Mystery Quilt 2014 – Fabric Selection

The Mystery Quilt 2014 is almost here! Connecting Threads is offering a Mystery Quilt Quilt Along to celebrate National Quilt Month in March. Mystery Quilt 2013 was a big success with 459 enthusiastic and supportive members. Mystery Quilt 2014, our second mystery quilt adventure, promises to be lots of fun for all as well. We think you will enjoy making this attractive, 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 52-1/2 x 64-1/2″, and requires six fabrics. It is time to select and order your fabric so you’ll be ready for Part 1 of the Mystery Quilt 2014, to be posted on Wednesday, March 19th. To help you choose fabrics, especially since you don’t know what you are making, the Fabric Selection Suggestions handout is now available.

You can download Fabric Selection Suggestions PDF for free, here.


How do I join the quilt along?
You may join the Mystery Quilt 2014 Quilt Along Group on Quilt with Us (QWU) or follow along here 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 – Wednesday, March 19th
Part 2 – Wednesday, March 26th
Part 3 – Wednesday, April 2nd
Conclusion – Wednesday, April 9th

Where will I find the pattern?
The Mystery Quilt 2014 pattern is written in three parts. The pattern and related tutorials will be downloadable as PDFs as part of the Mystery Quilt 2014 Quilt Along Group on QWU, with a link posted on NotionsNote: Ann will be responding to comments and questions only for the Mystery Quilt 2014 Quilt Along Group on QWU.

Would this be a good quilt for a beginner?
This would not be a good first quilt. Based on the CT ratings, the quilt is on the border between easy and intermediate. Having said that, it is an instructional pattern. Some of the piecing is easy, some requires more precise work. Each section is accompanied by detailed notes and photos for each step. A confident beginner, with experience sewing 1/4″ seams, may find the quilt a challenge but doable because I provide many helpful hints for successful completion. 

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 Fabric Selection Suggestions handout were available as of 3/4/14. If a fabric is not 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 81639 Omnigrip Neon 6-1/2″ Square Ruler.

What if I need extra help with piecing the Mystery Quilt?
I will answer questions in the discussions as part Mystery Quilt 2014 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 2014 Quilt Along starting March 19th! It going to be a fun and mysterious quilting adventure! 


  1. Tyna Rosewood - March 5, 2014

    I need to make a twin size. I assume that means making extra blocks. I don’t know how much extra fabric to make or how many extra blocks or which blocks should be extra. Do you have that information?

  2. Ann - March 5, 2014

    Tyna, your questions are difficult to answer because the pattern was not tested in a larger size and I can’t tell you the details you want yet because it is a mystery quilt. Answering them would decrease the suprise element for yourself and others. Adding another border would give you the width you need but not necessarily the length. For now, please let me know the size of quilt you need, taking into account the height of the mattress and how much drop you want on the sides.

  3. Pam Kjonaas - March 5, 2014

    Are the PDFs downloadable atany time throughout this time frame? I will not be available to download the instructions on all of the days mentioned. Thanks.

  4. Ann - March 5, 2014

    Pam,yes all the PDF’s will be available, both here on Notions and on the CT Quilt with Us website, to download at your convience. Hope you will join us!

  5. Becki - March 5, 2014

    I’ve been waiting for this…..

  6. Becki - March 5, 2014

    Oh happy day!!! Its here!!! I am going to do a red, black, and white.

  7. Ann - March 6, 2014

    I am glad you are excited Becki! Welcome and spread the word!

  8. Diane - March 12, 2014

    I’m trying to use up my stash. Can I send you a pic of the fabrics I want to use to see if they’re good or am I on my own?

  9. Ann - March 12, 2014

    Diane, I will be glad to give you feedback on your fabric choices. The way others are doing it is to join Quilt with Us, our social network group, and then join the Mystery Quilt 2014. They are both free and the quilt along group is a friendly supportive group. You will be able to see other people’s selections also. You can post your pictures there on the Comment Wall and I will give you some feedback. Please make a note that your are Diane from the Notions blog, if you don’t mind, so I will know it worked for you. Welcome!

  10. Lee Johnson - March 21, 2014

    I joined a couple of days ago but have not been approved yet. How long does approval take? I am anxious to get started!!!!


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