Mystery Quilt 2013 Quilt Along: Fabric Selection

The Mystery Quilt 2013 Quilt Along is almost here! Connecting Threads is offering a Mystery Quilt quilt along to celebrate National Quilt Month in March. This is our first Mystery Quilt and promises to be lots of fun for all. We think you will enjoy making this quick, versatile, and instructional three-part pattern, suitable for confident beginners and experienced quilters. The catch is that you won’t know what the quilt looks like until Part 3!

The finished quilt will be a lap quilt or throw, approximately 51-1/2 x 68-1/2″, and requires four fabrics. It is time to select and order your fabric so you be ready for Part 1 of the Mystery Quilt 2013, to be posted on March 4th. To help you choose fabric, especially since you don’t know what you are making, the Fabric Selection Suggestions PDF is ready to download!

How do I join the quilt along?
You may join the Mystery Quilt 2013 Quilt Along Group on Quilt with Us (QWU) or follow along on Notions. Joining QWU, CT’s social network website, is free and easy. Many of you, who are already members, have experienced the fun and supportive CT quilting community.

What are the dates of the quilt along?
Part 1 – Monday, March 4th
Part 2 – Monday, March 11th
Part 3 – Monday, March 18th
Conclusion – Monday, March 25th

Where will I find the pattern?
The Mystery Quilt 2013 pattern is written in three parts. The pattern and related tutorials will be downloadable as PDFs on QWU, with a link posted on Notions. Note: Ann will be responding to comments and questions only on QWU!

Would this be a good quilt for a beginner?
This would not be a good first quilt. Having said that, it is an instructional pattern. Each section is accompanied by detailed notes and photos for each step. Some of the piecing is very easy, some requires more precise work… but I provide many hints to help you be successful. I would say the quilt is for a confident beginner with experience sewing 1/4″ seams.

How do I select my fabric?
The difficulty with a Mystery Quilt is selecting fabric when you don’t know what you are making. In the Fabric Selection Suggestions PDF, I show 12 combinations of Connecting Threads fabrics, in addition to the fabrics used in the pattern, that will work for this pattern. You may select from these fabrics or choose your own using the combinations as guidelines for light, medium and dark value placement.

Note: The fabrics in the handout were available as of 2/7/13…some may not be available when you order. You will have to choose something else or substitute from your stash.

Any special tools required? Only general sewing supplies. One very helpful, but optional, tool would be the Omnigrip 20-1/2″ square ruler. Please check out my Notions blog on why I love this ruler and use it with every quilt! All I can tell you now is that you will be glad you have one by the end of the pattern.

What if I need extra help with piecing the Mystery Quilt?
I will answer questions in the discussions as part Mystery Quilt 2013 Quilt Along Group on QWU. Other participants are good about offering suggestions as well. Related tutorials will also be available to read or download. It may be fun and helpful to do the quilt along with a quilting buddy or group of quilters.

I hope you will join us for the Mystery Quilt 2013 Quilt Along starting March 4th! It going to be a fun and mysterious quilting adventure. At the end, when the mystery is solved, you will have an attractive, versatile pattern to use again and again.


  1. katie(chickieloo) - February 12, 2013

    lets get our rotary cutters ready–color choices look great

  2. nancy - February 13, 2013

    stop following

  3. Ada Funnell - February 15, 2013

    Good morning.
    I was wondering if you could tell the length of fabrics I
    will. I am sure it is here somewhere but I haven’t found it yet.