Friday, July 7, 2017

Sapphire Stars Mystery Quilt

Kevin the Quilter is hosting a mystery quilt along.  This is his first online mystery quilt to host.  Here is the link to the fabric requirements, and, here is the link to Clue #1.  It's not too late to join in.  I cut and pasted Kevin's info, and have it in a notebook, with my fabrics.

Of course, I always have to do things a bit different than everyone else.  Yes, I cut out scraps, but, I have way more yardage than scraps, and, as far as I'm concerned, a Fat Quarter counts as scraps, too.  I did find some great fabrics in my small scrap cabinet.  The first clue uses Navy blue, Royal blue, and light blue.  These are the fabrics I settled on. 
my three different blue stacks
Since my quilts will probably go to Quilts of Valor, I decided to cut out 2 sets of Clue #1.  It doesn't take much longer to cut and stitch two sets, than it takes to cut and stitch one set.
2 scrappy sets cut out
After I cut out the scrappy sets, I decided to see what the quilt would look like if it was NOT scrappy.  I grabbed 3 of the different blues, and cut them out.  I won't use those blues in the scrappy quilts. 

I stitched all my pieces, making sure that I ironed half of each set towards the middle (read Kevin's directions) and half towards the edges on each set.
stitching away on Betty Sue, the purple Featherweight

Here are the NON-scrappy blocks.

And here are my scrappy sets.
2 half sets ironed towards edges

2 half sets, ironed towards the middle

I didn't finger press the first, Non-scrappy set, and it messed with the bias more.  I followed Kevin's directions to finger press before ironing, and the scrappy sets ironed much easier.

I'm ready for the next Clue.  This didn't take long, so, JOIN IN! 


Next Friday, July 14th, is the first day of Sarah's 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop. 
Here are the blogs participating in the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop!

Friday, July 14th

Saturday, July 15th

Sunday, July 16th

Monday, July 17th

Tuesday, July 18th

Wednesday, July 19th

Thursday, July 20th

Friday, July 21st

Saturday, July 22nd

Yes, I'm listed THREE TIMES.  As usual, I went a bit overboard, and have 'extra' projects that I'll be showing.  To save having a r-e-a-l-l-y l-o-n-g blog post, it will now be divided into 3 not as long posts.  Come check out the blog hop.  You'll get lots of inspiration for gifts to make for Christmas.


  1. Those shades of blue that you picked out are very pretty and make up nicely into blocks. I'm anxious to see what you do with clue #2.

  2. Lovely colors, great progress. I am sure this will be a terrific quilt :-)

  3. I am at a complete loss for words here Cheryl! I am AMAZED by your progress with "Sapphire Stars" thus far! WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW! Your scrappy versions absolutely sing to me! I am eager to see your non scrappy version come to life as well! Thanks so much for your support and being a friend!

  4. Love all the shades of blue. Haven't done a Mystery Quilt A Long in years. Sounds like fun, but I think I'll just quilt along with you...vicariously...ya know! Awesome job on scraping and piecing.

  5. It looks like a great Mystery QAL and you've made a wonderful start. I too love scrappy and of course blue, so your quilt will be exactly my cup of tea!

  6. Looks like an interesting mystery!


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