Back to Square One Mystery Clue #1

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The much awaited Back to Square One Mystery Medallion begins today with Clue #1.

Here’s what we’ll do in January!

Step 1:

Fabrics 2 & 4:
Cut 2 – 9-1/4″ squares from each fabric.  Cut those on the diagonal twice so that you have 8 triangles of each fabric.

Using those triangles, make 4 of each of these units. Note the fabric placement so that you end up two sets of 4 – one set being reversed.

Step 2:

Fabrics 1 and 5:
Cut 1 – 9-1/4″ square.  Cut it on the diagonal twice so that you have 4 triangles of each fabric.

Sew those together to make 4 half square triangles:

Step 3:

Fabric 1 – Cut 2 – 9-1/4″ squares.  Cut these on the diagonal twice so that you have a total of 8 triangles.

Sew these triangles to the sides of the half square triangles made in Step 2, as shown below.

Step 4:

Fabric 1, cut 2 – 4-7/8″ squares.  Cut these on the diagonal once so you end up with 4 triangles.

Fabric 4, cut 2 – 5-1/4″ squares.  Cut these on the diagonal twice so you have 8 triangles.

Using these fabrics, make 4 flying geese:

That’s it for this month.  Get all these pieces made and take a picture of them for the link box for February 1.


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    Judy, I missed the post about the fabric requirements for the mystery…… doesn’t come up when I search. Sorry for the bother. The mystery looks like fun!

    sao in Midlothian, VA

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    Gail Sheppard says

    I’ve been away over the holidays – with no internet connections. I must have missed that you were doing a mystery.
    I’m IN!!!! LOVE mysteries!
    However, I can’t find the fabric requirements.

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      I am not posting the finished sizes because they are weird sizes and will cause more confusion. Please carefully cut your pieces, use 1/4″ seam allowances and everything will fit just fine.

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    sandra collins says

    I too love mystery looking forward to doing this one.Have loved your work you ladys are so talentsed.Please keep it up

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    Gail says

    Please put what the finished size of each unit is supposed to be. That way if we accidentally do it wrong, it won’t be a month before we figure it out.

    Thanks! Gail

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    can’t wait to get started! i’m adding the “extra” challenge to myself to only use stash. i don’ t know if i should be happy, or embarrased that i have almost enough to do this quilt without buying more fabric! could you please make this into a printer freindly version? thanks SO MUCH for doing this for us!

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    Charlene says

    I’m going to go buy fabric for this tomorrow. I can’t wiat. This is going to be my first mystery ever.

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    Charlene says

    I got this months done and have a picture but I’m not seeing the link to be able to share it. How do you do that?

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    Irene in NC says

    I am done with this month’s tasks and it’s not even the 15th yet – now I don’t have an excuse anymore not to work on my UFO’s!

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    Viki Kirby says

    I have read everything on this post several times and still see no Printer Friendly button. Also, the Next page button does not work so maybe the button is there but I can’t get to it.