, to see a new 15″ block tutorial revealed.

See the many color variations and styles on Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC Facebook Photo Gallery. Many of Nancy Zieman’s readers, fans, and followers shared their blocks each month with the NZP Team. With so many beautiful quilt blocks shared throughout 2017, we’d love to see your finished top or quilt. When you have your quilt top ready, please email your pictures to [email protected]. Your quilt may be selected as a feature in an upcoming blog post.

If you’ve missed a block, no worries! You can always find block patterns from any of Nancy Zieman’s Block of the Month programs, FREE and linked in the right-hand side bar of this blog.

Supplies to Finish the Quilt

  • 1-3/4 yards cream (cornerstones and sashing)
  • 1/4 yard garnet print (cornerstones)
  • 3/4 yard garnet print (binding)
  • 4-1/4 yards backing fabric
  • One twin-size batting (our finished quilt measures approx. 56″ wide x 73-1/2″ long)

Create Nine-Patch Cornerstone Blocks

Cut crosswise strips for block centers.

  • Cut one 1-1/2″ CWS from background fabric.
  • Cut two 1-1/2″ CWS from dark fabric.

  • Arrange strips as shown. Stitch strips right sides together; pressing seam allowances toward darker fabric.

  • Subcut the strip sets into twenty 1-1/2″ sections.

Cut crosswise strips for outer strip sets:

  • Cut two 1-1/2″ x CWS strips from dark fabric .
  • Cut four 1-1/2″ x CWS strips from background fabric.
  • Arrange the strips as shown below. Stitch strips together to create two sets of strata. 
  • Press seam allowances toward darker fabric.

  • Subcut strip sets into forty 1-1/2″ sections.

  • Arrange cornerstone 9-patch blocks with the lighter fabrics at each corner.

  • Join the top two rows, locking seam allowances.
  • Open; add the remaining row.

  • Open; press.

  • Make a total of twenty cornerstone 9-patch blocks, measuring 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″.

Cut Sashing Strips

From the cream fabric, cut three 15-1/2″ x width of fabric strips.
Subcut each 15-1/2″ strip into eleven 3-1/2″ strips.

Build the Quilt

Note: All seams are 1/4″.

  • Arrange blocks in a three by four grid.

   Depending on your own fabric choices, your blocks may look best arranged in a different order than what is shown in our finished quilt.


  • Stitch a sashing strip to the right-hand side of each block.
  • Stitch a sashing strip to the left edge of the blocks in column one.
  • Press seam allowances toward sashing strips.
  • Create five sashing and cornerstone rows using four cornerstone blocks and three sashing strips.
  • Press seam allowances towards sashing strip.
  • Stitch sashing rows to quilt block rows along the top edge.
  • For the lower row, add a second sashing row to the lower edge.
  • Press seam allowances toward the sashing strips.

The Finished 2017 Fat Quarter Mystery!


Basic Quilt-Making Reference

Finish your quilt completely with quilting of your choice. For binding we used 3/4 yd. Garnet Red Vine. Reference quilt finishing instructions in the Sewing With Nancy book Fearless Quilting Finishes. Nancy covers layering the backing, batting, and quilt top; the basics of machine quilting; and the absolute easiest way to apply the binding. See the demonstrations in the Fearless Quilting Finishes three-part series on Sewing With Nancy.

Fearless Quilting Finishes Nancy Zieman

Farmhouse Florals by Nancy Zieman for Penny Rose Fabrics | Riley Blake

Get ready for the 2018 NZP Block of the Month!

The new 2018 NZP Block of the Month program will feature Nancy Zieman’s NEW! Farmhouse Florals Fat Quarter Collection by Penny Rose Fabrics. Here’s the inside scoop:

  •  2018 NZP Block of the Month kicks off in January 2018.
  • As always, there’s no cost to join and no need to formally sign up.
  • One block will be stitched in two colors each month.
  • 2018 NZP Block of the Month is fat quarter friendly.
  • 2018 NZP Block of the Month project lasts only six months.

Watch Fearless Quilting Finishes (Part OnePart Two, and Part Three) on Sewing With Nancy online.

With so many beautiful quilt blocks shared throughout 2017, we’d love to see your finished top or quilt. When you finish your quilt top, please email your pictures to [email protected]. Your quilt may be selected as a feature in an upcoming blog post.

Happy Sewing and Happy New Year!

Team Nancy Zieman

Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC.

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