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Mystery Quilt 2016 Quilt Along


Mystery Quilt 2016 Quilt Along

To celebrate National Quilt Month in March, Connecting Threads will offer a Mystery Quilt 2016 Quilt Along. This is our third Mystery Quilt - yes, we skipped 2015 - and promises to be lots of fun for all. We think you will enjoy making this three-part pattern. The catch is that you won’t know what the quilt looks like until Part 3!

What are the dates of the quilt along?
3/2 - MQ2016 - Fabric Selection
3/16 - MQ2016 - Part 1
3/23 - MQ2016 - Part 2
3/30 - MQ2016 - Part 3
4/6 - MQ2016 - Conclusion

What is the size of the finished quilt? It will be a lap quilt or throw, approximately 57-1/2" x 69-1/2". 

Where will I find the pattern?
Each week's pattern and related tutorials will be available as PDF downloads in the Quick Link section and Discussion Forum below.

What is the skill level of this quilt?
Borderline of Easy/Intermediate. This would not be a good first quilt. A confident beginner, with experience sewing 1/4" seams, may find the quilt a challenge but doable.

How do I select my fabric?
Mystery Quilt 2016 Fabric Selection Suggestions Revised 3-3-16 PDF

Any special tools required?
General quilting supplies
81639 Omnigrip Neon  6-1/2" Square Ruler (optional)

How do I ask a question or leave a comment? Please leave comments and questions on the Comment Wall. It is important that the Discussion Forum be used mainly for Administrative posts about Mystery Quilt 2016. 

Quilt Along Guidelines
Before you get started, please read the guidelines located in the "Discussion Forum" or by clicking on this link.

Note: If you've just joined this very busy group, expect to receive lots and lots of email notifications, generated every time someone posts here. If you'd rather not receive those notifications, just click "Stop Following". It's in the "Comment" box. Then you can just visit and check in when you feel like it.

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Discussion Forum

Mystery Quilt Part 3 & Beyond Member Photos

Started by Ann Johnson. Last reply by Cat Lady--MO Aug 5, 2019. 320 Replies

Please post your photos of any Part 3 units, finished tops, and quilted quilts here in this Discussion Forum area only.Do not post any photos that reveal the final design on the Comment Wall. We want…Continue


Started by Gmakitty. Last reply by Kathleen Kingsbury Jan 24, 2018. 1 Reply

Am anxious to get started on making a couple of graduation quilts.... bought the material ages ago, finaly found the pattern and have regained my confidence... so tomorrow out comes the tools....and…Continue

Mystery Quilt

Started by Rebecca. Last reply by Gmakitty Oct 17, 2016. 2 Replies

Thank you Ann for all the time and hard work you put into the mystery quilt. I have not been quilting very long but i love how it turned out.Continue

Mystery Quilt 2016 - Part 3

Started by Ann Johnson. Last reply by Gmakitty Jul 14, 2016. 3 Replies

You can download Part 3 PDF for free: …Continue

Comment Wall


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Comment by Kathleen Kingsbury on March 16, 2016 at 12:14pm

Thanks Ann!! But Oh Dear!! 28 flying geese . . . those birds are not my friend :(

I'm starting out behind already. Can't get to sewing until I finish proofreading a 100+ page dissertation.  But lucky me . . . I got my sewing machine back from repair today, so it's ready and raring to go!!

Comment by Sharon Smircich on March 16, 2016 at 11:54am

Thanks, Ann!  Found a yellow in my stash that works great.  I think I will have to do a different quilt that features Holly a bit more!

Comment by Carol Lee Poulis (CP from Texas) on March 16, 2016 at 11:51am

Ann J., Thanks for the help!

Comment by Ann Johnson on March 16, 2016 at 11:36am

Jo - Way to go! I am glad you were able to get the Christmas version fabrics on sale - since it was your idea! :)

Comment by Jo Guthridge on March 16, 2016 at 11:15am
Ann- I ordered fabric again (40% off) for the Christmas quilt and the baby quilt..........since there was a fabulous sale. Almost got two for the price of one.
Comment by Ann Johnson on March 16, 2016 at 10:47am

What is happening Jean? Did you try to download in the Discussion Forum and the Quick Links to PDFs?

Comment by Ann Johnson on March 16, 2016 at 8:18am

Thanks Bonnie and Diane W. It is my pleasure. I am excited too.

I got my fabric order yesterday also. Thought  I would join in a make another one...we will see how that goes! I chose from the Quilter's Candy Basics to make a Christmas quilt...They are in order #1-6. Thanks to Jo G. for the idea! I am sorry I didn't think of this for the fabric selections guide... oh well!

Comment by Ann Johnson on March 16, 2016 at 7:54am

Sharon - What cute fabrics! I think your placements work for the most part. I struggled to decide what to suggest for the two blue prints with Holly Hobby on them. Either would work for #5. If the tossed Hollys is #2 like  you have, she will be cut up a lot. I think this is what I would recommend - it involves switching the pattern a bit.

Fabric 1  Cream with small blue print
Fabric 2  Green with dots
Fabric 3  A yellow or medium tonal to coordinate with the other fabrics
Fabric 4  Black print
Fabric 5  Holly Hobby - tossed
Fabric 6  Small hearts all over
Add a Fabric 7 (rows of Holly Hobby) and use for Fabric 5 M and Fabric 6 N in Part 3. Be sure to cut one N diagonally one way and the other diagonally the opposite direction.

Hope this helps!

Comment by Diane Wills/IN on March 16, 2016 at 7:30am

I agree with Bonnie! Hope you are able to get a little rest, while people get started.

Comment by Ann Johnson on March 16, 2016 at 7:23am

Diane W. - Enjoy! Maybe you can talk them into joining you. The more the merrier!

Carol Lee - If you are interested, here are my recommendations for your fabrics:

Fabric 1  Cream
Fabric 2  Dark green or light
Fabric 3  Dark purple
Fabric 4  Medium purple with circles
Fabric 5  Light green or dark
Fabric 6  Focal (either one - if you are okay with seeing a lot of it)

Hope that helps!


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