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River Heritage Mystery Quilt Reveal

River Heritage

Block-of-the-Month Mystery Quilt

Image of Mississippi River Sunset

The sunset over the Mississippi River is your final clue that the mystery has ended.

Photo by Anastasia Gonzales.

The mystery is revealed! Take all of those wonderful blocks and set them in this really fun, fast design. I am happy to tell you that River Heritage goes together quickly and easily! Image of River Heritage

Click here for printer-friendly version: River Heritage Setting Instructions

Setting Instructions 

The biggest challenge is to make sure all the setting flying geese point away from the center block. This is easy to achieve by laying out all your sections on a flat surface or design wall.

Finished Size: 66 x 66 inches                                     WOF = width of fabric

RST = right sides together                                          I list the colors in my quilt for reference.

Cutting:

Fabric A (soft-white) setting:

Cut six 6 ½” x WOF to cut

*Sixteen 6 ½” squares

*Eight 6 ½ x 12 ½” rectangles

 

Fabric B (watery aqua) setting:

For binding, cut eight 2 ¼” WOF strips

Cut four 6 ½ x WOF to cut

*Eight 6 ½” squares

*Eight 6 ½ x 12 ½” rectangles

 

Fabric C (teal batik) setting squares:

Cut four 6 ½” squares

 

Fabric D (coral) outer setting:

Cut

*Four 6 ½ x 18 ½” rectangles

*Four 6 ½ x 24 ½” rectangles

*Four 1 x 12 ½” strips

 

Fabric E (aqua) outer border*:

Cut six 3 ½” x WOF to make:

*Two 3 ½ x 60 ½” strips

*Two 3 ½ x 66 ½” strips

Setting Assembly

  1. Large Flying Geese: Draw a diagonal line on wrong side of 16 Fabric A squares. Place a marked square on LEFT side of a Fabric B 6 ½ x 12 ½” rectangle, RST. Stitch on the diagonal line. Press the corner triangle open. Trim excess fabric to ¼” seam. Repeat for the right corner of each rectangle. Make 8.
  2. Setting pieces: Draw a diagonal line on wrong side of 8 Fabric B squares. Place a square on the RIGHT side of a Fabric A 6 ½ x 12 ½” rectangle RST. Stitch on the diagonal line. Press the corner triangle open and trim excess fabric to 1/4” seam. Make 4.

 

Place a marked Fabric B square on the LEFT side of Fabric A 6 ½” x 12 ½” rectangle RST. Stitch on the diagonal line. Press the corner triangle open and trim excess fabric to ¼” seam. Make 4.

Section Assembly

I suggest laying out all the pieces of your quilt on a design wall or a flat surface to make sure you keep all the points in the correct direction. Notice that the Paddle Wheel block is in the very center and that each flying geese unit points away from that center block. I will also refer to the blocks as Center, North, South, East, West, Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, and Southeast for those who want to use different placement of their individual blocks.

 

Add a flying geese to opposite sides of each of the blocks, Eagle’s Nest (North), Railroad Crossing (South), Port and Starboard (West), and Lighted Bridge (East) as shown below. Note the direction of each block and the flying geese units. Press seams towards the blocks.

 

 

Image of Eagle's Nest Block

Eagle’s Nest/North

Image of Rail Road Crossing Block

Railroad Crossing/South

Image of Port and Starboard/West

Port and Starboard/West

 

 

 

Image of Lighted Bridge Block

Lighted Bridge/East

When you lay these units in their places above, below, and to the left and right of Paddle Wheel (Center), they should form a cross shape. Do not stitch the units together yet.

Next you will make the four corner sections, using the Flock of Geese (Northwest), Hovering Hawks (Northeast), Tree Line (Southeast), and Trail of Tears (Southwest) blocks. Check that your setting units are positioned so that the colored corners are pointing inward, towards the Paddlewheel (Center) block and so that they form an “on-point” square “floating” beneath the blocks.

Sew one setting unit to the top (Flock of Geese/Northwest and Hovering Hawks/Northeast) or bottom (Trail of Tears/Southwest and Tree Line/Southeast) of the block. Press to the setting unit. Sew a setting square (Fabric C) to the light end of the other setting unit. Press to the setting unit. Match seams, RST, and sew the two units together. Add the short outer setting bar (coral) to the side and press to the bar. Finish the corner section by stitching the long outer setting bar to the top (or bottom) of the section.

Repeat for each corner unit. Refer to the diagrams below.

Image of Flock of Geese block

Flock of Geese/Northwest

Image of Hovering Hawks block

Hovering Hawks/Northeast         

 

 

Image of Trail of Tears block

Trail of Tears/Southwest

Image of Tree Line Block

Tree Line/Southeast

 

Lay out all sections. I suggest taking a black and white picture at this point to be certain all the flying geese units are pointing away from the center Paddle Wheel block and the setting units point inward.

 

 

Making Three Rows:

Top Row – Turn the Eagle’s Nest (North) section, RST, onto the corner section, Flock of Geese (Northwest), and stitch. Press to the corner section. Add the Hovering Hawks (Northeast) corner section. Press to the corner section.

Middle Row – Turn Paddle Wheel (Center), RST, onto the Port and Starboard (West) section and stitch. Press toward Paddle Wheel (Center). Likewise, add the Light Bridge (East) section and press toward Paddle Wheel (Center).

Bottom Row – Place Railroad Crossing (South), RST, on Trail of Tears (Southwest) corner section. Stitch and press towards Trail of Tears (Southwest) section. Likewise, stitch Tree Line (Southeast) to Railroad Crossing (South) and press to Tree Line (Southeast) section.

Stitch rows together, nestling seams, and press seams open.

Outer borders: While it’s important that I give you measurements for your borders, I do suggest that you measure your quilt length through the center (and after those borders are on, do likewise with the width) to determine an exact measurement. Then cut your borders to that length. Mark the center of your border with a pin and do likewise with the edge of your quilt. Pin the border to the edge, matching the center pins and pin the border in several places from the center to the corners of the top. This will help “square” your quilt and you (or your quilter) will be very happy later that you did this!

Sew Fabric E 3 ½” x 60 ½” strips to the left and right sides of the quilt top.

Sew Fabric E 3 ½” x 66 ½” strips to the top and bottom to complete the quilt top.

Image of Quilt

Finishing your River Heritage Block-of-the-Month Mystery Quilt:

Layer your top, batting, and backing for quilting.

As a long-arm quilter, I suggest that backing and batting be 6 inches longer and wider than the quilt top. (I realize domestic machine quilters don’t need that much extra fabric and that each long-arm quilter may have a different requirement.) I used Warm and Natural Cotton Batting. I also like and often use Hobbs 80/20.

In quilting my River Heritage, I did custom quilting on each block to accentuate the piecing and uniqueness. I did a stylized free-hand quilting on the setting and border.Image of Back of Quilt

I used the Prairie Point Hanging Method and basted them on prior to adding my binding. I made these larger than normal to allow for the 6-inch requirement for our local quilt show. Notice the looseness in the points? That helps the extra-large pole to slide through easier and avoids pulling on the quilt. Before hand-stitching the points down, I folded the prairie point up over the stitched binding. Then I laid a skinny ruler along the top edge of the quilt binding and folded the prairie point back over the ruler. I stitched the point of the prairie point where it laid. This gave two binding widths of looseness in the prairie point. This isn’t necessary for normal hanging methods, but seemed to work well for this purpose.

Stitch on binding and turn by hand.

I hope you’ve enjoyed making River Heritage! I was pleasantly surprised to find a beautiful ribbon on my quilt this weekend at our local quilt show!Image of Quilt with Ribbon

Please share your quilt pictures on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag: #riverheritage in your post!

Note: Most of the blocks in this quilt are classics, found in many books and other sources. Paddle Wheel, Tree Line, and Lighted Bridge are blocks I created to fit our theme and the setting. The setting is adapted from the book, Circle of Nine by Janet Houts & Jean Ann Wright. I love this book and recommend it (available on Amazon)!

This has been an adventure–coming up with a theme, choosing blocks (creating others), coming up with pictures for each month, and learning more about Electric Quilter 8, Canva, and WordPress! Thank you all for joining me on this journey. I hope you love your River Heritage!
                                                                                  Karla

The Quilting Forecast

Raindrops on Roses, quilted umbrellas,  and Mary Poppins?

Tonight I’m driving to my home town to introduce my patterns to the Memory Makers Quilt Guild for an upcoming #usebothsides class.

Born and raised there, I have fond memories of simpler times: riding bikes all over town (sans highway 61- not allowed), working summers at the pool, riding around as a teenager, and snake dances around the square to the homecoming bonfires. It makes me happy to go back there and I’m honored to do so this evening. With the wet forecast for this week, I’ll be doing my best to keep the raindrops off of Rose and all her friends! Click HERE to see the #usebothsides quilts.Image of Quilt

It seems fitting to break out the umbrella table runner today with the forecast of a rainy week ahead.

This was a fast, fun project from a few years ago. Just a few cuts of scrap Kaffe fabric with the Accuquilt die and she’s ready to quilt! See Raindrops on Roses to see a few of my favorite things from the AQS Quilt Show in Paducah.Image of Quilted Table Runer

And umbrellas always remind me of a favorite book, movie, and soon, I’m sure, musical:

Mary Poppins…the music, the magic, the meaning (I highly recommend the movie, Savings Mr. Banks, for the deeper meaning).

My youngest daughter, Jacquelyn, is playing the role of Mrs. Banks in her final college show, opening this Wednesday. We are fortunate to live less than 30 minutes from her musical theatre conservatory and have taken in as many shows as possible. (We learned when our eldest daughter performed sixteen hours away how fortunate we are to have these opportunities close by.)

Click HERE to see  “Sweet Dreams…of You” and the quilt commemorating Jacq’s role as the legendary Patsy ClineImage of Patsy Cline's Signature on Quilt and  Click HERE to see “One…Singular Sensation” which features a fantastic quilt binding tip and Jacq’s role as Cassie in A Chorus Line.

Image of Cassie in A Chorus LIne

Jacquelyn Kiefner as Cassie in A Chorus Line

It looks like it’ll be a busy week for this quilter! How’s your quilting forecast look? Share in the comments below.

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Click on this picture for Month Two: Railroad CrossingImage of Frozen Mississippi River