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Block 1
Here is Block One designed by Pat Sloan. There will be a total of thirty 6" blocks, then sashings, borders...

This series will be a great way for you, or for someone who's starting to quilt, to learn how to put blocks and a whole quilt together. A great teaching series.

As you can see, these blocks are in gray-scale to allow for a greater variety in fabric choice and color palette. Additionally, you'll find if you change the color values as shown in this block, you will get an entirely different look.

Some tips and tools to keep in mind when putting each of these blocks together.

• When piecing smaller blocks, use a smaller stitch length and machine needle, i.e. a 70/10, a finer weight thread, such as a 50 wt., Aurifil, or an even finer 60 wt. thread, and sewing an accurate scant 1/4" seam allowance.
• As you do Block One you might find that pressing your seams open will be helpful because of all the multiple seams within.
• A 2 1/2" Square ruler to "square up" you pieces.
• To make the Half Square Triangles, HST, we highly recommend the Block Loc HST. Get the 2 1/2" Bloc Loc HST or the larger 6 1/2" which can be used for any HST up to 6 1/2".
• Or, if you prefer to paper piece - you might want to use the 2" Triangle Paper from Primitive Gatherings.
• Another suggested item to make your angles might be the Clearly Perfect Angles clear template.
• One last item - Eraseable Frixion Pens to mark your fabric.

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Set of 8 Eraseable Frixion Pen Colors ea $21.05
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Block 2
Block 2 was created by Me & My Sister Designs. No Triangles here in this one, phew. Remember this Mystery Shuffle is not only a fun program to see what you eventually will create, but it is also a great way for new quilters to learn how to put a quilt together.

First, be sure to pull out of your own stash a dark, medium and light piece. What can be fun with any of these blocks is playing around with the different fabric values. Put them one way - you get one look. Put them a different way and look how the block changes. Again, it doesn't matter. Make the block the way you want it to look.

So, this is a great opportunity for you to pay attention to your strip cutting. When you cut, is your fabric edge on the inside or outside, or right on the line on the ruler? It doesn't matter, but the key here is to stay consistent throughout this whole quilt. The other key is to use the same ruler because sadly there can be variations in the markings between different brands.

The same applies when sewing your 1/4" seam - do you consistently place your fabric on the inside, outside or right on the line marking on your machine. Again, it doesn't matter, just be consistent.

Also, pay attention to your pressing. Generally, the standard rule of thumb is to press both seams to the darker fabric. However, if you are going to have many seams come together, you may wish to press your seam open. That helps to reduce the overall bulk.

Here are some suggested tools:

• We're so happy to see this product! It is my favorite tool. It lives on my machine to help me sew a straight line. I truly can't live without it - Sew Straight. And for Block 2 this would be invaluable.
• Or you might like to use the Qtools Sewing Edge. These are acrylic strips that you can lay right onto your sewing machine. The strip is thick enough so that you can guide your fabric through without it slipping over the edge. This again should help with seam allowance accuracy.

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Block 3
Block 3 was designed by Sandy Gervais. And as you can see we're back to cutting angles.

However it isn't as hard as it looks.

Tips/Tricks:

You will receive many patterns over the course of this program that talk about Easy Corner Triangles and use the pin symbol (as shown below in the red circle) on the block you will be making.



Instead of cutting on the diagonal, you will sew on the diagonal. When you do sew, you might wish to sew ever so slightly to the right - one maybe two threads to the right - gives you just enough more fabric when folding over and pressig to make that block or angle square. After you've sewn your line, you then have the option of cutting away the excess fabric in the back or not. Sometimes you may not want to cut the fabric because it helps to keep the piece square, or to size.

Once again, play with the values of the fabric - be sure to select a light, medium and dark fabric. With this pinwheel type block you will definitely get a different look depending upon where your place your light fabric.

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Block 4
Block 4 is created by V and Co.

Haha - another block without any Triangles! Remember, this Mystery Shuffle is not only a fun program to see what you eventually will create, but it is also a great way for new quilters to learn how to put a block, then a quilt together.

First, all you will need are just 2 pieces. One should definitely be a light, the 2nd piece could be a medium or a dark. What's fun about any of these blocks is playing around with the different fabric values. Put them one way - you get one look. Put them a different way and look how the block changes. On the pattern instructions, they will show you how the block would look if you use the colors one way or the other. Again, it doesn't matter. Make the block the way you want it to look.

This is yet another great opportunity for you to pay attention to your strip cutting. When you cut, is your fabric edge on the inside or outside, or right on the line on the ruler? It doesn't matter, but the key here is to stay consistent throughout this whole quilt. The other key is to use the same ruler because sadly there can be variations in the markings between different brands.

The same applies when sewing your 1/4" seam - do you consistently place your fabric on the inside, outside or right on the line marking on your machine. Again, it doesn't matter, just be consistent.

Also, pay attention to your pressing. Generally, the standard rule of thumb is to press both seams to the darker fabric. However, if you are going to have many seams eventually come together, you may wish to press your seam open (such as when making a pinwheel block). That helps to reduce the overall bulk.

Here are some suggested tools:

• We're so happy to see this product! It is my favorite tool. It lives on my machine to help me sew a straight line. I truly can't live without it - Sew Straight. And for Block 2 this would be invaluable.

• Or, you might like to use the Qtools Sewing Edge. These are acrylic strips that you can lay right onto your sewing machine. The strip is thick enough so that you can guide your fabric through without it slipping over the edge. This again should help with seam allowance accuracy.

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Block 5
Block 5 comes from Kathy Schmitz Studios. And once again we're creating some triangles.

However, it isn't as hard as it looks.

Tips/Tricks:
•As you can see, there is clearly a "center" block. This gives you the opportunity to "fussy cut" a particular motif (flower, animal, house, design) that you might like to place in the center. To fussy cut, in this case, a handy dandy 2 1/2" square from Omnigrid will work. Just keep in mind that there is a 1/4" seam allowance. If visualizing is difficult - just cut off some 1/4 post-it note strips to block off on your ruler so you can see what your fussy cut square will look like.

•In this block you will also make Easy Corner Triangles as noted by the pin symbol (as shown below in the red circle)on the block you will be making.



What this means, is instead of cutting on the diagonal, you will sew on the diagonal. When you do sew, you might wish to sew ever so slightly to the right - one maybe two threads to the right - gives you just enough more fabric when folding over and pressing to make that block or angle square. After you've sewn your line, you then have the option of cutting away the excess fabric in the back or not. Sometimes you may not want to cut the fabric because it helps to keep the piece square, or to size.

•Once again, play with the values of the fabric - just find 2 fabrics - a light and a medium or dark, your choice. Since only 2 fabrics are used and depending upon which way you use them, it will be a positive or negative effect.

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Block 6
Block 6 is designed by American Jane. And in this block you will learn how to make Flying Geese using the Easy Corner Triangle method of stitch and flip.

Tips 'n Tricks:

•In this block, you will make the Flying Geese using the Easy Corner Triangles as noted by the pin symbol (as shown below in the red circle)on the block you will be making.



What this means, is instead of cutting on the diagonal, you will sew on the diagonal. When you do sew, you might wish to sew ever so slightly to the right - one maybe two threads to the right - gives you just enough more fabric when folding over and pressing to make that block or angle square. After you've sewn your line, you then have the option of cutting away the excess fabric in the back or not. Sometimes you may not want to cut the fabric because it helps to keep the piece square, or to size.

•Once again, play with the values of the fabric - just find 2 fabrics - a light and a medium or dark, your choice. Since only 2 fabrics are used and depending upon which way you use them, it will be a positive or negative effect. And you have so many different ways to use the color as shown in the directions. The center block of 4 squares could be one color, or not. Your choice.

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Block 7
This block is designed by Primitive Gatherings. It consists mostly of Flying Geese and Half Square Triangles. And, since these Mystery Shuffle blocks are only 6" square finished, you can well imagine you will be working with many small pieces.

Tips/Tricks:

• You might consider the weight of the thread you should use because in this block you will have many small pieces. The correct thread weight is another way to reduce bulk in the seams by using a thinner/finer thread weight. Keep in mind that the higher the thread weight number the thinner/finer the thread.

For example many like to use 100 weight thread, such as Invisafil or Kimono Silk thread in appliqué because the thread is so fine it will just melt into the appliqué design and add next to no bulk.

However for Block 7, a 100 weight thread might be too fine. So the next consideration would be how much wear and tear this (or any) quilt you're making will receive. Will it be used for more than just lying under, i.e. a Baby/Child quilt? Kids make forts using quilts, wrap themselves up and roll around, carry/drag it around with them wherever they go. Baby quilts might be used to cover the floor they are lying on, and then they grow up and drag it around 😄. There's quite a bit of use, and then they're also thrown into the washing machine, many times. In other words, finer threads usually cannot withstand lots of wear and tear.

So you want something that's not too heavy such as a decorative thread (see the next paragraph). Such as Aurifil thread which is a 50 weight 2-ply 100% cotton thread. Over the years we have come to realize that Aurifil 50 weight thread is a good all around thread for piecing, appliqué (cause of the many colors), and quilting. Mettler is good too. The only difference between Mettler and Aurifil, Mettler is a 3-ply thread so there would be a bit more bulk within the seams even though it is also a 50 weight.

Then for those of you that might wish to embellish any of these blocks you are creating, you might consider using a decorative thread. Decorative threads are used for embellishments or possibly in a raw-edge appliqué design - any time you want the thread to really show. In that case you'd use a heavier weight thread so that it will actually show, such as The Spagetti Thread which is a 12 weight or a Perle Cotton thread - 8 or 12 weight.

• Also, when making many and small pieces, you should also consider your stitch length when piecing on your machine. In this case, smaller stitches are better, i.e. stitch length 2.0 or 14 stitches per inch vs 3.0 9 stitches per inch.

• Since you'll be making lots of triangles, note the Easy Corner Triangles as noted by the pin symbol (as shown below in the red circle) on the block you will be making.



Therefore, instead of cutting on the diagonal, you will sew on the diagonal. When you do sew, you might wish to sew ever so slightly to the right - one maybe two threads to the right - gives you just enough more fabric when folding over and pressing to make that block or angle square. After you've sewn your line, you then have the option of cutting away the excess fabric in the back or not. Sometimes you may not want to cut the fabric because it helps to keep the piece square, or to size.

•Once again, play with the values of the fabric - just find 2 fabrics - a light and a medium or dark, your choice. Since only 2 fabrics are used and depending upon which way you use them, it will be a positive or negative effect. And you have so many different ways to use the color as shown in the directions. The center block of 4 squares could be one color, or not. Your choice.

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Block 8
Block 8 is designed by little.miss.shabby. And with 3 colors to choose from in this block we can have some fun!

We mentioned several times that you should play with the color values by placing them in different spots as the main block shows you. If you haven't already noticed, at the bottom of the instructions they also show you other color options. With Block 8 you have 3 choices!

Tips/Tricks:

• Once again, you'll be making Flying Geese in this block using the Easy Corner Triangles as noted by the pin symbol (as shown below in the red circle) on the block you will be making.



What this means, is instead of cutting on the diagonal, you will sew on the diagonal. When you do sew, you might wish to sew ever so slightly to the right - one maybe two threads to the right - gives you just enough more fabric when folding over and pressing to make that block or angle square. After you've sewn your line, you then have the option of cutting away the excess fabric in the back or not. Sometimes you may not want to cut the fabric because it helps to keep the piece square, or to size.

• You might also consider fussy cutting the center 4-square, or really any of the pieces in this block, such as the 4 corner blocks to look all the same. For example see the 1st block below. Or make it kaleidoscopic by fussy cutting a motif you like in the same exact spot 4 times then put them together as seen in example 2 - 2nd block below. And lastly if you're real adventurous, find a motif that has a mirrored image so you can recreate a new shape all together as how in example 3 - the 3rd and final block:



• One last thing to consider when making any of these blocks, whether to use steam or not when ironing the seams in the pieces as you put this block together. Using steam does cause your pieces to stretch. So you might consider just using a dry iron on a cotton setting. This way your block sizes will remain consistent.

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Block 9
Block 9 is designed by Jen Kingwell Designs. I love pinwheels! And, as you can see this small 6" block has four of them, what fun.

This is probably one of the few times you do not have to play with color values because your eye will either see the light or the dark pinwheel first haha!

Tips/Tricks:

• When piecing smaller blocks, use a smaller stitch length and machine needle, i.e. a 70/10, a finer weight thread, such as a 50 wt., Aurifil, or an even finer 60 wt. thread, and sewing an accurate scant 1/4" seam allowance.
• As you do Block 9 you might find that pressing your seams open will be helpful because of all the multiple seams within.
• A 2 1/2" Square ruler to "square up" you pieces.
• To make the Half Square Triangles, HST, we highly recommend the Block Loc HST. Get the 2 1/2" Bloc Loc HST or the larger 6 1/2" which can be used for any HST up to 6 1/2".
• Or if you prefer to paper piece - you might want to use the 2" Triangle Paper from Primitive Gatherings.
• Another suggested item to make your angles might be the Clearly Perfect Angles clear template.
• One last item - Eraseable Frixion Pens to mark your fabric.

Here is the FREE download for Block 9.
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Primitive Gatherings 2" Triangle Paper ea $7.00
Set of 8 Eraseable Frixion Pen Colors ea $21.05
Clearly Perfect Angles ea $11.00

   




Block 10
Block 10 was designed by Deb Strain where once again we're creating some triangles.

However, it isn't as hard as it looks.

Tips/Tricks:
• As you can see, there is clearly a "center" block. This gives you the opportunity to "fussy cut" a particular motif (flower, animal, house, design) that you might like to place in the center. To fussy cut, in this case, a handy dandy 2 1/2" square from Omnigrid will work. Just keep in mind that there is a 1/4" seam allowance. If visualizing is difficult - just cut off some 1/4 post-it note strips to block off on your ruler so you can see what your fussy cut square will look like.

• In this block, you will also make Easy Corner Triangles as noted by the pin symbol (as shown below in the red circle)on the block you will be making.



What this means is instead of cutting on the diagonal, you will sew on the diagonal. When you do sew, you might wish to sew ever so slightly to the right - one maybe two threads to the right - gives you just enough more fabric when folding over and pressing to make that block or angle square. After you've sewn your line, you then have the option of cutting away the excess fabric in the back or not. Sometimes you may not want to cut the fabric because it helps to keep the piece square, or to size.

• Once again, play with the values of the fabric - just find 3 fabrics - a light, a medium, and a dark. With the 3 fabrics there are 3 obvious different ways to place the color values, or maybe you've found a fourth you might like.

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Block 11
Block 11 is designed by Brenda Riddle Designs. Okay, yes, this looks a bit challenging. The pieces are small. The key here is to just be consistent when cutting your pieces and just go slowly.

Tips/Tricks:

• As you can see, there is clearly a "center" block. This gives you the opportunity to "fussy cut" a particular motif (flower, animal, house, design) that you might like to place in the center. To fussy cut, in this case, a handy dandy 2 1/2" square from Omnigrid will work. Just keep in mind that there is a 1/4" seam allowance. If visualizing is difficult - just cut off some 1/4 post-it note strips to block off on your ruler so you can see what your fussy cut square will look like.

• And as you can see, you will also make the Flying Geese using the Easy Corner Triangles as noted by the pin symbol (as shown below in the red circle)on the block you will be making.



What this means is instead of cutting on the diagonal, you will sew on the diagonal. When you do sew, you might wish to sew ever so slightly to the right - one maybe two threads to the right - gives you just enough more fabric when folding over and pressing to make that block or angle square. After you've sewn your line, you then have the option of cutting away the excess fabric in the back or not. Sometimes you may not want to cut the fabric because it helps to keep the piece square, or to size.

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Block 12
Haha - leave it to Zen Chic to come up with a seemingly complex block. It isn't really. You'll make a few flying geese pieces, squares and rectangles, then put them all together. It's just they'll be small :)

Tips/Tricks:

• Once again, you'll be making Flying Geese in this block using the Easy Corner Triangles as noted by the pin symbol (as shown below in the red circle) on the block you will be making.



What this means is instead of cutting on the diagonal, you will sew on the diagonal. When you do sew, you might wish to sew ever so slightly to the right - one maybe two threads to the right - gives you just enough more fabric when folding over and pressing to make that block or angle square. After you've sewn your line, you then have the option of cutting away the excess fabric in the back or not. Sometimes you may not want to cut the fabric because it helps to keep the piece square, or to size.

• One last thing to consider when making any of these blocks, whether to use steam or not when ironing the seams in the pieces as you put this block together. Using steam does cause your pieces to stretch. So you might consider just using a dry iron on a cotton setting. This way your block sizes will remain consistent.

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Block 13
Here is Block 13 of the Mystery Shuffle. There's clearly some strip cutting and sewing as well as making some more flying geese. Block 13 is designed by Bunny Hill Designs.

We mentioned several times that you should play with the color values by placing them in different spots as the main block shows you. If you haven't already noticed, at the bottom of the instructions they also show you other color options. With Block 13 you have 3 choices!

Tips/Tricks:

•Once again, you'll be making Flying Geese in this block using the Easy Corner Triangles as noted by the pin symbol (as shown below in the red circle) on the block you will be making.



What this means is instead of cutting on the diagonal, you will sew on the diagonal. When you do sew, you might wish to sew ever so slightly to the right - one maybe two threads to the right - gives you just enough more fabric when folding over and pressing to make that block or angle square. After you've sewn your line, you then have the option of cutting away the excess fabric in the back or not. Sometimes you may not want to cut the fabric because it helps to keep the piece square, or to size.

• Remember that you can always consider fussy cutting the center 4-square, or really any of the pieces in this block, such as the 4 corner blocks to look all the same.

• One last thing to think about when making any of these blocks, whether to use steam or not when ironing the seams in the pieces as you put this block together. Using steam does cause your pieces to stretch. So you might consider just using a dry iron on a cotton setting. This way your block sizes will remain consistent.

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Block 14
Block 14 of the Mystery Shuffle are squares in squares designed by Fig Tree & Co.

This isn't as hard as it looks.

Tips/Tricks:

You will receive many patterns over the course of this program that talk about Easy Corner Triangles and use the pin symbol (as shown below in the red circle) on the block you will be making.



Instead of cutting on the diagonal, you will sew on the diagonal. When you do sew, you might wish to sew ever so slightly to the right - one maybe two threads to the right - gives you just enough more fabric when folding over and pressing to make that block or angle square. After you've sewn your line, you then have the option of cutting away the excess fabric in the back or not. Sometimes you may not want to cut the fabric because it helps to keep the piece square, or to size.

Once again, play with the values of the fabric - be sure to select a light, medium and dark fabric. With this pinwheel type block you will definitely get a different look depending upon where your place your light fabric.

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Block 15
Block 15 of the Mystery Shuffle is designed by Janet Clare Designs (she's one of my favorite fabric designers).

First, be sure to pull out of your own stash a dark, medium and light piece. What can be fun with any of these blocks is playing around with the different fabric values. Put them one way - you get one look. Put them a different way and look how the block changes. Again, it doesn't matter. Make the block the way you want it to look.

So this is a great opportunity for you to pay attention to your strip cutting. When you cut, is your fabric edge on the inside or outside, or right on the line on the ruler? It doesn't matter, but the key here is to stay consistent throughout this whole quilt. The other key is to use the same ruler because sadly there can be variations in the markings between different brands.

The same applies when sewing your 1/4" seam - do you consistently place your fabric on the inside, outside or right on the line marking on your machine. Again, it doesn't matter, just be consistent.

Also, pay attention to your pressing. Generally, the standard rule of thumb is to press both seams to the darker fabric. However, if you are going to have many seams come together, you may wish to press your seam open. That helps to reduce the overall bulk.

Here are some suggested tools:

• This is one of my favorite tools. It lives on my machine to help me sew a straight line. I truly can't live without it - Sew Straight. And for Block 5 this would be invaluable.
• Or you might like to use the Qtools Sewing Edge. These are acrylic strips that you can lay right onto your sewing machine. The strip is thick enough so that you can guide your fabric through without it slipping over the edge. This again should help with seam allowance accuracy.

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Block 16
Block 16 is a true Flying Geese block and designed by One Canoe Two. Nothing more to say.

Tips 'n Tricks:

• In this block, you will make the Flying Geese using the Easy Corner Triangles as noted by the pin symbol (as shown below in the red circle)on the block you will be making.



What this means is instead of cutting on the diagonal, you will sew on the diagonal. When you do sew, you might wish to sew ever so slightly to the right - one maybe two threads to the right - gives you just enough more fabric when folding over and pressing to make that block or angle square. After you've sewn your line, you then have the option of cutting away the excess fabric in the back or not. Sometimes you may not want to cut the fabric because it helps to keep the piece square, or to size.

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Block 17
Here is our first appliqué block. This is designed by Jan Patek Quilts. There are only a couple of them, so for those that are not appliquérs don't worry, they're simple and easy to do. And, if you really don't want to do it at all - then take one of the previous blocks you've already made and do it again - maybe swapping out the color values.

For those that may never have appliqued, this is really easy. There are no tight corners/angles to cut or sew (whether by hand or machine), and not a lot of layers either. So now is as good a time as any to learn.

Tips/Tricks for beginners:

• First - very important - when you do put your appliqué pieces onto your 6 1/2" square, be sure that you place the bird and surrounding stars on point! Just like the picture. This is critical - unless of course you do want one block to be out of sync in your quilt - which is also fine if you like that sort of thing ;)
• On the pattern instructions, you'll see you've been provided templates of the star and the bird. These are actual sizes of your pieces. Whether you prefer machine appliqué, raw edge appliqué or needle turn appliqué, you will need to trace these templates directly onto a fusible web, mylar plastic or freezer paper before placing them onto your fabric and cutting.
• Keep in mind before you cut your fabric pieces - if you are turning under the edges either with glue, starch or needle - the templates do not include seam allowance. Therefore, when cutting out your fabric piece, be sure to cut 1/4" further out from the edge of the template.
• One of our favorite appliqué designers is Karen Kay Buckley and she has developed quite a number of tools that you may find useful. What we especially love are her Perfect scissors. Her scissor blades are micro-serrated so it will hold onto your fabric well and cut those precise tight corners and circles.
• There are so many tools and notions - check out our Appliqué Notions page - find products such as Roxanne's glue, one of our favorite are the 4-piece Stiletto tools, or how about a mini iron.

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Block 18
Block 18 is designed by Lella Boutique. Only 2 colors are involved, so you can have lots of fun with color placement and change the look of this block entirely depending on what you do. This block also revisits how to make Half Square Triangles (HSTs).

Tips 'n Tricks:

• A 2 1/2" Square ruler to "square up" you pieces.
• To make the Half Square Triangles, HST, we highly recommend the Block Loc HST. Get the 2 1/2" Bloc Loc HST or the larger 6 1/2" which can be used for any HST up to 6 1/2".
• Or if you prefer to paper piece - you might want to use the 2" Triangle Paper from Primitive Gatherings.
• Another suggested item to make your angles might be the Clearly Perfect Angles clear template.
• One last item - Eraseable Frixion Pens to mark your fabric.

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Block 19
Here is a block designed by Kansas Troubles Quilters that consists of squares and rectangles. Since all of these blocks you've seen so far are just 6" finished, if there's a particular block you like - make several blocks and put them together to make pillows or table runners.

• And, once again to make the small flying geese triangles, note the Easy Corner Triangles as noted by the pin symbol (as shown below in the red circle)on the block you will be making.



Therefore, instead of cutting on the diagonal, you will sew on the diagonal. When you do sew, you might wish to sew ever so slightly to the right - one maybe two threads to the right - gives you just enough more fabric when folding over and pressing to make that block or angle square. After you've sewn your line, you then have the option of cutting away the excess fabric in the back or not. Sometimes you may not want to cut the fabric because it helps to keep the piece square, or to size.

• All you need are 2 different contrasting fabrics - a light and a medium or dark, your choice. You could fussy cut the center block if you like. The pattern shows you 2 different ways to put this together - a positive or negative. However, consider turning the outside 4 corner blocks around to create an entirely different look.

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Block 20
These bear paw blocks are designed by A Quilting Life.

• To create the half-square triangles, note the Easy Corner Triangles as noted by the pin symbol (as shown below in the red circle) on the block you will be making.



Therefore, instead of cutting on the diagonal, you will sew on the diagonal. When you do sew, you might wish to sew ever so slightly to the right - one maybe two threads to the right - gives you just enough more fabric when folding over and pressing to make that block or angle square. After you've sewn your line, you then have the option of cutting away the excess fabric in the back or not. Sometimes you may not want to cut the fabric because it helps to keep the piece square, or to size.

• Again, there are many arrangements of these blocks you can create even with just 2 pieces of fabrics. The instructions show you two ways, but there are more. Have the bear paw prints all face the same direction as show, or turn them all inwards - or have each of the point towards their respective corners. You may find if you select your own fabrics, how different the blocks can appear.

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Block 21
Minick & Simpson designed this block. Personally we call it the "Charlie Brown" block. As shown in the instructions, there are 3 different looks you can create by playing with the color values.

• To make the triangles in this block use the Easy Corner Triangles method (as shown below in the red circle).



Instead of cutting on the diagonal, you will sew on the diagonal. When you do sew, you might wish to sew ever so slightly to the right - one maybe two threads to the right - gives you just enough more fabric when folding over and pressing to make that block or angle square. After you've sewn your line, you then have the option of cutting away the excess fabric in the back or not. Sometimes you may not want to cut the fabric because it helps to keep the piece square, or to size.

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Block 22
Block 22 is designed by BasicGrey.

All right, here's a block that will test your skills in consistency and accuracy - haha. Here you will be sewing together 24 pieces in the typical Mystery Shuffle block size of a 6" square. In other words, you will be cutting some pieces as small as 1 1/2" square. Now that's small! So if you are off even 1/16" in cutting, well...uh...that could cause some problems when piecing and pressing.

So, we have a few tricks for you to help you with cutting and piecing accuracy and consistency:

• Use the Cutting Edge tool that you can place onto your ruler. These are reusable acrylic strips you place onto the bottom side of your ruler and then you can "butt" your fabric up against it for accurate and consistent cutting.
• This is one of my favorite tools. It lives on my machine to help me sew a straight line, as well as keeping me consistent. I truly can't live without it - Sew Straight.
• Or, you might like to use the Qtools Sewing Edge. These are reusable acrylic strips that you can lay right onto your sewing machine. The strip is thick enough so that you can guide your fabric through without it slipping over the edge. This again should help with seam allowance accuracy.

And, as always - play around with your colors. You can certainly place them all in a variety of ways.

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Block 23
Block 23 is designed by Betsy Chutchian.

• In this block, you may want to refer to Block 11 instructions for the trick to make corner units. Essentially you will join a 2 sets of a square with a rectangle piece, of the same height. Sew them together where the squares are in opposite corners. Then you will be cutting this piece diagonally by aligning the 1/4" of the ruler with the inside point of the square (and the outside corner of the lower rectangle. Cut leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. Repeat on the remaining corner square. However, see Block 11 for a picture of what is said above.

• PAY attention to the number of size squares you might need to cut with each fabric. You do not need to cut one long strip, unless of course you're making more than one block. If so, then again cut accurately.

You'll also find that the color placement of your fabrics can change the look of this block - for example you might see a plus sign, or create a shoofly, or even a circle. Though not recommended for this particular Mystery Shuffle quilt, create another and set it on point. See how different it looks.

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Block 24
Block 24 is designed by Laundry Basket Quilts.

This is another block with many small pieces - 45, in fact. Again, accuracy and consistency will be important.

Tips 'n Tricks:

• Pay attention to the size and number of pieces you'll need to cut from each fabric. You may or may not need to cut one full strip length. For example, if you were to cut one long strip 1 1/2" wide, that would yield you twenty-eight 1 1/2" squares.

• Here's a thought, want to double the size of the block to 12" square? Then, to enlarge your square and rectangle cut pieces - here's an easy formula: (original) Cut size x 2 - (full) seam allowance equals new size. For example 2 1/2" x 2 - 1/2" = 4 1/2" Or, if you'd rather make it easier on yourself and not do the "math," we have just the book - The Quilter's Reference Tool.

• In this block, you will make the Flying Geese using the Easy Corner Triangles as noted by the pin symbol (as shown below in the red circle)on the block you will be making.



What this means is instead of cutting on the diagonal, you will sew on the diagonal. When you do sew, you might wish to sew ever so slightly to the right - one maybe two threads to the right - gives you just enough more fabric when folding over and pressing to make that block or angle square. After you've sewn your line, you then have the option of cutting away the excess fabric in the back or not. Sometimes you may not want to cut the fabric because it helps to keep the piece square, or to size.

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Block 25
Block 25 was put together by Bonnie and Camille.

Love those Flying Geese! Y'all are getting some great practice in this quilt putting them together.

Tips 'n Tricks:

• In this block, you will make the Flying Geese using the Easy Corner Triangles as noted by the pin symbol (as shown below in the red circle)on the block you will be making.



What this means is instead of cutting on the diagonal, you will sew on the diagonal. When you do sew, you might wish to sew ever so slightly to the right - one maybe two threads to the right - gives you just enough more fabric when folding over and pressing to make that block or angle square. After you've sewn your line, you then have the option of cutting away the excess fabric in the back or not. Sometimes you may not want to cut the fabric because it helps to keep the piece square, or to size.

• Can't say it enough, play with the fabrics. Don't be afraid to rearrange them at all. The pattern shows you 2 color options, but really you can certainly just create your own design all together by switching each unit around with the 3 fabrics.
• Another thing to keep in mind when all these blocks are done and we're putting them together - You could put many of them "on point." Something to think about, though our instructions sadly will not accommodate the quilt you'll ultimately be putting together.

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Block 26
Amy Ellis created this modified Bear Paw for Block 26.

Tips 'N Tricks:

Let's revisit a few things:

• When piecing smaller blocks, use a smaller stitch length and machine needle, i.e. a 70/10, a finer weight thread, such as a 50 wt., Aurifil, or an even finer 60 wt. thread, and sewing an accurate scant 1/4" seam allowance.
• As you do Block 26, you might find that pressing your seams open will be helpful because of all the multiple seams within.
• A 2 1/2" Square ruler to "square up" you pieces.
• To make the Half Square Triangles, HST, we highly recommend the Block Loc HST. Get the 2 1/2" Bloc Loc HST or the larger 6 1/2" which can be used for any HST up to 6 1/2".
• Or, if you prefer to paper piece - you might want to use the 2" Triangle Paper from Primitive Gatherings.
• Another suggested item to make your angles might be the Clearly Perfect Angles clear template.
• One last item - Eraseable Frixion Pens to mark your fabric.

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Block 27
Sweetwater put this design together to make Block 27 with more flying geese units.

Tips 'n Tricks:

• In this block, you will make the Flying Geese using the Easy Corner Triangles as noted by the pin symbol (as shown below in the red circle)on the block you will be making.



What this means is instead of cutting on the diagonal, you will sew on the diagonal. When you do sew, you might wish to sew ever so slightly to the right - one maybe two threads to the right - gives you just enough more fabric when folding over and pressing to make that block or angle square. After you've sewn your line, you then have the option of cutting away the excess fabric in the back or not. Sometimes you may not want to cut the fabric because it helps to keep the piece square, or to size.

• Once again play with the fabrics and how to use them. The instructions show you one way. You might find another, and don't be afraid to rearrange them at all.

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Block 28
Block 28 is designed by Kate Spain.

• In this block there is a pinwheel center block surrounded by many smaller triangles where you should consider using the Easy Corner Triangles as noted by the pin symbol (as shown below in the red circle) on the block you will be making.



What this means is instead of cutting on the diagonal, you will sew on the diagonal. When you do sew, you might wish to sew ever so slightly to the right - one maybe two threads to the right - gives you just enough more fabric when folding over and pressing to make that block or angle square. After you've sewn your line, you then have the option of cutting away the excess fabric in the back or not. Sometimes you may not want to cut the fabric because it helps to keep the piece square, or to size.

• You might also consider pressing your seams open since many points are coming together to help the block lay flat.

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Block 29
Block 29 is designed by French General.

As you can see, this is an elaborate pinwheel. But, whatever fabric you select, it could look like just a normal pinwheel. Depending on your placement and use, well you will clearly get all sorts of different looks.

Tips:

Remember when working with lots of triangles and points all coming together, you might consider opening the seams versus ironing the two seams in one direction. Pressing a seam open allows the block to lie more flat.

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Block 30
Block 30 is designed by Blackbird Designs. As you can see, it is our only other appliqué design in this quilt - haha. A cute flower.

So now you've at least done one appliqué block, here's your chance to try another. It is really easy too. There are no tight corners/angles to cut or sew (whether by hand or machine), and not a lot of layers either. The only possible challenging part here is the stem.

Tips/Tricks for beginners:

• First - very important - when you do put your appliqué pieces onto your 6 1/2" square - be sure that you place the flower on point! Just like the picture. This is critical - unless of course you do want one block to be out of sync in your quilt - which is also fine if you like that sort of thing ;)
• On the pattern instructions, you'll see you've been provided templates. These are actual sizes of your pieces. Whether you prefer machine appliqué, raw edge appliqué or needle turn appliqué, you will need to trace these templates directly onto a fusible web, mylar plastic or freezer paper before placing them onto your fabric and cutting.
• Keep in mind before you cut your fabric pieces - if you are turning under the edges either with glue, starch or needle - the templates do not include seam allowance. Therefore when cutting out your fabric piece be sure to cut 1/4" further out from the edge of the template.
• One of our favorite appliqué designers is Karen Kay Buckley and she has developed quite a number of tools that you may find useful. What we especially love are her Perfect scissors. Her scissor blades are micro-serrated so it will hold onto your fabric well and cut those precise tight corners and circles.
• For the stem we will suggest a couple of tools that are helpful in creating stems, but I'll be honest here, in this particular block, these tools might not be necessary. Typically stems are cut on the bias so that the stem will curve more easily. There are several methods to show you how to make a stem - on the internet just look up appliqué stems, or bias appliqué stems. Helpful tools are Karen Kay Buckley's Perfect Stems, or The Perfect Bias Stems card, or some people have even found using a bias tape maker is helpful.
•There are so many tools and notions - check out our Appliqué Notions page - find products such as Roxanne's glue, one of our favorite are the 4-piece Stiletto tools, or how about a mini iron.

What you'll want to find in your stash is a 6 1/2" square of a neutral fabric. Then search your stash for the appliqué pieces. You won't need more than a 5" square (for the bird) and smaller for the wing and stars. Only 2 colors are used in the picture, but if you want more color greens for the stem and another for the leaf(ves), go for it. If you used a light neutral for the background, then find some medium or dark prints for the appliqué. If you used a dark neutral then be sure to use lights for the appliqué.

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Flying Geese Border
Awright - now you're moving onto the next phase of this Mystery Shuffle Quilt. You are now going to make the inner border to this quilt which consists of Flying Geese units. The finished size for each Flying Geese unit is 1 1/2" x 3". You will be making a total 176 units - ah, don't be afeared. It'll go fast.

You can use the Easy Corner Triangle method to make your Flying Geese as noted by the pin symbol (as shown below in the red circle) on the block you will be making.



What this means is instead of cutting on the diagonal, you will sew on the diagonal. When you do sew, you might wish to sew ever so slightly to the right - one maybe two threads to the right - gives you just enough more fabric when folding over and pressing to make that block or angle square. After you've sewn your line, you then have the option of cutting away the excess fabric in the back or not. Sometimes you may not want to cut the fabric because it helps to keep the piece square, or to size.

Or, since you do have to make sooo many of the same size, you might consider this ruler from ezQuilting.

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Assembling the Blocks
You are coming close to the end. You will now assemble all the 30 blocks you have made. However, before doing so there's still a bit more to do. You will need to cut some additional blocks and triangles - setting and corner triangles. For what we are calling the background fabric.

You will need to download 2 pages for instructions. The first is the Block Assembly (Sampler Shuffle). The second page is the Side Triangle Template you will need to make the setting and corner triangles.

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The Borders
The Final Step
All right, this is the final step in the Mystery Shuffle - adding the flying geese borders as well as an additional border if you wish. With all borders added, your quilt should measure 60" x 68 1/2" unfinished.

You will need to download 2 pages. The Flying Geese Assembly shows you how to assemble the flying geese border. The other page, the Border, shows you the border. In the pictures, you might notice that it appears the end border is made up of several different fabrics and colors. Truthfully, we saw the original quilt. And in our humble opinion we thought it looked quite messy - haha. So, as we tend to do, we opted to change it :) Therefore we selected a neutral color for the borders, etc. So just cut 6" strips like you would usually do for a border.

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Sewing Machine Flash Drive
How cute is this?!!! This is a Flash Drive! It holds 4GB (gigabytes) of memory. Great to store your PDF patterns and/or embroidery files (depending on space). It's also a great way to transport files for printing if you prefer to have hard copies of your patterns.
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