Mystery Quilt! Stellar Elegance, Clue 2

Stellar Elegance Mystery Quilt Clue 2 - Ruler and Cutting

Welcome to the Mystery Quilt series! It was very fun for me to see so many quilters joining me in my mystery adventure. I hope everyone is ready for Clue #2!

If you are joining for the first time, be sure to start with Clue #1 to learn more about the mystery quilt and get guidance about choosing fabrics and the tools we’ll use to make Stellar Elegance.

I received a lot of questions about the tools list after after our launch post was published. I suggested using the Fons & Porter Omnigrid Half & Quarter Ruler or Companion Angle and the Tri Recs rulers for the mystery project. You can certainly make the mystery quilt without these, however I know you’ll find they will make the work easier. I’ll give you downloadable templates when they are needed. I highly recommend getting both of the rulers. You’ll find them very helpful for this quilt, and I know you’ll use them for many other quilting projects.

Before we get started here are a few housekeeping notes:

How to Share Your Progress
Get social and share your mystery quilt progress on Instagram! Use hashtag #TQCmysteryquilt to share your fabric selections and every moment along the way.

Important Dates
Clues can be found in the Quilting Company newsletter or in the articles section on each of these days:

If you aren't on our email list, you can sign up below and we'll also email you a copy of clue 2!

*By providing your email address you will begin to receive our newsletters, special offers, and more free content from The Quilting Company. After you hit submit, your free PDF will be emailed to the address you entered on the form.

Are you ready for Clue #2?

We’re making Flying Geese that finish at 6” x 3”.

Stellar Elegance Mystery Quilt Clue 2 - Flying Geese Unit

Use the LIGHT and MEDIUM fabrics. Cut out the following from your fabric:

LIGHT FABRIC (Assorted tone-on-tones or solids)

If you are using the Half & Quarter Ruler or the Companion Angle Ruler, cut

4 strips 3½” x WOF (Width of Fabric)
Using your Companion Angle (or Half & Quarter square ruler) cut 40 quarter square triangles. These will be your “geese”.

If you prefer to cut patches, cut 10 squares 7 1/4” x 7 1/4”. Cut each of these square in half diagonally, twice.

These triangles will be used to make your geese.

MEDIUM FABRIC (Assorted tone-on-tones or solids)

If you are using the Half & Quarter Ruler or the Companion Angle Ruler, cut

4 strips 3½” x WOF
Laying the strips RST (right sides together) and using your half and quarter square ruler, cut 40 matched sets of triangles (following directions on the specific ruler). You will have 80 small triangles total.

If you prefer to cut patches, cut 40 squares 3 7/8” x 3 7/8”. Cut each of these in half diagonally.

When I laid my WOF strips RST, I got 26 sets from each strip set. These triangles are the wings of the Flying Geese.

With all the patches cut, you are ready to sew the wings on the geese. Sew a matched set of 2 medium triangles to each 1 light triangle as shown below.

Flying Geese are so much fun to make. If you’d like to learn how to make multiple Flying Geese at a time check out one of our video lessons, No Waste Flying Geese and Learn to Make Fast Flying Geese Units.

If you are already a pro, we have lots of Flying Geese project ideas.

This was an easy clue. Watch out for the next one, appearing May 18th! Click here to download a PDF version of clue #2 and join in on the Stellar Elegance mystery quilt.


Comments (22)

  • Debi M

    I can’t wait to see your fabric choices and your flying geese!!

    Let’s sew!

    May 11, 2018 at 8:27 am
  • Joyce A

    I need Clue 2 right now.

    May 11, 2018 at 6:05 pm
  • Debbie C

    When you say finishes at 6×3, does that include seam allowance? And we’re making 40 flying geese? Thank you ?

    May 12, 2018 at 4:28 am
    • Debi M

      It will measure 6-1/2 x 3-1/2 when finished here, to end up at 6 x 3 in your quilt….hope this helps. And yes, you are making 40 flying geese.

      May 16, 2018 at 11:52 pm
  • Debbie C

    I’m new to quilting, so I’ll apologize in advance for all the questions I’ll probably be asking. When you say finish at 6×3, does that mean when it’s all sewn into quilt? Or they’ll be that size in this step? And we’re doing 40 total flying geese? Thank you ?

    May 12, 2018 at 2:50 pm
  • Yvonne B

    I am confused already :-). From the light fabric do you cut both the strips x WOF and the 40 triangles? If so, how many half and how many quarter triangles? When you say put the strips right sides together, are you referring to the medium fabric strips only? Sorry I am a beginner quilter and need step by step instructions. Thanks!

    May 12, 2018 at 11:16 pm
    • Debi M

      From your light fabric, you are using the quarter square triangle. You will need 40 of these. From your medium fabric (with your right sides together to produce a mirror image) you will cut 40 SETS or 80 half square triangles. No trouble on the questions. That’s what I’m here for. I am sorry I live in New Zealand…when you are awake, I am asleep and the reverse!! It takes me a couple hours to get to the questions.

      May 16, 2018 at 11:55 pm
  • Debi M

    The clues are only a week apart now!! I can’t wait to see your flying geese on instagram and facebook! Don’t forget your hashtags: #TQCmysteryquilt

    May 14, 2018 at 8:36 am
    • Debbie C

      Would you please specify what you mean by 6×3 finished? Not cutting my fabric until I know for sure. Thank you.

      May 14, 2018 at 9:56 pm
  • Marie Hudicka P

    So many good questions. Answers????

    May 14, 2018 at 11:37 pm
  • Cloe L

    No one seems to be answering any of the questions. Since the strips are cut 3.5″ wof I can only assume that the block will be 3.5″ x 6.5″. It will then finish at 3″ x 6″ in the quilt

    May 15, 2018 at 10:59 pm
  • Linda A

    Shouldn’t the light fabric be cut into rectangles? And if so, what size?

    May 16, 2018 at 1:00 am
    • Debi M

      If you are using the rectangle and square method to make your flying geese, your rectangle should be 6-1/2 x 3-1/2″ and your squares should be 3-1/2″. You will draw a line on your squares and sew on that line after putting the squares on the opposite short ends. I used the less fabric method of using my quarter square triangle ruler and made the “goose”, and used the half square triangle ruler as the wings.

      May 17, 2018 at 12:00 am
  • Lori M

    Debi, you said we could complete this quilt without the rulers. However, you do not give measurements for the triangles (or a template) for either the triangles (other than the width of the fabric). Are the triangles 45 degrees, 60 degrees, etc? Thank you!

    May 16, 2018 at 2:47 am
    • Debi M

      We have sorted out the issue and are in the process of fixing the issue….seems cyberspace is holding a clue ransom and that would have explained everything! Watch this space!!!!!


      May 17, 2018 at 2:10 am
  • Sheila D

    Maybe I can answer some of your questions…from the light fabric, cut (4) strips @ 3-1/2″ by width of fabric, if using yardage. Then, you will cut the triangles out of those 4 strips. Each strip will yield 10 triangles, but if you are going scrappy, just use enough fabrics so you end up with 40 triangles. This larger triangle is the “body” of the Flying Geese.

    From the medium fabric, you will also cut (4) strips @ 3-1/2″ by WOF. Then, from these strips, cut pairs of smaller triangles which will be the “wings” of the Flying Geese. You will need 40 mirror image pairs, which you get by placing the strips right sides together and cutting 2 triangles at a time. Again, if going scrappy, you want a total of 40 pairs of triangles from however many scraps it takes.

    These units will measure 6-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ after assembling, and will be 6″x3″ when “finished” (sewn in the quilt top).

    Flying Geese are very easy to make if using the recommended templates, but there are other methods of assembly you can find on youtube.

    May 16, 2018 at 2:56 am
    • Debi M

      This is a very good explanation. I used scraps, so I used the half and quarter square ruler shown in the pics. The measurements given are also accurate.

      Thanks Sheila!

      May 16, 2018 at 11:56 pm
  • Debi M

    All will be explained tomorrow! Watch this space!

    May 18, 2018 at 3:03 am
  • Judi S

    Glad I’m not the only one whose FG’s are a little wonkey

    May 19, 2018 at 3:44 am
  • Nancy B

    Sorry to be getting a late start but love mystery quilts and somehow the starting message passed me by. I am really confused about Clue #1! It says (in Clue #2) to allow a week to do the “cutting and piecing” from Clue #1 before you start #2 but I have found no instructions to cut anything for Clue #1. Is the download for the quilt fabric requirement all there is to Clue #1 or where is it hiding! LOL Thank you.

    May 22, 2018 at 4:36 pm
    • Debi M

      I am sorry for the confusion, we had a bit of a cyberspace gremlin eat the first clue before we could get it out there. I titled them Fabric requirements, clue one, clue two and so on, but the gremlins ate clue one. When the fabric requirements were actually posted, they say “and clue one” which was in fact just the requirements. They will come out a clue at a time now and we will have six, not five (as one is considered a clue). Hope this makes sense. Please join the facebook group and hopefully all will make sense. The next two clues have been posted, so we will be sewing each clue now…
      Hope this helps,

      May 25, 2018 at 6:06 am
  • Debi M

    Cyber gremlins ate one of the clues, so we have sorted it all out and you will get all of them now, just in the wrong order, with one and two being back to front. Please be patient, join the Facebook group, and start sharing your pictures and use the FB group as your forum to post pics and ask questions. I have 100% access to that 24/7 and can answer your questions without going through the admin process of having our comments accepted and loaded.

    I hope this helps and you will be patient while we work out the kinks for this first mystery on The Quilting Company. There will be many more mysteries and I want the “community” to enjoy the process.

    Thanks for listening!

    May 25, 2018 at 6:14 am

Leave a Reply