Making the Y and Z Blocks
Is it a Trick-or-Treat Mystery Quilters?
I’m thrilled that we are working on Clue #4. Only one more clue left to finish this mystery quilt top. If you are joining us in the 5-Part Mystery of Halloween for the first time you can still make this mystery quilt project because the clues are always available.
Learn more about the Halloween Mystery series in the Introduction. Still undecided? Check out the progress of our Facebook group #TQCMysteryQuilt for inspiration. You’re never too late for this trick-or-treat!
The links below take you to the previous clues to get you started on my subtly spooky, creepy-crawly cuddly quilt design.
About This Quilt
I’m using two Northcott collections, Elegantly Frightful and ColorWorks Premium Solids, for my quilt, but you can choose your own fabrics. Visit #TQCMysteryQuilt to find more about choosing the fabrics for this quilt, and to see examples from other quilters’ projects.
In Clue #4, we are putting together the Y and Z Blocks, common name Spiderweb Blocks – perfect for our Halloween theme! Another name for this style of block is Kaleidoscope; if you’d like to learn more about them, check out this free pattern, Kaleidoscope Variation, for a paper-pieced Kaleidoscope Block and a detailed video by Marti Michell on making Kaleidoscope Blocks. Once your blocks are pieced and pressed, you may need to square them up. A 12½” square-up ruler is a great help. I used contrasting thread in my photos so you can easily see the stitching, but you will want to go with coordinating or neutral thread for best results. Ready for some arachnid fun? Let’s go!
Ready to make the Y and Z Blocks?
Arrange 4 Unit 1 and 4 Unit 3 strip-pieced triangles as shown.
Sew Units together into pairs and press seams towards Unit 1s. Make 24.
Sew 2 unit pairs together to make a Y half-block. Make 12. Press seams as shown.
Sew 2 half-blocks together, pinning to match centers, and stitching just outside the seam intersections.
Press as shown.
Repeat to make 6 Y Block Centers.
Add an I triangle to each dark corner of each block, centering. Trim blocks to 12 1/2” square if needed. Make 6 Block Y.
In the same way, make 6 Block Z using Unit 2 and Unit 4 strip-pieced triangles.
Isn’t this block just boo-rific? That’s all there is to Clue #4. Wait until you see all the blocks put together.
GET SOCIAL! Join us on Instagram and use hashtag #TQCMysteryQuilt. Follow our #TQCMysteryQuilt group on Facebook to share your progress (we want to see your pics!), ask me questions, and chat with others making the quilt along the way.
See you next week for Clue #5…
THE BIG REVEAL!
The Halloween Mystery Series is brought to you by:
The Quilting Company
September is here and Halloween isn’t too far behind. While you are already in the groove with the Halloween Mystery there’s still plenty of time to decorate your home with a Halloween throw-size quilt. Make one for a wall hanging to greet your trick-or-treaters this year!
Spooked Geese, in the September/October 2018 issue of Quilty is a 64” x 64” modern throw designed by Laura Piland. The Flying Geese in this quilt are large and they fly together in no time.
You’ll find a spooky fun 72” x 84” throw pattern with Trick-or-Meow, designed by Kathy Sawyer for the September/October 2018 issue of Love of Quilting. A kit is also available for this pattern, with all the fun Halloween fabrics to make it.