Get ready for my Fat Quarter Mystery Quilt, starting next week, January 21. Each month in ’17, you’ll find a complete quilt block tutorial posted on my blog, using  fat quarters*  (18″ x 22″ fabric rectangles) from a 24-piece bundle.

So how do you get ready? Here are the simple steps:

First—Gather Fabric

All 12-blocks will feature my Garnet Fabric collection. You’ll need:

  • One Garnet 24-Fat Quarter Bundle for the print fabrics
  •  2-1/4 yards of a neutral or background fabric. (I used Cream from Riley Blake Designs Shades collection.)
  • 3/4 yard binding fabric–we chose Garnet Red Vine.

 Note from Nancy: Of course you may use any other 24-fat quarter collection and neutral background fabric.

The third Saturday of each month during ’17 you’ll receive a new quilt block idea in this blog. We just finished the quilt (Sorry, it’s a mystery so you can’t see it yet.), which measures 57″ x 75″, upon completion.

Second—Sharpen Your Tools

Well, not really, but do make certain that you have a sharp blade in your rotary cutter. Gather your cutting mat and ruler. The other main notion used each month is the No-Hassle Triangle Gauge. Okay, that’s one insight, there are half-square triangles in this Fat Quarter Mystery Quilt. Best news yet, they’re easy to create with the No-Hassle Triangle Gauge.

Basic Supplies for the entire 12-month mystery:

Other BoM Quilt Projects

Did you follow along in or ’15 or ’16 for our Block of the Month projects? If you finished part of all of the quilt blocks or the entire project, please share photos.  We’d love to see and share them! Post your pictures to my Facebook Page or email them to [email protected].

2015: Adventure Quilt

In 2015 we jumped in making two blocks each month. The blocks were bold and bright. Using various templates from Clover USA, we created an interesting large sampler quilt. Join the fun anytime. The patterns are free and online at the 2015 Adventure Quilt link on my blog.

2016 Quilt Extravaganza

In 2016 we finished a block of the month project, which featured the Carefree Curves Template set. The possibilities are endless with this template; it is one of my favorites. We used pieced fabric strata each month to yield a very scrappy finished quilt. Just like the 2015 project, this Block of the Month is always free and online at the 2016 Quilt Extravaganza link on my blog.

Note from Nancy: Fat Quarters are a 1/4 of a yard of fabric created by cutting a half of a yard and then cutting that section into two 18″ x 22″ pieces. Contrary to what non-quilters might think, a fat quarter is not a body part! Little humor, very little.

Watch for the first block of the month on January 21!

Bye for now,

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