Have you ever joined a mystery quilt-along? The idea is simple: create a series of quilt blocks without knowing the final pattern. An instructor can lead you through all the techniques needed to make the quilt, from choosing fabrics to selecting a size (crib, full, queen or king, perhaps).
All you need to bring is a spirit of adventure and a willingness to come along for the ride!
If you are someone who likes to follow step-by-step directions and doesn’t need to see the bigger picture to appreciate the process, a mystery quilt-along can be a fun way to challenge yourself.
Just don’t spoil the fun and turn to the last page of the lesson or post your finished photos until the rest of the group is ready to share.
Did you know that you can make a mystery quilt to donate to a great cause?
Alycia of the blog Alycia Quilts hosts a Quilts of Valor Mystery Quilt-Along, which you can join at any time for free. Although you won’t know what the finished quilt design looks like until you’ve gotten through all of the lessons, this star block in red, white and blue is a good hint.
At the end of the quilt-along, Alicia provides you with information on how you can donate your finished quilt to the nonprofit Quilts of Valor Foundation, which donates quilts to combat service members and veterans.
The Chain of Stars Mystery Quilt class taught by Kimberly Einmo is a great choice for quilters seeking a surprise at the end.
This class incorporates strip piecing, constructing Flying Geese, half-square triangles and setting blocks on point. Along the way, students complete “clues” rather than lessons, which all adds to the fun.
Bluprint member MarlyArly said, “I am not one to wait it out for a surprise, but I did swear (as requested by Kimberly!) at the beginning of the class not to peek ahead, and I didn’t. It added such delight to the experience of taking the class.”
The Mystery Quilt 2013 Quilt-Along taught by Ann at Connecting Threads is a free pattern taught in three parts.
Although you won’t know the full design until the very end, you won’t have to wonder at all about how to make each step. Detailed cutting diagrams and assembly instructions are included in each downloadable PDF.
Pictured above are the patchwork stars made by Mark Mulder as part of the quilt-along.
If making a mystery quilt sounds like too much fun and you just can’t wait to get started, sign up for the Chain of Stars Mystery Quilt today!