It’s been an eye opener for me as I’ve been doing the research into this mystery quilt. After learning that I could just take a pattern and break it down into as many steps as I could, I then found out that I might want to add some ”extras” into the mystery. As with all brainstorming you look at everything. I looked into song lyrics that might tie in with the quilt pattern and boy did I hear some TERRIBLE music! IMO the best music in the world happened before 1975! And then there was a little research into words and word play. Has anyone ever heard or used the word “cloud-cuckoo-land?” Maybe that word should be put out there as a challenge quilt..
This post will concentrate on yardage required for the quilt. Since I know some of the “gumshoes” participating live where there is no fabric store I thought I’d at least get this part of the mystery out so they can catch a ferry if need be. Neighbours in the Hood—> you are welcome!
For the blocks you will need 4 different colours plus the background. The background fabric must be light: it can be a solid or read as a solid (tone on tone). The 4 colours in the blocks can be contrasting or 4 different shades of the same colour. It’s best to choose different scales of prints: large, medium, small and a tone on tone.
At the left is a sample of what I chose for one of the quilts…as usual I’m doing two of the same thing…I like to call it “quality control” but really, it’s about the math! So what you see are the 4 colours for the blocks plus the light background fabric. What ever you choose for the block should contrast with the background fabric. Avoid directional prints. Finished quilt will measure 60″ x 75″.
Background & inside border: 2.5m light
Blocks: .35m each of 4 different colours
Sashing/lattice: 1 m medium…can be same as one of the block colours
Cornerstones: .3m your choice
Outside border: 1.2m of dark fabric…can be same as one of the block colours
Binding: .6m your choice
There is some allowance for uneven cuts and mistakes but you may want to purchase a little bit more…cause it seems that quilters always like more in their stash!