I’ve enjoyed working on the Mystery of the Holiday Quilt I hope you have as well. You’ll find Clue #4 in this post. If you are joining for the first time, you aren’t too late. We may have only two clues left to share, but the holiday mystery quilt lives on The Quilting Company website so you can start any time.
Learn more about the Mystery of the Holiday Quilt series in the Introduction to the mystery quilt. If you are still undecided after reading the introduction, you should check out the progress of our Facebook group #TQCMysteryQuilt for inspiration. Be aware, you may not be able to resist gathering your fabric together to get started!
Clue #1: Introduction, Materials List and Cutting Instructions
Clue #2: Triangle-Square Units and Triangle-Square Strips
Clue #3: Nine-Patch Pieced Strips
I selected to make my mystery quilt with the Poinsettia and Pine fabric collection from Maywood Studio. I love the traditional Christmas-colored fabric that immediately reminds me of holiday comfort and joy. And, who can go wrong with a beautiful red poinsettia? If this color way isn’t quite to your liking, no worries, the finished quilt will be quite beautiful in almost any fabrics. Check the introductory post for advice on choosing the right color values for the quilt.
Let’s Start Clue #4
Work with the fabrics in the bag labeled Clue #4:
• 16 White Tone-on-Tone 4” x 7-1/2” rectangles
• 8 White Tone-on-Tone 4-7/8” squares
• 4 White Tone-on-Tone 4” squares
• 1 Multicolor Poinsettia Print 9-1/4” square
• 16 Multicolor Poinsettia Print 4” squares
• 1 Red Tone-on-Tone 9-1/4” square
• 16 Red Tone-on-Tone 4” squares
To complete Clue #4 you will make Flying Geese units. The instructions show you how to make two sets of Flying Geese using two different methods.
Make a total of 16 White Tone-on-Tone 4” x 7-1/2” Flying Geese with Method 1.
Flying Geese Method 1
1. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong sides of the 16 multicolor poinsettia print 4” squares and of the 16 red tone-on-tone 4” squares as shown. Mark a thin chalk line on dark fabrics and use a permanent thin line marker on lighter fabrics.
2. Place a red tone-on-tone 4” square on the right-hand end of each White tone-on-tone 4” x 7-1/2” rectangle, right sides together. Orient the drawn diagonal line as shown. Sew from the upper center of the rectangle toward the lower right corner of the red square; sew slightly to the right of the drawn line.
3. Flip the triangle up and out toward the upper right corner, match the corners and press. Then flip the triangle downward again and cut away the excess triangles, leaving 1/4” seam allowance. Flip the red triangle upward again. Set aside the trimmed off triangles for a future scrap project.
4. Place a multicolor poinsettia print 4” square on the left-hand end of each white 4” x 7-1/2” rectangle, right sides together. Orient the drawn diagonal line as shown. Begin sewing from the bottom left corner of the multicolor square toward the upper center of the rectangle; sew slightly to the right of the drawn line.
5. Flip the triangle up and out toward the upper left corner, match the corners and press. Next, flip the triangle downward again and cut away the excess triangles, leaving 1/4” seam allowance. Flip the multicolor triangle upward again. Set aside the trimmed off triangles for a future scrap project.
6. Clip off the “dog ears” from the white Flying Geese. Sew four Flying Geese together to make a long pieced strip. Repeat to make three more long pieced strips.
7. Press seams open.
8. Sew 4” white squares to both ends of two of the long, pieced strips. Press seam allowances toward the squares.
Make a total of four Red Tone-on-Tone 4-1/2” x 8-1/2” Flying Geese and four Theme Print 4-1/2” x 8-1/2” Flying Geese with Method 2.
Flying Geese Method 2. This method makes 4 Flying Geese at a time.
1. Select the red tone-on-tone 9-1/4” square and four white tone-on-tone 4-7/8” squares. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the four white squares.
2. Place white squares in opposite corners of the large red square, right sides together. Be sure to orient the drawn lines as shown in the photo (2a). Note that the white squares overlap slightly. Sew 1/4” away from both sides of the drawn diagonal lines (2b).
3. Cut apart on the drawn diagonal lines. Flip the white triangles away from the red triangles; press seam allowances toward the white triangles (3a). Place a white square on each of the red units, right sides together. Be sure to orient the drawn lines as shown in the photo. Sew 1/4” away from both sides of each drawn diagonal line (3b).
4. Cut apart on the diagonal lines, flip white triangles away from the red triangles, and press seams toward the white triangles. These four Flying Geese each measure 4-1/2” x 8-1/2.” Clip off the “dog ears.”
5. Repeat Steps 1-4 using the multicolor poinsettia print 9-1/4” square and the remaining white tone-on-tone 4-7/8” squares. These 4 Flying Geese each measure 4-1/2” x 8-1/2”. Clip off the “dog ears.”
Place all the Flying Geese made by Methods 1 and 2 in the bag labeled Clue #4.
Did you enjoy making a gaggle of Flying Geese? I am sure you’ll often use the two methods explained in this clue for making this basic patchwork unit. If you’d like to put your knowledge into practice, check out Twilight Beads,” designed by Joanie Holton and Melanie Greseth of Tailormade By Design and published in the July/August 2018 issue of Quilt. Both a pattern download and a kit for the quilt are offered on The Quilting Company’s online shop.
That’s it for clue #4!
I’ll share Clue #5 of the Mystery of the Holiday Quilt in my next post! Join me with the Mystery Quilt Facebook group at #TQCMysteryQuilt to see what the group has done with the first four clues!
‘Tis the Season to Quilt!