The Mystery of the Holiday Quilt, Clue 6: THE BIG REVEAL!

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Welcome to the last clue of the Mystery of the Holiday Quilt. I have been anxiously anticipating the arrival of this clue—because, I can finally share my version of the Holiday Quilt, and see how all of our #TQCMysteryQuilt quilters have made my design with their fabrics.

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If you are joining us for the first time, you can still participate in our holiday quilt. Links to the previous clues are listed below. Join us on Facebook to share your project. We would all love to see what you make with the clues!

Clue #1: Introduction, Materials List and Cutting Instructions
Clue #2: Triangle-Square Units and Triangle-Square Strips
Clue #3: Nine-Patch Pieced Strips
Clue #4: Flying Geese Pieced Strips
Clue #5: Four-Patch, Triangle-Squares & Flying Geese

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Abigail made her design with the Poinsettia and Pine fabric collection from Maywood Studio

The Holiday Quilt BIG REVEAL happens now!

By following this final clue, you will put together your special version of the Mystery of the Holiday Quilt! Did you arrive at a solution that uses all the patchwork units? I’m looking forward to seeing a picture of your design idea on #TQCMysteryQulit.

Did you guess that the clues were posted from the outside inward? That’s right, but we will assemble the quilt from the inside of the quilt top outward.

Make the center medallion.

Use the Four-Patches, Triangle-Squares, Flying Geese, and remaining patches from Clue #5 to assemble the center radiating star medallion.

1. First make an 8-1/2” (unfinished) Sawtooth Star by using 4 Red Print 2-1/2” squares, 1 multicolor poinsettia print 4-1/2” square and 4 red tone-on-tone/green print 2-1/2” x 4-1/2” Flying Geese. Sew the squares and Flying Geese together into 3 rows as shown in the photo below. Press seams toward the squares.

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Step 1

2. Sew the 3 rows together. Press seams away from the center row. The Sawtooth Star should measure 8-1/2” square, unfinished.

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Step 2

3. Use the 8 Four-Patches and 8 black print/white triangle-squares to make 4 units as shown below. Note the orientation of the Four-Patches and triangle-squares. These units should measure 8-1/2” square, unfinished.

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Step 3

4. Use the 4 multicolor/white Flying Geese and the 4 red/white Flying Geese to make 4 units like the one shown below. Note the orientation of the Flying Geese. These units should measure 8-1/2” square, unfinished.

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Step 4

5. Use the Sawtooth Star made in Step 2 along with the units made in Steps 3 and 4 to make 3 rows.

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Step 5

6. Sew the 3 rows together. The central patchwork medallion should measure 24-1/2” square. If your medallion does not measure 24-1/2” square, you can adjust the width of the green print strips when you add the green border in the next step.

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Step 6

Add borders.

1. From green print, cut 4 strips 2-1/2” x Width of Fabric. Cut 2 of the strips 2-1/2” x 24-1/2.” Sew these strips to the sides of the medallion. Press seams toward the green print border. Cut the remaining 2 strips 2-1/2” x 28-1/2.” Sew these strips to the top and bottom of the medallion. Press seams toward the green print border.

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Step 1

2. Work with the 4 Flying Geese border strips you made in Clue #4. Sew the two shorter strips to the sides of the project. Press seams toward the green print border. Sew the two longer strips to the top and bottom of the project. Press seams toward the green print border. Your project should now measure 35-1/2” square. If your project does not measure 35-1/2” square, you can adjust the width of the green print border (Step 3 below) accordingly.

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Step 2

3. From green print, cut 4 strips 2” x Width of Fabric. Cut 2 of the strips 2” x 35-1/2.” Sew these strips to the sides of the project. Press seams toward the green print border. Cut the remaining 2 strips 2” x 38-1/2.” Sew these strips to the top and bottom of the project. Press seams toward the green print border.

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Step 3

4. Work with the pieced border strips you made in Clue #3. Sew the two shorter strips to the sides of the Project. Press seams toward the green print border. Sew the two longer strips to the top and bottom of the project. Press seams toward the green print border. Your project should now measure 50-1/2” square. If your project does not measure 50-1/2” square, you can adjust the width of the green print border (Step 5 below) accordingly.

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Step 4

5. From green print, cut 6 strips 2-1/2” x Width of Fabric. Join 3 strips together, then cut 2 strips 2-1/2” x 50-1/2.” Sew these strips to the sides of the project. Press seams toward the green print border. Sew the remaining 3 strips together, then cut 2 strips 2-1/2” x 54-1/2”. Sew these strips to the top and bottom of the project. Press seams toward the green print border.

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Step 5

6. Work with the triangle-square border strips you made in Clue #2. Sew the two shorter strips to the sides. Press seams toward the green print border. Sew the two longer strips to the top and bottom. Press seams toward the green print border. Your quilt top should now measure 60-1/2” square.

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Step 6

7. Work with the 5” x 72” multicolor poinsettia print strips in the bag labeled Clue #6. These strips are the outer borders of the quilt. Measure your quilt top through the center from top to bottom. Cut 2 of the strips this length and sew them to the sides of the quilt top. Press seams toward the outer border. Now measure your quilt top through the center from side to side. Cut 2 of the strips this length and sew them to the top and bottom of the quilt top. Press seams toward the outer border.

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THE BIG REVEAL: Abigail’s finished quilt top

8. Quilt with an all over design. I plan to use an old gold polyester thread to quilt meandering holly leaves and loops.

9. Bind the holiday quilt using the remainder of the multicolor fabric, or use one of the other prints. You need 8 strips 2-1/2” x WOF (about 5/8 yd.). Join the strips with diagonal seams. Press seams open. Press binding in half, length-wise, wrong sides together. Align the raw edges of the binding with the raw edges of the trimmed quilt and sew the binding to the front of the quilt. Miter the corners. Turn the folded edge of the binding to the back of the quilt and hand stitch in place with coordinating thread.

If you need a little help understanding how to apply binding, The Quilting Company has several streaming videos available. Consider Binding Made Simple, Part 1 – Celebrations Made Simple by Patrick Lose, hosted Patrick Lose and Kay Capps-Cross.

Congratulations! You completed the Mystery of the Holiday Quilt! Be sure to visit #TQCMysteryQuilt to see how other quilters made their holiday quilt.

May all of the joys of the season be with you and your family!

–Abigail

When does the next Quilting Company Mystery Quilt start?

We always receive this question from at least one of our #TQCMysteryQuilt group members at the end of a mystery. Keep an eye on The Quilting Company Facebook page and our website for the next mystery announcement around the middle of December.

We know you are in the midst of lots of holiday happenings. Like us, you are probably looking forward to taking some time the last week of the year to indulge in yourself. We are here to help. We know lots of quilters who escape to binge watch movies or listen to a favorite book while they make a new quilt. Watch for the announcement of our next mystery; we bet you’ll find a quilt to binge with!

–The Quilting Company Staff

Comments (4)

  • Kristin K

    I love it! However, I think the directions about pressing the binding are incorrect.

    December 18, 2018 at 6:59 pm
    • Tammy Jones

      Thank you, Kristin! We’ve made the updates and appreciate you pointing it out to us.

      December 20, 2018 at 11:04 pm
  • Christine B

    I love this quilt and was able to purchase fabrics to make the quilt. However, I have now been in hospital since Oct 6th and have no way to stitch any of the segments. Is it possible that there is a PDF version for the instructions so that 1 can make the quilt as soon as I am able? A shame that there were no PDFs with any of the instructions to download.
    Chris

    December 18, 2018 at 10:15 pm
    • Carrie Sisk

      Hi Christine – All of the clues for each one of our Mystery Quilts is available as a PDF download in our #TQCMysteryQuilts Facebook group (once you’ve joined, look in the “Files” section of the group). You can request to join here: https://buff.ly/2QEPAZH. Thank you for your comment!

      December 21, 2018 at 10:36 pm

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