2021 Mystery Quilt Along – Month 1

2021 Mystery Quilt Along Month 1

We are back and ready for more free quilt along fun! We had such a good time completing our skill builder with you last year, we knew we wanted to do it again.

This year we are mixing things up and doing a mystery quilt along. Not sure what that is? It simply means, you don’t know what the finished project will look like. We promise it’s awesome though.

We’ve designed a big, bold, modern quilt to put together with you throughout the year. Each month, we’ll work on a different aspect and work towards putting it all together. After the quilt top is complete, we’ll also go over quilting it and binding it. By the end of the year you’ll have a full completed quilt, ready for snuggling. The quilt is going to finish at 60×72″.

This quilt will all be traditionally pieced. There isn’t any applique or free motion quilting. Some of the things we’ll work on are keeping all our points, putting together curves and lining them up as circles, and using templates, particularly large templates. Were also going to talk about how to keep things lined up and square as you are putting the top all together.

So let’s get started. This week we picking out fabric and will start cutting out some of the colors so they are ready to go later on in the year. We recommend making sure you have a bag or container to keep everything in so it’s organized and easy to find throughout the year.

Fabric Requirements for Throw Quilt

Finished Size 60 x 72″

So first, let’s talk fabric. You are going to need 4 main colors for this quilt top. We are using purple, green, blue, and yellow. I’ve also included other color palette options to give you different ideas. You will also need a background color. We are using white.

From two of the colors, you will only need 1 fabric. The other two you are going to want a mix of values in that color shade. Pick some light, some medium, and some a little darker. They can be prints or solids. We are using a mix of each.

  • Color 1 – 1 1/4 yard
  • Color 2 – 2/3 yard
  • Color 3 – 4 different fabrics total
    • 1/4 yard of 3 different fabrics
    • 1/2 yard of 1 fabric
  • Color 4 – 6 different fabrics total
    • 1/4 yard of 5 different fabrics
    • 1/2 yard of 1 fabric
  • Background Fabric – 2 yards
  • Backing – 3 3/4 yards
  • Binding – 1/2 yard

Color Palette Options

Not sure what colors you want to use? Look through the options below and see if you are inspired. You can either copy one of the choices below or use it to come up with your own. If the four colors look good all together, the finished quilt will come out beautiful. With this design, the modern pattern works well with each of the four colors being placed anywhere in the design.

Cutting the Fabric

After you have gathered your fabric, we are going to start cutting some of it this month. We are starting with the background fabric and color 2. Set the rest of the fabric aside for later months.

From Color 2 (our green):

  • Cut 2 strips at 3 1/2″ x WOF. These two strips will then be cut down to 40″. Make sure to cut the selvedge off first before cutting the 40″.
  • Cut 15″ off the long measurement of the remaining fabric. Set the larger portion aside.
  • Cut 3 strips at 3 1/2 x 15″.

From the Background Fabric (our white)

  • Cut 5 strips at 6 1/2″ x WOF.
    • Cut 2 of these strips into 6 1/2 x 40″
    • Cut 2 strips at 6 1/2 x 21″
    • Cut 12 6 1/2″ squares
  • Save the remaining fabric for later.

That’s it! Come back next month and we’ll start sewing. If you have any questions on fabric selection or what you picked, don’t hesitate to reach out! We would love to help you choose the fabrics if you need assurance they will work with the final design.

Mystery quilts can be so fun to make as the final quilt all comes together as you move along. If you have any questions along the way, please shoot us an email. We want to help you be successful!

Happy Quilting!

Kimie and Missy

26 Replies to “2021 Mystery Quilt Along – Month 1”

  1. Marise Vorster says: Reply

    This sounds like so much fun! Can’t wait to get home and start going through my stash….es ;-).

    1. We are excited to have you join us!

  2. Just watch the videos and I noticed at the end you said join us next month and will saw this in the very end you said see us next week so I’m thinking next week there’s more catalogs but we won’t sell until next month looking forward to it I think this will be easier than a rushed one I have participated in many so long as my fact I’m gonna be doing another one starts on Tuesday and I’ve been doing different blocks from Moto blockheads and things like that and other individual tasks are probably far too many than I should but he kind of goes with me thank you for offering this have a great day

    1. We post a new video every week, but we post on all sorts of things quilting related. The quilt along videos are once a month and will always post on the first Wednesday. The Quilt along will last all year, so you’ll have a month in between each step to complete it.

  3. Kelly A Goodman says: Reply

    I’m in! I can’t wait!I am very happy that you are encouraging the use of one’s stash.
    All I can say is it’s a good thing you have given us a month just to choose fabrics! I’ve changed my mind at least 3 times!
    I think I’m ready to cut now……………but let me just make sure!! LOL

    1. You sound like me! I keep looking at our different color mock ups and I think I might have to make a few versions of our quilt.

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  5. Shelly Grappe says: Reply

    I am excited. First mystery quilt. Thank you.

    1. We are excited to have you joining us!

  6. Fran Elliott says: Reply

    I’m excited too…So glad I reached out to a friend that lead me to you. I just downloaded Windswept pattern, and thought I would peak at your blog. Thank You so much for your love of quilting.

    1. You are welcome and we are glad you are here!

  7. Karin Styhler says: Reply

    Sounds exciting! Are fat quarters ok to use or do you need 1/4 cards to be WOF?

    1. Fat quarters will work!

  8. I’m new today, to your website, is there a sign up for this QAL? Or if I subscribe to your blog (just did!), will I just get the QAL every month, on the first Wednesday? Oh my, now choosing fabrics!

    1. You don’t need to sign up per say, but if you subscribe to our email list you’ll get an email when we post our new videos, including all the quilt along ones. It is the easiest way to stay up to date on when things go live. The quilt along blog posts will go up on the first Wednesday of each month.

  9. I wanted to use solids for this quilt (so new for me) so I decided I’d use whatever the basic of the month was at FatQuarterShop and (YAY!!) it was Pure Solids by Art Gallery Fabrics ❤️ I posted my fabric pull on IG, but have you decided on your SAL# yet?

    1. Love Art Gallery Fabrics! They are so luxurious. We totally spaced a hashtag, but will add it to the priority list and have it ready to go before the next video!

  10. Jody Bracken says: Reply

    Got my fabric ready to go ! Thank you for doing this !

    1. You are welcome and we are glad you are quilting along!

  11. Jill Robins says: Reply

    Can I ask, will it be okay to use a fat quarter for the 1/4 yards, or will we need to cut across the width.
    Thanks in advance.

    1. Fat Quarters will work!

  12. i saw the first 2 preparations blocks to start for 2021 i m interterted but i want to know ahead for time what it is. it looks moderned if these are the blocks behing u on the wall. Just looking for a bit more information would be greatly appreciated

    1. This is definitely a modern quilt pattern. The blocks on the wall are not part of the quilt. There are some sneak peaks of sections in the graphics we’ve shared with the quilt along blog posts. The quilt has big, bold elements and is not a repeating block design.

  13. Linda Daniel says: Reply

    I’ve been sewing/quilting for years- but this is the very FIRST quilt along! I’m not into fussy traditional quilts. nothing Grandma would have chosen. This looks like I’ve landed in the right place!!!!

    1. Yes you have! We are so excited to have you sewing along.

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