Mystery Quilt 2016 – Part 1

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The first pattern installment of the Mystery Quilt 2016 Quilt Along is finally here! As you may already know, Connecting Threads is offering a mystery quilt along to celebrate National Quilt Month throughout March. You won’t know what the quilt looks like until Part 3! You can read more about the quilt along and fabric selection in the introduction blog post here.

You can download the Part 1 PDF Pattern for free here – MysteryQuilt2016-Part 1

How do I join the quilt along? You may join the Mystery Quilt 2016 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. Please note, although the pattern installments will be available to download on Notions, Ann will be responding to questions and comments about the pattern for the Mystery Quilt 2016 only on QWU.

Fabric Selection
If you haven’t gathered your fabrics already, download the Mystery Quilt 2016 Fabric Selection Suggestions Revised 3-3-16.

Sewing Supplies
General sewing supplies will suffice. The 6-1/2″ Square Omnigrip Neon Ruler will be useful.

Related Resources
Ann’s Thoughts on Precision Piecing is an informal discussion of Ann’s hints for successful cutting, piecing, and pressing. Connecting Threads tutorials to complement MysteryQuilt2016-Part 1 include: How to Sew an Accurate Quarter Inch Seam AllowancePressing TipChain-Piecing 101Nine-Patch: Lesson 1, and  Nine-Patch: Lesson 2, Accurate 1/4″ seams are important in this quilt (aren’t they always!). I would recommend reviewing methods to test your 1/4″ seam allowance found in  How to Sew an Accurate Quarter Inch Seam Allowance or Nine-Patch: Lesson 1. There will be points to keep sharp and match in the mystery quilt! The Perfect Points and the Positioning Pin Tutorial will provide helpful  hints for this skill.

Stay tuned for the next steps!
Part 2 – Wednesday, March 23th
Part 3 – Wednesday, March 30th
Conclusion – Wednesday, April 6th


  1. Dolores - March 16, 2016

    Thank you so much for your fabric selection guide. It helps tremendously.

    • Ann - March 16, 2016

      You’re welcome Delores! It is as close as I can get to being a helpful salesperson at a LQS! Hope you enjoy this mystery quilt adventure. You can follow along on Quilt with Us and post pictures of your quilt if you wish. Enjoy!

  2. neneakitibau - March 16, 2016

    Thanks for accepting me to download yours quilt patterns even tough I am not quiet familiar with it but I also learned a lot and put it into practice some simple ones . My name is Teeba Neneaki one of the Catholic Women Organization committee .email address

    • Ann - March 17, 2016

      Welcome to the quilt along. I hope you enjoy the Mystery Quilt 2016 quilting adventure. Are you here in the U.S.? We have people in Canada and Australia following along.

  3. A. Salmon - March 16, 2016

    This is so exciting – a mystery quilt pt. 1 – can’t wait to get started. I purchased and received the Folk Blossoms fabric and ready to GO! Thank you for this free pattern and quilting adventure!

    • Ann - March 17, 2016

      You are welcome. I get as excited as the members. I hope to make another one myself in Christmas colors – but I had better get started! Enjoy!

  4. Jane Barklimore - March 17, 2016

    Hi again Ann
    Just wondering if you might know when my order was sent please? My o/no. is 3601396 and customer/no. is 1011061. I am dying to get started. I know parcels can take a couple of weeks or more to Australia. Looking fwd. to hearing from you . Cheers Jane Barklimore

    • Ann - March 17, 2016

      Hi Jane! I forwarded your question to the supervisors of the Customer Service department. They are the ones who will know the answer and should get back to you soon I hope. How fun to know someone in Australia has joined our group. I hope you enjoy the quilt along.

  5. Kaye - March 22, 2016

    I am excited about the new mystery quilt. I did one of yours a couple years ago. I love the fabrics you used, but dug thru my stash and find what I like. Planning on getting started today.

    • Ann - March 22, 2016

      Welcome Kaye! Hope you enjoy this one also.