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Block-of-the-Month Mystery Quilt
So…I agreed to head up the Block-of-the-Month program for my local guild this year and I have to say, while the first reveal is yet to come, I’ve had a lot of fun already! After searching online to find a set of patterns, I decided to create one myself – especially for my guild, River Heritage Quilters’ Guild – and I want to share it with all of you!
While this quilt will have special meaning for those who live near river life, and especially for those near the mighty Mississippi in southeast Missouri, it can be appreciated by most as a beautiful sampler of blocks in a lovely setting.
River Heritage will feature eight traditionally-pieced blocks and one easy pieced/appliqued block, in a lovely setting which will finish at 66 x 66 inches.
- Most of the quilt blocks have a common river-life theme and a couple of them have regional and local references.
- This will be a nice quilt for gifting to a loved one (you’ll see why when we get to that block) or to have as a keepsake, especially if you are a member of River Heritage Quilters’ Guild. While members of the RHQG will recognize that the names of the blocks have a connection to our guild and the general region of our country, the quilt itself is very appropriate for anyone around the world and would be considered a sampler quilt in a beautiful setting.
- I suggest hitting your stash for your light, medium, and dark fabrics in three colors. You’ll also need some light neutrals (ranging from white to light beige and gray). The blocks themselves can be scrappy, so you can add to your collection as the mystery and the year unfolds!
- The setting for this quilt will be striking and yet easy to put together. Instructions and specific fabric requirements for the setting and borders will follow the last block instructions. In general (in case you want to plan ahead), one yard for the dark border and 1 ½ yds. for the three light, medium, and dark setting pieces and binding will be sufficient. (Your nine mystery blocks will be in the light gray squares.) This picture is very similar but not exactly how your setting will look (it is a MYSTERY, after all!).
Note: Seams are ¼ inch unless otherwise noted. When piecing rows, alternate pressing direction. (For example, I press row one to the right, row two to the left, etc. for easy nesting of seams.)
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