Running from March to August 2016, the Just the Basics mystery quilt-a-long will require no special rulers and no scary techniques. The design is confident beginner level and there will be no paper piecing, no applique, no improv piecing and no y-seams! Not that there's anything wrong with any of those techniques, but sometimes it's fun to see what you can make out of basic blocks.
I promise, the basics are anything but boring!
It's never too late to join in. All of the posts can be found under the tab at the top of the blog, so you can start anytime. New posts will be published here on the first Wednesday of each month. You can follow Devoted Quilter by Bloglovin, email or Feedly to be sure you don't miss anything - the links are all on the sidebar. You can also sign up for my newsletter, The Bulletin, new issues go out on the 16th of each month :)
Remember, you can choose to make the Just the Basics mystery quilt in the 48" x 48" baby/wall size or the 60" x 72" throw size. Either way you'll cut and piece the units the same, but you'll make more of each unit for the throw quilt.
If you're on Instagram, don't forget to share your progress! Use #JustTheBasicsMysteryQuilt and tag me @devotedquilter.
In case you're just getting started, March was fabric selection, April was HSTs, May was Flying Geese and Square-in-a-square blocks, June was More HSTs (But Not as Many!) and July was Flying Geese (version 2) and Joining More Units.
This Month's Instructions
Now let's get this quilt put together!
As a reminder, here are the fabrics I chose for my quilt.
For baby/wall size
From fabric 1 - 64 squares 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
For throw size
From fabric 1 - 120 squares 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
Making Units 2a and 2b
These units use the squares we've just cut along with the rest of the HSTs from April. Just as with Units 1a and 1b, these units are almost identical, so double check you have things turned the right way before sewing them together.
For the wall/baby size, you need 32 of Unit 2a and 32 of Unit 2b.
For the throw size, you need 60 of Unit 2a and 60 of Unit 2b.
Unit 2a looks like this.
Making Unit A and B
Now we can join the Unit 1's (from June) and the Unit 2's together.
For the baby/wall size, you need 32 Unit A and 32 Unit B.
For the throw size, you need 60 Unit A and 60 Unit B.
Join Unit 1a to Unit 2a as shown to make Unit A. Press seams towards Unit 2a.
Join Unit 1b to Unit 2b as shown to make Unit B. Press the seams towards Unit 2B.
It's time to put the blocks together!
For the baby/wall size, you need 16 blocks.
For the throw size, you need 30 blocks.
Lay out your units as shown.
Once the blocks are all sewn, join them together to make the quilt top. The baby/wall quilt is 4 blocks x 4 blocks. The throw quilt is 5 blocks x 6 blocks. I made the baby/wall size.
I love the secondary patterns that emerge! The blue boxes and red stars are so much fun and I am excited to do some custom free motion quilting in the negative space.
Now I can't wait to see your finished quilts! I'd like to have a parade of your Just the Basics Mystery Quilts (tops or finished quilts), so please email me pictures at devotedquilter at gmail dot com. I'll share all the pictures here on my blog on the first Wednesday in October, giving you two months to finish up. I'll post a reminder in September too, just in case you need it ;)
Thank you to everyone who has been sewing along with me. Seeing your finished pieces each month has been a lot of fun, and I've really enjoyed sharing this quilt-a-long! I hope you have too!