Tumbleweed 2012 Mystery Quilt
Every year, I offer a mystery on New Years Day that teaches a new technique or offers a challenge. This years mystery quilt is called Tumbleweeds and is a great stash buster. The picture above shows tester JoAnn hand sewing the binding on her quilt.
Tumbleweeds will toss and turn as they dance across the prairie in this charming lap quilt (55" x 55") made from strips. The fabric requirements are:
- (2) 2” wide x WOF strips from 12 different fabrics, totaling 24 strips. Try to keep the value in the medium to dark range.
- 1 /3 yd accent color with a light value
- 2/3 yd Background (light value)
- 1 1/2 yd Border (dark value, or something with all the colors of the strips in it.)
Nice to have, but not required:
- a Shape Cut ruler to cut strips
- a 45 degree angle ruler like a Cozy Strip Tube Ruler. If you don't have one, make a template by cutting a 7" square in half on the diagonal.
- a 6-1/2” square ruler
- a way to label your blocks - labels or pins (OK, this might be required. The cutting and sewing is easy, but the blocks fit together like a puzzle, so it is best to label them)
These clues are in PDF format. If you don't have Adobe on your computer - or are having trouble reading the PDF - try downloading an Adobe update. Click on the banner to the right.
Click here for the Second Clue Please note: the triangles came out a bit distorted in the PDF. They are 45 degree triangles, which is why I recommended the Strip Tube Ruler.
Clue One and Two are actually the hardest clues. If you have gotten this far, you are flying!
Did you make this quilt? Please send me a picture, and I will add it here.
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