Mystery Quilt! Stellar Elegance, Clue 3

Stellar Elegance Mystery Quilt Clue 3 Header

Here are the previous releases for our Mystery Quilt. Clues can be found in the Quilting Company newsletter or in the articles section on each of these days:

We also have a brand new Facebook group for you where you can ask questions, share your progress, and connect with your fellow quilters. Over to you Debi!

Ready for Clue Three? I am, so here we go!

I hope your bobbins are wound and you have a sharp blade in that rotary cutter!! We will be cutting and sewing each clue, I will let you know which fabric we are working with, remember: measure twice, cut once! Also, these instructions are for the lap size. Just a hint, the larger the quilt, the better the pattern. I can make any bed size instructions available, in the time being, you could make more of each unit to start. We’re taking it easy with this clue—let’s get started! Finished size (with a small border) is approximately 56 x 68 inches. Look back to the fabric requirements for the bed sizes I have ready for you.

Cut (4) 4-1/4” strips, sub cut to (20) 4-1/4” squares. These squares will be cut on the diagonal twice to form 80 quarter square triangles. OR, you can use 2-3/4” strips and your easy angle to cut the desired 80 triangles. If using the 2-3/4” strip and easy angle, you may want to mirror image these to make it easier to sew them together.

Cut (3) x 2-5/8” strips, sub cut to (40) 2-5/8” squares.

We will be making a larger triangle from these three pieces. Using your light triangles, sew a triangle to adjacent sides of the medium square.

Stellar Elegance Mystery Quilt Clue 1 - Attaching Triangle with a Square

One Unit Started

Stellar Elegance Mystery Quilt Clue 1 - Two units started

Two Units Started

Stellar Elegance Mystery Quilt Clue 1 - Attaching both sides

Sewing the Second Triangle on the Adjacent Side

Here’s what your final units for this clue will look like.

Stellar Elegance Mystery Quilt Clue 1 - Finished Unit

Finished Unit

Be sure you take a look back at Clue #2 whenever you are ready. Clue #4 will appear in two weeks on June 1st!


Click here to download a PDF version of clue #3 to continue along with the Stellar Elegance mystery quilt.

Comments (22)

  • Sharon H

    I’ve looked but cannot find the PDF versions for the clue except the fabric requirements post. Are there PDFs for each clue?

    May 17, 2018 at 11:32 am
    • Quilting Company Staff

      Sharon, there should be a link to the .pdf files at the end of each clue, but for quick reference here’s Clue 2 and Clue 3. I hope this helps!

      May 18, 2018 at 3:27 pm
  • Helen T

    I haven’t been getting any notifications on Facebook and couldn’t remember the name of the “Crafter’s Thread”. Finally found it and have downloaded the clues. Hope to start them next week.

    May 19, 2018 at 12:03 am
  • Marg L

    I am enjoying this mystery very much, and have printed out all the clues so far and excited to see the final result. I just realized that I will not be at home for the final two clues, as I will be on a much needed vacation with my hubby, which does not happen very often due to the nature of his work. We both agreed to leave the electronics behind so we can just enjoy each other’s company. Will the clues still be available when we return the last week in June?

    May 19, 2018 at 12:04 am
  • Debi M

    Can’t wait to see your progress on instagram, or facebook! Just be sure to use the hashtag: #tqcmysteryquilt on your pics and we can all see what you’re doing!! I will post my pics there as well for you to see my quilt as you go.

    I am so excited for the next clue….we will be putting big units together soon!

    May 19, 2018 at 3:15 am
  • Mary Z

    I don’t think you can get (40) 2 5/8” squares from just 2 strips.

    May 19, 2018 at 5:18 pm
    • ALEXA L

      The pattern instructions say to use 3 strips of 2 5/8″

      May 29, 2018 at 8:35 am
  • Frustrated Q

    After cutting 80 triangles out of 2-3/4″ strips, when I went to sew them to the squares, I discovered that they were too small. The strips should have been 3″, not 2-3/4″! Also you need 3 strips of the 2-5/8″, not 2 in order to get 40 squares.
    Really frustrated and disappointed. Now I’ve wasted a quantity of good fabric, not through my own mistakes, but through following inaccurate instructions. I will not be continuing this project.

    May 21, 2018 at 7:03 pm
  • Debi M

    Frustrated Q,
    I think you will regret not finishing this project as it is an amazing pattern, but it’s your choice. Also, you are correct, you do need three strips for (40) 2-5/8″ squares. I have made this quilt and stand by my measurements on the triangles, as a matter of fact, I just went and re-measured my triangles and there are indeed 2-3/4″. I am sorry if yours don’t work, but mine worked perfectly.

    Hope you choose to carry on,

    May 24, 2018 at 9:07 am
    • Frustrated Q

      Mathematically impossible. Using the Pythagorean Theorem, the diagonal of a 4-1/4″ square is 6″. Divide that in half and you’ve got 3″, not 2-3/4″. So, if you use the 4-1/4″ squares divided into quarters diagonally, you will get 3″ triangles . Furthermore, logically (and obviously I didn’t use my logic) the side of the triangle has to exceed the side of the 2-5/8″ square by at least 1/4″ in order to be able to sew a 1/4″ seam. 2-3/4″ is only 1/8″ longer than 2-5/8″.
      Maybe you cut off your “dog ears” or whatever and ended up with 2-3/4″, but it most definitely should be 3 inches.

      May 26, 2018 at 1:45 pm
    • Frustrated Q

      Or you could just skip the Pythagorean Theorem and cut out a 4-1/4″ square of paper, cut it in quarters diagonally and measure the sides. Or just draw one for that matter. I’m only pushing the point because I don’t want any other quilters to waste fabric like I did.

      May 26, 2018 at 1:55 pm
  • Debi M

    I don’t know how long the clues will be available on this site, but we can sort out the final two clues personally if we need to, no problem! I am just sad you miss the reveal!


    May 24, 2018 at 9:08 am
    • Tiffany Warble

      We’re planning to leave the mystery quilt up into the distant future (no plans to ever take them down at this point), they will definitely be available when you get back!

      Can’t wait to see the quilt, enjoy your trip Marg.

      May 24, 2018 at 2:47 pm
  • Debi M


    You are correct, I will go back and fix my original, my mistake was using an extra wide piece of fabric and not my math head like I should have! I am so sorry.


    May 24, 2018 at 9:10 am
    • Mary Z

      Not a problem, Deb. I’ve been quilting long enough that I just cut a third strip and carried on. I only posted so that anyone who had not starting cutting would have a heads up. Thanks!

      May 25, 2018 at 5:15 pm
  • Debi M

    OK, so I was completely bamboozled by the two or three strips of the 2-3/4″ strips for the triangles. If you cut two strips, you WILL have enough to make over 40 triangles. If you have 40″ worst case, using your companion angle, you should get at least 25 triangles per strip, making two strips plenty for your triangles.

    If I were cutting SQUARES it would NOT be enough, but using the EASY (HST) angle ruler, you should easily get what you need from TWO strips.

    May 24, 2018 at 10:11 am
  • Debi M

    Just for confirmation:

    You need four strips of 2-3/4″ LIGHT for the triangles
    You need three strips of 2-5/8″ MEDIUM for your squares


    May 24, 2018 at 10:21 am
  • Joan P

    I can’t seem to get/download the 4th, June 1, clue for Mystery Quilt, Stellar Elegance. What am I doing wrong?

    June 5, 2018 at 4:12 pm
    • Tiffany Warble

      You commented this on the clue #3 blog post, were you looking for clue #3 or clue #4? Just to be sure I am giving you the right information. Thanks!

      June 8, 2018 at 6:49 pm

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