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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Part and Parcel - A Mystery Quilt - Intro

Who doesn't love a good mystery?

My dad was a fan of Perry Mason. It was required watching at our house every Sunday after church. It came on right after Lassie and before The Wonderful World of Disney.

Now, as a grown up, I'm less a fan of mysteries. I love them in books, and in movies but not so much in mornings that start with, “Have you seen my keys?”

Quilters like mysteries.

And we like Block of the Month projects.

What if we combine the two and have a Block of the Month Mystery?

Or double the fun with a Block of  Every Other Week Mystery?

That sounds fun! Let's do it!

Mysterious Rules:

I always wondered if the reason people released patterns as mysteries was because they hadn't actually written the whole pattern and were therefore not sure how it would look in the end.
I know what Part and Parcel will look like in the end. But you got me... I haven't written the whole pattern yet, at least not in sentences. But I've worked out all the math so we should be good to go.
I'll be sewing well ahead of you, so if there is a problem with the pattern I'll be able to fix it before it gets to you. That's the working theory.

HOWEVER... if I miss something, or the instructions are unclear, PLEASE leave a note in the comments. Remember this is my first mystery pattern, so let's learn together.

I'll release a section of the quilt every other Wednesday. There are 8 sections so we'll complete the top in 16 weeks. (2 weeks for each section, plus today's introduction.)

Today I'll let you know what supplies you'll need and we'll begin cutting. You'll have 2 weeks to get your fabric and cut the strips.

Shop from your stash first.
I got everything from my stash. It's not what I would have purchased if I'd been purchasing, but it will be just fine. And I can take the Hub to dinner with the savings. WIN!
We'll start sewing in 2 weeks, on April 10.
Wasn't there a ship that began it's ill-fated maiden voyage on April 10? … We'll hope this maiden venture doesn't end like that one.

Each section has 2-3 blocks that sew up really fast.

On the off weeks I'll answer questions or whatever needs to be addressed. I also have some fun little projects to throw in for variety along the way.

I'll need feedback from YOU please!

Here's what I can tell you about the Block of Every Other Week Mystery:

The pattern is called Part and Parcel. That a good clue.
It will finish at about 64 x 88 inches
Or, 72 x 96 inches with optional border.

There are no triangles in this quilt, making it beginner friendly. If you can sew a straight seam, you can make this quilt.

Accurate cutting and consistent 1/4” sewing will be key in putting the sections together.

The pattern uses a single color in 3 values: light, medium and dark.
And neutral in 4 values: lightest, medium light, medium and medium dark.
Unless you want to go crazy and try 4 shades of color and 3 shades of neutral.
Color, Dark, Fab 7, should be the darkest fabric.

Color, Medium, Fab 6, and  Neutral, Medium Dark, Fab 4,should be similar value. 
Good color combinations are:
Blue and Brown 
Pink and Brown
Green and Brown
Yellow and Gray
Pink and Gray

Or you can try 2 colors:
Red and Green
Green and Purple
Blue and Yellow
Pink and Green
Team/School colors

Part and Parcel Mystery Block of the Month

Tools needed: (in addition to the usual sewing tools)

Acrylic rulers: 12 1/2" and 24 1/2" long
Rotary cutter and mat

Mysterious Code Names and Numbers
Fabrics needed:
# 1) 2/3 yard – Neutral, Lightest
# 2) 7/8 yard – Neutral, Medium Light
# 3) 1 1/8 yard – Neutral, Medium
# 4) 1 1/4 yard – Neutral, Medium Dark
# 5) 1 1/8 yard – Color, Light
# 6) 1 3/4 yards - Color, Medium
#7) 1 1/8 yard - Color, Darkest

Border. Binding and Back 

1 ¼ yard - optional border Fab 6 or Fab 4 recommended
3/4 yard - binding, use same fabric as border, if no border, chose your preference. 
Or, choose no binding and sandwich your quilt envelope style.

Backing without border = 6 yards or 2 yards wide backing
Backing with border = 6 ½ yards or 2 1/4 yards wide backing

Starch, press and square each fabric before cutting.

Today we'll cut strips from the yardage, with just a few subcuts.

We'll subcut what we need from the strip stash as we go.

Use a fresh blade. It's a lot of cutting.

Labeling the strips and cut pieces is crucial.
I suggest you copy and paste the following measurements to a word processing program and print them out.
Keep it close as you cut.

Cut the Strips

Fabric #1)  (Neutral, Lightest)
6 strips @ 2 1/2”
1 strip @ 4 1/2”

Fabric #2)  (Neutral, Medium Light)
1 strip @ 10 1/2” … Subcut 1 - 10 1/2” square. Cut the rest of the strip into:
                                              2 - 1 1/2" strips                                            
                                              2 - 3 1/2” strips
3 Strip @ 4 1/2"
1 Strip @ 2 1/2"

Fabric #3)  (Neutral, Medium)
4 strips @ 2 1/2”
2 strips @ 3 1/2”
2 strips @ 4 1/2”
1 strip @ 8 1/2”

Fabric #4)  (Neutral, Medium Dark)
8 strips @ 2 1/2”
2 strips @ 3 1/2”
1 strip @ 4 1/2”
1 strip @ 6 1/2” … Subcut 3 - 6 1/2” squares. Cut the rest of the strip into
                                          4.5" strip

Fabric #5)  (Color, Light)
9 strips @ 2 1/2”
2 strips @ 4 1/2”
Mysterious Strips Cut and Ready
2 - 1 1/2” strips
Fabric #6)  (Color, Medium)
10 strips @ 2 1/2”
6 strips @ 4 1/2”
1 strip @ 8.5”

Fabric #7)  (Color, Dark)
5 strips @ 2 1/2”
1 strip @ 4 1/2”                                     
1 strip @ 12 1/2”

Optional Border
Cut these when we're ready for them
9 strips @ 4 1/2”

Cut these when we're ready for them.
without border: 8 strips@ 2 1/2”
with border: 9 strips @ 2 1/2”
That's it for today. WHEW!
You may want to change your blade again. That was a lot of cutting.

From here on out you will only need a 12 1/2" ruler. That's a plus!

Thanks for sewing along with Part and Parcel, my very first mystery quilt pattern. I hope we can all enjoy it together.

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For extra mysterious fun, invite your friends to sew along with us! Share the link. (The pattern itself is copyrighted.)

Please ask all your questions, or make corrections, in the comments section so we can all benefit.
Next week I'll let you help me plan a backyard Easter Party for the grand kids.

Easter already, where does time go?!?

See you next week,

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