Gathering Mystery QAL – Week3


Welcome back to our Gathering Mystery QAL! Every Friday for the next eleven weeks, I’ll be posting instructions to make a block or two that will come together into a brand new, never been seen before quilt pattern!

If you’re looking for more information about the QAL or would like a short-cut to the other posts in this series, you can visit our QAL Homepage here.

First – a little Housekeeping …

There was a little confusion with our cutting instructions for “I rectangles.”  If you cut your I rectangles from 1.75″ strips – you’re totally set.  These skinny strips were left over from a last minute change to the pattern (you’ll see why below), but yes it does make more sense to cut these units from 3″ strips.

If you cut your I rectangle strips from 3″ strips – and you probably have no idea what we’re talking about here – you’re totally set too.

You’ll end up with the same blocks, either way – I promise! As long as you have 48 (96, 160) 3″ x 1.75″ I rectangles, you’re in good shape … ‘cuz you’ll need them this week!

On to the Blocks …

A few weeks ago over in our facebook group, I posted a little survey to find out how you all preferred to make these types of units … since they pop up in all sorts of my patterns.

  • Method A – (or the “traditional” method) uses 5 separate cut pieces with 4 seams, with  the center flying geese unit assembled first, and then additional units attached to the ends.
  • Method B – (or the “modern” method) uses 3 separate cut pieces and 2 seams, where the rectangles are sewn on perpendicularly, and then trimmed and flipped.

I have always written my patterns using method A (mostly out of the fear that I’d get too many complaints over using method B) … but I was pleasantly surprised to hear that every single person preferred method B … which is fantastic, because this is my preferred way too.  So, are you surprised to see these little gems popping up this week?


A few notes about this week’s clue:

  • Yep!  Another opportunity to practice that Stitch, Trim, and Flip method that I was singing the praise of a few weeks ago.
  • Yes – this is also another opportunity to practice those Sewing Without Pencil Lines skills. Compared to last week, it is a little bit harder to see your starting point with these units, so maybe make a few practice blocks just to get the hang of it.

I think that about does it for this week’s post – progress photos can be shared over on instagram – make sure you use the hashtag #GatheringQAL and you tag me @CorasQuilts – or in our facebook QAL group.  See you next Friday!