Gathering Mystery QAL – Week 08


Welcome back to our Gathering Mystery QAL! Every Friday 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 just joining us, there’s still plenty of time

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Just a quick reminder: please don’t post spoiler pics on facebook or instagram, if you happen to guess how the quilt will be coming together ahead of the clues.  Please do continue to share your photos of your weekly assembly – they are so awesome to see!

This week, we’re putting together these nifty littler corner blocks.  They can be a little persnickety, so check out the tips at the bottom of the page.  And just so you know, this is the most technically complicated block we’ll be putting together in the entire quilt.  It’s all downhill from here!


A few tips for week’s clue:

Just like last week, the keys to successfully putting together this week’s block are some careful pinning, a sharp needle on your sewing machine, and some slow-and-steady stitching!

  • Before doing anything this week, go back and give your blocks a really good pressing.  It’s probably been a few weeks since they’ve seen the light of day.
  • The trick to getting those grey units aligned is to first mark the point where the seam is exactly 1/4″ away from the edge of the block.  I used a Frixion Pen to illustrate – the markings disappear with heat from your iron – but with enough practice, you’ll eventually be able to eye-ball it.
  • Second, just like last week, stick a pin through the intersection on the top block, then through the intersection on the bottom block.  When you sew your seam, you should be hitting that pinned point exactly.  It’s important to point out here that when you use this method to align your blocks, the left and right edges might be a smidgen off.  If it’s less than 1/8″, never fear!  You can hide the difference in your seams.
  • When you go to press your blocks, first press the seam while the block is still folded in half.  This sets your seam, causing the cotton thread fibers to shrink together just the slightest bit, which will help you get a nice, flat seam once you press the block open.
  • Repeat these steps when making the second half of the unit.  When it’s time to put the two halves together, you’ll have three places that you’ll want to carefully pin.  First is the center seam intersection.  If you followed our pressing instructions, these will nest together nicely.  The second and third pins will be where the two grey points will meet on the left and right sides.  Find/mark your 1/4″ point, pin carefully, and stitch away.


If you’re having difficulties, drop me a line over in our facebook group and I’d be happy to help troubleshoot, but please remember: don’t sweat over blocks that are slightly imperfect.  Chances are, you won’t notice them once you’ve put your quilt top together.

If your points are bothering you, tape one to the wall, stand about 3-5 feet away, and see if it still bothers you.  If it does, then go ahead and re-stitch.  If it doesn’t, then I say just move on. 

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!