June Mystery Clue #3

1.  Sew a 3″ background strips (I) to a 1-1/2″ medium accent strips (J).  Make 6 strip sets.

2.  Cut into 72 – 3″ segments.  Label as Unit 4 and set aside.

3.  Sew a 3-1/2″ background strip (K) to a 2″ dark accent strip (L).  Make 4 strip sets.  Press the seam allowances towards the background fabric.

4.  Cut into 68 – 2″ segments.  Label as Unit 5 and set aside.

5.  Sew a 2″ x 3-1/2″ background rectangle (M) to one side of all the four patches (Unit #2).

6.  Sew the Unit #5 to the top of of each section, creating 68 as shown below.

7.  Sew 34 of the 3-1/2″ x 5″ background rectangles (N) between the above two units from Step 6. Make 34.  Label as Unit #6.


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    Cynthia H., El Cerrito, CA says

    How do we know when to use different background colors if we’re trying to do that? I’ve hesitated to cut “background” fabric b/c of this question, so I’m falling farther and farther behind….I don’t have enough yardage of anything “background-ish” to work, but if I put them together, they’ll work.

    Which pieces should be cut in “groups”? I’ve read the first postings about preparing fabric, selecting fabric, etc., but still can’t figure out which pieces to cut from which background fabrics. Colors, yes; backgrounds, unfortunately not. 🙁

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      Cynthia, depending on how many background fabrics you want to use, just use any white on white or ecru on ecru (or whatever you want) for any of your background pieces.

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    Judy, on step 6, don’t you have to sew 34 with the colored squares stepping up towards the right and 34 stepping up to the left? Or doesn’t it matter if you flip the unit around, i.e., ignoring the seam lines in your illustration, when you add the background rectangle between two units?

    Nevermind, I think I just answered my own question!