Thursday, September 3, 2015

Midnight Mystery - September Instructions - Square in a Square

Welcome to the fourth month of instructions for the Midnight Mystery Quilt!  The previous instructions were:
(all links and other information can be found in the Mystery Quilts tab above)

First, a Few Announcements:

1. Is it too late to join? - I have been asked a few time whether it is too late to join in.  It is definitely not too late! This quilt-a-long has a nice slow pace with a month between instructions so there is plenty of time to get caught up! 

2.  Want instructions in an easier to print format? - Simply leave a comment below (with e-mail address if you are a no-reply blogger) or send me an e-mail at cheryljbrickey (at) gmail (dot) com to get on the e-mail distribution list.

3.  Share your progress - Don't forget to post pictures of the fabrics you have chosen and your in-progress pics to our very active Facebook group and on social media using the hashtag #MidnightMysteryQuilt.

And now onto the instructions?  This month we are going to make...some Square in a Square blocks (SiaS)!  

We will be using Fabrics A, B, and C for the Square in a Square block.  Just as a reminder, in the illustrations for the quilt instructions, Fabric A will be represented by the color pink, Fabric B will be represented by the color yellow, and Fabric C will be represented by the color purple.

Combine 34 Fabric A squares (4” x 4”), 34 Fabric C squares (4” x 4”), and 34 Fabric B squares (4 ¾” x 4 ¾”) to form 34 Square in a Square (SiaS) units (6 ½” x 6 ½”) using the method below.

1. Cut each Fabric A square (4” x 4”) and Fabric C square (4” x 4”) in half once diagonally to form    68 Fabric A triangles (4” x 4”) and 68 Fabric C triangles (4” x 4”).

2. Center a first Fabric A triangle (4” x 4”) along a first side of a Fabric B square (4 ¾” x 4 ¾”).  Sew along the edge with a scant ¼” seam (shown as a dotted line), pressing the seam open or outwards.

3. Sew a first Fabric C triangle (4” x 4”) on the side of the square opposite to the first side, pressing seam open or outwards. (Note: you can sew both of these triangles on then press instead of pressing after each addition.)

4. Continue by sewing a second Fabric A triangle and a second Fabric B triangle onto the square, pressing seams open or outwards.  Make sure that the Fabric A triangles are next to each other rather than across from each other.

5. Trim off the tabs (dog ears) formed by the sewn on triangles and square the unit to 6½” x 6½” (if necessary) making sure there is ¼” between the corner of the inner square and the outer side of the unit.  Repeat to form a total of 34 SiaS units (6 ½” x 6 ½”).

A Few Additional Announcements:

1.  Button - I have made a button for the mystery quilt :)  If you decide to join in on the quilt-a-long and have a blog I would love it if you posted the button.
Meadow Mist Designs Mystery Quilt 

2.  The Un-Mystery Quilt - Want to join in the fun but making a mystery quilt is not your thing?  If you would like to see the final pattern to decide whether to join in, or to help pick colors; simply e-mail me and I will send you a sneak peak (the only rule is that you have to keep the design completely to yourself as to not spoil anyone else's surprise).

3.  Share your progress - Don't forget to post pictures of the fabrics you have chosen and your in-progress pics to our very active Facebook group and on social media using the hashtag #MidnightMysteryQuilt.

Many thanks to our wonderful Midnight Mystery sponsors!


  1. I can't wait to get started on this next step! Here is a post with photos of my flying geese.


  2. would love to add your button to my blog but do not have clue how to thanks for the latest intructions

  3. You just had to be sneaky and confuse me with different colour triangles. LOL Definitely have to pay attention. Can't wait to get sewing.

  4. YAY! I am going to get my squares all sliced and ready to go tonight!

  5. Hooray! I am always excited when new instructions come out. :)

  6. I'm looking forward to getting going on this next step.

  7. Would it be possible to have a printer friendly version of the instructions supplied each month?

    1. Hi Karen, you are a no-reply blogger so I have no way to reach you and add you to the e-mail list. Please send me your e-mail address and I will add you :) Cheryl


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